THIS WEEK'S BLOG

Holly Allen
Featured Poetry

Holly Allen – Michigan Green

Holly Allen’s poem Michigan Green recalls the summers spent in Michigan with her great-grandmother.

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.

Wendell Berry
Poetry

Wendell Berry – The Peace of Wild Things

Berry’s poem looks to nature for release from world-weariness and despair, and suggests a kind of liberation through reviving our relationship with the wilderness.

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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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.

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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

Ryokan – Playing with the Children

Ryokan loved children, and played with them so much that other adults began to question his sanity. He says, ‘Even if I were able to say something/how could I explain?’ His wholehearted immersion in playful activity is the essence of Ryokan’s very particular Zen expression.

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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

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.

“Now More Than Ever” – Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker’s prose poem is a sharp critique of reflexive liberal white responses that mimic meaningful call to action but are at best ineffective and at worst damaging, seeking self-absolution over anything else. The poem moves from the two extremes of response – intellectual and deeply emotional – with no transition in between and no apologies for its erratic form. 

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.

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Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin – High Windows

Written in 1967, at the height of the sexual revolution and the Summer of Love, Philip Larkin’s High Windows is about sex, freedom, generational shifts and transcendence.

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