Passage to Nirvana

Passage to Nirvana

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by Lee Carlson
     
 

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On a beautiful spring day in 2002, Lee Carlson's life was transformed forever when he was hit by a careless, speeding driver. Father, husband, writer, son—all that was about to change. Several days later he woke up in a hospital with a new identity: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor. Unfortunately he knew all about Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. Just months

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On a beautiful spring day in 2002, Lee Carlson's life was transformed forever when he was hit by a careless, speeding driver. Father, husband, writer, son—all that was about to change. Several days later he woke up in a hospital with a new identity: Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor. Unfortunately he knew all about Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI. Just months before, his mother had fallen down a flight of basement stairs, crushing her brain and leaving her unable to walk, speak or feed herself. Passage to Nirvana tells the story of one person's descent into the hell of losing everything: family, home, health, even the ability to think—and the slow climb back to a normal life. Told in a unique creative style brought on by the author's brain injury, combining short poems and essays in an interwoven, exuberant narrative, Passage to Nirvana recounts one person’s struggle and ultimate joy at building a new life. The story takes the reader through Intensive Care Units, doctors’ offices and a profusion of therapy centers, eventually winding its way to sunlit oceans, quiet Zen meditation halls, white beaches, azure skies and a sailboat named Nirvana. Passage to Nirvana is a memoir, a treasury of Zen teachings and a sailor’s yarn all rolled into one. Passage to Nirvana is an illustrative tale about finding a path to happiness after a traumatic life event, a book that will teach you about the Poetry of Living.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011949289
Publisher:
Henry Chapin & Sons
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
342
File size:
705 KB

Meet the Author

Lee Carlson has been editor-in-chief of a low temperature physics magazine and a computer magazine, as well as senior travel editor at Skiing magazine. His freelance credits include NBC Sports, ESPN, Outside magazine, the Los Angeles Times and many other media outlets. He is a Traumatic Brain Injury survivor, a dad, a loving partner, a proud dog owner, a Zen Buddhist, a professional captain and, hopefully, a good friend, not necessarily in that order. He lives on a sailboat, somewhere. This is his first book. For more information visit www.passagetonirvana.com.

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Passage to Nirvana 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BIMitchell More than 1 year ago
Lee Carlson has managed to write a first person account on the challenges he faced following a traumatic brain injury and subsequent recovery, while using his experienced writing skills to candidly share his trials . His story unfolds and at times reflects back to the lessons learned from caring for his mother who also suffered a serious brain injury. The reader is drawn into the slow climb out and celebration of small successes as Lee manages not only to overcome a series of setbacks (divorce,family losses, financial drains, physical pain) but to then excel, with the rebuilding of his home/ sailboat, marriage to now wife, Meg and his spiritual journey to acceptance of the challenges. A joyful read and one that will give true appreciation to all the small blessing that we enjoy daily.