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Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist — One Woman's Spiritual Journey Kindle Edition
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"A truly uplifting book of personal empowerment and the triumph of human heart. This remarkable book touches upon themes that every genuine pilgrim - especially those who seek to integrate their cultural and religious heritage with newfound personal spiritual path - must address at some point in their journey."--Thupten Jinpa, founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics, and personal translator for the Dalai Lama.
"Willis delivers a gripping, intimate account of her spiritual journey that will move anyone who is compelled by the examined life."--Publishers Weekly
"Willis is a philosopher with a bold agenda."--TIME
"Jan Willis's honest, lucid, mindful, and heartful account of her amazing life thus far, its struggles and woundings, its triumphs and joys, is certainly the roar of a lioness of truth-awakening, empowering, inspiring! Listen to it with pride and pleasure!"--Robert Thurman, author of Inner Revolution
"Intensely felt...highly personal...A moving story that aims to reconcile the experiences of faith and racism."--Kirkus Reviews
"Destined for the same shelf as Anne Lamott's Traveling Mercies and Kathleen Norris's The Cloister Walk and Amazing Grace, this is a powerful memoir of a "Baptist Buddhist" who writes with courage, compassion, and forgiveness. This searching memoir is recommended for all collections."--Library Journal
"Willis writes frankly about family, race, spirituality, and finding grace among life's most difficult challenges. Dreaming Me is more honest and fascinating than anything I've read in a long time."--David Pesci, author of Amistad --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B008D30KBA
- Publisher : Wisdom Publications (25 June 2012)
- Language : English
- File size : 1033 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 290 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 933,110 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I could identify with her because I was a Baptist minister's daughter always looking for MORE and for Truth and justice both about myself and my life's destiny. Now exploring truths I'm finding in Buddhism as well.
How she was able to blend and embrace both her Christian roots and experiences with the deep experiences she embraced in Buddhism which brought her insight, healing and deep fulfilment was for me, so helpful as I journey a little along this path as well with still many questions.
But not being black I was not able to deeply step into her shoes and experiences but was moved deeply by her life, her suffering and her openness.
Thank you Jan Willis!
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Later she meets a Tibetan Lama who helps her on a spiritual and emotionally healing path. The fact that Jan Willis had affinity with the Great Tibetan Lama Yeshe does not belie the fact that a compassionate and skilled teacher in any number of Buddhist traditions could help one to uncover the truth. Something that is not always mentioned is that part and parcel of the process of finding this truth is that a healing takes place. That healing is a digesting of ones experiences. Because once you digest your experiences you let go of them and they no longer control you. Our thinking mind on the other hand holds on to all of its experiences revisiting them again and again. Or desperately attempts to hide them from ourselves so as not to cause pain with often the opposite results.
Jan Willis as with most people who invest much time and energy on a spiritual path have some life experience with their essence, soul or true self (different labels that point to the same truth) that precipitates that journey. Not the least of which are her dreams which chronicles her spiritual insights. The title Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist, One Woman's Spiritual Journey, are names and forms that can help or hinder a quest for spiritual awakening. Jan Willis takes us through her soul searching transformations writing candidly and with grace. I recommend this book for all people.
I can't begin describe her journey and the amazing unpredictable twists and turns her life takes, and do it justice. She writes with a smooth enjoyable prose and the book is engaging, I found myself being swept away.
I agree with the reviewer who said this should be on Oprah's list, I'm surprised that it's not.
Dreaming Me would be a fantastic book for students, there are so many layers to her life experience and how entwined it is with the Civil Rights movement and other events from the 1950's onward.