Help my father finish the book he was born to write.
This Kickstarter is to help my father Brad turn his half-completed manuscript into the completed book.
After spending 40 years looking at different modalities and teachings for how to move more easily and gracefully through life, this book is the account of what actually works and why. It is all of the practice and none of the dogma. Please note that this book is not a "how-to" but an explanation on "how" and "why" Vipassana meditation works. To learn the technique it is important that the reader attend a course such as the courses from www.dhamma.org who offer Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin.
The Bhudda's Toolbox describes of the structure of the human intellect so that we can see why Vipassana techniques are the perfect tools to free us from the emotional tumult of our stories, curtail habitual and compulsive behavior and open experience to profound calm, clarity and unconditional kindness. Vipassana meditation is the technique that the Buddha used to attain enlightenment.
The author (my father) Brad, lives a subsistence lifestyle in a small eco village on the beach in Oaxaca, Mexcio. I am helping raise funds so that he can complete and publish the book. I would very much love and appreciate your assistance in helping to finish this project.
Description of the The Buddha's Toolbox:
Gautama Buddha, more commonly known as The Buddha, is arguably the most famous person in all of human history. But why? What did he do that created such a large and lasting influence? He didn’t orchestrate genocide or bring a war to an end. He didn’t build pyramids, or empires, or lead cultural revolutions. He didn’t further medicine, or art, or technology. And he didn’t organize any new ideas, generate any new philosophies or found any new religion. What was so powerful and so rare had nothing to do with anything in the outside world. What was so powerful was that the Buddha discovered that the human intellect and imagination have a very specific structure and that a handful of very simple techniques are the perfect tools to strengthen our concentration and develop sensitivity to a level that begins to slow down the mental processes. The work begins a process of calming the mind and clearing the emotional physiology of the “defilements” that generate all human nastiness and the ugliness that one sees in the world.
Once he understood the power of these tools, he patiently and persistently put them to use until all that fuels self-deception and creates our imaginary sense of reality was exhausted. When this process of liberation had concluded within him, the Buddha spent the rest of his life teaching these meditation techniques and supporting the process in anyone who was willing.
The Buddha is now world famous because numerous religions using his name formed after his death and a trans-cultural prevalence of statues of him sitting in a cross-legged position. But religion has nothing to do with what the Buddha learned and taught; what is important is: understanding that the human mind has a structure that allows us to use a few very simple tools to hinder then dismantle the mechanism that generates the mental and emotional commotion that is the source of all human misery.
A person doesn’t have to become a monk or give up a “normal” life to do the work. And, it doesn’t take years to begin to benefit; the benefits are immediate. Three things are needed to initiate the process.
- 1) A desire to be good.
- 2) An understanding and practice of the technique.
- 3) The occasional support of like-minded individuals. (Each person is always fully responsible for his own work, but we will see in the book why support is so important.)
The intention of this book is to offer a simple description of the structure of the human intellect so that we can see why Vipassana techniques are the perfect tools to free us from the emotional tumult of our stories, curtail habitual and compulsive behavior and open experience to profound calm, clarity and unconditional kindness.
Previous Publications “Mom, How do I Think? Ideas, questions and activities for parent and child” A parent/child activity book exploring thought and imagination. The chapters are titled: The Dollhouse, The Fairy Body, The Library and Story Time. The readers are guided through activities that show how feeling is an important part of thinking and plays with how we string together words to share our imagination with others. Although simply presented, the work helps all participants understand some of the limitations of language and how difficult it can be to understand one another. Each handmade/hand printed book in the edition of 48 is unique with finger-paint endpapers and Japanese art paper heading each chapter.
“Earth Skills: a campfire story” Intrigued by my dependency on civilization in 2002 I attended a hunter-gatherer course in the Northern Sonora Desert of Utah. For ten days we lived off the land – barely surviving on acorns, cactus fruit, cattail pollen and fish we caught with our bare hands. One night while sleeping under a pile of pine needles a story came to me. Although based on the life of one of the participants, the story is about our deepest personal fears and the human condition. The story is laser etched into sheepskin parchment and bound in birchwood and leather. Edition of two.
Risks and challenges
It has taken about 6 months to write the first half of this book, but as money is tight, this kickstarter is to find the 6 months required to finish the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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