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Robert M. Pirsig, Author of ‘Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,’ Dies at 88
Robert M. Pirsig, whose “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,” a dense and discursiv...
In Midst of Winter, An Invincible Summer: Finding the Light in the Darkest of Times
In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes...
I don’t know why I was born with this belief in something deeper and larger than we can see. But it’s always called. Even as a boy, I knew that trees and light and sky all point to some time...
The Longing For Spiritual Freedom
There is within us–in even the blithest, most light hearted among us—a fundamental dis-eas...
2016 Christmas Letter
I have only one desire, and that is the desire for solitude—to disappear into God, to be s...
Leonard Cohen: A Final Interview
A few days ago, Leonard Cohen, one of the finest poets and songwriters of our times, passe...
Sr. Elaine Macinnes: Catholic Nun and Zen Master
I have been reading about freedom in confined spaces. How a prison cell can become a practice ground. I have never been to a prison and somewhere in my mind I have an image of a cell as a st...
I’ve heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do you? It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major ...
The Zen Master
Zen is the practice of nothing special or extraordinary. –Yamada Koun Roshi After a three-month stint in the Bay Area, during which time I smoked a lot of weed, drank a lot of beer, and sat a total of twice at San Francisco Zen Center, I returned t...
Strangers No More: Catholic Monastics in Dialogue with Other Faith-Traditions
The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions. She regards with sincere reverence those ways of conduct and of life, those precepts and teachings which, thou...
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