A Dog called Buddha
“No dogs barking. Silence in the valley, not a warbler or a cicada. Two days now of silence and stillness in this gap between the worlds.”
A Dog called Buddha is the story of how I evacuated my home in an old Land Rover with four dogs in the foothills of the mountains, to escape the wildfires that were raging across Portugal.
Along with the experience of a bush fire and what that brings, the book explores our presence here on earth, our place in nature with the animals and particularly yoga, the three yoga texts of the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Upanishads and their perennial truths that become clear in the journey through the fire.
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HARDCOVER ISBN: 978-1-911438-41-0. PUBLISHED MAY 2020
Reviews for A Dog Called Buddha
“A little book of treasures, delicately spiralling through realms of darkness, wonderment, blessing and love. I couldn’t help but read it again the very next day. Simply beautiful.”
“There is nothing dry or academic about this book – the actual journey with all its twists and turns is a bit of a thriller, and the reflections on life and yoga along the way always relate to what’s going on at that moment, including practical tips for grounding a physical yoga practice in the everyday. The postures, we are reminded, are simply one of several yoga-based tools for enabling us to live more effectively in the here and now.”
“A beautiful read. This is a gentle, lyrical, but gripping tale of the author’s escape, with his canine companions, from the rampaging fires devouring Portugal’s forests. One man’s story of his love of nature and animals and our deep connection to both.”
“This a remarkable book beautifully written from an unusual, not to say unique perspective. Dogs are beings too, and a natural philosophy of oneness with natural things pervades every page. A gem.”