Stillness

Podcast: Koan Practice.

In this podcast Zen teacher, author, and poet Henry Shukman talks with host Michael Taft about koan practice, the role of psychotherapy in spiritual practice, and the power of working in the “old way,” the path of working with Zen koans as the journey of a lifetime. Koans are something very interesting to me. And […]

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Stillness

Off-grid​ for next 7 days.

I am just about to head off to sesshin for the next week and will be totally off-grid for the duration. This will be my third consecutive year of attending a sesshin retreat.I will, as they say, see you on the other side….. “To preserve the silence within–amid all the noise. To remain open and […]

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Found objects

Blue Mountains.

Dogen Zenji was a Japanese Buddhist priest, writer and poet who lived in the early 13th Century. Garry Snyder is a teacher, poet, essayist and travel writer who lives today in the United States. The accompanying photo is of the Blue Mountains located around 50 km west of Sydney Australia. All three speak to us […]

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Stillness

Turning moments. 

I recently came across this eloquent post from John Tarrant a meditation teacher who was born in Tasmania: “The first thing about really having your own creative life is not thinking you know what you are, not thinking what you are already thinking. This comes from making space, from not knowing, from playing. We are […]

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