Aug
11

Everything Mind Review In Publishers Weekly

Chris Grosso Publishers Weekly

Grateful to Publishers Weekly for this nice review of #EverythingMind Personally, I wouldn’t say this book is a “guide to Buddhist theory and practice” nor specifically a Buddhist book by any means, but whatever, psyched on going 2 for 2 with positive reviews from PW!

“Recovering addict and punk rock journalist Grosso (Indie Spiritualist) wants, in his irreverent hybrid of personal memoir, inner travelogue, and profanity-filled guide to Buddhist theory and practice, to “wake your ass up” and help you to “be of service to others.” Grosso’s advice avoids the sappy, clean-living reform rhetoric of most enlightenment memoirs; instead he teaches shadow work—the practice of working through imagined conversations with others—embracing emotional darkness, and gravitating toward those with a nontraditional (or nonexistent) spirituality. Chapters explaining concepts like Witnessing Awareness and bodhichitta alternate with concise descriptions of accessible, mostly traditional practices. Although Grosso has a free-form, conversational style, his lessons are all coherent and well organized. He draws from such masters as Thich Nhat Hanh and don Miguel Ruiz, but also from less conventional sources like Charles Bukowski’s “The Last Night of the Earth Poems.” His low-key offer of tools for experiencing the oneness of life is human and humble, while secure in understanding its profound value, like a friend putting a hand on your shoulder on a rough day.” (October 1st)

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Aug
02

Update on Jarvis Jay Masters Case and Statement

Jarvis Jay Masters

Jarvis’s legal team received a letter from the CA Supreme Court this month (July), which stated that the CA Supreme Court has reviewed Jarvis’s Opening Brief (the one that was filed back in 2001, and has to do with what was wrong with the original trial). There has been a long wait for them to schedule Oral Arguments as a result of the evidentiary hearing (based on the Habeas appeal) that concluded back in 2011, but with this new development, the CA Supreme Court is requesting Oral Arguments for the Opening Brief.  This news means that the Court has reviewed the Opening Brief and that at least 4 of the 7 judges are on the same page with a decision, and so the Court is ready to hear the Oral Arguments.

I spoke with Jarvis a few days ago, and while this news is obviously very good, he’s also feeling very frustrated. His frustration is the result of knowing that his case is essentially ready to move forward ASAP yet due to things out of his control, it’s going to take longer than he feels is needed, which he elaborates on below in some thoughts he shared with me, and asked me to share with all of you. While speaking with Jarvis, he asked me, “What can I do here, Chris? Really, what can I do that I’m not seeing?” And the most honest answer I could come up with was, “Jarvis, I really don’t know. I respect you enough not to bullshit you and say something trite like, ‘sit with it’ or ‘have faith in the process’. I can’t even begin to imagine what you’re going through.” I mean really, can any of us imagine being locked up for 35 years? So as Jarvis shared with me what he did below, all I could do, all that I felt was right, was to be there with him in the moment, with an open heart and fully attentive. I doubt that did any good for him, but in those moments, what else was there to do? This man, this innocent man, has been locked in a chamber for far too long and it is time for his release!

From Jarvis:

“I don’t know what a day without pain feels like. My Buddhist practice helps, but it’s still very hard. I’m now on a food strike just so I can feel like something is being done, anything. I just need to feel like something is being done with my case, with my life. I’ve been in the California Supreme Court for 23 years waiting for my day in court. Now, that opportunity is finally presenting it but one of my lawyers has decided to go on a vacation, while another lawyer decided there’s too much work to be done to address my case right away. He also noted that and has other client to get to first. Other clients to get too first? And these are clients who are on some small charges and haven’t been locked up long at all. I still have to wait in line after 23 years? That’s very hard for me to accept.

I wish I didn’t know what 23, 24, 25, 35 years looked or felt like in here, but I do. And I feel enough is enough. I also feel like I’m being intimidated by my lawyers in a way because they keep throwing the fact that I’ll be executed in my face if this isn’t handled properly. What they don’t understand is that I’ve been living in a cell, in a chamber for 35 years now, so how much worse can it get? While my lawyers are out vacationing, playing golf, surfing, or whatever, I’m in here and I’m experiencing pain and suffering.

So all of this is very frustrating for me and it’s hard for me to communicate it. I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining, but I need to get this stuff off my chest. It hurts. I’m hurting. I’m in here and I’m in pain and it gets very lonely. People don’t truly understand what it’s like in here. I can sit and meditate but that doesn’t make it go away. I recognize these circumstances give me the opportunity to practice, but it still hurts. I’m tearing up right now just thinking about the fact that I’ve been here for 35 years and people don’t really understand what that’s like.

Again, I don’t mean to sound like I’m complaining. This is more of a confession if anything. I have pain I’m dealing with and trying to overcome and this is just me speaking to that, which is what my food strike is all about. I’m trying to make a statement. I’m trying to get someone to listen.”

 

www.freejarvis.org

www.goin2getout.org

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