In Memoriam: Michael Brooks
I’m shocked, stunned, and saddened to learn of the recent passing of my friend, Michael Brooks. I first met Michael on a silent meditation retreat in 2000, and we became instant dharma brothers. The Buddha’s Playbook grew out Michael’s vision for the connection between inner spiritual work and outer social change – between the cultivation of awareness, compassion, and empathy and how those qualities integrate with societal transformation.
Michael was an intellectual with a massive Heart. His smile, laugh, and hilarity will be sorely missed.
The initial proceeds from The Buddha’s Playbook established a memorial bench in Michael's name at the Insight Meditation Society. (photo to come) The money needed for Michael's beautiful bench has been raised (thank you, all!!), and any future revenue of the book will support Josh in his work in sharing the dharma with others.
About the Book
We all face daily challenges, vicissitudes, stresses and hassles. Particularly in the modern environment, we need to possess a range of skill-sets that enable us to be flexible, dynamic and adaptive. And without this greater capacity for versatility, we play an endless game of catching ourselves up and running ourselves down.
Meditation has a proven track record for increasing health, boosting creativity and strengthening clarity. However, many people are confused not only about how to meditate, but even more-so, how to sustain the habit of meditation. And it's really the ability to practice meditation with consistency that delivers all the long-term benefits.
Joshua Summers and Michael Brooks have brilliantly synthesized insights from theories on decision-making with ancient contemplative approaches to make the habit of meditation practice real and relevant. By practicing the simple techniques and approaches in The Buddha's Playbook, you will infuse your life, your work and your purpose with a focused mind and a compassionate heart.
Praise for The Buddha’s Playbook:
“The Buddha’s Playbook is a smart, engaging, and eminently practical guide to living more joyfully and acting more effectively in the increasingly crazy world we find ourselves in. Highly recommended!”
– Timothy McCall, M.D.
Medical Editor, Yoga Journal
Author of Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing
“Trenchant, user friendly, quasi-outrageous, this is a meditation manual unlike any other. Use it at the risk of dissolving your favorite neurotic issues into nothingness.”
– Kate Lila Wheeler
Author of Not Where I Started From and When Mountains Walked
Editor of In This Very Life and Nixon Under the Bodhi Tree and Other Works of Buddhist Fiction.
Michael Brooks. Photo credit: Willie Davis, www.williedavis.com