June 19, 2006

“First You Shave Your Head”

by Geri Larkin

Book Description:
When author Geri Larkin is invited on a pilgrimage to Korea with her Buddhist master for thirty days of practice, she is thrilled, flattered, and utterly freaked out. And so begins another life journey along the spiritual path of one of our favorite authors. Larkin’s account is by turns hilarious, heartbreaking, exasperating, and exhilarating, and is told with her usual charm and grace. Part travelogue, part spiritual journey, First You Shave Your Head is a lighthearted collection of Buddhist practices and principles that won’t fail to inspire and amuse.

Memorable Quotes:
“Compassion is like spring water under the ground. You life is like a pipe that can tap into that underground spring. When you tap into it, water immediately comes up. So drive your pipe into the ground. Tap into the water of compassion. We can't conceive of what real compassion and openness of heart are, but if you can tap into them, you can feel them.” Dainis Katagire

Just this.

“One who isn't restricted to everyday affairs, with a single mind frees himself from birth and death. He is a friend of rocks, trees, and clouds.” Wonhzo

Heaven is everywhere. Why? Because we carry it with us.

“In pure mindfulness everything is poetry.” Haju Sunin

Other books by Geri Larkin:
Stumbling Towards Enlightenment
Tap Dancing in Zen
The Still Point Dhammapada
The Chocolate Cake Sutra