Featured Articles and Journals: writing

April 13, 2014
The news arrived a week ago that author and Zen teacher, Peter Matthiessen had died. As he makes the journey onward, I offer profound gratitude to him for his writing, for his activism, and for his teaching. Beyond dharma, he taught a simple...
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September 4, 2013
For part of July and August I traveled throughout China and Tibet for my work with the Tibetan Village Project, a non-political, non-governmental organization I've recently begun working for. I’ve been meaning to write about my experience (adding to...
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April 10, 2013
Two weeks ago I wrote a post about Dharma Art, the practice of making art from a clear and vibrant mind, that may or may not reflect Buddhist concepts or experience. 
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by Joren
March 21, 2013
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March 19, 2013
  He entered the subway car at 86th street, holding a clipboard with some papers. He announced to the car that he had come from California to be a Minister of Music in New York City and began singing a refrain of improvised Hallelujahs, eyes...
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February 26, 2013
In mindfulness meditation we train in shamatha—peaceful abiding. This is basically the ability to hang out with and be curious about our experience, whatever our experience is. Through shamatha, we learn that our experience is valid and worthy.
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January 29, 2013
  Starting a new piece of writing is a fantastic opportunity to practice. A few weeks ago I wrote about how to tackle the smushy blob of too much work. But often when you’re beginning a piece of creative writing, there is no clear path from
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January 23, 2013
  In addition to being the first Latino and openly gay (and the youngest) poet to read at a US President’s inauguration, Richard Blanco’s poem, “One Today,” was also a beautiful example of the themes of compassion and interdependence expressed...
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January 15, 2013
The conversation went something like this: My friend: Emily, I need some writing advice. Me: Okay… Friend: How do I make myself just do my work? Me: What work do you have to do? Friend: SO MUCH. Me: What is the work, specifically? Friend: I have...
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January 7, 2013
  Sitting in a rehearsal studio on Saturday morning with about twenty strangers at a trauma relief training workshop, I found myself wondering about the value of stories. As a writer, that’s an almost blasphemous thing to admit. But as I...
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December 31, 2012
Apple COO Tim Cook. Frank Lloyd Wright. Tolstoy. The Italian Futurists. What do all these folks have in common? They all set their intentions and wrote them down. Here’s a snippet from the colorful Italian Futurist Manifesto: 
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December 24, 2012
  I started this post last night, on Christmas Eve, sitting in bed nursing a stomach virus, armed with ginger ale and wonton soup. I didn’t want to write anything. Really, really didn’t. I knew it would be hard. I knew it would take a while. I...
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December 18, 2012
I've often heard it said that you should write for “yourself,” not for others. In some ways, I agree. It’s hard to write freely and openly if you’re constantly worrying about what others will think of your work. (Remember what William Carlos...
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December 4, 2012
Advice to William Carlos Williams from his dad, in response to a letter:   You’re quite wrong. What you have written is not “lousy” but extremely effective. Write, when you feel like it, and write freely, carelessly (if you know what I mean)...
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November 26, 2012
  Journaling as a Mindfulness Practice When I meditate, I sometimes notice myself thinking, Ok, Emily, concentrate, concentrate, hold on to the breath and have a good session this time, not like last time when you were all over the place.
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by Joren
November 22, 2012
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November 13, 2012
  I’ve done it oh so many times: open up a Word document or turn to a fresh notebook page to begin a poem or an essay and…nothing. Blah. Blah blah blah. That idea was stupid. I have to do my dishes. I have to find a “real” job. Immediately. I...
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October 11, 2012
 
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September 13, 2012
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August 23, 2012
 
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August 2, 2012
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July 20, 2012
 
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January 29, 2012
  Follow Ethan on (Facebook or Twitter) My new book, Your Emoticons Won't Save You, came out with a very limited release on my website as a print copy and as an ebook. We had very few advanced readers, so I'm just starting to...
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by Joren
December 29, 2011
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