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“That which we nurture in ourselves is that which we become.”

Jerry Braza

Jerry Braza

Welcome from Jerry Braza, Ph.D. the Author of The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships and Moment by Moment: The Art and Practice of Mindfulness 

Join me in discovering creative ways to mindfully live up to your deepest aspirations and water the seeds of love and joy in yourself and others.

As a mentor and ordained dharma teacher in the lineage of Buddhist Master Thich Nhat Hanh and Professor Emeritus at Western Oregon University, I offer years of experience conducting retreats, seminars, workshops and classes on mindfulness and relationships in a variety of spiritual and secular venues. I look forward to working with you to discover mindful pathways to happiness, love and joy. Consider contacting me to learn more about what I can offer to you and your group or organization.

The Seeds of LoveTo order The Seeds of Love: Growing Mindful Relationships  click here in either the paper or Kindle editions. Also, contact your favorite bookstore to ensure that they are offering this selection.

Foreword:  by Thich Nhat Hanh:

Our role as gardeners is to choose, plant and tend the best seeds within the garden of our consciousness. Learning to look deeply at our consciousness is our greatest gift and our greatest need, for there lie the seeds of suffering and of love, the very roots of our being, of who we are.  Mindfulness—itself a seed—is key to the care of this garden. It is the guide and the practice by which we learn how to use the seeds of suffering to nourish the seeds of love.

In The Seeds of Love Jerry offers a translation of various wisdom traditions as insights on how to take care of the —gardener—ourselves—and the garden—the soil of our consciousness. The mindfulness practices contained in this book are gardening tools that you will rely on again and again.

This is a book that will help anyone seeking to understand and nurture the seeds that create true love in self and others. Turn to these pages when you need a gentle reminder to tend the beautiful seeds of love that reside within.

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Endorsements from Book Cover:

Both down-to-earth and profound, this book explains how to be mindful of the garden of your life—and then out of kindness to yourself and others, pull weeds and plant flowers. Deceptively simple, it is actually a comprehensive guide to the seeds of true happiness and loving relationships. A lovely, wise, encouraging, first-rate book.

- Rick Hanson, Ph.D., author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom (See Rick Hanson’s latest book: Just One Thing: Developing a Buddha Brain One Simple Practice at a Time, )

 Nothing is more precious than our loving relatedness with each other. In The Seeds of Love, Jerry Braza explores how the practice of mindfulness can awaken our hearts. Inspired by the rich and deep teachings of Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, this book is filled with beautiful quotes, reflections and meditations.”

- Tara Brach, Clinical psychologist and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, author of Radical Acceptance

The book will be available in October, 2011 in your favorite bookstore, and is being published by Tuttle Publishing.

May you be filled with loving-kindness and may you be well on your journey to Watering the Seeds of Love.

- Jerry Braza

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