It’s Here!: New Book

 New Book Announcement

Bronx Dharma:

A Street level View of Zen Buddhism

Available in paperback and Kindle on Amazon and everywhere fine books are sold:)

So, while the world is falling apart with a worldwide viral pandemic, renewed civil strife, riots and burning inner cities, I have chosen this time to announce a new book. Brilliant:( But as they say in the ‘hood… “It is what it is.” While it may be the worst time to announce a new book, perhaps it is actually a perfect time  to provide an exploration of an ancient wisdom that can offer a recipe for liberation from strife and suffering, whether at an an individual or even global level.

The following is excerpted from promotional material created for the book:

The First Noble Truth is “Life is Suffering.” But if the Buddha grew up in the hood he may have said “Life Sucks and Then You Die” (Chapter One) Growing up in the Bronx in all the turbulence and craziness of the ‘60s, Jerry Duvinsky learnt this lesson first hand: The promising lives cut short, the tragic idealism and self-destruction. But life on the streets also teaches other things, and like the lotus flower that flourishes best in the mud and slime, out of these experiences can grow a deeper understanding of life, and even perhaps a path to true acceptance and liberation.

Bronx Dharma is a somewhat irreverent and darkly humorous endeavor to translate the seemingly esoteric and remote philosophies and practices of Zen Buddhism to the reality of contemporary life on the streets. Duvinsky utilizes autobiographical references from his life growing up in the Bronx during the turbulence of the 60s and 70s, his 30 years of experience conducting psychotherapy, as well as his own Zen training under the tutelage of illuminated masters in the Kwan Um tradition.  Duvinsky renders some basic principles of the Dharma as taught by the Buddha 2500 years ago into fresh and relevant themes and language to serve as a guide and inspiration to the Zen curious, or others trying to lead a more “woke” life while dealing with the challenges of modern existence.

Born and raised in the Bronx, Dr. Duvinsky earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Binghamton University where he currently supervises graduate student’s clinical work. He founded and directs a large private behavioral health clinic in the Binghamton, New York area and has over thirty years of psychotherapy experience. A long-time student of Zen Buddhism, he is training to be a Dharma Teacher in the Kwan Um tradition of Korean Zen, founded by the world-renowned Zen Master Seung Sahn. Duvinsky has published scholarly journal articles, has served as a reviewer for The American Journal of Psychiatry and has published two books exploring his approach to integrating behavioral psychology and Eastern mindfulness practices.

**All proceeds from book sales, minus production cost outlays will be donated to the Three Jewels Sangha, Binghamton, NY. The dream is that if sufficient funds are raised, perhaps a permanent dharma center can be established to serve the Southern Tier of upstate New York.

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