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Annie Dillard

When the Sun Disappears

An extract from Annie Dillard’s essay Total Eclipse in which she describes her experiences of watching solar eclipses and the radical moments of transition they brought on. 

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Purifying Muddy Water – The Surangama Sutra

The Surangama Sutra was influential in the development of Ch’an in China over the centuries and is particularly valued for its elaboration of samadhi and techniques of emptiness meditation that are available to everyone.

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The Bhaddekaratta Sutta: The Sutra on Knowing the Better Way to Live Alone

The Bhaddekaratta Sutta is one of the many teachings the Buddha gave over the course of his 19 three-month practice periods at the Jetavana Monastery. It conveys the essence of a self-sufficient practice and way of existing – not clinging to the past or living for the future but diligently dwelling in current stability and freedom.

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Ha Jin

Ha Jin – The Detached

Ha Jin is a poet and novelist who moved to the United States from China in 1985. Having originally learned English from listening to the radio, Ha Jing is known

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Annie Dillard

When the Sun Disappears

An extract from Annie Dillard’s essay Total Eclipse in which she describes her experiences of watching solar eclipses and the radical moments of transition they brought on. 

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Arthur Sze

Arthur Sze – First Snow

Arthur Sze’s postmodern poetic style includes elements of Taoist and Zen philosophy written in a deeply observational style. Influenced by William Carlos Williams and Chinese poets like Bei Dao, Arthur Sze’s work can be a difficult but rewarding read.

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Bankei

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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AR ammons

AR Ammons – Still

AR Ammons’ poem Still follows a resolution of a spiritual nature to ground oneself and to identify with the lowly rather than the grandiose. It’s a call to commune with

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Buddha

Purifying Muddy Water – The Surangama Sutra

The Surangama Sutra was influential in the development of Ch’an in China over the centuries and is particularly valued for its elaboration of samadhi and techniques of emptiness meditation that are available to everyone.

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James Baldwin

On Falling in Love – James Baldwin

For activist and writer James Baldwin, falling in love was, ‘Not merely the key to my life, but to life itself.’ In this excerpt he talks about falling in love, a powerful event that shaped him and how he interacted with the world.

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Susan Blackmore

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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