New Memoir! – Peace Corps Dominican Republic

A Quixotic Way of Life in a Mas o Menos World: Life as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic 

Fresh out of the UC Santa Cruz Environmental Studies program in the early 1990’s, Jennifer heads to the Dominican Republic for a two-year term of service as an environmental education Peace Corps volunteer. Between time spent coordinating community tree plantings, teaching classroom science lessons, and assisting elementary school teachers, Jennifer discovers an entirely different way of life. She returns to the U.S. with a lifetime of knowledge about the Dominican culture and a new appreciation of how much we all take for granted.

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It is the same with a Buddha and an ordinary being. When deluded, one is called an ordinary being, but when enlightened, one is called a Buddha. This is similar to a tarnished mirror that will shine like a jewel when polished. A mind now clouded by the illusions of the innate darkness of life is like a tarnished mirror, but when polished. it is sure to become like a clear mirror, reflecting the essential nature of phenomena and the true aspect of reality. Arouse deep faith, and diligently polish your mirror day and night. How should you polish it? Only by chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

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