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The Petunias Are Doing Amazing: A Prison Journal and Plant Care Guide


Shane Pema Tenzin Marcantel wrote this horticulture journal in 2012-2013 as part of a vocational curriculum offered at the Pinckneyville Correctional Center. Around this same time, he began practicing Tibetan Buddhism. Both paths of study have nourished his transformation, offering him some liberation from the dehumanizing norms and narratives of the carceral system. Today, Pema is a formal student in the Nyingma tradition, an ordained chaplain and a meditation teacher. All while still incarcerated.

These pages burst with care and growth. They hold the joy and heartache of Pema’s lived experience. This is a spiritual evolution of bringing down walls –physical walls and walls in the mind.

To outside and inside readers alike, these pages are an invitation to heal and be with what's alive and blooming right now, right here.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to Pema's reentry fund.

86 pages
8.5" x 5.5"
Perfect bound photocopy with color cover
AB Productions

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