“Buddhist contemplation is a kind of therapy, after all; its whole orientation is toward relieving people of needless and self-inflicted psychological suffering. And psychotherapy, like meditation, is at base an inquiry into the nature of the self. The more you examine your experience, the more mysterious and elusive the self becomes …”
Jon shares reviews of Mark Epstein’s book in which he explores psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective.
It is a grand tradition in Irish and Scottish pubs for musicians to join jam sessions which often break up only when the sun begins to peek over the hayfields …
“Koans offer no solace to the mind that would divide the world in order to manage the pain of experience. Nor do they direct a course of action. They merely lay before us the true breadth and open nature of every moment—the formless field of benefaction. After that it’s up to you and me.”
We discuss deep ecology and Susan Murphy’s new book, A Fire Runs Through All Things: Zen Koans for Facing the Climate Crisis, in preparation for her visit in our Luminaries Series on January 22nd.
Where do we go when we enter dreamland? Talking with her teacher a week ago, a friend said how for some months leading up to her diagnosis she felt as though her ‘self’ was dissolving into the environment around her.
Three teachers whose paths include both Vipassana and Koan Zen talk with Jon Joseph about similarities, differences, and their integration of these two Buddhist paths.
Emperor Wu’s “not getting it” may not have been a fail at all; perhaps it was his most generous gift to the world.
Sitting for long hours in the zendo with everyone, the HOP may occasionally make comments called “encouraging words,” intended to help people move from stillness to activity. Pretty quickly I found that shouting words like “Hang in there!” or “Life and death are a serious matter!” were not all that fun.