Author(s): Jerry Braza
Using the garden as metaphor, "The Seeds of Love" offers a process for creating mindfulness. From a Buddhist perspective, everything affects our consciousness and enters metaphorically as a seed. Through the development of the practice of mindfulness, and using its tools to maintain a state of awareness and openness to self and others. Readers interested in Zen Buddhism will learn how to nurture such seeds as compassion, joy and generosity and to use personal challenges such as jealousy, anger and self doubt as a means of growth. Using precepts from many faiths and traditions, "The Seeds of Love" fosters the practice of using simple, basic actions to reach the best within ourselves and share it with those around us. It will be an invaluable guide to anyone seeking deeper and more conscious relationships.
"The sun is out, there is a warm breeze on your face, and you are in the company of an elegant teacher. Savor each step as well as each page. This is a wonderful book." --Peggy Rowe Ward, Ed.D., and Larry Ward, Dharma teachers and authors of Love's Garden "Jerry Braza uses the analogy of a garden, as well as wisdom from many different beliefs and cultures, to teach us how to cultivate goodness in our own minds. By doing so we create optimal conditions for developing 'mindful relationships' with those we love." --Power of Moms blog "Jerry Braza has written a wise and gentle book on mindful relationships that shows how this natural development occurs. He avoids simplistic answers and offers deeply felt observations based on his own journey into the wonder of the present moment." --William Martin, author of The Tao of Forgiveness and The Caregiver's Tao Te Ching "Both down-to-earth and profound, this book explains how to be mindful of the garden of your life--and then out of kindness to yourself and others, pull weeds and plant flowers. Deceptively simple, it is actually a comprehensive guide to the seeds of true happiness and loving relationships. A lovely, wise, encouraging, first-rate book." --Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom "This is good reading for both new and seasoned students because it explains so well how to nourish the good in us." --William Menza, Dharma Teacher in the Plum Village Tradition "Inspired by the rich and deep teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this book is filled with beautiful quotes, reflections and meditations." --Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance
Jerry Braza, Ph.D. is a mentor and Dharma teacher in the lineage of Thich Nhat Hanh and Professor Emeritus of Health Education at Western Oregon University. He conducts meditation retreats and mindfulness-based training programs for a variety of spiritual and secular groups. He is cofounder of the humanitarian organization the Forgotten People Foundation, supporting service learning projects for disadvantaged groups living in Vietnam. His book "Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness" was published by Tuttle Publishing in 1997. His three-word philosophy frames his life: mindfulness, love and service.