Darren Littlejohn will discuss his book , How to Gain Nothing from Buddhist Practice, September 2, 2017 from 1:00-:2:30 in the Mary Hollis Clark Room. This program is part of the Friends of the Central Library’s Writers to Watch program.
How to Gain Nothing from Buddhist Practice is a how-to book. This book will tell you everything that you need to know about how to start a Buddhist practice. It includes practice instructions in each chapter to deepen your experience with the teachings. It’s a complete guidebook for individuals, groups, beginners and experienced meditators alike, and is the perfect complement to an existing practice.
Darren Littlejohn is a best selling author, retreat leader, Certified Yoga Teacher and a certified Reiki healing practitioner. A recovering addict and a practitioner of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, as well as a former mental health specialist, he earned a BA in Psych in 1991 and worked in chemical dependency and acute psychiatric care facilities during college. Darren took 2 years of graduate school in Research Methods for Psychology. He has been a Buddhist practitioner since the mid 80’s. A spiritual crisis led to a relapse in 1994 with 10 years of sobriety. After regaining sobriety in 1997, Darren worked on recovery with a new zeal, incorporating many years of psychotherapy, 12-Step work, Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practices. While relapse with long-term sobriety is common, returning for a sustained duration is extremely rare. Darren’s program, which became the basis for the book the 12-Step Buddhist, is an integrated approach that is hard won over a span of more than twenty years.
Darren has conducted meditation and yoga retreats in Oregon and California for years and has carried his inspirational message to more than 25 cities nationwide. He’s appeared in the New York Times, TVs Extra and several magazines and podcasts. He podcasts on iTunes with over 100,000 downloads and writes regularly for the Huffington Post.
Darren, a jazz guitarist and dog lover, now lives in San Diego, CA, with his wife and dogs. He’s been involved with many community projects, including the fight against smoking, creating dog parks, community television and a spiritually driven jazz program.