It's the late 1870s and Silas Cole is a heartbroken journalist who joins a cattle drive in order to learn how to be a real cowboy. He meets a cattle company traveling up the Goodnight Loving Trail in New Mexico Territory. Not only do the cowboys give Silas a very real western adventure, they offer him a spiritual journey as well.
Silver Award Winner in the 2018 Nautilis Book Awards
Finalist in the 2019 Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist in the 2019 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards
Trementina Books (2018)
144 pages/cover by Emi Villavicencio
Reader and Traveler's Guide
This is the reader’s companion and traveling guide through the landscape of the Cowboy Meditation Primer. The guide offers history about the time and definitions of words mentioned in the book.
Each chapter has three sections:
- Historical definitions about cowboys and New Mexico Territory
- Zen/Buddhist concepts and definitions
- Trip information for those who want to make the trek themselves, including what to see and where to stay along the way.
The PDF also contains maps, color photos and questions to help guide you through the trip. There are also links to websites discussing cowboy culture and Zen ideas.
The guide best viewed on your tablet or mobile device.
Download the PDF [3 MB]
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"We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want."
- Lao Tzu