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Where realism and idealism meet Tony Brasunas, author of Double Happiness

The 3rd & 4th Online Community Events (Recorded)

Thank you for joining us on the journey thus far. We’ve had some great discussions. I love hearing your thoughts and questions.

If you weren’t able to join us in real time, here are recordings of the previous two events. (Event #2 is here.)

Event #3 – Chinese New Year

A reading from Chapter 18, “The New Light Party.”
An introduction to Chinese Astrology and the Year of the Horse.
If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Event #4 – Walking to Heaven

A reading from Chapter 26, “Walking to Heaven.”
A discussion of why the book is called Double Happiness.
If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Future Readings

Our next reading will be from China! Thursday, February 27, I’ll read from Chapter 32, “White Rabbit, Black Rabbit.,” and we’ll discuss the crossroads we face in our early twenties.

Date Section Questions
Thu. Feb 27
6:30p
(Live from China!)
Ch. 32
pp 263-266
What is, or was, the most important crossroads of your early twenties?
Wed. Mar 12
6:30p
(Finish together!)

Ch. 37
pp 323-325
[Open Discussion on Happiness]

The Year of the Horse has begun!

Take heart, take chances, take adventures,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 2:43 am on February 21, 2014

‘Walking to Heaven’ Tonight

Experience reading the book in community tonight at 6:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm Eastern Time. I’ll read from “Walking to Heaven,” Chapter 26, beginning on page 194, and then we’ll open it up for this question:

    Why do you think the book is entitled “Double Happiness”?

I’ll also comment briefly on yesterday’s event: Taiwan and China having their first state-to-state talks.

I truly love to hear your voices and your questions. Join us by phone or via the internet. Instructions on connecting are below.

DOUBLE HAPPINESS READING EVENT: “WALKING TO HEAVEN”

Free Webcast Reading & Discussion
Wednesday, Feb 12, 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST

Option 1: Join via the internet:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/646380061
If you didn’t download it before, you’ll download a small app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

Option 2: Call in using your telephone.
United States : (773) 945-1031
Access Code / Meeting ID: 646-380-061

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by Tony Brasunas at 8:33 pm on February 12, 2014

The Year of the Green Wood Horse begins

Thanks everyone for joining the call tonight and sharing all your interesting thoughts. Here’s a link to the Chinese Astrologer that was mentioned, and her reading on what’s in store for the Year of the Horse 2014.

www.susanlevitt.com/astrology/horse-year-2014

It’s a year for adventure and fun. Go for it, take chances, reach for the stars, become the being you’ve always been and have always longed to be.

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Our next reading will be on Wed., Feb 12, and we’ll journey to the Tibetan city of Xiahe as I read from Chapter 26, “Walking to Heaven.”

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by Tony Brasunas at 10:02 pm on January 30, 2014

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR: Reading #3 is Tonight

Tonight the Horse gallops in and kicks out the Snake…

It’s Chinese New Year! As the Year of the Horse rides in, I’ll be reading about a past Chinese New Year in “The New Light Party,” from Chapter 18. I’ll also lead a short introduction to Chinese Astrology. What might the adventurous Year of the Horse hold for you?

Join us and experience community through Double Happiness. The whole experience will be 20-25 minutes, tonight, starting at 6:30pm Pacific Time, 9:30pm Eastern Time. The actual moment of Chinese New Year will occur shortly after our event, at 11pm PST / 2am EST.

Questions to consider and share during our discussion:

– What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to teach someone?

– What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to learn?

– Have you seen any typos in the book?

Here’s how to connect:

DOUBLE HAPPINESS READING & EVENT: “THE NEW LIGHT PARTY”

Free Webcast Reading & Discussion
Chinese New Year – The Horse
Tonight, Jan 30, 6:30pm PST / 9:30pm EST

Option 1: Join via the internet:
global.gotomeeting.com/join/646380061
If you didn’t download it before, you’ll download a small, handy app to your computer. Use your microphone and speakers – a headset is recommended.

Option 2: Call in using your telephone.
United States : +1 (773) 945-1031
Access Code / Meeting ID: 646-380-061

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by Tony Brasunas at 8:42 pm on January 30, 2014

Announcing the Double Happiness Book Tour!

The tour is here! It starts this weekend. If you live in a city that I will be visiting on the book tour, please come out to an event and let me thank you in person. It would be the sweetest joy to see you. I would love to connect with you and share the joy and the journey of Double Happiness.

The Double Happiness Book Tour

Jan 31 – Los Angeles (7pm: Mystic Journey Bookstore)
Feb 1 – Santa Barbara (Cate Academy, Granada Books)
Feb 2 – Los Angeles (5pm: Beyond Baroque)

Mar 26-28 – St Louis, MO
Mar 28-30 – Washington, DC *
Mar 30-31 – Charles Town, WV
Mar 31-1 – Princton, NJ
Apr 1-4 – New York, NY *
Apr 4-5 – Amherst, MA
Apr 5-7 – Boston, MA *

June – Portland, OR *
June – Seattle, WA *

* Dates are subject to change, based on to-be-booked events. We are booking events now.

The Online Readings

And wherever you live, if you have been participating in the online readings and discussions, please continue to do so. I do love to hear your voices! Tomorrow night we kick off Chinese New Year with a reading and Double Happiness event celebrating the energy of the incoming Wood Tiger.

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by Tony Brasunas at 12:46 am on January 30, 2014

Double Happiness Reading #2

Thank you everyone who joined me tonight for the second reading, which was from Chapter 13, “A Child’s Drawing of the End of the Earth.”

After the reading and a blessing on the incoming Chinese Year of the Horse, we discussed exactly what salary I received as a teacher, the alternating-chapters structure of the book, and why precisely I felt comfortable mingling with on-duty soldiers of the PLA.

For those of you who didn’t participate because of time conflicts, technical difficulties, being behind in the book, or simple forgetfulness, here’s a recording for your enjoyment (24 minutes):


If you don’t see the above audio player, you can hear the file here.

Future Readings

Our next reading will be on Chinese New Year, January 30, a week from Thursday. And then we’ll move through the book like a backpacker on a beautiful mountain trail, at this pace:

Date Section Questions
Thu. Jan 30
6:30p
(Chinese New Year!)
Ch. 18
pp 129-132
What is the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to teach someone?

What’s the most difficult thing you’ve ever tried to learn?

Wed. Feb 12
6:30p
(With a live interview!)
Ch. 26
pp 194-196
Have you seen any typos in the book?

Why do you think the book is entitled Double Happiness?

Thu. Feb 27
6:30p
(Live from China!)
Ch. 32
pp 263-266
What was (or is) the most important crossroads of your early twenties?
Wed. Mar 12
6:30p
(Finish together!)

Ch. 37
pp 323-325
[Open Discussion]

The Year of the Horse is nigh!

Trust yourself, have fun, take chances,
Tony

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by Tony Brasunas at 11:32 pm on January 22, 2014