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A Buddhist Journal


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A guided journal that provides writing techniques and exercises that are matched with Buddhist meditation instructions and teachings

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BETH JACOBS, PhD, is a writer, psychologist, and Buddhist. She has been a supervising and private practice psychologist for thirty years after being trained at Northwestern University Medical School. She is also a Buddhist lay teacher in the Soto Zen tradition. Her psychological perspective led to a body of writing about therapeutic journaling, including the book Writing for Emotional Balance (New Harbinger Publishers, 2005), many articles, webinars and workshops, and a seasonal column for the National Association for Poetry Therapy, for which she received an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2016. She also wrote a fictional novella entitled Paper Sky- What Happened After Anne Frank's Diary Ended (CreateSpace, 2014). She has received the following residency awards for her writing- Renaissance House Writers Residency, June 2014; Ragdale Foundation Artist Residency, September 2013; and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts Fellow, artist-in-residence, July 2012. Jacobs' more recent work has focused on original Buddhist studies with the publication of The Original Buddhist Psychology- What the Abhidharma Tells Us About How We Think, Feel, and Experience Life (North Atlantic Books, 2017).


"In this intelligent and sensitive work, Beth Jacobs blends two mindfulness practices-insight meditation and expressive writing-while honoring the principles of each. Dozens of beautifully designed processes introduce writing to meditators and meditation to writers with a synergy that elevates both. The result is a work rooted in evidence-based theory and standards-based practice, infused with a palpable devotion. A welcome and deeply needed addition to the literature in journal therapy."
-Kathleen Adams MA, LPC, director of the Center for Journal Therapy, author of Journal to the Self, and editor of Expressive Writing: Foundations of Practice

"I have been a journal writer for sixty years and have often claimed it as my primary form of meditation. From within her long practice of Zen, Beth Jacobs now braids how words can lead to wordlessness; wordlessness can lead to words. There is a languid dance where the veil of language can be wafted aside by attention to breath. Trust this dance, and Jacobs's guidance in it; you will learn about Buddhism and journal writing-and, of course, about yourself."
-Christina Baldwin, author of Life's Companion, Journal Writing as Spiritual Practice and Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story

"Beth Jacobs provides the reader with a roadmap to our own creativity from the Zen perspective. Her work is both seriously playful and playfully serious, informative and performative, and will go straight to the heart of the reader/writer and meditator who dives into the exercises that Dr. Jacobs generously offers."
-Seiso Paul Cooper, author of The Zen Impulse and the Psychoanalytic Encounter and Zen Insight, Psychoanalytic Action: Two Arrows Meeting

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