Poems of The Laughing Buddha

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These poems are accessible and still literate, funny and still wise. Also inspiring, honest, deep, and fun. They document the award-winning poet's journey into greater and greater joy as she spends more and more time with her statue of a Laughing Buddha, and ultimately learns to let "laughter triumph over whatever comes her way."

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A finalist for a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Grant, Jane was commissioned by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. to write and perform the one-woman play Reminiscences of Mozart by His Sister, which she also performed at Lincoln Center in New York. Her one-woman play, Miriam's Dance, in verse, about Moses' sister, was produced in New York and Los Angeles. Her most recent play, A Radical Friendship, a two-hander about Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Heschel, was last seen in Los Angeles starring Ed Asner as Rabbi Heschel. Her first book, Acting Techniques for Everyday Life: Look and Feel Self-Confident in Difficult Real-Life Situations, has sold over fifty thousand copies. Its accompanying deck of cards, Perform At Your Best: Acting Techniques for Business, Social, and Personal Success, won the Gold Axiom Business Book Award. Author of the chapbook, Dogs in Topanga, Jane can be seen reading some of the Poems of The Laughing Buddha on YouTube. For more information visit: janemarlarobbins.com.

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“Lucky Buddha to find a home in Jane Marla Robbins’ Topanga Canyon garden and have her take down his every wise word. Her poems will set you smiling, then laughing, then seeing, then smiling a deeper kind of smile. Step into her garden and make your day.'” -- John Guare, Pullitzer Prize winning playwright, House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation

"Lively- cerebral-witty, yet filled with profound reflections, Robbins’ work reminds us that poetry can be both a celebration and an entertainment- not to mention food for thought." -- Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair, contributing editor; author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires and An American Family Story

“In these brightly lit and joy-filled poems, all inspired by a stone statue of the Laughing Buddha, Jane Marla Robbins practically dares the universe to bring her down, and it cannot do so. In poem after poem, laughter triumphs over whatever comes her way, and it is a literate, knowing laughter, a cosmic, Buddhist laughter that will make even the most jaded reader say with the poet, 'Okay, I’m smiling now./Okay, I’ll have fun. With you./FUN!’” --Gail Wronsky, poet, author of Blue Shadow Behind Everything Dazzling

"The great thing about Jane Marla Robbins is she conclusively proves that wisdom can be funny." --David Finkle, critic, New York Times Book Review; author, People Tell Me Things

“Laugh with these poems.... all saturated with the essence of the ancient wisdom of the Laughing Buddha.” -- Qiu Xiaolong, poet, translator, author, 100 Poems From Tang and Song Dynasties

“These poems touch heart and mind. They tickle, too, as well as possessing a unique power -- to transform all of us who read them into Laughing Buddhas ourselves” -- Enid Zuckerman, psychotherapist, LMSW, MA

“Laughter is one of the messages that the Buddha, ‘The Enlightened or Awakened One’, and so many other wise people teach us, and Jane’s wonderful book reminds us why. I recommend it to all of us who need more smiling and laughter in our lives.” -- Rabbi Stan Levy, congregation B’nai Horin

“Delve into Jane's musings with delight, nearly one for each week of the year. A cross between memoir, proverb and aphorism, these poems will charm and entice you with a new-found sense of delight and wonder at our crazy, crazy universe and our place within it.” -- Millicent Borges Accardi, CantoMundo and NEA fellow, author of Injuring Eternity and Woman on a Shaky Bridge

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