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Interview on the Life on Purpose Podcast

I had a stimulating and fun conversation with Greg Berg on the Live on Purpose podcast.  Greg and I talked about my book, Living in Blue Sky Mind.  He asked me about my life experience and spiritual practice.  We discussed some fine points of practicing blue sky mind.  Listen to the podcast here.

The Life on Purpose podcast is also available on Stitcher and iTunes.

Future Primitive Podcast

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Joanna Harcourt-Smith of Future Primitive Podcasts and I had a beautiful hour-long conversation. We talked about the book, Living in Blue Sky Mind, as well as blue sky mind, teaching children from the inner child, the way of Zen, being a Dharma grandpa, joyful life, and the artist’s role in living on the edge and delving into the darkness.

Here is the link to the podcast:  joy of a blue sky mind

 

Review of Living in Blue Sky Mind

Living in Blue Sky Mind got a very nice review from the Midwest Book Review.

Living in Blue Sky Mind
Richard Gentei Diedrichs
MSI Press
1760-F Airline Hwy, #203, Hollister, Ca 95023
www.msipress.com
9781942891161, $12.95, PB, 180pp, www.amazon.com

“We live with minds as open and spacious as the deep blue sky. “Living in Blue Sky Mind: Basic Buddhist Teachings for a Happy Life” by Richard Gentei Diedrichs (an ordained a Zen priest in 1984 by Genki Takabayashi Roshi and currently a Dharma teacher in the Children’s Program at Daifukuji Zen Temple in Kona, Hawaii) presents basic Buddhist teachings that keep us on the wholesome path of self-realization toward a happy life. “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is a compilation of simple lessons, anecdotes of personal transformation, and reflective questions to guide us along Buddha’s enlightened way. As with such examples as: “Buddha advised that we not speak with malice if we want to create connection and happiness around us.”; “We learn that to be happy, we need to end our suffering and the suffering of those around us.”; and “We are fortunate to have a way to be happy with what we have and with who we are.” Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is thoroughly ‘reader friendly’ in tone, commentary and content. While very highly recommended for community, college, and university library Buddhist Studies collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Living in Blue Sky Mind” is also available in a Kindle edition ($3.99).”

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Teaching Sunday Dharma School

Daifukuji Zen Temple, Honalo, Hawaii

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“Beautiful book.”

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Do not be fooled by the number of pages! I received an advanced review copy of Living in Blue Sky Mind for purposes of endorsement and thought I could finish it in a few hours. The density of concept in each chapter, the reflection questions at the end of each passage, the moral quandaries posed in Diedrichs’s own childhood pulled the brakes on my intentions and compelled me frequently to put down the book and think more deeply about how Buddhist principles apply to my own life. At turns heartbreaking and hilarious, Living in Blue Sky Mind reveals greater truths about regrets that haunt us all without offering a simple resolution. Instead, Diedrichs makes his reader work, just as Buddhism makes its practitioners do the work to achieve true serenity. Reading this book had a direct influence on my own daily decision making, making me feel like a good person but also a lighter person. Nothing can make the past go away, but Living in Blue Sky Mind can help reframe those haunting moments. A good primer for someone (me) with little to no Buddhist education.–Athena MacFarland, Eagle Rock, California