Press Release: Davis, CA

How to be Happy All the Time

UCD alumna to give talk and book signing at Avid Reader

Dorena Rode returns to Davis to give a talk about the steps to permanent happiness based on her book, The Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment—How the Buddha works the steps on Friday, August 8, 2014 at 7:30pm at the Avid Reader downtown.  First twenty people will receive a free gift (handmade lavender sachet) with their book purchase.

Book Cover of the 12 Steps as a Path to EnlightenmentThe Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment – How the Buddha Works the Steps explains how the spiritual principals embodied in the Twelve Steps (of Alcoholic Anonymous) parallel the Buddhist teachings for reaching ultimate enlightenment. This book is a great introduction to the world view of Tibetan Buddhists such as the Dalai Lama. Dorena demystifies key concepts such as the six perfections, emptiness, refuge, bodhichitta, renunciation, and the development of watchfulness and concentration.

This guidebook, written by spiritual teacher and life coach, Dorena Rode, clearly presents a step by step proven method for increasing joy, making life more meaningful and destroying self-limiting beliefs. The spiritual seeker, whether in recovery or not, finds they can end their specific sufferings (which may include addiction to alcohol, drugs, food, sex, debting, etc) without the need to have a belief in a higher power or God.

Karen R. (Amazon review) writes:

“What an awesome book—I couldn’t wait to finish reading it so I could begin again and study it (which I am doing now!)! This book is great for experienced members or newcomers to the recovery program. A true tool of enhancement to one’s personal growth if you are of non-faith, of enlightened faith and even of Christian faith.”

Dorena rode, authorDorena Rode is an award winning speaker and has extensive experience in a multitude of disciplines. Her Twelve Step recovery began twenty-four years ago and she is a member of several programs. She studied Buddhism with the Asian Classics Institute and meditation with Master Culadasa of Dharma Treasure.  She has a Ph.D. in physiology with an emphasis in alternative medicine from UC Davis (2004). For the past eighteen years she has maintained a regular practice of meditation and internal arts.  Currently she lives, practices and teaches in Phoenix Arizona.

Avid Reader is a local independent bookseller offering new hardbacks, paperbacks and eBooks; special orders at no charge; and complimentary wrapping.

The Twelve Steps as a Path to Enlightenment—How the Buddha Works the Steps  $14.95 USA,  158 pages         ISBN/EAN13:  1941894046 / 978-1941894040

What:     Book talk and signing with Dorena Rode
When:    Friday, August 8, 2014, 7:30pm
Where:  Avid Reader, 617 Second St., Davis, CA 95616

Event Contact: Nicholas Weigand, 530-758-4040,

Dorena Rode is available for pre-event phone interviews. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact (707) 291-7731  Dorena’s Blog