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Finding Venerable Mother A Daughter's Spiritual Quest to Thailand by Cindy Rasicot
March 2nd 2020 


finding spiritual mother, mother/daughter relationships, spiritual relationships, spiritual quest
 Cindy Rasicot continues to unravel how her memoir Finding Venerable Mother, which began as a biography of Rasicot's spiritual teacher the Venerable Dhammananda, ended being Rasicot's own memoir. We discuss the power of the mother/daughter relationship even when that relationship is spiritual, not biological. Listen in here. 


My Impossible Life  by Charlene Jones
trauma   travel       transcendence
trauma, healing, spiritual quest, woman's spiritual quest, personal growth, meditation, India, Tibet, Visualization Meditation, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Mexico, Greece, Italy, Israel

Running from an untenable home life, Charlene finds herself captive to two armed felons for 3 days. She returns home but shows up wasted and addicted until she meets and travels with the contentious meditation teacher Namgyal Rinpoche aka Leslie George Dawson. Recognized by the head of the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhis, the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Dawson leads his pack of students to a Tibetan temple in the north of India. Charlene there finds herself initiated into the various Tibetan Buddhist meditation practices. She continues traveling and while her outer adventures include outrunning tornadoes on the Gulf of Mexico, drinking chang with Mongol men and more, her inner landscapes include horrifying nightmares, broken relationships, and dulled senses. Will her focus on healing guide her through the dark labyrinths of her past and yield a life worth living? How will she weave the paradoxes in what she calls "My Impossible Life"?






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