Tag Archives: Zen

Everything is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen

January 30, 2016

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Everything Is the Way: Ordinary Mind Zen by Elihu Genmyo Smith — These days, when Zen has become a kind of shorthand for anything that is enigmatic or aesthetically spare, it is refreshing to be reminded that Zen is, at heart, a practice for waking up from the dream we inhabit to free ourselves from […]

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The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life

September 17, 2015

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The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life by John Daido Loori — This groundbreaking book introduces readers to a long overlooked but essential aspect of the Zen tradition — the creative spirit. It shares the story of the author’s own life and the spiritual path that brought him to Zen through the arts, providing […]

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Paradise in plain sight: Lessons from a Zen garden

August 11, 2014

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Paradise in plain sight: Lessons from a Zen garden by Karen Maezen Miller —  In the early summer of 1997, my husband and I found ourselves in the backyard of an empty house on a quiet street in Sierra Madre, a suburb of Los Angeles. The backyard was Southern California’s oldest private Japanese garden, an […]

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What type of meditation is best for you?

February 23, 2012

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by Patricia Monaghan —  In 1902, the great American philosopher, William James, published a seminal book, Varieties of Religious Experience. Not being religious himself, he asked a number of people what the term “religion” meant to them. Not surprisingly, he found that this common word held many meanings, ranging from piety to mysticism to saintliness. […]

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