Psychological And Spiritual Triumph Shared By PTSD Survivor In New Book
Author, Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D , is pleased to announce the release of his new book, Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived. This work is both a memoir of a personal journey as well as an expose of the seedier side of the beats, the hippies, and the new age.
Inspired by and responding to Jack Kerouac’s Dharma Bums, this memoir details Bralich’s psychological and spiritual triumph over severe psychological difficulties caused by a series of traumas he endured in the Peace Corps in West Africa in 1978.
Surveying the spiritual landscape of America through the ‘70s to the present in Zen, Tibetan Buddhist, New Age and Christian movements, this memoir describes the journey of his life beginning as a 20-something, leftist, married, ‘70s idealist in the Peace Corps in West Africa through an accident which cost his wife her life and him much of the use of his left leg.
“Unlike much of Kerouac, this book is grounded in wide reading, wide practice and training in the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist disciplines, and an adherence to academic principals of citing literature, and reporting phenomena reporting and describing phenomenon,” explains Bralich.
Those who suffer from PTSD, or just have spiritual interests are sure to find Blaming Japhy Rider both revealing and helpful.
Blaming Japhy Rider: Memoir of a Dharma Bum Who Survived
Author: Philip A. Bralich, Ph.D.
Publisher: Balboa Press
ISBN: 978-1452540511 (sc)
Published: January 2012
About The Author
Philip A. Bralich has a PhD in linguistics. He spent many years teaching ESL and essay and research writing. He has much experience presenting at professional conferences and publications in theoretical syntax, ESL, and computational linguistics, as well as with professional business presentations, business writing, and grant writing.
He is motivated by the tragic accident that took his wife's life and much of the use of his left leg; the memoir describes a thirty-year journey through western and eastern psychology, including much reading, practice, and an inadvertent but much loved run in with the word of the beats.
Bralich currently lives in Monterey, California, where he is writing screenplays and this memoir. After having been laid off once again from the best job of his life, he decided to take his meager savings and resolve his difficulties once and for all. The PTSD and survivor's guilt from his accident were finally resolved through this effort. His studies and travels began in Peace Corps in West Africa, and moved through years in Hawaii, two years in Japan, and approximately two years in group meditation retreats and many Buddhist centers across North America.
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Blaming Japhy Rider is available for purchase online through the author’s website, from the publisher, Amazon.com, BN.com and other online retailers. Bookstores should contact Ingram for wholesale orders.
A book trailer for Blaming Japhy Rider can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtDqD1VmG-E