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There's a war on—and Lin Jensen isn't gonna take it standing up. In 36 riveting scenes, Pavement shows how the Buddhist perspective can help us all, even in the toughest times.

Every day, Lin Jensen has gone down to the center of his small town of Chico, California, plopped down a meditation cushion, and sat "peace vigils" in protest of the US invasion of Iraq—his honest effort to change the world.

From his knee-level spot on the pavement, he has encountered a wonderful array of what Lin calls "uprights": a heart-breakingly generous homeless man who offers Lin his only possession; hostile passers-by who shout "F@#k you, Peace Wimp!"; "White Wolf," who punctuates every comment (always shouted!) with a sharp poke to Lin's chest; compassionate soldiers; and more—all amid rain and bright sun, exhaust fumes, and the scent of azaleas.

Jensen, the author who so moved readers with his acclaimed memoir Bad Dog!, here shares what sidewalk-dwelling has taught him about humility, generosity, and what it really means to love our neighbors. It's inspiring, good-humored reading—especially for anyone who might work or wish for change but doesn't want to be just spitting into the wind.

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Every day, Lin Jensen has plops down a meditation cushion on the streets of Chico, California, and sits "peace vigils" to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq — his honest effort to change the world. From his knee-level spot on the pavement, Jensen encounters a bracing array of what he calls "uprights": a heartbreakingly generous homeless man; hostile passersby who scream "Fuck you, Peace Wimp!"; "White Wolf," who punctuates every shouted comment with a sharp poke to Lin's chest; compassionate soldiers — all amid rain and bright sun, exhaust, and the scent of azaleas. Jensen — whose previous memoir, Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places, received wide acclaim — here shares his struggles and helps us all learn more about humility, generosity, and what it really means to love our neighbors. This is an inspiring, good-humored book — especially for anyone who might work or wish for change but doesnt want to be just spitting in the wind.

About the Author

Lin Jensen is the critically acclaimed author of the memoir Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places and Pavement: Reflections on Mercy, Activism, and Doing "Nothing" for Peace. His first book, Uncovering the Wisdom of the Heartmind, received the Best Nonfiction/Spiritual Book award from Today's Librarian. His prose that has been likened to Steinbeck, and his wonderfully poetic writing has made him one of the most beloved of modern Buddhist writers. He has taught writing in various colleges and universities for over twenty years, and continues to teach Buddhist ethics and practices at Chico State University. He is the founding teacher and senior emeritus teacher of the Chico Zen Sangha, in Chico, California, where he lives with his wife.

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HuntLara, December 17, 2008 (view all comments by HuntLara)
I read BAd dog, maybe I should be doing the comment on that one.....hehehehehe. But I was here just looking for something else that Lin Jensen Wrote, just becouse he is such a great writter.

I loved his book "bad dog". I cried and I laugh and most of all, it gave me great concepts to think about. I recomend the book...and I recomend to read slow, meditate and talk about with the ones you love. Its a goood way to connect in a deeper level.
WONDERFULL reading of how light comes strong from our darkenest moments, and love exists in so many places:D
Lara
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ISBN:
9780861715220
Author:
Jensen, Lin
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Subject:
General
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Religious life
Subject:
Buddhism - General
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Street life
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Compassion - Religious aspects - Buddhism
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Religion Eastern-Buddhism
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Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070331
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
128
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8 x 5 in 6.5 oz

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Every day, Lin Jensen has plops down a meditation cushion on the streets of Chico, California, and sits "peace vigils" to protest the U.S. invasion of Iraq — his honest effort to change the world. From his knee-level spot on the pavement, Jensen encounters a bracing array of what he calls "uprights": a heartbreakingly generous homeless man; hostile passersby who scream "Fuck you, Peace Wimp!"; "White Wolf," who punctuates every shouted comment with a sharp poke to Lin's chest; compassionate soldiers — all amid rain and bright sun, exhaust, and the scent of azaleas. Jensen — whose previous memoir, Bad Dog! A Memoir of Love, Beauty, and Redemption in Dark Places, received wide acclaim — here shares his struggles and helps us all learn more about humility, generosity, and what it really means to love our neighbors. This is an inspiring, good-humored book — especially for anyone who might work or wish for change but doesnt want to be just spitting in the wind.
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