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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.

 

 

Living in Blue Sky Mind-The Essentials

Living in Blue Sky Mind
by Richard Gentei Diedrichs

Published by MSI Press

Adults Teens Children

Zen Buddhist Primer-Zen Resource
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Living in Blue Sky Mind, Synopsis

   Living in Blue Sky Mind began as short talks that I gave to children and their parents at Daifukuji Zen Buddhist temple in Kona, Hawaii.  I had the idea of publishing the talks in a blog that I called, “I Can See Clearly Now.”  By the time I published about one hundred of the talks as posts, the blog had amassed nearly twelve thousand views.  I went to several publishers with my success, and MSI Press agreed to publish the collection as a book.
   Each short chapter in Living in Blue Sky Mind presents a Buddhist teaching, such as stopping or changing the ways we think, speak and act that bring so much anxiety, dissatisfaction and misery into our lives, and the lives of people around us.  By becoming more aware, caring, and wise, we actually begin living in blue sky mind.  Most of the chapters are infused with short stories from my own personal experience, as a child and adult, in which I realize a truth that helps to open my awareness, my mind, and my life.  At the end of each chapter, I provide several reflection questions that help focus and personalize the teaching.
   One early reader of the book said: “I thought it was a very enjoyable read. I have been interested in Buddhism for a while, but only in a general way. I’ve read books about Buddhism before but they would take me through the concepts, but not connect them to my life. This book covers the concepts but the author’s own personal memories help make those concepts more real and understandable. I also liked the fact that the author acknowledges that he sometimes falls down in living the words of Buddha, as we all do, yet to be truly aware is to “see life exactly as it is.”