Buddha Meditation Journal

The text in this journal is a modernized version of very ancient verses originally attributed to the Buddha. The Buddha didn't mince words when telling people what they needed to know to reach happiness and these simple verses are very dear to the hearts of Buddhists everywhere.

How to Use this Journal

Of course, you can use this journal any way you like! You can scribble limericks, keep grocery lists, or review old television shows.

But! You can use each page as a “thought for the day” and then ignore the quotes and use the lined pages as a record of your daily journey.

You can doodle on the left page under the quote or you can cut pictures out of magazines and glue them there.
You can use the quotes as writing prompts.

The Buddha once said “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. ... Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. ... But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”

You have permission to argue with the quotes. You can analyze them and see how they fit with your life or not. You can modify them into something more suitable to you.

You can do a mix of all of the above.

This is your book.

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The Pocket Darwin

Pretty much everyone thinks they understand evolution and a few people actually do. Many, maybe most, do not.

The Pocket Darwin presents Charles Darwin and his "dangerous" idea in a short, easy-to-read form.

In September of 1837 Charles Darwin wrote “In July opened first notebook on transmutation of species. Had been greatly struck from about the previous March on character of South American fossils, and species on Galapagos Archipelago. These facts (especially latter), origin of all my views.”

When Darwin set sail on the Beagle in 1831, he was just 22 years old and had completed a degree in theology. He had every intention of returning in three years (instead of the five years the voyage actually took), to settle down to the life of a country pastor who collected beetles in his spare time. It didn’t work out that way. His round-the-world voyage on the Beagle changed his entire life and the course of science history.

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What they are saying about Black Jade Dragon

"The pacing is excellent, with non-stop action. There are many plot twists as well, which kept me guessing. Angie denies that she wants to help, but her actions belie her words. There is also a nice overlay of Buddhist sayings which really fit the various situations. The world on Shaolong Island seems very real and I felt as if I, too, were being chased by dragons." 
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"Cogan has managed to write a great novel about dragons, magic pearls, invisible swords, and a down-on-her-luck thief who beats the odds. This is a really fantastic book and well worth your money."

For You are Crunchy....

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#1 in the Black Jade Dragon Series
Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and good with ketchup...
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In the South China Sea is an island protected by nine dragons. Angie Tanaka has made one of them really, really angry.

Angie is running from the Hong Kong police and pays the captain of a fishing boat to take her … anywhere but here. Her only possessions are her grandfather’s sword and a fistful of stolen diamonds. When she lands on Shaolong Island she thinks she’s made good her escape with her ill-gotten gains. She thinks she’s safe. She’s heard about Shaolong’s dragons but she thinks they are a myth. She doesn’t know they can take human form. She doesn’t know that on Shaolong anyone you talk to might be a dragon.

When Angie sees a mystical pearl the size of her head she finds it irresistible. True to her nature, she must steal it. And true to her usual bad luck, in the middle of the heist a kindly old woman is murdered. Angie is not a killer, but the murder was done with her sword, she was there, and she was stealing something. All eyes turn to Angie, especially those of the dead woman’s husband who looked like such a nice old man … until he turned into the Silver Dragon.

Now Angie is running for her life and the only thing standing between Angie and a monster that could eat a Toyota Tundra in two bites is Daiyu, the Black Jade Dragon.

I have been writing for a long time. This is my seventh novel. I wrote it for fun and I completely enjoyed writing this story. It wasn't written to impress an editor, a publisher or an agent. It is not aimed at a demographic or a target market. No focus groups have seen it. I do not recommend Angie as a role model. She jumps from frying pan to fire, back up to the pan and right back down into the fire.

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Little Wicked Things

In the 19th century there were new marvels almost every year—steam engines, photography, telegraphs, trains. But after the Great Disaster everything seems to veer off in another direction. Rumors of wireless communication and electrical energy all die out. The marvels stop.

Then another disaster strikes—the assassination of elderly Queen Victoria and two of her sons. For a while the world collapses into mad chaos. Parliament is dissolved and Queen Victoria’s grandson, Prince Albert becomes the heir apparent. The Regency Committee rules with an iron fist, but they bring peace and order back into the nation.

Then, quietly at first, a third disaster. The monsters come.

Miriam Walker hunts them.

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With a Side of Thievery...

#2 in the Black Jade Dragon Series

Here we go again! Angie Tanaka can't seem to stay out of trouble. She finds herself haunted by a cute little hungry ghost and a not-so-cute demon who has a special hell kept warm just for dragons.

And this is how it all starts:

I needed to steal something.

I don't mean I really wanted something in particular. I mean I wanted to steal something.

So to scratch that itch I was climbing up the side of the Twelve Treasure Museum to a hidden floor not open to the public. It was supposed to be haunted. That was perfect. Perfect for me anyway.

I'm Angie Tanaka, the one woman crime wave. That's what it says on my business cards. I stumbled across this museum one day when I was bored and feeling too much like an upright citizen....

I pulled myself up onto the roof—the first level of the house, anyway. It was an old-fashioned Chinese pagoda built like a wedding cake. The outside was covered with the Asian version of gingerbread. The carvings and embellishments had a dragon theme, but a lot of things are decorated with dragons on Shaolong, the Land of Nine Dragons. Real ones. I'm being honest here. I bullshit a lot—I was kidding about the business cards—but not about this.

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To Hell With It!

#3 in the Black Jade Dragon Series

Go to Hell.

It’s such a delicious phrase. Angie Tanaka never thought she’d want to go there herself.

Usually people spend their entire lives avoiding a trip to Hell. Not Angie. Long-ju is down there and it was all her fault. He is the Silver Dragon, magnificent, legendary, a work of art. He had sacrificed himself for her and she is only … Angie. She needed to put that right. She had to get him out of there. Nobody was going to help her with that, certainly not the other dragons.

All of that led to one question: How do you spring a dragon out of Hell?

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