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Rilke’s Temple: Rilke 4/4

Reading Time: 8 minutes Rilke has given us words to protect those parts of ourselves that help us stay open to fundamental questions about life. And should we lose this capacity,… Read more »

Rilke’s Noble Lie: Rilke 3/4

Reading time: 8 minutes The notion of a noble lie, or the magnificent myth raises important questions for anyone interested in thinking about how to live . . . Rilke… Read more »

Jeff Koons’s Religious Epiphany

Jeff Koons vs. The Willow

Reading time: 5 minutes On the property of an abandoned temple in Japan there is a willow that has fallen into a shed as a result of the wind and… Read more »

Zendo overlooking traditional Japanese garden

Is Meditation Selfish?

Reading time: 7 minutes We create a zone of silence that allows nature to speak to us—a zone in which we can perceive the subtle teachings of earth, wind, water,… Read more »

Mt. Jiashan—an area known for its thick forests and myriad waterfalls.

The Obstacle is the Way

Reading time: Just under 6 minutes A Buddhist disciple offers a final good-bye to his beloved teacher, and sets out from the safety of his temple to deepen his practice… Read more »