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I TOOK THE BUDDHA SHOPPING
A spiritual memoir of an unlikely friendship
By Bill Bruzy
A man stands looking at a disturbing reflection in a store window on a chilly grey winter’s day. He sees an unfamiliar face, a gaunt, dirty street person looking at him and suddenly realizes he has become that street person reflected in the window. Another man, during that same time, is a wealthy businessman lunching with a presidential candidate and being asked to run for state senate in Arizona. This is the story of these men becoming friends.
“I Took the Buddha Shopping” takes us from the mean streets of Detroit, from hopelessness to a fully lived life. The story of a man’s struggle to grow, of meeting a mentor, spiritual teacher, and forming an unlikely friendship, leads us through a universal process of change reflected in the gritty and difficult direction of one man’s path. The lessons though, apply to us all, and are particularly apt in difficult times like these.
Surpassing the depth of its predecessors “The Way of the Peaceful Warrior,” and “Tuesdays with Morrie,” “I Took the Buddha Shopping” uniquely shows, in sharp detail, the relationship between a man’s psychological, emotional and spiritual growth in a way no other book does.
These are lessons learned in the fire and conveyed in a deeply poetic tone.
The author is currently looking for representation for this manuscript and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (512) 477-9595
Bill Bruzy is director of The Austin Men’s Center. He has a Masters of Health Sciences degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in Mental Health Program Planning and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas. A feature writer for New Texas Magazine for ten years, freelance writer and photographer Bill has published over 150 articles including interviews with Deepak Chopra, Richard Gere, Robert Bly, James Redfield and many others. In addition to writing Bill has shown photos at The Calument Photographic Gallery in San Francisco, Photofest in Houston and various venues in Austin long with publishing photographs in American Heritage Magazine, Baltimore Sunday Sun and other publications.