1. Rev. Sumi Loundon Kim is the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University and minister for the Buddhist Families of Durham. She has published two anthologies, Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists and The Buddha's Apprentices: More Voices of Young Buddhists. Following a master's degree in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, Massachusetts. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.
2. Jack Kornfield co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, in 1975 and later the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology. His books include After the Ecstasy, the Laundry and the national bestseller A Path with Heart.
In an age when the Dalai Lama's image has been used to sell computers, rock stars have used tantra to enhance their image, and for many, Nirvana calls to mind a a favorite band, what does Buddhism mean to twenty-somethings?
Blue Jean Buddha offers real stories about young Buddhists in their own words that affirm and inform the young adult Buddhist experience. This one-of-a-kind book is about the experiences of young people in America-from their late teens to early thirties-who have embraced Buddhism. Thirty-three first-person narratives reflect on a broad range of life-stories, lessons, and livelihood issues, such as growing up in a Zen center, struggling with relationships, caring for the dying, and using marathon running as meditation. Throughout, up-and-coming author Sumi Loundon provides an illuminating context for the tremendous variety of experiences shared in the book.
Blue Jean Buddha was named a finalist in the 2002 Independent Publisher Book Awards (Multicultural Non-Fiction - Young Adult) as well in NAPRA's Nautilus Awards, in the Personal Journey/Memoir/Biography category.
PART I. LESSONS Introduction Lillian Guild: The Perfect Buddhist Boyfriend Paul W. Morris: The Backward Step Ben Galand: Climbing with Tara David Zuniga: Running as Meditation Cameron WArner: Dream a Better Dream Jessica Morey: Ordinary Awakening Claudia Heiman: Winning over Depression Hanuman Goleman: I'm a Mutt Sister Kristine: Life as a Vietnamese Nun Kenneth Lee: Drugs and the Dharma Jonathan Drummey: Getting Off the Cushion Liane C. Yasumoto: A Way of Life Julia Hengst: Going for the Guru PART II. LIFE STORIES Introduction Joshua M. Schrei: Growing Up with the Dharma Bums Elijah Ary: Bridging East and West Jae-ho Lee: Extreme Care Noah Levine: A Dharma Punx Path Hojo Tone: In My Father's Footsteps V. Sharif Fennell: My Mom's a Buddha PART III. LIVELIHOOD Introduction Seth Castleman: If a Nice Fewish Boy Sits in a Cave, Does He Make a Difference? Hwansoo Kim: Caught in Indra's Net Amy Darling: Halted Breath Meggan Watterson: A Small Step from the Lotus Soren Gordhamer: Juvenile Hall Dharma Josh Krieger: Do Androids Dream of Electric Dharma? Adrienne Stauffer: Freeing Tibet, Freeing Myself Diane Biray Gregorio: A Flash of Lightning: Inner Revolution and Social Transformation Diana Winston: Socially Engaged Buddhism Inside-Out PART IV. REFLECTIONS