Koun Franz ponders the famous koan and the Zen master’s enigmatic answer (it’s not woof).
Sara Davidson remembers the American spiritual icon Ram Dass.
Zen teacher John Tarrant on Climate Change, the Australian Fires, and the Magic of the Primeval Forest.
It’s the movement of all those who want to create a life-sustaining society, writes Joanna Macy, and it’s even more important at a time when the future looks so bad.
In the Baseball Sutra, recently discovered by scholar Donald Lopez, the Buddha explains why he created a game where suffering and failure are the norm.
Our basic problem, says Trudy Goodman, is ignoring the reality of impermanence. Being mindful in the moment, appreciating this flowing, interconnected life, we miraculously free ourselves from habitual patterns.
To give yourself a fighting chance against negative patterns, says Josh Korda, you’ve got to get at the driving forces behind them.
How you relate to your feelings, says Lama Willa Miller, may be the most important habit of all. When you meet your feelings with grace and mindfulness, you find they’re your best friends on the spiritual path.
Oryoki is the meditative way of eating practiced in Zen monasteries. Gesshin Claire Greenwood on how to bring the spirit of oryoki into our home kitchens — and feel more deeply nourished.
Hilary Smith isn’t keen about Zen, but she does need company. Isolation and depression are the wolves at the door of her mountain cabin.