AFTER RAIN

Out in the yard, here in Joshua Tree…

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NOW AVAILABLE: DESERT ORACLE NO. 1

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I have a piece of text on living here in northern Joshua Tree in the debut issue of Wild Ken Layne’s new quarterly print ragazine, the DESERT ORACLE. Every single one of you can subscribe and get a full year’s worth of Oracularism for $15 — neat! Info…

The DESERT ORACLE is a pocket-sized field guide to the fascinating American deserts: weird tales, ghost towns, wonderfully bizarre animals and plants, mysteries and folklore, national and state parks, slickrock arches, legends of lost mines and ships on the sand dunes, beloved authors and artists, and plenty of oddball desert characters from the past and the present.

Printed in striking black-and-white with a brilliant cardstock cover, the DESERT ORACLE is your companion at a roadside diner, around a campfire, or in your tent or cabin as the wind and the coyotes howl outside at night. It’s for national-park adventurers and adventurous locals, film buffs and ghost hunters, lovers of both natural history and human history—the ORACLE is a pocket reader for all kinds of wanderers on saguaro highways and sagebrush trails.

MORE/INFO/SUBSCRIBE: http://www.desertoracle.com/

[PDF] THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

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Download: The Book Of Ruth: Sayings of Ruth Denison (pdf, 19.4mb)

Collected with devotion by Jain
Edited by Lucinda “Treelight” Green, Ph.D.
(More credits in ‘Acknowledgments’)

Original publication: 2005, Rocky Mountain Insight
Prepared for digital distribution by Jay Babcock, Joshua Tree, 2015

These offerings are compiled from notes taken over the years by Jain. They are not necessarily verbatim as Ruth spoke them, but are Jain’s best impressions of what Ruth was trying to impart. After Ruth had distributed the book to her students she re-read it and felt that there were some inaccuracies, but sadly, she did not have the time or inclination to edit them out. So, dear reader, any issues you might take with the dhamma contained in these passages are most likely a result of the note-taker’s inability to capture fully Ruth’s intentions, and not of Ruth herself. That said, those who have been privileged to own their own copy of The Book of Ruth have found great wisdom, comfort, and inspiration in these passages. It is our hope that you will as well.

A FEW NOTES FROM THE DIGITZER:
For those readers who have not studied with Ruth, some parts of this book may be confusing. This is not a textbook that was assembled by Ruth herself to transmit her teachings to the general public, nor should it be considered her definitive work. In some ways, The Book of Ruth is exactly what its subtitle says it is: SAYINGS — a summary set of Ruth’s deeper teachings. Distillations, reminders. As such, some phrases might seem nonsensical or obscure. Remember that Ruth’s native language is German, but she often teaches in English and uses terms from the Pali language. Although her English is exceptional, she often shortcuts through phrases in a way that makes sense in person, where the words are coupled with gestures and follow-ups. In print, some of this is inevitably going to be lost.

With regards to the photographs: many of photographs are candid snapshots of Ruth; few of them are posed. If there is no caption with the photo, it is best to simply take it as it is. In other words, do not get lost in trying to interpret the photos as being symbolic in nature. The photograph that opens the book is Ruth in the zendo at her Dhamma Dena center in Joshua Tree, next to a painting of her vipassana master, the Burmese teacher Saya Gyi U Ba Khin. The dogs that appear in many photos were her beloved constant companions.

For those who are unfamiliar with Ruth’s teaching, it is probably best understood as a combination of U Ba Khin’s vipassana meditation technique, her teacher Charlotte Selver’s sensory awareness techniques, Theraveda Buddhist doctrine, and Ruth’s own studies, discoveries and innovations. In addition, through the decades, Ruth has constantly refined her teaching, routinely emphasizing one aspect or another of the technique to suit what she understands to be a student’s needs in that moment, in that place.

For more information more about Ruth’s life, a good place to start is the biography Dancing in the Dharma: The Life and Teachings of Ruth Denison by Sandy Boucher (2005, Beacon Press).

And on the web:
Ruth Denison

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home)

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 16 — Photographs

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Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 15 – “Wisdom”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 14 – “Metta”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 13 – “Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 – “The Precepts”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 – “The Hindrances”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 15 — “Wisdom”

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THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 14 – Photographs

Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 14 – “Metta”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 13 – “Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 – “The Precepts”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 – “The Hindrances”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 14 — “Metta”

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Next:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 15 – “Wisdom”

Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 13 – “Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 – “The Precepts”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 – “The Hindrances”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 13 — “Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta”

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Next:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 14 – “Metta”

Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 – “The Precepts”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 – “The Hindrances”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 — “The Precepts”

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Next:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 13 – “Dukkha, Anicca and Anatta”

Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 – “The Hindrances”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 11 — “Hindrances”

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THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 12 — “The Precepts”

Previously:
THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 10 — “Desire”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 9 — “Emotions”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 8 — “Working with the Mind/Body Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 7 — “The Practice”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 6 — “Thoughts/Thinking”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 5 — “Mind”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 4 — “Breath/Breathing”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 3 — “Awareness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 2 — “Mindfulness”

THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON Part 1

Info on downloading the entire book as a single pdf: THE BOOK OF RUTH: Sayings of RUTH DENISON

More info on the web:

Ruth Denison website

Dhamma Dena Vipassana Center (Ruth’s home) website