The Asking: Writings from Jane Hirshfield

“A poem is a field of discovery. It is not the record of something I already know. It is the record of exploration for alchemical transformation or for a pot a rice. The cooking pot is us.”

—Jane Hirshfield

Our Improbable & Singular Caffe Latte Life

The infinite space and micro-rhythms of our lives meet here, in the ordinary cup of caffé latte, matcha green tea, and kombucha (an acquired taste for me). The linked bits, the all of them, are like a river to be appreciated, appreciated, appreciated moment by moment. 

A Simple Gift

In his classic work, The Gift; How the Creative Spirit Transforms the World, Lewis Hyde posits the qualities of a true gift: It is not one gained through effort, it is artistic and mysterious in nature, and it only realizes its greatest value if freely passed on to others. Think music, art, and poetry.

Stone Woman Dreaming with Guest Host Jordan McConnell

“Last week we visited five dreams the Buddha had before his great enlightenment. These dreams got me deeply considering my own dreamworld.”

—Jordan McConnell

Our Dreams Are Buddha’s Dreams

Before his great awakening, the Buddha had five dreams. Those dreams are our dreams.

The Zen of Therapy – A Visit with Author & Psychiatrist Mark Epstein, MD

“To work something through means to change one’s view; if we try instead to change the emotion, we may achieve some short-term success, but we remain bound by forces of attachment and aversion to the very feelings from which we are struggling to be free.”

(Mark Epstein)

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

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)