THIS WEEK'S BLOG

Elizabeth Alexander
Poetry

Elizabeth Alexander – Equinox

Alexander’s poem Equinox is about life and energy, and how it slowly disappears, sometimes the force leaving the body still living, but an empty shell.

Boshan
Book Bits

Boshan and Fostering Great Doubt

Doubt is a key incentive of the spiritual journey, and, as per the old adage ‘Great doubt, great awakening’, it is foundational to the enquiry of Zen.

Alan Watts
Book Bits

Alan Watts and Divine Play

Alan Watts delves into one of his favorite and recurring subjects – the way in which we over-identify with the parts we play.

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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FEATURED AUTHORS AND POETS

BOOK EXCERPTS

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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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

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. 

Mother Teresa – Compassion in Action

This essay by Mother Teresa crystallizes her vision of compassion in action, of how the fundamental love and benevolence between humans can override all social, racial and doctrinal divides.

The Danger of the Single Story – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie argues that which stories get to be told and how they are told essentially depends on who is telling them, and that the privilege of storytelling usually lies with the person with power. In a pluralistic and diverse society, it’s important that storytellers from every perspective be heard, in order to reflect the truth of that society and its multi-faceted nature.

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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Hakuin

Hakuin’s Song of Zazen

Hakuin’s Song of Zazen is an encapsulation of the merits of meditation, in which he encourages the student to focus on the immediate experience of presence.

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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?

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