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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).”

Teaching Sunday Dharma School

Daifukuji Zen Temple, Honalo, Hawaii

“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

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We live with minds as open and spacious as the deep blue sky.  Living in Blue Sky Mind presents basic Buddhist teachings that keep us on the wholesome path of self-realization and oriented toward a happy life.  Zen priest, Dharma teacher and former public elementary school teacher, Richard Gentei Diedrichs, offers simple lessons, anecdotes of personal transformation, and reflective questions to guide us along Buddha’s enlightened way.

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What people are saying:

Living in Blue Sky Mind is a gift this author gives to all of us, of all ages, as he shares the joy and truth found in Buddha’s words.

Living in Blue Sky Mind will doubtless serve as an excellent introduction to Buddhist thought for some, and a re-acquaintance with the concepts for others.  Personally, I was reminded of why Buddhism is so appealing to me.

This is a great book for anyone interested in basic Buddhist teachings and how they can affect our personal happiness. The author’s voice and stories stay with you and continue to resonate long after you turn the last page.

Living in Blue Sky Mind is a gem of a resource for anyone who is open to learning about Buddhism, mindfulness practice, and living a happier and more compassionate life.

Living in Blue Sky Mind is a terrific primer for the young or adult mind who is curious about Buddhism.  It also can function as review for someone who may have dabbled in Buddhism in the past and may have forgotten how important it was to them at some point.  The passages are short, concise and entertaining.  They reinforce the ways in which a Buddhist, or really anyone who wants to bring more awareness into their interactions, should live.

The book has certainly made a subtle but meaningful change in my own life. As someone who once spent many years in the academic study of Buddhism, I still read plenty of Buddhist philosophy, but I’ve only loosely maintained my Buddhist practice. Reading Living in a Blue Sky Mind re-affirmed my need for a daily practice. I am setting the book next to my zafu, so that I can re-read the chapters as Dharma reminders prior to my meditation sessions at home.