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By Geri Larkin

A funny and sincere choice of Buddhist knowledge from a Western beginner'­s perspective.

Instead of promising a instantly and transparent route to enlightenment, writer and instructor Geri Larkin indicates us that even stumbling alongside that course may end up in self-discovery and awakening, in particular if we prize the adventure and never the vacation spot. With candor, affection, and earthy knowledge, Larkin stocks her reviews as a starting and carrying on with Buddhist. This spirituality vintage indicates any seeker that it truly is attainable to stumble, smile, and remain Zen via all of it.


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