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January 22, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

Learn the story behind the classic Zen poem Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth in these excerpts from our recent book Unfathomable Depths: Drawing Wisdom for Today from a Classical Zen Poem. (Read the poem here). 

Translators’ Preface

For the first time in English, this book presents—in tandem with...

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Learn the story behind the classic Zen poem Ten Verses of Unfathomable Depth in...

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January 21, 2015
by Kestrel Slocombe

This is an excerpt from Ayya Khema’s recently re-released book Know Where You’re Going (formerly titled When the Iron Eagle Flies).

Our first difficulty is that although we...

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This is an excerpt from Ayya Khema’s recently re-...

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January 15, 2015
by Barbara Bonner

These are two excerpts from Barbara Bonner’s book Inspiring Generosity.

The Story of Sasha Dichter

There was nothing particularly different about that day. Sasha Dichter was on the S train as usual, heading home from his job in Manhattan as Chief Innovation Officer at the Acumen Fund. As...

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These are two excerpts from Barbara Bonner’s book...

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January 10, 2015
by Terrance Keenan

This is an excerpt from Terrance Keenan’s new book Zen Encounters with Loneliness.

Chapter 2 The End of Perfection

The spiritual life is often described as being on a path. It implies direction, purpose, and an end. Even an endless path suggests to us an evolution toward some kind of perfection. One is...

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This is an excerpt from Terrance Keenan’s new book ...

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January 6, 2015

From In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon, translated by Bhikkhu Bodhi.

2. The Tribulations of Unreflective Living (1) The Dart of Painful Feeling

“Monks, when the uninstructed worldling experiences a painful feeling, he sorrows, grieves, and laments; he weeps beating his...

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January 5, 2015

This is an excerpt from Ayya Khema’s recently re-released book Know Where You’re Going (formerly titled When the Iron Eagle Flies).

There is very little doubt that those of us who want to meditate are looking for something other than what we are used to in the world. We are...

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This is an excerpt from Ayya Khema’s recently re-released book ...

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