Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Monastic Zen in Japan [EPUB]
09 August 2019, 18:35
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 161429397X | 2.65 MB
What happens when a liberal, free-spirited, modern American girl goes on a spiritual quest into structured, disciplined, traditional Japanese Zen life?
Gesshin Claire Greenwood was a liberal, free-spirited American girl who found meaning and freedom in disciplined, traditional Japanese Zen life. However, she came to question not only contemporary American values but also traditional monastic ones.
This book is about becoming an adult—about sexuality, religion, work, ethics, and individuality—but it is also about being a human being trying to be happy. Questioning is a theme that runs throughout the book: how can I be happy? What is true? What is authentic? The reader is invited along a journey that is difficult, inspiring, sad, funny, and sincere.
Poster Boy: A Memoir of Art and Politics [EPUB]
06 August 2019, 12:31
2019 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760641332 | 10.38MB
When you're sneaking around the city at night you feel like a kid again. The seriousness of the world is unmasked as a series of facades, dead objects just waiting to be painted. I was immediately hooked. Out on the street I could say anything I wanted. So what did I want to say?
Peter Drew's posters are a familiar sight across Australia – his 'Real Australians Say Welcome' and 'Aussie' campaigns took on lives of their own, attaining cult status and starting conversations all over the country. But who made them, and why?
In this irresistible and unexpected memoir, Peter Drew searches for the answers to these questions. He traces the links between his creative and personal lives, and discovers surprising parallels between Australia's dark, unacknowledged past and the unspoken conflict at the core of his own family.
Packed full of Peter Drew's memorable images, Poster Boy is an intelligent, funny and brutally honest dive into the stew of individual, family and national identity. It's about politics and art, and why we need them both. And it's about making a mark.
The Missing Man: From the Outback to Tarakan, the Powerful Story of Len Waters, the RAAF's Only WWII Aboriginal Fighter Pilot [EPUB]
06 August 2019, 12:20
2018 | EPUB | ISBN: 1760296414 | 6.13MB
Len Waters was a Kamilaroi man. Born on an Aboriginal reserve, he left school at 13 and by 20 was piloting a RAAF Kittyhawk fighter with 78 Squadron in the lethal skies over the Pacific in World War II. It was serious and dangerous work and his achievement was extraordinary. These would be the best years of his life. Respected by his peers, he was living his dream. The war over, it should have been easy. He believed he could "live on both sides of the fence" and be part of Australia's emerging commercial airline industry. He had, after all, broken through the "black ceiling" once before. Above all, he just wanted to fly. Instead, he became a missing man in Australia's wartime flying history. Peter Rees rights that wrong in this powerful, compelling, and at times tragic examination of Len Water's life. He also tells us something of ourselves that we need to hear.