Buddha on the Backstretch: The Spiritual Wisdom of Driving 200 MPH

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Mercer University Press, 2009 - Religion - 182 pages
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Buddhism and NASCAR. By using Buddhism as a lens to examine NASCAR racing - and NASCAR as a means to illustrate Buddhist teachings, ""Buddha on the Backstretch"" provides a unique new perspective on the field of sports and spirituality. Not aimed solely at either Buddhists or race fans, the work's message of self-improvement via popular culture serves as a Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance for a new generation. ""Buddha on the Backstretch"" considers mindfulness, handling setbacks, patience, discipline, heightened awareness, impermanence, equanimity, and how we face death. The work looks at why we need heroes, and how we can take a hero's story and use it for our own growth. Like an anthropologist, the author can take a story about loose radiator bolts and red North Carolina clay and tease out of it three different Buddhist elements of mindfulness. The aim is to show readers how to examine all facets of culture and all the people around them, and be able to find, in seemingly unlikely places, profound lessons on how to live. If the student is truly ready, then a NASCAR driver can be as profound a teacher as a guru in robes, and a serene Buddhist teaching as lively and colorful as a weekend at the track. The first work by an imaginative and quirky new author, ""Buddha on the Backstretch"" will alter the way you see the world, help you see wisdom everywhere and find the joy in the daily spiritual practice that is Life.
 

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Contents

WHY NASCAR ? WHY BUDDHISM?
1
A BIT ABOUT NASCAR
8
A BIT ABOUT BUDDHISM
17
MEDITATION AND RACING
32
FLOW
46
MINDFULNESS
62
IMPERMANENCE
80
PATIENCE ENDURANCE KSHANTI
93
ONEPOINTED CONCENTRATION
115
EQUANIMITY OR THATS RACIN
124
ACCEPTING DEATH EMBRACING LIFE
138
POSTLUDE
148
How Dale Earnhardt Made Me a Better Buddhist An Education in Stillness from a Legend of Speed
153
Some Buddhist Lists
158
BIBLIOGRAPHY
165
NOTES
169

DISCIPLINE ENERGY EFFORT VIRIYA
106

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About the author (2009)

Arlynda Boyer, a native of Virginia, has been a race fan most of her life and a practicing Buddhist for more than ten years. She has been a guest commentator on NPR, a contestant on Jeopardy!, and has hiked the Grand Canyon. She lives in Staunton, Virginia, with her husband James Rogauskas, author of Office Haiku.

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