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Breathing Out

“Calmness of mind is beyond the end of your exhalation,” writes  Shunryu Suzuki in Not Always So. The great Zen teacher was describing how to practice sitting meditation (shikantaza), which involves calming our restless minds and coming into the present moment by watching the breath. Suzuki describes how far this simple practice can carry us:  […]

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The Artist is Present

On Saturday, I led a morning workshop of mindful writing (or “Write Mindfulness”) at the Katonah Library.   I had doubts about offering another one just two months after the last.   But the rich, “live” material people that people share is always new.   The key it seems (at least for now) is being willing to […]

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Life after Death

The latest issue of Parabola is appearing here and there and in my completely biased opinion it is very beautiful and rich.   Please buy it!   Please talk about it and post and twitter about it!  Thank you! We really need your support! Among the other riches I’ll be blogging about is a fascinating article about […]

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How to Wake Up

Tradition has it that once the Buddha went to stay in Sakyan country, which happened to be the country of his birth.   The Buddha had turned his back on his home and his life of wealth and power–he was to be the lord or warrior prince of the Sakyans–to live the life of inner and […]

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Meeting At the River

“Only connect,” wrote E.M. Forster.  I’ve been very touched by the comments–by the conversation–emerging in this blog.  It gives me faith–not just that Parabola can been made new for new times–but in that mysterious process that allows like-minded people to find one another.  Earlier this week, I spoke on the phone with Bob Toth from […]

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Religious Imagination

This  gorgeous, warm, blue sky, green grass, pink and yellow blossoming spring weather here in the Northeast, is stirring after such a long harsh winter.   I know it can even be wrenching,  if  it’s been a rough year for you; it can be a reminder of the way the force presses on with you or […]