Category: Spirituality & Religion

Justice as Practice: The Link Between Inner Work and Outer Change

In her recent TEDx talk, Rev. angel Kyodo williams asks of the crowd, “how much changed out there, when you changed your in-here?” This inherent, powerful link between inner work and outer change bears repeating again and again. In uncertain times, when fear is heightened and it feels like we’re on the brink of regression, …continue

Remedies for Anxious Spirits and Tired Souls

Winter is a slow spooling-inward of nature’s energy, and your own energy follows this cue. Outside of the holidays, it is a still and restful time when people yearn to cozy up indoors. The long nights invite internal processes. Contemplation is self-awareness, a reflective and integrative exploration of your heart and life’s purpose. Approach your …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 3: The Sacred Siddham Script

While performing the shakyo exercise, if the concentration is on the accurate copying of a sacred text, and the entire body is functioning as one, the strokes just flow through you. It is almost as though you were not the creator, only the conduit through which they form. This continues one step further in Siddham, …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 2: Shakyo Calligraphy Exercise

When Buddhism first began in India, its adherents passed along its teachings orally. Eventually, scribes recorded them in Pali and Sanskrit, and when travelers brought the faith to China by means of the Silk Road, the Chinese translated texts and copied sutras. John Stevens wrote the following in his book Sacred Calligraphy of the East: …continue

Nirvana through Art & Writing, Part 1: Nirvana Means Extinction

The Bhagavad Gita lists three paths to enlightenment: karma yoga (the way of action), jnana yoga (the way of knowledge), and bhakti yoga (the way of devotion). These have been adopted by other faiths, including Buddhism, and the first path, karma yoga, influenced Zen. According to its precepts, humans can attain enlightenment through seated Zen …continue