Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation

Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation

Stumbling Toward the Buddha Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation A seeker examines her foibles and accidentally makes peace with politicians Precious Moments family violence and the emptiness of life In her exploration of the personal Dawn Downey exposes the un

  • Title: Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation
  • Author: Dawn Downey
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A seeker examines her foibles and accidentally makes peace with politicians, Precious Moments, family violence, and the emptiness of life In her exploration of the personal, Dawn Downey exposes the universal much like Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron.Downey confesses to feelings she s not proud of, but finds redemption in the middle of the muck She admits to self righteousneA seeker examines her foibles and accidentally makes peace with politicians, Precious Moments, family violence, and the emptiness of life In her exploration of the personal, Dawn Downey exposes the universal much like Anne Lamott and Nora Ephron.Downey confesses to feelings she s not proud of, but finds redemption in the middle of the muck She admits to self righteousness She clings to disappointments When transformation threatens, she grieves the temporary disappearance of her sarcasm This collection of autobiographical essays chronicles a life journey that travels from revelations at a Buddhist monastery to transcendence at a Baptist church The author loses her way in the foothills of California and discovers oneness in the high desert of Colorado En route, she struggles to make sense of a depression that rises from sources lost to her memory and, years later, uncovers the hidden cause childhood abuse A dying Alzheimer s patient points her toward reconciliation Neither mysticism nor meditation delivers up enlightenment, but they push her dangerously close to self actualization If you like your inspiration with a soup on of humor, you ll love Stumbling Toward the Buddha.

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    Reviewed By Janelle Fila for Readers’ Favorite5 stars! I appreciated the humor in Stumbling Toward the Buddha: Stories about Tripping over My Principles on the Road to Transformation by Dawn Downey. I am on a spiritual journey and was intrigued to read what was suggested in the pages of this book. I wasn't prepared for the humor and the fact that the book basically made fun of all of the aspects that make us human, aspects that so many spiritual books tell us to get rid of. Like the compulsion [...]

    Exquisite writing. Dawn Downey’s humanism shines through. What a wonderful memoir this is, told with insight and humor. I laughed, cried, questioned, and looked deeply within myself. I wanted to read this book in one sitting because I was deeply engaged. Instead I read slowly and gave myself time to pause and reflect because some of Dawn’s growing-up experiences mirror mine. Collectively, the essays evoke the pathos, joy, discovery, loss and enduring love, conveying universal experiences in [...]

    Dawn Downey's memoir, Stumbling Toward the Buddha, Tripping Over my Principles on the Road to Transformation, is a lovely collection of linked essays that explore her search for meaning in her life. What is enlightenment anyway? Dawn asks, as she sits meditation on retreat and struggles with her fears and doubts. Fears of driving and getting lost (a perfect metaphor perhaps). Doubts about who her parents were and whether she can trust her own muddled memories of growing up amid family violence a [...]

    I won this book through the first reads program back in May, but didn't start reading it until this week. I think I put it off because, like meditation, I thought it would be good, but challenging. I was wrong. It wasn't good--it was great! And it wasn't a challenge to read. It read more like memoir short stories. I loved it!!!! The author's honesty was so refreshing! What a treat to get to read such a genuine book. Thanks so much to the author for giving this book out through the giveaways pro [...]

    Dawn Downey is an absolute gem. She managed, gracefully, to capture what every artist wishes to express: Her thoughts, clearly and concisely, unadulterated. If you read through the lines, and relax your focus, you may find yourself behind the pen of this deeply touching collection of essays. I sincerely recommend this for most anyone. There are truths hidden in this book for anyone looking for anything at all, but those seeking openly will immediately appreciate our authors profound and humble i [...]

    Downey's collection of short essays has the perfect blend of humor, insight, and light. I was worried I wouldn't connect as I know nothing about Buddhism, but my worry was completely unfounded. Downey does a great job of showing humanity.

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