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Nothing Extra: Notes On the Zen Life

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"You might as well take your socks off...because they'll be knocked off anyway by the writing of Dogo Barry Graham. Little diamonds of Zen blasted into your mushy brain to pry your eyelids open."
—Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

We live with so much pain and sadness, so much uncertainty and fear—but, if we understand the truth about reality, it doesn’t have to be a problem. Ze
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Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published March 17th 2016 by River and Stone Press
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Mark Robison
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Good but not nearly as good as his book “Kill Your Self.” To me, it felt like he was trying too hard to be Zen in his writing, which caused some entries to feel stilted. He also feels like he’s trying really hard to challenge the reader instead of letting the thwacks to the head come naturally. Still, this is a good bedside book because the entries are short enough that they don’t require much investment but are profound enough to feel like you’ve accomplished something by reading a nugget. This ...more
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I have found myself picking this up in the middle of the night when I can't sleep. It's soothing to know that I do not need all the answers and comforting to know that peacefulness is possible.
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Barry Graham is what Foucault called an Author Function.

More than a dozen books.

Published in magazines including Harper's, Salon, Narratively, PANK, Northwords Now, Flaunt, Parabola, The Big Click and Nerve.
“I told her I don’t think grief is a price we pay for love, but rather that it is a part of love. When death comes, I think the grief is to be experienced the way the joy was experienced before—and if we experience it intimately, grief and joy are not separate, and both are love.” 0 likes
“Before you can be of service to other beings, the heart has to awaken, which comes through diligent contemplative practice. And, when the heart awakens, all gaps close.” 0 likes
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