NC Literary Hall of Fame



 A Book of Meditations by John A. Blackard

Freedom Lawn Productions
$18.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-329-53287-8
November, 2015
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"The masters only point the way. But if you meditate and follow the dharma you will free yourself from desire. 'Everything arises and passes away.' When you see this, you are above sorrow. This is the shining way."

"We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world."

"If you can’t meditate in a boiler room, you can’t meditate."
—Alan Watts

"If every eight-year old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation."
—Dalai Lama

"Meditation is offering your genuine presence to yourself in every moment."
—Thich Nhat Hanh

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are."
—Ani Pema Chodron

These poems were written in 2014-2015 as the author was discovering and learning about Tibetan Buddhism, meditation, and Kundalini yoga. The poems swim in that gentle ocean of love and truth.

The author suggests that the reader use the poems as meditation topics for a month. He hopes the reader will feel better about things.

John A. Blackard lives in Asheville, NC. Check out his website of creative projects at

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