Spring 2018

Vol. 36 No. 3 Spring 2018
Words and Phrases

The vitality of language lies in its ability to limn the actual,
imagined and possible lives of its speakers, readers, writers…
Its force, its felicity is in its reach toward the ineffable.
                                                                                        -Toni Morrison

TABLE OF CONTENTS

What Do You Call It?, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Roshi
Non-abiding has no ground and yet everything rises from here.

Wordless Words, Suzanne Taikyo Gilman
Editorial

A Living Thing, Toni Morrison
A teaching story of hubris and responsibility.

The Speech of Beings, David Abram
Learning the language of water-dwelling beings.

 Miraculous CommunicationDogen Zenji
By noticing the miraculous, we find our own lives.

Word Problems, Cormac McCarthy
Figuring out that thought is more complex than language.

This Page Crumpled up and Rolled into a Ball, poem, Brendan Constantine

 The Language of TreesPeter Wohlleben
Survival of the community, tree by tree.

 Opening the Hand of Thought, Kosho Uchiyama, Roshi
A look into Dogen Zenji’s teachings, “dropping off body and mind.”

 Words and Phrases, Vanessa Zuisei Goddard, Sensei
We can hear the same words and still understand them differently.

According to the Gospel of Yes, poemDana Levin

Restoration, Robin Wall Kimmerer
A language and a landscape, separated and reunited.

Media Review Radical Dharma, Talking Race, Love, and Liberation
By Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei, Lama Rod Owens and Jasmine Syedullah
Reviewed by Theresa Braine, MRO

Media Review Painting PeaceArt in a time of Global Crisis by Kazuaki Tanahashi
Reviewed by clyde fusei forth, MRO

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