Eric Van Horn

Biography

Eric Van Horn was born and raised in Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania. He graduated Pottsgrove High School in 1970 and went to college at Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. He graduated from Goddard in 1973 with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. His senior thesis was about his experience as a community organizer for a drug abuse prevention program in Pottstown, PA.

After graduation he worked in a number of social service jobs, but eventually discovered a love of computer programming. He spent the next 33 years working as a software engineer. In his last job he spent 18 years working in the field of medical informatics at the PKC Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. He retired from PKC in 2011 to devote his life to his Buddhist practice.

His interest in Buddhism began in 1991 when he attended a "spiritual support group" at the Burlington Unitarian Church. Over the next 20+ years he attended many retreats at the Insight Meditation Center in Barre, MA, the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barre, MA, the Zen Mountain Monastery in Mt. Temper, NY, the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, the Bhavana Society and Monastery in High View, WV, the Embracing Simplicity Hermitage in Asheville, NC, Kharme Choling in Barnet, VT, and Maple Forest Monastery in Woodstock, VT. He went to India on Buddhist Pilgrimage in 2004.

Eric has written several papers on Buddhism, including "Jhāna in the Majjhima Nikaya" and "Reverse Engineering the Buddha's Enlightenment." These can be found at http://nobleeightfoldblog.com/resources/. in 2015 he published the "Travel Guide to the Buddha's Path," a practice guide that provides an outline of the whole of the Buddha's path as described in the Pāli canon.

He moved from Vermont to New Mexico in 2014 because it was "sunnier, warmer, and cheaper." He also found a living situation that is quieter and more conducive to meditation. He has two adult children, Seth and Rebecca, a daughter-in-law Britomarte, and a grandson James.

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Books

The Little Book of Buddhist Daily Living
Price: Free! Words: 32,010. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
One of the challenges for Buddhists is how to bring the practice into daily living. There are discussions on work, caring for our bodies and minds, relating to difficult people, money, eating, consumption, speech, politics, community, death, and important qualities like kindness, patience, and simplicity. In this way we cultivate the path, becoming happier, more skillful people in the world.
The Little Book of Buddhist Awakening
Price: Free! Words: 31,280. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Little Book of Buddhist Awakening looks at the subtle questions about Awakening, what is also commonly called “Enlightenment.” What is Enlightenment? What are the pre-conditions for Awakening? How do you practice? And finally, what is the process whereby there is an end to stress and suffering, to liberation and nirvana?
The Little Book of Buddhist Rebirth
Price: Free! Words: 30,150. Language: English. Published: September 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
This Little Book looks how rebirth applies to Buddhist practice. Did the Buddha actually teach rebirth? Is there evidence that rebirth is a reality? Is belief in rebirth is necessary to attain Awakening? Finally, there is a description of the how Buddhism describes the different realms in the universe. This prepares you for the mystical world that lies beyond time and space.
The Little Book of Buddhist Mindfulness & Concentration
Price: Free! Words: 41,390. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
This book describes an advanced Buddhist meditation practice. It describes the practices that the Buddha taught on how to increase mindfulness and concentration. Greater mindfulness leads to greater concentration, and they are self-reinforcing. These are the 7th and 8th factors of the Eightfold Noble Path.
The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom
Price: Free! Words: 46,260. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Little Book of Buddhist Wisdom looks at what makes Buddhism unique. This includes the most central teaching in Buddhism, The Four Noble Truths, the law of karma, the Buddha’s teachings on causation – dependent co-arising – and the three marks of existence: dukkha, impermanence, and non-self, the Buddha’s description of “What the Teaching is Not,” and a discourse on "right view."
The Little Book of the Life of the Buddha
Price: Free! Words: 67,490. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
This biography goes back to the original, canonical sources in order to construct a reasonable, factual account of the Buddha’s life. But this is not simply a scholastic biography. It describes the Buddha’s life as an archetype for our own, and to answer the most fundamental question of how we use the Buddha’s teachings to become happier more useful people.
The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue
Price: Free! Words: 29,940. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Little Book of Buddhist Virtue shows the many contexts in which the Buddha described the practice of virtue. These include generosity, the moral precepts, the "wholesome and the unwholesome", the "Ten Perfections", karma, and the Four Noble Truths. These become the foundation for life as a follower of the Buddha, but can also be practiced by people of any - or no - religion.
The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation
Price: Free! Words: 29,040. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Little Book of Buddhist Meditation describes a meditational system that is based on the Buddha's original teachings. It is designed to help you establish a regular, daily meditation practice. It describes many breath meditation techniques, how to do walking meditation, how to do loving-kindness meditation, and how to use chanting to bring the mind into the present moment.
Travel Guide to the Buddha's Path
Price: Free! Words: 139,610. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Buddhism
The Travel Guide to the Buddha’s Path walks you through the process that starts with your first sitting as a meditator all the way to the end of the path. It shows how the many wisdom teachings of the Buddha interweave to form a coherent whole. And it does this rooted in the Buddha’s original discourses. The practical result is a happier, more useful life, one that may even lead to final freedom.

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