Sangha of Poets

Dear Friends, As we are reading Nhat Hanh’s poems for our June session, I thought I’d share a few poems by other Zen poets in the weeks ahead. Here is one by Han-Shan, who lived…

Tolstoy Summer

A Confession and Other Religious Writings (Penguin) The Gospel in Brief: The Life of Jesus (Harper Perennial) Hadji Murat (translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky) The Kingdom of God Is within You (translated by Constance Garrett)…

Neeta and Neil

Neeta Shenai took my Social Justice class at SLU in fall 2005; Neil Munjal did the same in fall 2006. It has been a great pleasure to stay in touch with them as they have…

Walt, Various

1. I was simmering, simmering, simmering; Emerson brought me to a boil.–Walt Whitman 2. In 1968 Susan Sontag visited Hanoi for two weeks. In her account of her experiences, she seemed a bit surprised the…

Letter/1522

Robert Henri Makes me think of you! You’re a book-openerA soul-opener A seerAn enlightener A listenerA dare-angel A possibility-generatorA disturber of the official line An embodiment of the operative lineOf Love first Thank you for…

¡Presente!

Remembering Rosemary Radford Ruether, with whom I was in Palestine in spring 1990 and who supported my first book in 2001… She was one of the greats. She embodied sempre  avanti. She had a deep…

DJs

Dear Zosia, I was playing some Dylan a while ago as I was trying to get my study in some semblance of order. Then I picked his Chronicles off the shelf and opened to the section when…