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A Zen Master's Guide to the Bible

In the fall of 1999, my family and I were traveling on board a commercial airliner out of Memphis, Tennessee, when the cabin filled with smoke and the plane suddenly dropped right …

Close the the Ground: Fashionista as Monk

In honor of spring, I decided to buy a new pair of pants. Usually, I head for St. Vincent de Paul for gently reused clothes, partly to keep the cloth out of landfills a bit longer …

Close to the Ground: Bowing to Spring

At the end of the third week of a monthlong pilgrimage to Korea some sixteen years ago, I was completely broken. Before we began the pilgrimage, I figured that a shaved head would …

Close to the Ground: Sisters Shouting at Gods

I was raised to be a good girl. Embedded in this phrase was the admonition to never talk back to my elders, and I did OK until I was six years old. Then one summer Sunday, itching …

Close to the Ground: Sun Buddha, Moon Buddha

It is easy to get caught up in headlines and tragedy: Boys and girls ripped from their homes by the thousands; drones and missiles competing with each other for how much damage the…

Close to the Ground: The Secret of Abiding Joy

I’m sitting, watching Parker perform her first dance masterpiece. Its baseline is a collection of moves from her gymnastics class. She has layered on top of these most of the compo…

Dying as a Spiritual Practice: An Interview with BJ Miller

Featured Product// Learn More10 keynotes. 4 days. Join a community of thought leading caregivers and explore radical compassion and mindfulness. Sponsored by the New York Zen Cente…

Exchanging Worry for Wonder

A Catholic priest’s encounter with God through Zen

Out of Stillness, an Idea

My friend Pauline was trying Zentangles—doodling exercises that promise to pull your concentration into drawing in a way that frees the rest of your mind to come up with creative i…

Sound, Silence, and John Cage: Four Musical and Spiritual Ideals to Live By

I’m sitting cross-legged on a downtown sidewalk. My five year-old son is in my lap and for 10 minutes the little guy is completely focused and very still; we’re watching and listen…

The Bear Went Over the Mountain.

The lake-effect snow was lovely yesterday afternoon as we began a new year with our four-hour meditation. We had ten people, maybe seven at the end. We stayed long enough afterward…

The Eye-Twitch Path to Peace

Two months before my 38th birthday, I was offered the job of my lifetime: joining the marketing and management consulting staff of a large, well-regarded international consulting g…

The Fuel of All Things Good

A recent issue of Business Week has stuck in my mind. The cover story is “The Case for Optimism,” and it is full of inspiring stories and studies showing that optimism works. Stude…

The Pattern of Genuine Transformation

With spiritual practice, "ah" usually shows up as a first taste of "just this" or timelessness or spot-on grace. When we taste it, there is no going back.

The Practice of Becoming Intimate with Self and Other

An Interview with Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara

The River of Heaven

The Haiku of Basho, Buson, Issa, and ShikiBy Robert AitkenI have always found haiku, with its spare text and deeply penetrating insight, a perfect doorway to meditation. With scarc…

The Zen of Organic Farming

Today, we visit the Green Gulch Farm Zen Center just outside San Francisco. Since the 1970s, these pioneers of California’s organic farming movement have been utilizing z…

The Zen of Surfing

While in high school, Jaimal Yogis ran away to sea in search of good surfing and lasting spiritual truths. (“Note to Mom and Dad: I am somewhere in the world, and I will call you w…

VIDEO: The Sound of Zen - Tassajara Mountain Retreat

On this episode of Conscious Living, we visit the nation’s oldest Zen Monastery, Tassajara, located deep in the Ventana Wilderness of California’s Los Padres Nationa…

What Good is Meditation in a Plane Crash?

An Interview with Allan Lokos

What to Do With the Stories That Haunt You…

For Reasons You Don't Understand

Zen Garden

As her family begins the restoration of a traditional Japanese-style garden, Zen teacher Karen Maezen Miller receives a teaching of love—and of letting go—in the fleeting beauty of its flowers.

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