Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard is a writer and Zen teacher based in New York City. Her first book, Still Running: The Art of Meditation in Motion, will be published by Shambhala Publications in August 2020. She can be found at

Recent Articles

Running into Joy

Sometimes sitting with her sadness becomes too difficult. But Vanessa Zuisei Goddard has learned she can run with it—and through it.

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Cesa, calma, cambia: Tres pasos para hacer lo que ayuda

La maestra de Zen, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, nos comparte una simple práctica de tres pasos para cesar, calmar y cambiar cuando enfrentamos el sufrimiento.

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Stop, Soothe, Shift: A 3-Step Practice to Do What Helps

Zen teacher Vanessa Zuisei Goddard shares her simple three-step practice to stop, soothe, and shift in the face of suffering.

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The World Between Breaths

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard on the famous Zen koan “Mu,” and how it helps us dive into buddhanature.

Weather Any Storm

Meditate with your children with Weather Any Storm author, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard

An excerpt Vanessa Zuisei Goddard's new book, Weather Any Storm — as reviewed in the Fall 2023 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Guide

The Four Immeasurables Leave Nothing Untouched

If you don’t want your happiness to impede that of someone else, says Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, practice the four immeasurables.

Nothing to Fix, Nowhere to Go

What reveals itself when you do nothing at all? Vanessa Zuisei Goddard on the practice of “just sitting.”

Shelter in the Three Treasures

Vanessa Zuisei Goddard shares how taking refuge in the three treasures of buddha, dharma, and sangha allows us to practice not in spite of trying circumstances, but with them.