Ancient Celtic tradition upheld soul-friendships and the potential for inner growth that they teased out.
Rooja Mohassessy – Intoxicated by Verses
Iranian-born poet Rooja Mohassessy presents readers a work of luscious language, devotion, wonder, faith, and also disillusionment.
Spence Pfleiderer – A Simple Morning Prayer
The aptly-named A Simple Morning Prayer pleads for understanding and love, for connection and illumination in a handful of terse lines. This piece is evidence that a poem need not be complex or long-winded to be a thing of authentic beauty and power.
Rebecca Ramsden – Be Thou My Vision
In Be Thou My Vision, Rebecca Ramsden reminds us that poetry and holiness can be found anywhere, and in anybody.
The Full Awareness of Breathing
In the Anapanasati Sutta, the Buddha presents a visceral kind of practice with the breath, that illuminates the experience of joy, calm and impermanence.
The Self is Tied to This Body Like an Ox to a Cart
One of the most well-known sections of the Chandogya Upanishad is the story of Indra, King of the Gods, Virochana King, of the Godless and their encounter with the sage Prajapati.
A Fool’s Folly: Tales from the One Hundred Parable Sutra
The One Hundred Parable Sutra is a compilation of parables used by the Buddha to demonstrate the principles of dharma to laymen and people unfamiliar with his teachings. The short, humorous stories follow the ill-fortunes of the foolish who continue in their folly to the amusement or disbelief of the people around them.
What is Essential is Only to Understand with Immediacy – from Dogen’s Hokyo-ki
The Hokyo-ki is a short memoir written by Dogen later in his life that chronicles his exchanges with Master Ju-ching (Tendo Nyojo in Japanese, also known as Rujing). Dogen only spent two years studying under Ju-ching at his monastery on Mount Tiantong, but the master's teachings were highly transformative for the young Japanese monk and… Continue reading What is Essential is Only to Understand with Immediacy – from Dogen’s Hokyo-ki