Until forced to retire due to illness, I was a law professor for 22 years at the University of California—Davis, serving six years as the law school’s dean of students. I had a longstanding Buddhist practice and co-led a weekly meditation group with my husband.
Faced with learning to live a new life, I wrote How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and Their Caregivers. The book is Buddhist-inspired but is non-parochial. How to Be Sick has won two 2011 Nautilus Book Awards: A Gold Medal in Self-Help/Psychology and a Silver Medal in Memoir. It was also named one of the best books of 2010 by Spirituality and Practice.
In 2013, my second book was published: How to Wake Up: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide to Navigating Joy and Sorrow. It offers my understanding of the Buddha’s path to peace—a peace and well-being that aren't dependent on whether a particular experience is pleasant or unpleasant, joyful or sorrowful. How to Wake Up has drawn critical acclaim from Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
My new book, How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness: A Mindful Guide, will be published in Fall, 2015.
I write in a conversational style, with the intention of helping everyone, regardless of circumstances, learn to live with compassion, joy, and purpose. To this end, all of my books include easy-to-learn exercises and practices that are brought alive through the use of personal stories.
I live in Davis, California with my husband, also named Tony, and our endearing, if goofy, gray lab named Scout. I can be found online at www.tonibernhard.com