Books by Jason Espada








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Then there is this.

Buddhist Poetry


From four collections, 1985 to 2018.





2009-2015.



2006 to 2007.

And this, 1985 to 2005.

 

Free ebooks, in .pdf format

A Concise Set of Buddhist Healing Prayers and Practices

A Resource for the Practice of Meditation

As Editor:

An Anthology of Buddhist Prayer

Mahayana Prayers and Poetry.pdf; Audio

A Collection of Prayers to Tara

Chenrezig Sadhanas and Commentaries – in four volumes: One, Two, Three, and Four

Teachings on Bodhicitta, in two volumes: One, and Two

Great Perfection Teachings

Teachings on Mahamudra

Teachings on Meditation by Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh Commentaries

On The Avatamsaka Sutra

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Essays on the Frank Espada Archive

To view my father’s photography, please visit thefrankespadagalleries.com

The notes and essays in this collection were written over the last couple of years, as I’ve prepared for events, and communicated with scholars, curators, and representatives from universities. In a few cases, I’ve included something just because it has a family story or two in it.  Perhaps all together these will help someone who is interested to get a fuller idea of who my father was, along with his own writing, and his art, of course.

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Rediscovering Joy

Putting the joy back in Joyful Effort

In Buddhism, we call a bodhisattva someone who’s intent on helping others in every needed way. He or she does this through what are called the Six Perfections, which are Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Joyful Effort, Meditation and Wisdom. This is, or should be, a path of unsurpassed happiness, and mature joy, because this is not a small ambition to have. Such great love is, in fact, the fulfillment of our lives here.  Sometimes, however, we lose our zeal…

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Freedom of Mind – the Root of the Social Gospel

For Dr. David Hilfiker, with photographs by Frank Espada

‘We belong to each other…’

I. The social gospel defined

The social gospel is the view that we are made to care for each other; that we are here to protect, support and encourage each other; to love, nurture and celebrate every one of our family, from birth, through all the stages of life, in struggle and difficulty, and in times of ease and success.

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Power and Love – a Buddhist Perspective

We fear power because we associate it with aggression.  It’s there in everything from militarism to abusive husbands and boyfriends, to those we say are ‘drunk with power’ – implying control, domination, and injustice.  But power in itself is neutral.  Power can be turned any way, and this is something we need to know, for our own sake, for that of our community, and world.

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Spread the Word – The Answer is Love

I first saw what has come to be known as ‘the human microphone’ during Occupy.  This is where one person speaks, and those around him or her repeat it, so that others can hear.  They begin with saying ‘Mic check!’ ‘MIC CHECK’, the crowd replies. This is a time when we all need to repeat the best things that we hear, a time when we all suffer and struggle together, and whatever wisdom we can gather needs to be spoken far and wide.

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