I’ve come up with what I think is a pretty good idea for my next book. I’m not ready to reveal this to the world just yet because I haven’t quite worked out exactly how I want to present the idea publicly. It’s pretty solid in my own mind. But, like Low Reed said, “Between thought and expression lies a lifetime.” And I want to get this just right because I think it’s a good idea that nobody’s done yet.
In order to make the book as good and as useful as I think it can be, I’ll need to talk to people who are experts in styles of meditation other than Soto Zen. I want to present good solid information about a variety of types of meditation in a number of traditions including Christian-based, Islamic-based, Hindu-based and other styles and traditions.
To do so I need to talk directly to people who are experts in these kinds of meditation practices. Ideally, I would like to include firsthand original interviews with people who are known in their particular field. So if you’ve just taken a few classes in, say, Kundalini meditation at your local McYoga studio, god bless you, but you’re probably not the kind of person I need to talk to.
Whenever I pick up a book that references Zen or some other subject I know a lot about like Godzilla movies or The Beatles and the author cites somebody who I know really doesn’t know very much about that subject, it makes me doubt much of whatever else that author says. I don’t want that to happen with this book. I want readers who know a lot about, let’s say Kundalini again, to see the name of whoever I’ve talked to about Kundalini and go, “OK. That guy knows what he’s talking about even if Brad doesn’t really understand it completely.”
So, dear readers, I’m asking you for leads. Perhaps some of you out there know someone who is a recognized expert. It would be especially helpful if you have a personal connection to that expert and can help me get in touch. But even suggestions are helpful. You can put them in the comments section or you can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you’re in or near Ojai, California this coming Friday, December 6th, go see the documentary about me. You have to get your tickets in advance though! Here’s the link where you can buy them.
Dec. 12 we’ll show the documentary about me in Seattle, Washington. You gotta get your tickets in advance, though. Here’s the link!
Dec. 13 we’ll show the documentary about me in Portland, Oregon. Again, you gotta get your tickets in advance. Here’s the link!
I will be at all three screenings to do a Q&A afterwards and sign books and generally hang out with people.
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As usual, this blog and my being able to go to these film screenings are supported by your donations! Thank you!