Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma
Johnson Chong
190 pages
Koehler Books
August 15, 2019
Hard cover: $24.95
Paperback: $16.95
E-Book: $7.99
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From the press release:

“Out of my body was unleashed the ugliest cry I had ever had. A snotty cry where I hiccupped mucus like I was having an asthma attack. I let go of all the guilt I felt for being gay and the hate for being born into my family,” writes “Sage Sapien” author Johnson Chong, recounting his life-altering purge in the filthy, frigid Ganga River just weeks after leaving his job at Elmo, “the gayest restaurant in Chelsea.” Read the full press release here.

“Sage Sapien” Back Cover Text

Sage_Sapien_Front_Back_Cover_1200px_72dpiAuthor Johnson Chong explores the obstacles and triumphs of being a second-generation Asian American gay man, split between a conservative upbringing and living his truth. Follow his journey through the pangs of youth, to growing self-awareness and life-changing lessons in India and abroad. This is a courageous story of shifting old attachments of self-rejection and shame into a new paradigm of peace and unconditional love. It is about embracing our emotional fumbles and self-deprecating tendencies as opportunities for strength and growth. A unique blend of spirituality, memoir and self-help, Sage Sapien is a universal story of the underdog who steps into their authentic expression.

Meet Johnson Chong:

Above: Meet Johnson Chong is this video. More videos on his website.

Johnson Chong is a native New Yorker and international yogi, meditation teacher and Self-Mastery Guide. He founded Sagehouse based in Singapore with the intention to help people re-connect the mind, body and spirit. He is also the creator of Exodus Retreats, where he leads transformational retreats to sacred places around the world. As a professionally trained actor and perpetual student of esoteric wisdom, he integrates his love of storytelling to empower life changing shifts in consciousness through his speaking engagements and group coaching. Johnson runs a holistic selfmastery podcast, Sage Sapien and offers guided meditation audios and online and live coaching programs. Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma is his first book.


Johnson Chong talks about the inspiration for the book cover image

“I worked with Derrick Little, who is an artist, kundalini yoga teacher and sound healer based in NYC, and Chad Wagner, a brilliant photographer. Derrick made the symbols that were floating around in my head come to life. I knew I wanted a rainbow somewhere not only as a symbol of my homosexuality, but because the colors of the rainbow also represent our rainbow light body, our purest essence at the energetic level. The red firey bits on my shoulder are actually part of a red dragon that you see in Chinese culture, and in this case, it also anchors me to my heritage with all its conservative values that hurt me growing up. The eye of Horus on my forehead comes from the ancient Egyptian culture and is a symbol of wisdom that serves as a reminder to always connect to my own inner guidance and my own authentic voice even, in the face of opposition. In its essence, the cover is a visual representation of transforming my old wounds into a new story of purpose.”


“…Anyone embarking on their spiritual path would greatly benefit from this book. Johnson Chong’s true life experience is the perfect example of a person taking their given circumstances and using it to propel them forward into a life of wellness and self-awareness…” –Ally Johnson, Radio Host of Channel Q, Creator of Butch Pal for the Straight Gal

“…The articulate yet, emotional explanations of Johnson’s life experiences, allowed me to understand my own life experiences at a deeper level…Sage Sapien allows us to remember that which we have forgotten: that we are more than what our minds tell us we are…” –Dion Jensen, Author of The Good News About PTSD

“…Anyone who has struggled with their identity (sexual, cultural or otherwise), or stepping into their authentic power, will really connect with this book through real life stories and challenges… I could not put this brilliantly scripted book down even for a minute. I simply loved reading it.” –Geeta Vara, Author of Ayurveda: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Wellbeing

“…Scattered through the story are discussions of Jungian theory and archetypal patterns, astrology, karma, reincarnation, lessons on how to overcome suffering and how to find meaning in life…I found the book fast and easy reading. It left me hungry to know more about the author…”–Toby Johnson, Author of Gay Spirituality: Gay Identity and the Transformation of Human Consciousness 

“…A good barometer for a solid spiritual book is this: you can reread it over and over and find new gems each time. Sage Sapien: From Karma to Dharma by Johnson Chong is this kind of book – it is to be savored and reread!” –Deborah Lloyd – Reader’s Favorite Review 5 Star Rating

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