Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens, co-authors of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, will introduce their book and talk about how to use it for creating more peace, compassion, and wisdom in both your inner and outer world. Our time together will include experiencing some of the practices in the book, which emphasize practical applications of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and more in everyday life situations. This evening will have a special focus on the integration of these practices with Zen Buddhism. Based on the authors’ work on six continents with communities, organizations, and ordinary people from all walks of life, the book offers a progression of learning that supports individuals, couples, and groups to be nonviolent in the real world.
“Using a wealth of wisdom and techniques from the many traditions they have explored, Catherine and Jesse have put together an impressively thorough and well-crafted program for spiritual development and well-being. I am frankly amazed by their daring and skill.”
– Norman Fischer, Zen priest, author of Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and What is Zen?
“Born from a clever idea – to make long term contemplative practice doable at home – this book brims with useful advice. You will be encouraged to prioritize the values of meditative life, like compassion and clarity, in the midst of your ordinary situation. Organized to be accessible to solo practitioners, pairs or partners, and groups, the framework makes The Ongo Book practices highly adaptable.”
– Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
“In a hurried and harried world, here are some basic and potentially powerful ideas about how to remain stable and unrocked. My guess is they will become more valuable as our various external crises deepen, and some of the distractions on which we currently lean begin to show their shallowness.”
– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and co-founder of 350.org
“I once asked Marshall Rosenberg what it would take for me to ‘really learn this stuff.’ His answer: ‘Practice, practice, practice’” My Companion Workbook was written to offer practice in learning the NVC model, and now Jesse and Catherine take us further and deeper, providing practices to really get it in our bones, from the inside out. I highly recommend The Ongo Book as a way to take Marshall’s suggestion to heart!”
– Lucy Leu, author of Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook and co-founder of the Freedom Project