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When Sasaki Sokei-an founded his First Zen Institute of North America in 1930 he suggested that bringing Zen Buddhism to America was like "holding a lotus against a rock and waiting for it to set down roots." Today, Buddhism is part of the cultural and religious mainstream. Flowers on the Rock examines the dramatic growth of Buddhism in Canada and questions some of the underlying assumptions about how this tradition has changed in the West. Using historical, ethnographic, and biographical approaches, contributors illuminate local expressions of Buddhism found throughout Canada and relate the growth of Buddhism in Canada to global networks. A global perspective allows the volume to overcome the stereotype that Asia and the West are in opposition to each other and recognizes the continuities between Buddhist movements in Asia and the West that are shaped by the same influences of modernity and globalization. Flowers on the Rock studies the fascinating and ingenious changes, inflections, and adaptations that Buddhists make when they set down roots in a local culture. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Buddhism, religious life in Canada, and the broader issues of multiculturalism and immigration. Contributors include Michihiro Ama (University of Alaska), D. Mitra Barua (University of Saskatchewan), Paul Crowe (Simon Fraser University), Melissa Anne-Marie Curley (University of Iowa), Mavis Fenn (University of Waterloo), Kory Goldberg (Champlain College), Sarah F. Haynes (Western Illinois University), Jackie Larm (University of Edinburgh), Paul McIvor (independent), James Placzek (University of British Columbia), and Angela Sumegi (Carleton University).
If youve ever felt like you needed to change the world around you for the better but didnt know where to start, then youre not alone. Marcos H. N. Rossi spent much of his time following predefined rules that didnt align with his true self. But he transformed his life in a way that helped him change the world for the better. In this guidebook to success, he shares reflections on how to accomplish personal and professional goals. Youll find essays on topics such as the power of perseverance, tips on harnessing your passion, and instructions on how to take advantage of midlife opportunities. Youll also discover strategies to align your behavior with your true self, tactics to improve personal relationships, and twenty calls to action to achieve your goals, including avoiding the extremes and seeking balance; doing good deeds and forgiving the ones around you, including yourself. Join Rossi as he shares how he faced everyday challenges and found a way to win by putting Flowers on the Balcony.
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Patrick Lima's books and his articles in Harrowsmith magazine are considered required reading by garden enthusiasts across Canada. G. Brender à Brandis is a renowned wood engraver who has taught botanical art at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton. This book is their collaboration, a celebration of the beauty of flowers through Patrick Lima's fascinating commentaries and G. Brender à Brandis's elegant engravings. Perfect for both gardeners and those who delight in the delicate craft of the engraver, Portraits of Flowers is a unique collection of inspired portraits.
Anyone can be a rock artist! Just paint along with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step photographs. You don't need a green thumb to grow these bloomin' beauties - just some ordinary rocks and acrylic paint. Step-by-step instructions (with lots of pictures) make it fun and easy to paint your own rock tulips, daisies, petunias, daffodils and other flowers. They'll brighten any corner of your home, they make great gifts - and they're guaranteed not to wilt!

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