Virginia Woolf on our relationship to illness, its potential spiritual value, and the mysterious intelligence of the body.
A poem expressing the desire for love and connection, going deeper into the shared essence of being that underlies difference.
Chan teacher Guo Gu on silent illumination, punk music and his teacher Sheng Yen's legacy.
Zen teacher and poet Norman Fischer on where and how poetry and Zen practice meet and interact.
A formidable description of epiphany: when the poet's world goes from a mundane waiting room to a radically altered sense of identity.
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.
Jennifer Hollis' poem sits on the threshold of motherhood, at the moment of transition when the personal and intimately known is sent out into a world keen to lay claim to it with a designation.
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.
"One can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality. Good prose is like a window pane." - George Orwell In his 1946 essay, Why I Write, George Orwell set out what he saw as the main motivators for writing: they were, sheer egotism, esthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse and political purpose.… Continue reading Every Book is a Failure – George Orwell on Truth in Writing