Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Book Review: 'The Sound of Happiness' by Camy De Mario

Italian born California artist and author Camy De Mario is perhaps best known to many of us as an immensely gifted artist who illustrations heighten the effect of the many children’s books she has brought to life. But the Camy De Mario who wrote this touching spiritual, artistically beautiful book - a combination of splendid art, rich colors, fine design and even finer thoughts she has elected to share with us - has with the publication of this book established her entry into her own realm of inspirational author/artist.

Every page of this splendid book holds a work of at by Camy, art so close to the heart of Buddhism that we accompany her on the path of enlightenment just as she and her family overcame homelessness by focusing on the chant "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo". Phrases such as ‘By following the teachings of Nichiren Buddhism, we all awaken to Mystic Law and we become Buddha’ - words placed above an eloquent painting of a lotus blossom n the center of which is the silhouette of Buddha.

Translating the words associated with Buddhism by not only explaining them but also illustrating them is what makes this book so meaningful, so touching. As Camy describes her intent, ‘encourage anyone, without any limit of race, religion, social status, gender, to search deeper and engage in a new spiritual transformation, and accept the fact that we are in control of our own destiny, and we can change it anytime we want to.’
Art and spirit marry here in Camy De Mario’s newest book, one of the most beautiful introductions to Buddhist thought we have seen. Grady Harp, March 16

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