“[A] perceptive debut... Newcomers and readers familiar with meditation alike will enjoy De La Rosa’s compassionate perspective on the intersection of Buddhist practice and psychotherapy.”
- STARRED review in Publisher’s Weekly

"The Monkey is the Messenger
blends Ralph’s work as a therapist, Buddhist teacher, and perfectly imperfect human being to present a nuanced view of this powerful, transformative, magical, and exceedingly ordinary practice. It is a much-needed entry into Western literature on this mysterious practice, one that honors its past and brings it into the present.
              -Susan Piver, author of The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

"Ever inspiring."
                                                                       -Literary Soirée

“Smart and sure to benefit many. Ralph De La Rosa’s book lovingly reframes the parts of us we’d rather avoid, especially our busy and anxious minds, as energies calling us toward a deeper awareness. A very useful contribution to the conversation between Buddhist psychology and Western psychology.”
                              -Ethan Nichtern, author of The Road Home


"Filled with humility and wit, curiosity and hope, this book offers those struggling against the currents of their own torment a path of least resistance back to the safe harbor of self-understanding and self-love. With his humorous and hard-earned wisdom fully on display, Ralph shows us that empathic attention to our overworked, well-intentioned monkey minds can naturally lead them to quiet down, revealing wellsprings of wisdom and compassion that have been there all along. Ralph generously shares an intimate account of his own recovery as well as a complete set of somatic, evidence-based, and trauma-informed practices drawn from his long exploration of meditation, psychotherapy, yoga, and neuroscience."
                         -Dr. Miles Neale, author of Gradual Awakening

“With a rare authenticity, Ralph De La Rosa seamlessly blends trauma theory and neuroscience into the framework of Buddhism. Reading this work will be deeply healing for so many people. If you have ever felt a little broken, pick up this book—it’s the voice we all need to hear.”
              -Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar


“If you’ve ever felt a little broken, pick up this book.
It’s the voice we all need to hear.”
-Lodro Rinzler, author of The Buddha Walks Into a Bar

Monday, Nov. 12th, 7pm
MNDFL Williamsburg

Join me for what is sure to be a rollicking, unscripted dialogue with fellow author and meditation teacher, Adreanna Limbach. Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be served. Books are included in the price of registration and a book signing will follow.

Weds., Nov. 14th, 12pm
Radbury Hotel

In partnership with NY Yoga+ Life Magazine, I’ll leading this midtown meditation and discussion followed by a book signing, all in the space of your lunch hour. Books will be on hand for sale!

Friday, Nov. 16th, 8:30pm
Jivamukti Yoga USQ

I’ll be leading a RARE Transformative Breathwork session focused on releasing the stress of our socio-political situation and claiming empowerment. All that + a Soundbath and book signing. Be sure to join us for the afterparty as well.