The Zen of Therapy and a Hidden Kindness

“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 …” 

(Mark Epstein)

Psychotherapy from a Buddhist Perspective

Jon shares reviews of Mark Epstein’s book in which he explores psychotherapy from a Buddhist perspective.

Isn’t This the Sound? An Evening of Celtic Pub Music in the Zendo with Delphine Moss & Jordan McConnell

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 …

A Fire Runs Through All Things – A Visit with Susan Murphy

“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.”

(Susan Murphy)

Congruent with the Earth: A Discussion on Susan Murphy’s Recent Work

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 Dream?

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 Vipassani Find Koans – A Panel Discussion with Susan Pollak, Doug Phillips & Ewen Arnold

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.

Regrets, I’ve Had a Few

Emperor Wu’s “not getting it” may not have been a fail at all; perhaps it was his most generous gift to the world.

The Universe at Play: Tales of Laughter in the Zendo

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.

The Ancestral Story of the Red River Jig

The anthem of the Métis nation is the Red River Jig, a fiddle tune with Indigenous origins in the early 19th century. Says Jordan, “By playing that music, by being accepted by the that community, I’ve come a bit to know what it means to be Métis.”