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We're All Doing Time: A Guide to Getting Free [Paperback]

by Bo Lozoff, Dalai Lama
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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1998 0961444401 978-0961444402 New, rev. ed
Often called "The Convict's Bible," this book is also relevant and important to any spiritual seeker. Interfaith wisdom, divided into 3 sections: The Big View describes Bo and Sita Lozoff's life of activism and spiritual exploration. Getting Free is a section of detailed instruction in classic spiritual practices. Dear Bo is correspondence between Bo and dozens of the inmates he has challenged, encouraged, and loved. This is an amazing book, which has moved people to great extremes. It has been translated into 5 languages.

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"Bo Lozoff is a giant in the movement to turn prisons into true centers of growth and rehabilitation." Jon Kabat-Zinn -- Jon Kabat-Zinn, Personal Correspondence, January 5, 1986

About the Author

Bo Lozoff's fans range from His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Outlaw Biker Magazine. His work with the prison population of the world is legendary. Bo is a true maverick teacher and writer whose first book, "We're All Doing Time," is on the Village Voice's list of "the ten books everyone in the world should read."

Product Details

  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kindness Foundation; New, rev. ed edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961444401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961444402
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bo Lozoff (1947- ) is an American author, teacher, activist and singer/songwriter whose work has drawn fans as diverse as Mister Rogers, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Outlaw Biker Magazine. His first book, "We're All Doing Time" (1984), although originally intended for the prison population, has been hailed by Village Voice Magazine as "One of the ten books everyone in the world should read."
In 1999, Lozoff was awarded an honorary doctorate in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary and the Temple Award for Creative Altruism for his groundbreaking "Prison-Ashram Project," a worldwide spiritual outreach administered by Human Kindness Foundation to distribute free copies of Lozoff's books, CDs, and DVDs to prisoners, their families, and prison staff in over sixty-one countries. Dr. Lozoff has personally visited and led workshops in approximately 1100 prisons around the world.
His musical career has produced four critically-praised CDs, Stumbling Toward the Light (1986), Whatever It Takes (2004), Eyes So Soft (2006), and Bo Goes Country (2012). Lozoff has also authored two illustrated children's books, The Wonderful Life of a Fly Who Couldn't Fly (2002), and A Little Boy in the Land of Rhyme (2011).
Semi-retired from writing and lecturing, Bo Lozoff now lives on the active lava field of Kilauea volcano, in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He supports himself by musical performances and by guiding hikers to see lava flowing up close. He is still songwriting and producing new musical albums.

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
By Jobson
.... and I mean that. This is no cheesy, ego-fondling "self-help" book. Whether you have been incarcerated or not, you're sure to benefit somewhat from this book. After an illuminating introduction, Bo begins with a chapter called 'The Big View', which in itself is one of the most direct, honest yet simple introductions to starting a more spiritual & disciplined life I've ever had the pleasure to encounter. Then, we have a chapter (Getting free) which outlines loads of spiritual practices, each one quite good. There's stuff from Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Islamic contemplative traditions. Each instruction is easy to understand, and makes you want to do it. Along with that there's stuff on Hatha yoga, prayer, Karma yoga (helping people as a spiritual practice), and even how to eat spiritually. Just those 2 chapters as a book would have been awesome, but to top it all off, the following half of the book is letters from convicts to Bo himself. This may not seem so spectacular, but it is. It's very inspiring. As an added bonus, the whole book is peppered with funny cartoons, pictures, quotes and Bo's funny comments. Everything he writes just sings honesty & compassion. Plus, it's only 8 bucks! Think of all the crap books you buy for 20 or so.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
This books has served as a reference, but more than that a reminder of where I am, how far I have to go and the tools to get there. Bo has produced a book taking the best of Yoga, self discipline, pragmatism and compassion and produced a ruthless guide to self-growth.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring spiritual guidebook December 13, 2002
This book is incredibly inspiring. Bo Lozoff goes into one of the toughest environments there is--prison--and by teaching about meditation and yoga and spiritual truths completely transforms the lives of many people.
More importantly he doesn't preach or pretend to know all the answers. He draws from the teachings of Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism to teach spirituality that is relevant to everybody. In the section of letters to and from prisoners he shows a lot of wisdom in his answers.
You don't have to be in prison to benefit from the teachings in this book. It is straight forward and practical spirituality for everyone.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book can help you with any struggle. May 16, 1999
By A Customer
Bo is a breath of fresh air. He is selfless - there's no ego here. This is a very trustworthy man with deeply important things to say. While "Pop Philosophers" are busy making bumber stickers Bo passes on real wisdom. He doesn't want a name for himself...he just wants to help.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't go wrong with this one August 2, 2005
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I read this book prior to recommending it to a relative who is serving a life sentence in a California prison. I had heard of the book, but was not willing to recommend it without reading it. If you are looking for a "user-friendly" introduction to spiritual development, you can't go wrong with this one. Written in a very clean, easy to understand, and loving style, the book is the one I would want to have were I facing a life sentence.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a remarkable journey February 2, 2001
Reading the correspondence from prisoners working to pursue meditation and yoga in their search for peace just knocked me out. We think in our ordinary (free) lives that we struggle with our spiritual paths, and in theory it might be the same work, but the inspiration from these stories puts a whole new perspective on the seeking. An excellent, touching, sincere and fascinating book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "We're All Doing Time" is Indescribably good July 6, 2006
I thought that this book would be interesting and informative, but was was much better than I expected. It not only answered all of my questions and gave wonderfully clear instructions for the practices, but I actually had several "Ah Ha!" moments while reading it. I rate this book as one of the most important books that I have read in years.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The beginning November 24, 2002
By Nabodhi
This is it! This is the book that started my conscious spiritual journey some 11 years ago. This is the book I learned to meditate from. I have read literaly hundreds of books on spirituality and this is one of the best. Bo and his wife Sita are exceptional human beings. You can't go wrong with this book. Namaste
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books ever of its kind
As in the title, it is so true. Excellent book! Thank you for doing business with me! Thanks to Bo!
Published 9 days ago by Perri Z.
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
This is a good book, very inspirational! It is easy to read and understand. I would recommend it to anyone
Published 10 days ago by Debi
5.0 out of 5 stars It's true, we are all in our own prison.
This book is written to help those in prison. Its true, we are all doing time , we are all in our own prison. I highly recommend this book for everyone!
Published 15 days ago by Sharon Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just released from jail....
I was just released from jail yesterday, As I sat in my little cell I read this book over and over again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kat von
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for everyone serving time
This is an invaluable handbook for anyone serving jail or prison time. It is filled with practical tools for turning jail/prison time into an investment for spiritual and emotional... Read more
Published 2 months ago by annette kahmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I was very satisfied with the arrival of my material and the timiless of receiving it. Thanks and I will certainly order again!
Published 2 months ago by Terina D. Bradford
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this for a family member who's not in the best of situations, and he has been bragging about how good this book is and hw he's learned a lot about meditation from it.
Published 2 months ago by Susan Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Much love for HKF
Been an admirer of and advocate for the work of Bo and Sita Lozoff and the Human Kindness Foundation for maybe twenty years now. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jazzshaman
5.0 out of 5 stars if you are down it helps
i read this for th first time when I was serving a sentence in federal prison. it was a great blessing. this copy was bought for someone in a local jail. Read more
Published 6 months ago by daniel comarovschi
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
I bought this book to replace one my son lost so I got one for him and one for me. If you think that your life is tough this is one way to put it in perspective and get on with it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by mymom51
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