Q: What’s the hardest part about being an author?
A: To me, I think the hardest part is hoping that I know enough to write a book about something and then teaching about it! The other hardest part is starting a book. The beginning of anything, I think, is the hardest part. But once you have the flow going, it gets easier and everything kinda somehow just falls into place. Eventually.
Q: Can you give a short synopsis of The Buddha Journey?”
A: The Buddha Journey is pretty unique to most books that are about a specific subject. Especially a book about religion or spirituality. Most books focus on one or two general topics, whether it’s an “intro 101” book or about a super specific subject, and that’s all you get. The Buddha Journey touches on several topics because it’s presented using a “question and answer” format. And I think that helps the reader feel more in touch with the book and can connect with it on a more personal level. So in the Buddha Journey, I’ve put together over 100 of the most common questions that I’ve been asked over the years to help others whom might also ask those questions discover and learn.
Q: How many hours per day do you spend writing?
A: I wish I can say I spend most or half of my days writing, but unfortunately I don’t… I read and write as much as I possibly can. I try to make an effort to at least read for 30-45 minutes before bed. And don’t really sit down to write, unless I’m writing for my blog. But I do take lots of notes throughout the day for projects I’d like to work on and for future book ideas.
Q: Name your top five favorite books.
A: I try not to live a life of having favorite, because then you’re probably missing out on a lot of other really good stuff if you’re just fixed on a “favorite.” But I won’t lie. I do have a few favorite things here and there. When it comes to books, that’s probably the hardest. So I won’t name specific books, instead I will just name drop some of my favorite authors: Thich Nhat Hanh, Dean Knootz, JK Rowling, and Stephen King.
Q: How long did it take you to write The Buddha Journey?
A: Putting the book together took a few months, only because I already had most of the material. I’ve been writing my blog ‘The Buddha Journey’ for several years. It started out just me sharing my journey and experiences with my practice, then people started asking me questions and I started answering them. After a while I’ve had hundreds of questions over many years. So I decided to utilize that and take some of the best questions and make a book out of it. To me it made putting many of the questions people who are new, curious or advancing in their practice have a book that would answer most of those questions. And I think, I hope, I succeeded in that.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Right now I’m trying to put several different half thought of ideas to make whole ideas! But one of my main projects right now are children’s books about the Buddha, simple things in Buddhism like compassion, generosity and quality, and meditation. Next is writing up the second edition of The Buddha Journey.
Title: The Buddha Journey: Questions and Answers for the Awakening Mind
Author: Quang Tri
Genre: Spirituality / Buddhism
The Buddha Journey aspires to answer the most commonly asked questions beginning or advancing students would ask. The Buddha Journey covers your basic “Buddhism 101” introduction, then answers over 100 questions about compassion, anger, forgiveness, meditation, impermanence, sex, karma, death, becoming a Buddhist and more! Quang Trí writes in a simple, easy-to-understand way that allows the reader to understand the content and contemplate the subject matter on their own for their own interpretation.
Quang Trí has been practicing meditation since 2002 and Buddhism since 2006. He is a Dharma teacher and a Truth seeker, teaching others about Buddhism, mindfulness and meditation. As the writer of the popular website, BuddhaJourney.net, Quang Trí continuously aspires to help everyone with their path toward Awakening. He is one of the senior members of his temple, Chua Phuoc Hue, as he trains to ordain as a monk.