Painting With Words: Poetry for a New Era

Painting With Words: Poetry for a New Era

by Dr. Ian Prattis


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Dr. Ian Prattis, critically acclaimed author of New Planet, New World; Failsafe; and, Our World is Burning, now offers Painting With Words, his outstanding collection of intriguing, thought-provoking, essays and poems reflecting on nature, society, war, the environment, and our fragile planet.

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ISBN-13: 9781988058450
Publisher: Manor House Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Poet, Global Traveler, Founder of Friends for Peace, Guru in India, Zen teacher and Spiritual Warrior for planetary care, peace and social justice, Ian Prattis presently lives in Ottawa, Canada and encourages people to find their true nature, so that humanity and the planet may be renewed.

Dr. Ian Prattis is Professor Emeritus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He is an award winning author of seventeen books. Recent awards include Gold for Redemption at the 2015 Florida Book Festival, 2015 Quill Award from Focus on Women Magazine for Trailing Sky Six Feathers and Silver for Environment from the 2014 Living Now Literary Awards for Failsafe; Saving the Earth From Ourselves. His novel - Redemption - is being made into a movie. His poetry, memoirs, fiction, articles, blogs and podcasts appear in a wide range of venues. He was born in the UK and has spent much of his life living and teaching in Canada.

His moving and eye-opening books and poetry are a memorable experience for anyone who enjoys reading about primordial tendencies. Beneath the polished urban facade remains a part of human nature that few want to acknowledge, either due to fear or simply because it is easier to deny the basic instincts that have kept us alive on an unforgiving earth. Prattis bravely goes there in his outstanding literary work. A stone tossed into the waters of life.

Born on October 16, 1942, in Great Britain, Ian grew up in Corby, a tough steel town populated by Scots in the heartland of England's countryside. Ian was an outstanding athlete and scholar, graduating with distinctions in all subjects. He did not stay to collect graduating honours, as at seventeen years old he travelled to Sarawak, Borneo, with Voluntary Service Overseas (1960 - 62), Britain's Peace Corps.

Returning to Great Britain after Sarawak was an uneasy transition. He did, however, manage to stumble through an undergraduate degree in anthropology at University College, London (1962 - 65), before continuing with graduate studies at Balliol College, Oxford (1965 - 67). By the time he pursued doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia (1967 - 70), his brain had switched on. He renewed his passion for other cultures, placing his research on North West Coast fishing communities within a mathematical, experimental domain that the discipline of anthropology was not quite ready for.

He was Professor of Anthropology and Religion at Carleton University from 1970 to 2007. He has worked with diverse groups all over the world and has a passion for doing anthropology.

He studied Tibetan Buddhism with Lama Tarchin in the early 1980's, Engaged Buddhism with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh much later, Christian meditation with the Benedictines, and was trained by First Nation medicine people and shamans in their healing practices. He also studied the Vedic tradition of Siddha Samadhi Yoga, and taught this tradition of meditation in India. He was ordained as a teacher and initiator - the first westerner to receive this privilege - and is acknowledged in India as a guru.

Later in life he lived in a hermitage in Kingsmere, Quebec, in the middle of Gatineau Park forest when his pet wolf was alive. He facilitated a meditation community in Ottawa called the Pine Gate Mindfulness Community from 1997 to 2017. At the outbreak of the Iraq war he founded Friends for Peace Canada - a coalition of meditation, peace, activist and environmental groups to work for peace, planetary care and social justice.

He received the 2011 Ottawa Earth Day Environment Award and edits an online Buddhist Journal. In 2018 he received the Yellow Lotus Award from the Vesak Project for his spiritual guidance and teaching of the Dharma. Since retiring from Carleton University in 2007 he has authored four e-books on dharma, seven books and this poetry volume. He enjoys the freedom to create at his own pace and has yet to discern the meaning of retirement.

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