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A Light in the Mind is wonderful. Its clear, down-to-earth approach makes the book easy to read and understandable. Chapter 12 says it all. It speaks of home, of coming home to the essence of practice, to turning on a light in the mind. Carolyn Atkinson writes beautifully about the essence of practice. --Sue Dirksen
This book is clear, simple, kind, and tough-minded--all at once. In each of the twelve chapters, Carolyn Atkinson shows us how to find the courage to face our lives, just as they are. This beautifully written book is a wonderful tool for self-acceptance, something which, as her teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa said, "is the hardest thing to do." An outstanding book in every respect! --Ryuchi Daicixin
Carolyn Atkinson, a Dharma Heir and Lineage Holder of the late Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, is Head Teacher at Everyday Dharma Zen Center in Santa Cruz, California. She also teaches at Stiftung Felsentor in Switzerland. She has been practicing Zen Buddhist meditation since 1973, and has also studied in the Vipassana tradition. After training in San Francisco and China, she practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for twenty years. She is the mother of two grown sons. She is also the author of Quiet Mind Open Heart, also available on Amazon.
Carolyn Atkinson has authored here a highly accessible book that is a great companion to anyone on the spiritual path, particularly those of us who are engaged in a Zen practice. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Adam Kō Shin Tebbe
As a practicing Clinical Psychologist, I have many occasions to recommend books to clients. This clearly written and informative book will be one I recommend often.Published on October 26, 2010 by Irene B. Pettit, Ph.D.
A Light in the Mind is a rather thin book but what it contains inside is truly wisdom about how to live ones life with happiness about just the fact of being alive. Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Daniella Schweizer
I keep this book handy so I may pick it up whenever I feel the need to have my spirits lifted and it always does the trick. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by J. Bellingham
Another reviewer called the book a survival guide, and that resonates with me. It's an accessible, personal, and enjoyable one, too. Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by C. Sutherland