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CUONG LU at Books Inc. Berkeley

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Buddhist teacher, scholar, and writer Cuong Lu discusses his insightful work, The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom.

As a prison chaplain, Cuong Lu discovered that when the men inside allowed themselves to feel their pain--including remorse for committing crimes--knowing and feeling the truth became a source of strength for them.

This is a book of fifty-two vignettes--stories and teachings about Lu's six years as a prison chaplain. He found that when the inmates felt listened to, understood and not judged, it transformed their sense of who they are, and as a result changed their attitudes and their behavior.

Cuong Lu opens our eyes beyond prejudice to see others--and ourselves--in a larger perspective. When we look at prisoners without judgment, we connect with those we might never know, and with our own basic goodness. The message of The Buddha in Jail is one of redemption.

This book is not just about the prisoners. It's about all of us. We're all caught in distorted and limiting ideas of ourselves. We don't believe freedom and happiness are attainable. But when we come to believe in ourselves, we discover the freedom and happiness already within. Cuong Lu shows us that this approach works. It can be applied to all prisons, and also to our own lives.

"Read these stories carefully, a few at a time, and apply them to our encounters with those who have acted badly, those we don't particularly like, and ourselves, for all these dialogues are taking place within each of us all the time." -- Roshi Joan Halifax

Event date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1491 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
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The Buddha in Jail: Restoring Lives, Finding Hope and Freedom Cover Image
By Cuong Lu, Roshi Joan Halifax (Foreword by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781949017137
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Published: OR Books - April 2nd, 2019

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