THIS WEEK'S BLOG

David Whyte
Poetry

David Whyte – The Bell and the Blackbird

The call of awakening can come in any form, even from something as simple as the voice of a blackbird, in David Whyte’s poem, The Bell and the Blackbird.

j-krishnamurti
Book Bits

Love and Death are Inseparable

Jiddu Krishnamurti’s diaries reveal his ‘process’ and daily engagement with the the experience of his own consciousness and encounters with the unknown.

Esso Station

BY SUSAN DI RENDE
It was the summer of 1959. I was four years old, sitting in the back of my parents’ Rambler driving down Route 60 past motels, restaurants, and gas stations.

Champions

BY VANESSA ABLE
Since before they could talk, they knew. The fearlessness of a pre-schooler’s heart that knows no endings.

FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

Life and Death Do Not Exist

In this short chapter from the Shobogenzo, Sho-ji, Dogen plays with the distinction between the nuances of the two different meanings, life and death being static and self-defined events, which he argues have no substance or existence, and living and dying which are an endless flow of events and dynamic being

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THE ALAN WATTS CORNER

Caroline Goodwin

Why I Write – Caroline Goodwin

Writing can be anything, from self-discovery to incorporating pain to establishing direction, according to poet Caroline Goodwin, who featured in The Dewdrop a couple of weeks ago with her poem, Not I’ll Not, from her book, Custody of the Eyes. 

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THE BEATS

BROWSE BY THEME

MYSTICS

POPULAR READS

Zen Tree

FROM THE ZEN GARDEN

Bankei and the Unborn

17th century Zen master Bankei on the Unborn, the unconditioned mind that comes up spontaneously and is fundamental to every person, without exception.

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Am I Conscious Now?

“What does it mean to ask a question? Is there some magic in the inquisitive brain?” Susan Blackmore’s lifelong investigation into consciousness encompasses Zen practice and the recurring question: Am I conscious now?

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Chiyono’s Enlightenment Poem

Adachi Chiyono (also known as Mugai Nyodai) was the daughter of a samurai warrior in the 13th century who became the first woman – and mother – to found and head a Zen monastery in Japan.

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KEEP READING

Huston Smith

The God of Ideas

Huston Smith on how his intellect and love of ideas brought him into a closer relationship with God, in an activity known as jnana, the Indian form of yoga centered around knowledge.

Thomas Mann

At Sea With Don Quixote – Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann’s ‘Voyage With Don Quixote’ is an account of the author’s voyage by sea to New York in 1934 during which he was accompanied by Cervantes’ great novel.

WEB-Du-Bois

How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?

More than a century ago, the writer, historian, sociologist and civil rights activist W. E. B. Du Bois wrote about the unasked question that followed him everywhere: how does it feel to be a problem?

Zadie Smith

The Absolute Nature of Suffering

Zadie Smith asks whether the discourse about privilege still applies in the same way when we consider the suffering of individuals.

FROM THE ARCHIVES

The Path That Leads Into the Mountains

In 1993, Zen teacher Joan Halifax published a book called The Fruitful Darkness based on her anthropological engagements with Tibetan Buddhists, Mexican shamans, Native American elders and other tribal communities.

Aldous Huxley and Beauty

Huxley on the beatific vision of divine beauty that resides in Pure Interval and harmonious relationship, and experiencing the divine through architecture, music, sacred geometries and human relationships.

To Name and Describe, You Must First See

Writer and botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer’s book Braiding Sweetgrass is a call to awakening to ecological consciousness and an awareness of our interconnectedness with nature.

Only Justice Can Stop a Curse

In this essay about anger and injustice, writer and social activist Alice Walker begins by presenting a curse prayer found by Zora Neale Hurston that is more than a century old.

j-krishnamurti

Love and Death are Inseparable

Jiddu Krishnamurti’s diaries reveal his ‘process’ and daily engagement with the the experience of his own consciousness and encounters with the unknown.

Read More »

Esso Station

BY SUSAN DI RENDE
It was the summer of 1959. I was four years old, sitting in the back of my parents’ Rambler driving down Route 60 past motels, restaurants, and gas stations.

Read More »
Heard Island

Heard Island

BY ELLIS SCOTT
Mr Van Der Berg was Dutch and rail thin. He wore tailored three-piece polyester suits with pocket squares, and thick-lensed ombre shell glasses.

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Champions

BY VANESSA ABLE
Since before they could talk, they knew. The fearlessness of a pre-schooler’s heart that knows no endings.

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Huston Smith

The God of Ideas

Huston Smith on how his intellect and love of ideas brought him into a closer relationship with God, in an activity known as jnana, the Indian form of yoga centered around knowledge.

Read More »