Vivien Shotwell

Vivien Shotwell

Vivien Shotwell is the author of the historical novel Vienna Nocturne (Random House, 2014). She lives and writes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Recent Articles

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The Ticking Watch Meditation to Overcome Negative Thoughts

Sensei Alex Kakuyo shares a practice to work with suffering by calming the mind one second at a time.

Confessions of a Hungry Ghost

Sensei Alex Kakuyo on finding refuge in the present moment.

“I Take Refuge in Amida Buddha”

The Pure Land is right here, right now, says Sensei Alex Kakuyo. Chanting the nembutsu can help you see that.

She Who Hears the Cries of Marines

As ex-Marine Alex Kakuyo laments a war he can no longer believe in, he turns for help to the bodhisattva Kannon and the buddha Amida.

The Buddhist Pureland and Living Under Curfew

With his city under curfew following protests for George Floyd, Sensei Alex Kakuyo takes a walk and is stopped by police.

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Dharma Rain Plants Zen in Portland

For almost fifty years, from 1936 until 1983, a twenty-six-acre plot of land in Portland, Oregon, was used as a gravel pit and construction landfill.