The New Saints
From Broken Hearts to Spiritual Warriors
by Lama Rod Owens
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Pub Date 31 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 03 Nov 2023
Sounds True Publishing, Sounds True
A USA Today Bestseller
A Buddhist Lama and intersectional thought leader shares a guide for those who would dream a more just, ethical world into being.
Saints, spiritual warriors, bodhisattvas, tzaddikim—no matter how they are named in a given tradition, they all share a profound wish to free others from suffering. Saints are not unattainable beings of stained glass or carved stone. “Saints are ordinary and human, doing things any person can learn to do,” teaches Lama Rod Owens. “Our era calls for saints who are from this time and place, speak the language of this moment, and integrate both social and spiritual liberation. I believe we all can and must become New Saints.”
With The New Saints, Lama Rod shares a guidebook for becoming an effective agent of justice, peace, and change. Combining personal stories, traditional teachings, and instructions for contemplative and somatic practices, he shares inspiring resources for self-exploration and wise action. Each chapter reinforces the truth of our interdependency—allowing us to be of service to the collective well-being, access the unseen realms of divine guidance and strength, and call on the support of the countless beings who share our struggles and hopes.
The status quo of our society is crumbling, and rightly so. But what future will emerge to replace it? “There’s nothing like crisis to wake us up and force us to get serious about change,” says Lama Rod. “Ancient, powerful magic is returning. With the end of the lies of the old world comes the awakening of truth.” For those who have the willingness to allow our hearts to break, disrupt systems of violence, and let deep, authentic care guide our actions instead of fear and hate, here is a clarion call for becoming a spiritual warrior—a human refreshed, serving a vision of a world shaped by love.
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What is a new saint? A new Saint is an ordinary person who care about. Themselves and the others around and who have figured much of the work that needs to be done to experience the freedom to be there. Looks at new saints from various spiritual and religious traditions and describes their characteristics. Cover working with ancestors, prayer, the body and forgiveness.
<3 The Artistry is what made me interested in picking this up. The content seamlessly resonated with my ongoing learning and practicing of these holistic self-care tools that has been around for decades. It being mainstream only came (IMO) about due to the pandemic, political and racial unrest all erupting and corrupting simultaneously. This alignment of all these evils seem to bring these Spiritual and Self-Care practices front and center. He is practicing 3 of my daily practices along with a whole lot more that I can not even begin to wrap my head around. Hearing of his 3 years in Spiritual Training sounds exactly what I been seriously contemplating. I am ready to just leave this apartment and this area all together... It was informative and left me more curious about all these practices that are what I think is an advanced level of Spiritual Gangster Status.
It may be a trendy thing or the thing to be practicing... but for me they all has served as self-preservation, past and ongoing trauma, physical and emotional healing--some tools that I went looking for when one practice was no longer effective on its own... TM did wonders for the purpose of #RageTaming, Equanimity Strengthening and #chokeOutPrevention purposes.--until it didn't.
My #TBR LISTS just got longer. This is well worth the read to learn of the old traditional indigenous practices or to strengthen anyone's Spiritual Practices. #Meditation #BreathWork #CommunityHealing #Rituals #Ceremonies #GenerationalTrauma #ReAwakening #Reparenting #InnerChildCare #NetGalley <3