To be filled with gratitude for life and experience in its entirety--that is the meaning conveyed in B.R. Wilder's poem "Oh Mother, do not give me bliss".
Rather than signifying a lack or a void, Thich Nhat Hanh took emptiness to be a state of inextricable and fundamental interconnectedness.
One of the central themes of the work of the Jewish mystical philosopher Martin Buber was the question of understanding our relation to God.
BY JONATHAN H. MARKS A few years ago, when I was on an international fellowship in Geneva, some friends asked me to go to the mountains for the afternoon.
These three poems by Hari B Khalsa were written as part of a larger series in the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Rilke stresses the importance of work in relationship and cautions against the youthful fancy that romance is the domain of play and pleasure.
Cynthia Ruse's The In-Between reflects the parallel and layered elements of life, where light and darkness are blurred and the narrative of a painting becomes experience in itself.
Jack Kornfield teaches that too much emphasis on 'special' experiences might take us away from the practice of opening up to what is in front of us.
'At no period in history has cleverness been so highly valued,' wrote Aldous Huxley in 'The Perennial Philosophy' on the subject of the common human yearning to experience the divine. His book, 'TheDoors of Perception' was a manifesto for the exploration of consciousness through psychedelic drugs, but its fundamental idea - that in order for… Continue reading Aldous Huxley: Our Goal Is to Discover That We Have Always Been Where We Ought to Be
Norman Fischer is a Zen teacher and priest (formerly the Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center) as well as a poet and author. His most recent book, Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language, and Religion, is a collection of essays about experimental writing as spiritual practice. This statement on meditation and poetry talks about how the two… Continue reading Norman Fischer’s Poetics Statement: On Meditation and Poetry