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My local book tour covered the San Francisco Bay Area: inaugural launch at Green Arcade, San Francisco; East West Books, South Bay; Copperfields, North Bay; Book Passage, Marin; and capped by a benefit for KPFA-fm (Pacifica) at the Hillside Club, Berkeley (Moe’s Books on Telegraph supplied copies).

For the latter, Maxine Hong Kingston generously donated her time to join in conversation with me. For a preview, we were guests of the Talkies show, moderated by Kris Welch, who also hosted our benefit evening. DVD’s/CD’s of the benefit event were later offered for December pledge drives for the  listener-sponsored Pacifica network affiliates .  Pacifica was born in the peace movement surrounding World War Two, hence its name, referring to pacifism.

In our Talkies segment, we begin at [ 30 : 53 ].

New Dimensions Radio • 
Meditation: The Gardening of the Heart • Aired October 31 – November 13, 2018 & now available on-demand • Plus,
Mindfulness Is the Path is a free chat in the program’s Café series.[Tags: mindfulness, liberation, vulnerable, liberation, Mindfulness Fellowship, Tai Chi, Qigong, rhythmic breathing, swimming, Personal Transformation, Self Help, Meditation]

My episode is #3,469, reflecting how venerable this program is, broadcasting the good news since 1973. At lunch after the session, Justine & I found how interwined is our “crazy, twisted karma,” as they say. I remember the original New Dimensions pod, plus we discovered our mutual connections from the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

Being in conversation with Justine is like having an intimate session with your beloved guru. Such dialogue opens the heart and awakens the mind, clarifies purpose & vitalizes the spirit, & uplifts the soul.

The Secular Buddhist podcast • Inn conversation with Ted Meissner. August 11, 2018. [ 44:42 ]
Ted Meissner is a teacher of MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) at Jon Kabat Zinn’s Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, & Society in Massachusetts, where he manages online programming and community development. He also teaches MBSR online at his magnificent site Present Moment : Mindfulness Practice & Science. He writes:

Meditation is sometimes thought of as a passive relaxation technique. And I’ll admit, those three words together rub me the wrong way. Meditation is, to me, an active, alive way of being, and that is often far from relaxing, though of course it can be. But to think of the full breadth of contemplative practice as “a technique” is doing a great disservice to the change which can occur by realizing there is no distance between you, and living this very life.

A notable example of a “Nonsecular Buddhist” is Stephen Batchelor. A deep student of Tibetan Buddhism, then Korean Buddhism, he went on to formulate an agnostic Buddhism ( Buddhism without beliefs); his most recent books being Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist, and  After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age.

My third appearance on Ted’s program, it’s always an honor and a pleasure. Maybe sometime I might pitch returning yet again to talk about Postsecularism

Author 2 Author  • Conversation with Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief, Author magazine, September 4, 2018
Bill started us out in spiritual openness & we fell into a conversation from there. When we both looked at the clock, a half hour later, we realized we’d barely scratched the surface together, and yet we covered a great deal of ground. [ 35:30 ]

Conscious Community • Janae Jean, Spencer Schluter, and I discussed “conscious” & “community,” on many levels – as well as kung fu, fundamentalist atheists, gender & smiling, & much more. Recorded September 4, 2018. ( 1:11.36 )

What Matters Most • Conversation with Paul Samuel Dolman, Recorded September 6, 2018.  [51:09]
Student, seeker, and author of Hitchhiking with Larry David, Paul  discusses a wide range of subjects with a stimulating, diverse group of people. One listener writes:

This was lovely; hearing men witness love with other men, & their fathers, being connected in such an intimate way … so grateful I heard this today.

Sit back, relax, and get conscious.

The Soul-Directed Life • Conversation with prayer artist Janet Conners, recorded September 13, 2018, Unity Radio.  [ Video trailer ( 3:10 ) ]

Mindfulness: Good Medicine in Confounding TimesNew Human Living, with Les Jensen, October 31, 2018. ( 1:00:15 )

Unshakable Self-Confidence with Bill Atwell

In the Spiritwith Gary Goldberg. September 27 – a really deep dive, I’ll post a streaming artifact of it soon. Meanwhile –  a return visit is scheduled for January 13, again LIVE. -={ Stay tuned }=-

Insights at the Edge with Tami Simon. Pause. Breathe. Smile. Spiritual Awakening as an Art Form [ 58:58 ]  August 14, 2018 — with transcript.
My publisher is also a brilliant interviewer. Yet I’m embarassed to say, alas, I flubbed this one – my first interview in 5 years. ( I had also just collapsed inwardly from  defeat after a long, psychically draining legal wrangle.)  Since then, I’ve been answering Tami’s questions elsewhere, but not in her sublimely lucid sequence. My bad.


Review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice. ( For more about S&P, here’s a spotlight by Paul Chaffee, in The Interfaith Observer, followed by an updated Part 2). I’ve been a fan of S&P since their inception, and it’s a great honor, indeed, to be recognized by them, for this book, and my previous.

Substantial review by Lynette Monteiro, PhD [clinical psychologist, co-founder of the Ottawa Mindfulness Clinic, and co-author with Frank Musten of Mindfulness Starts Here : An 8-week guide to skillful living] in 108zenbooks, November 11, 2018.

Review by Krysta Gibson, New Spirit Journal

Pause Breathe Smile’ a nifty primer on mindfulness. by Leslie Katz, in San Francisco Examiner,  September 5, 2018 

Community of Communities – Excerpt of interview with Gary Gach by Janae Jean & Spencer Schluter in October 2018 issue of Conscious Community

Review by J Aisylnn D’Merricksson in San Francisco Book Review, November 2018 

What Is Meditation?  – by GG • excerpt, in Tricycle_Fall 2018_Brief Teachings, emailed to subscribers September 12, 2018

Selected in Spirituality & Health‘s 100 Books Round Up • chosen as 1 of 10 mindfulness titles

Study. Observe. Practice.  – by GG • in How to Take Knowledge from Books & Actively Apply It to Your Life  by Ben Skute, in Fupping

Look to the Growing Edge. – by GG • in The Edge, on September 1, 2018.