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Reincarnation Through Common Sense Paperback – September 20, 2013
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About the Author
Albert Einstein said, "Once you accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy." Doug "Ten" Rose has metaphorically worn stripes and plaid all his life. He has thirty years experience raising funds at street level for various causes, often while working under very adverse personal circumstances. He has invented and directed charity projects involving rock stars, pro sports teams, a governor, mayors, and senators. These projects raised awareness and large sums of money for others. Much of this was done while Ten remained homeless himself, and panhandled for food money on the streets (details at http://www.fearlesspuppy.org). He has recently written two books, Fearless Puppy on American Road and Reincarnation Through Common Sense. True to Ten's form, ALL author profits from these books will be donated to sponsor Wisdom Professionals (beginning with but not exclusive to Tibetan Nuns and Monks). Ten has an unaccredited degree in comparative religion. His real degree is as a graduate cum laude of heroin addiction and death, as well as thirty-five years and over a hundred thousand miles of travel without ever driving a car, having a bank account, telephone, or a bill in his name. Ten may be the most comedic smartass as well as the wisest and most entertaining survivor of the hitchhiking adventurers that used to cover America's highways. The term "crazy wisdom" is often used, but rarely meets its match the way it does in this author. Ten Rose and his work are a vibrant part of the present and future as well as an essential remnant of a vanishing breed.
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The Dalai Lama once said, "Nirvana may be the final object of attainment, but at the moment, it is difficult to reach. Thus the practical and realistic aim is compassion, a warm heart, serving other people, helping others, respecting others, being less selfish." The concept of reincarnation as the migration and rebirth of a soul (spirit, consciousness, you name it) into a new body after its biological death is by far the most popular Buddhist belief, but it may not be all.
Buddha's less known understanding of reincarnation as a daily spiritual renovation is even more important in the service of a life improvement. In this light, that mystical force we usually identify as karma becomes part of a natural law where individuals are not influenced by it. On the contrary, individuals govern it and shape it through conscious actions (or non-actions) and subsequent reactions. Rebirth should rather be a reformation of our present life, a reincarnation of our mind: we create karma every time we think and act. It won't be necessary to radically overturn your religious beliefs in order to understand and embrace this kind of knowledge. A constructive philosophy can easily harmonize with our spiritual inclinations, whether mystical or agnostic. The "daily-use reincarnation", in fact, shows strong similarities to the cornerstone principle of re-birth through Baptism, but while the Christian sacrament is a one-time ritual, Buddhism fosters kindness, happiness, and good health by practicing rebirth in our daily thoughts and actions.
Crafted as a riveting memoir, Reincarnation Through Common Sense follows Doug Ten Rose's spiritual path to re-birth and pays an homage to those special human beings, the 'Wisdon Professionals', who held his hand throughout his journey and awakening: monks and nuns who, simply out of unconditional love for the entire universe, help broken souls to heal and become whole again. Valuable food for thought, Ten's personal journal is a perfect inspirational mantra. I have savored his honest and engaging narrative for a few days, with my morning coffee and bedtime meditation. I will treasure his gems of philosophical wisdom: they come from a modern day Lazarus and delightful narrator, a man who traveled on some difficult roads (read my review of Fearless Puppy On American Road), hit rock bottom and came back, reborn.
I would like to thank the author for the review copy he generously offered in return for an unbiased opinion. Every time you purchase Doug Ten Rose's books, you support and sponsor emotional and spiritual intelligence. All proceeds from book sales will benefit Buddhist monks and their charitable projects.
Imagine humanity without pretense. Without greed, hate, or selfishness. This is what Doug Rose found, and I'm glad that he has shared the experience with us. I, in turn, will do my best to live up to and with these precepts, even when I drive.
Enjoy and give it to others as a gift. It truly was a gift to me. Lordiel_Spiritual Practitioner [...]