With special thanks to translator Karin Weingart and the good bunnies at Lotos (Random House Germany), I am very pleased to announce that the German translation of the Bunny Buddhism book is now available for pre-order. The German edition has a release date of March 16, 2015—just in time for Easter gifting!
If you’re in the US and looking for a German version on Kindle, you can find it on Amazon.
If you’re in Europe or interested only in the hardcover version, please click on the cover below to check out buying options for both the hardcover and electronic versions.
Wishing very happy reading to all our German-speaking friends!
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Throughout the process of writing and arranging and revising the Bunny Buddhism book, I had this overwhelming sense that it was somehow not real. Surely, it was a dream. For months on end, I worried that someone would send me an email saying, “Just kidding!” But then, just the other day, the very first hard copy of the book arrived in my mailbox.
For me, it creates an interesting internal process. As someone who spent many years self-identifying as a tortured artist, I find myself wanting to run around screaming, “It’s a book! It’s MY book! I wrote it, and it’s really real!” I want to label it as the realization of a dream, the single most important and exciting thing that has ever happened to me. Then I catch myself and go down a rabbit hole of questions. What is real? Isn’t this form, and form is emptiness (see the Heart Sutra)? Is this empty? How can it be empty if it is truly a heartfelt attempt to plant seeds of positivity? How can that be? And what does it mean for this really real book of mine?
Well, sure, it is a book. In a sense, it is something I can hold and look at. But I also know it is not an end result, and more than that – it’s not really mine. If I latch onto it as an all-important marker in my life, I stop learning. I close myself off to what comes next. This is not a beginning or an end, this is just where I am right now. And so, I try to experience each moment of this process as if it were the only moment – because it is.
In this particular moment, I just want to share a preview of one of the book’s beautiful illustrations by Durell Godfrey and take a moment to recognize her for her considerable talent and contribution to this project. Thank you, Durell!
So, I think it would be irresponsible for me to think of this as my book. Durell’s contribution is only one factor…I can include everything from the sun and rain that nourished the trees that grew to become the pages of this book to the workers in the lumberyard and the papermill and the publisher. I am sure there are a ton of things I can’t even think of at the moment, and then one day I know the pages of this book will eventually disintegrate and return to the Earth. Instead of thinking of it as my book or as an end result, I can think of it as a pebble of humorous inspiration dropped into the stream of life. And it will only truly live in the ripples it creates when others read it.
When I learned that some of my humble Bunny Buddhism tweets were going to become a book, I was overjoyed. It was a strange feeling and one I didn’t know how to handle. I had struggled with crippling depression and anxiety for most of my life, and yet here I was, wanting to sing and dance and shout from mountaintops that something wonderful had happened to – of all people – ME. But then, as it often does, the unexpected occurred.
I had a crisis of conscience.
In the ensuing months, my meditation practice turned to unrelenting thoughts and feelings of unworthiness. Who am I to be sharing wisdom with the world? I don’t deserve this book. I’m no Buddhist guru. I’m not any kind of an authority. I’m just a person who decided to take a few minutes out of each day to bring a little light into my life.
Now, here we are a few weeks away from the book release date, and it occurs to me that I don’t have to be a guru. As the bunny says, “I am not the only bunny who suffers.” And that’s just it. That’s what I have to offer. I am in it with you. I struggle. I hurt. I panic. I cry. I fall and get back up again, even when I would rather remain in a heap on the floor. It’s hard but I do it, and I don’t do it alone. So, I hope you will hop with me through this next stage of the Bunny Buddhism journey. Let me offer you some words of bunny wisdom because we all need a little bit of light in each day.