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by Mark Johnson

  • ISBN: 0595470963
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Mark Johnson
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 8, 2009)
  • Pages: 144 pages
  • FB2 size: 1325 kb
  • EPUB size: 1691 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 402
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Life Is Divine Play book. While in residence there, he studied with several highly respected Taoist Masters. After a year in Taiwan, Mark moved to Malibu, CA where he continued his Taoist training for 8 more years.

Life Is Divine Play book. During that time, he learned 3 Taoist styles of Qigong Tai Chi and the 8 Treasures. He also studied advanced I Ching, Feng Shui, Calligraphy and enhanced his natural healing abilities. Books by Mark J. Johnson No trivia or quizzes yet.

Clothing Mark Johnson begins his inspiring life story with details of his humble beginnings.

Mark Johnson begins his inspiring life story with details of his humble beginnings, growing up in a middle-class family in a small coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. He continues with his psychic and spiritual development in a Hindu ashram in Florida during the 1960s.

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Mark Johnson's new book MY LIFE AS PLAY How I Learned to Play From Extraordinary Spiritual Teachers. Join Mark on his forty-year spiritual odyssey with some of the most fascinating spiritual teachers of the last half-century. Mark chronicles his ten-year training in an ashram in Florida, his year with a famous Zen Roshi in California and his intense, eight year apprenticeship to a powerful Daoist Wizard from China. Written from the perspective of a self-proclaimed enlightened being, who insists that enlightenment and nature are both overrated. READ Life is Divine Play AND BE SURE TO TELL YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT IT!

This book is a 40-year spiritual odyssey with some of the most fascinating spiritual teachers of the last half-century. Mark's travels take him from the mountains of Pennsylvania to exotic temples in China and Tibet and eventually to the wild and dangerous hills of Malibu, California. Mark chronicles his ten-year training in an ashram in Florida, his year with a famous Zen Roshi in California and his intense 28-year apprenticeship to the powerful Daoist wizard he meets in China. The book is written from the perspective of a self-proclaimed enlightened being, who insists that enlightenment and nature are both overrated.

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A book of this subject is timely in this national and global transitional period. From a life-long journey of spiritual study and discipline, she reflects her studies in ancient wisdom and modern psychology. She brings the unification of opposites into practical understanding.

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Life is Divine Play is a memoir that shares one man's forty-year spiritual journey that began in the Eastern United States and ultimately led him to the Orient where he met his principle Daoist master and teacher.

Mark Johnson begins his inspiring life story with details of his humble beginnings, growing up in a middle-class family in a small coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. He continues with his psychic and spiritual development in a Hindu ashram in Florida during the 1960s. After meditating with a famous Zen Buddhist in California, Johnson provides insight into his training with a powerful Daoist/Wizard in Taiwan and later in the wild and dangerous hills of Malibu, California. He, like so many of his generation, found his richest spiritual inspiration in Eastern philosophy and not only reveals the profound and valuable concepts he learned from his mentors, he includes ways to apply his insights to everyday life situations in a humorous and playful manner.

As Johnson shares the details from his incredible lifelong odyssey, he inspires and encourages others to seek a life of play where they too might find the same peace that he once sought and eventually found.


Reviews about Life Is Divine Play: My Life and Training with Enlightened Masters (7):
Kazracage
Mark said once: If you want to know about spiritual, psychic and paranormal experiences, find out for yourself--and boy he did. In this entertaining and often hilarious recount of his journey from a small mining town in Ohio to the East and back to the West (California) he shares with us many anecdotes that give us an insight into his irreverent but always warmhearted and well-meaning mind. Reading and "knowing about" is one thing, but putting in the time and energy to find out for oneself is a whole different story and this is what I got out of this book. That life is indeed divine play and what we can learn from one who continues to walk his talk and inspires us to continue our own fearless exploration of this mystery called life. Highly recommended.
Simple
Mark Johnson wrote a short but very interesting account of his spiritual journey, especially of interest to me was his Daoist stories and principles.
I could go on and on in this review highlighting key things Mark talks about in the book. But I think, the reader will discover whatever he/she needs to find. One of his last chapters, Playing with Enlightenment, is an extremely clear analysis of this whole question of What is Enlightenment? Mark does a great job in what many others are clueness about, "Just be authentic about who you think you are ..." pg.122
I highly recommend this real account of a living Daoist Teacher.
Quamar
This is an open and honest memoir of a 21st century Everyman looking for the bottom line of life, of himself, of anyone and anything he comes in contact with, told with lightheartedness and precious little pontificating. Being reminded of the truth of Divine Play is well worth the read, just on its own merit. Getting to know Mark is a kick, and being reminded to keep our wits about us on the so-called spiritual journey - via his usually irreverent example - is a valuable lesson, with many smiles of self-recognition along the way.
Altad
Having read a great many books on the subject of enlightenment, meditation and Qigong, I still found this one standing out as one of the most outrageous in the range of ideas covered and the way they were presented. After knowing the author for almost a decade, I was not too surprised by the tone and depth of his writing; however, Mark still surprised me by skillfully using his bizarre life stories to deliver a profound spiritual message.

I resonate with some of the spiritual perspectives introduced in this book, including the view of an individual as a wave in the ocean of life. I also appreciate his mentioning of life being a dream that the entire universe is dreaming up, which can be experienced uniquely by each dream character from one's own perspective. As long as one identifies with the specific character he or she is playing in this dream drama, the likelihood of this dream frequently turning into a nightmare remains rather high; but it is also possible to awaken to the true nature of the flow of one's life as the universal dream unfolding, which is what I call enlightenment... never mind that, to quote my own book on a similar subject, "we usually have a tendency to fall asleep even after the most profound awakenings."

The main message of this book is hidden at the very end of it, so in case you do not feel like pouring through the personal accounts of the author's involvement with various gurus, you may just go straight to the last few pages of the book and get the condensed wisdom from reading only a few paragraphs. On the other hand, if you are curious as to what may happen to someone who describes himself as a "playful, arrogant and lazy Daoist" along his twisted path of awakening, you owe yourself a pleasure of reading this book.
Roru
I loved this book. Mark is a straight shoot-from-the-hip guy who has lived through the modern spiritual revolution of the last fifty years. It's both funny and educational, and that is saying a lot, as I fall in that class of "spiritual-seen-it-all". This is a Westerner-Eats-Eastern-Philosophy account, of someone who gets a bit of indigestion along the Way. He tries each teaching and gives his pithy insights into what its really about, what he got from it, and then moves on. He ultimately ends up with the Mother of All boots-hit-the-ground Taoist training.

This is a thinly disguised (for legal reasons?) recounting of his bringing Taoist Master Ni Hua Ching to the West and the trials Ni put him through. I think he does an admirable job of showing how all these Eastern philosophies/paths are NOT the same, and lead to completely different spiritual experiences. He favors Taoism for embracing more practically and deeply the Play of this physical reality and its effortlessness - once you've gone through the effort of the training.

Mark's ongoing assumed mask of arrogance, only half tongue-in-cheek, that he was born enlightened, will irritate some readers who have sacred standards for their favorite teachers. But he is really just an authentic expression of the modern zeitgeist that "we are all enlightened if we choose to be", that there is no objective standard. All of the teachers he has studied with are self-invented or self-proclaimed in their enlightenment as well. The assumed mask is his form of Play.

The ultimate message is one I resonate with: if you are not having FUN on your path, whatever it is, you are an over serious stick-in-the-mud who, while getting their tough lessons in Earth Life, has missed the whole point of learning to be a Divinely Playful Human.

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