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Award-Winning Finalist in the Religion: Eastern category of the 2014 International Book Awards
Zen Unleashed is now the Gold medal winner of the "Animals/Pets" category of the 2014 Living Now Book Awards.
Winner in the "Eastern Philosophy" category of the 2014 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards.
Sheila the Zen Dog encourages us-Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike-to find peace through letting go of attachments and learning to be in the moment. Whether pondering the merits of barking versus receiving tummy rubs considering the similarities between police dogs and show dogs or sharing secrets of doggie dreams Sheila uses her natural dog wisdom haiku poetry and simple explanations to fetch and deliver a clear and useful summary of Zen Buddhist teachings. Often dubbed The Middle Path Buddhism as explained by this Zen Dog offers guidance to anyone regardless of breed.
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Sheila the Zen Dog currently resides at her home in Iowa. Like most dogs she lives by Buddhist principles being in the now. When she's not napping Sheila enjoys taking car rides playing Frisbee and barking at people and things. As part of her Buddhist practice Sheila is no longer chasing large farm equipment and appears to be making an effort to be friendlier with the cat next door. This is hit and miss though.
Tim Macejak began practicing Zen in the early 1980s and has alter­nated between formal practice at Zen Centers and an informal at-home practice. He currently is co-leader of a Buddhist meditation group at the Anamosa Men's Reformatory (a state penitentiary) a member of the Cedar Rapids Zen Center and is on the board of directors of the Hokyoji Zen Practice Community. He is an employee of the United States Postal Service and a dog lover. He lives in Anamosa Iowa with his wife Teresa.
The illustrator Bud Podrazik is a freelance cartoonist who has also dabbled as a writer and musician. He resides in Chicago Illinois along with his wife Margaret.
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Lucy (a neighbor's dog): This book is awesome. I'm going to try to get Brad to live more like me. Thanks!
I finished this book by Tim and Sheila the Zen Dog in one sitting ... er ... not sitting as in zazen ... Anyway, it was a quick read! I loved it. In fact, I bought all copies, available at the time, and gave to family and friends. As you can see from the above, even Lucy, a Chicaaago dog (of sort) liked it, too!
Tim's delightful -- and often LOL -- snippets weave fundamental Buddhist ideas with practical, common, everyday situations into an authentic and beautiful tapestry to enjoy over and over again. I know, you're thinking dogs playing poker. Not exactly. The clever, clear writing is sprinkled with entertaining illustrations. Despite this, don't mistake this book as appropriate for children without guidance. Instead, use it to highlight the now-ness in simple everyday life with your children (or adults and other sentient beings). The book is simply a delight!