Colleen Morton Busch

Colleen Morton Busch holds an MFA in poetry, but she also writes nonfiction and fiction. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including literary magazines, the Huffington Post, and Yoga Journal, where she was a senior editor. She’s the author of Fire Monks, an acclaimed narrative account of the 2008 fire that threatened to destroy Tassajara monastery, and is currently working on a novel about the cruelty—and kindness—within the human heart.

Recent Articles

Read “Masculinities Beyond the Buddha,” an excerpt from Buddhist Masculinities

An excerpt of Buddhist Masculinities edited by Megan Bryson and Kevin Buckelew— as reviewed in the Fall 2023 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide

May You Be Safe

As Barbara Gates struggles to protect her adventurous dog Tony from danger, she contemplates the deep aspiration at the heart of loving-kindness practice.

On the Trail of Birth and Death

“How many times have I felt that I couldn’t bear the heartbreak,” says Barbara Gates. “But here I am still hiking strong.”

Alice Walker: The Beautiful Truth

From her childhood in the Jim Crow South to her ascent as a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Alice Walker has been on a journey towards truth.