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Sometimes it seems like no one has seventeen-year-old Dee Adair’s back. She’s got enough stress dealing with her little bro being locked up, a heartless homophobic grandmother, and an ex-girlfriend who gives her trouble every time they cross paths.
Now, sacred Lighting Peak—her only place of peace—is scheduled for destruction. Bulldozers and dynamite are poised to excavate the mine, massacring the animals who live there in the process. Matrika Shergill, the mine’s hot no-nonsense owner, couldn’t care less about the furry little darlings.
Dee must find the inner strength from her meditation practice to weather violence and betrayal—and harness the power of friendship—if she is to save Lightning Peak. Discouraged by apathetic adults, pursued by murderous goons, inspired by a sage, and yearning for love, she presses onward.
The Buddha of Lightning Peak forges the transformational journey of an imperfect African-American lesbian teen lit up by the heroic promise to help all living things no matter what.
Look—I’m a nice person. Really!
Okay, maybe I get a little testy and do some dumb things when I’m stressed out. Sometimes there’s so much pressure and shit going down in my life, it isn’t even funny. Gotta make good grades and work at the store and deal with Kordell’s BS.
Try to have a life, too—know what I mean? Angel broke up with me in June and not one date since then. That shit tripped me up.
That’s the kinda stuff I was thinking about, sitting around the campfire on the first night of the October meditation retreat up at Jade Camp—right before my life flipped over.
Yudron Wangmo writes stories about young people who rise above their own hang-ups and strike out into the world as heroes, ready to do what it takes to benefit the world. She is a strong believer in the effectiveness of a daily meditation practice, guided by a qualified meditation master, in relieving personal and global suffering. Her books draw on her experience as a student of several enlightened spiritual adepts from Tibet.
Wangmo has worked as a nurse, a practitioner of alternative medicine, an ice cream truck driver, and has spent years in meditation retreats. She abides in a peaceful sanctuary on a creek in the middle of Oakland, California, where birds chirp in the foreground and gunshots resound in the background.