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Highlights from Tucson Festival of Books

It was a privilege to present “In the Shadow of the Buddha” at the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books. More than 100,000 people attended the Festival to hear and speak with the 450 authors. What an weekend!

Dinner with Tucson mayor, Jonathan Rothschild and Rodney Glassman was a great start for me at The Author’s Table dinner on the night before the Festival. And it was a treat to be on the ‘Eden Seekers’ panel on Saturday with Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of "Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden," and Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, author of "The Fourth Wife: Polygamy, Love & Revolution”. Both Brook and Carolyn spoke eloquently about their writing and journeys. On Sunday morning, Sy Montgomery, a naturalist and author of 17 books including The Good Good Pig, and I had a great time sharing our experiences of travel and adventure around the globe. I highly recommend the books by Brook, Carolyn, and Sy! And thanks to everyone who came out to our panels!

Speaking with and attending sessions by Diana Henriques and Luis Urrea  Read More 
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FPMT Mandala magazine Editor's Choice review of In the Shadow of the Buddha

FPMT Mandala Magazine Book Review
Editor’s Choice April-June 2012

Author Matteo Pistono skillfully tells the interweaving stories of his spiritual quest, political work and travels to remote areas of Tibet in his book In the Shadow of the Buddha, recently released in paperback. The author’s high-stakes adventures, which take place over the course of a decade, are by themselves riveting. But add to the mix a fascinating profile of an historic Tibetan master and a frank account of human rights abuses and you get a page-turner that has real substance.

In his twenties, Pistono launches into a pilgrimage in Tibet to trace the steps of Terton Sögyal (1856-1926), a highly regarded Buddhist spiritual master who also advised and taught the 13th Dalai Lama. Terton Sögyal’s ability to combine high-level Dharma practice with politics attracts Pistono,  Read More 
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Events with Matteo Pistono at the Tucson Festival of Books, February 9-11, 2012

Matteo Pistono will participate in the upcoming 2012 Tucson Festival of Books March 9-11th.

On March 9th, Matteo is one of the authors featured at the Festival of Books annual Author’s Table Dinner. Tickets for the event are sold out.

Then, on March 10 and 11, Matteo will take part on two panels:

Saturday, March 10, 2012 4-5:30 pm.
University of Arizona campus, Integrated Learning Center, 150
'Eden Seekers' panel discussion:
Matteo Pistono will join Brook Wilensky-Lanford, author of "Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden," and Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, author of "The Fourth Wife: Polygamy, Love & Revolution” for a discussion entitled 'Eden Seekers'. The moderator of the hour-long panel is Rabbi Samuel Cohon of Temple Emanu-El, the oldest congregation in Arizona.

Sunday March 11, 2012 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Traveling Wild — Exploration Adventures;Panel
University of Arizona campus, Chemistry - Room 111:
Matteo Pistono will join Sy Montgomery, a naturalist, author, documentary scriptwriter and radio commentator for a discussion moderated by Laura Penny.

The Tucson Festival of Books brings together authors, publishers  Read More 
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Sulak Sivaraksa and Engaged Buddhism

I had the great honor last month to spend a few weeks with Sulak Sivaraksa and about his more than half a century of living and working for justice, peace, democracy and sustainable livelihoods. Sulak Sivaraksa, born 1933, is a prominent and outspoken Thai intellectual and social critic. He is a teacher, a scholar, a publisher, an activist, the founder of many organisations, and the author of more than a hundred books and monographs in both Thai and English.

Click on the photo to the left for more images from the last few weeks.

And read below for a recent article THE FUTURE OF BUDDHISM: FROM PERSONAL AWAKENING TO  Read More 
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