Summer 2014

Vol. 32 No. 4 Summer 2014

Even though empty space
May be named or conventionally defined,
It is impossible to point it out as “this.”
It is the same for the clarity of mind itself:
Although its characteristics may be expressed,
It cannot be pointed out as “this.”

— Machig Labdron


The Unexpected Rears its Head, Konrad Ryushin Marchaj, Sensei
The nature of all things is intrinsically unknowable.

Touched by Raw Truth, Danica Shoan Ankele

The Holy Spirit as Wild Spirit, Matthew Fox
To live fully means to surrender to the wild, free wonder of being.

A Collaborative Intelligence, Susan Griffin
The roots of the hierarchical mindset and the very different lessons of ecology.

Sacred Wildness, John Daido Loori, Roshi
The most profound teachings of reality are offered by the natural world.

Elegy for the Giant Tortoise, a poem, Margaret Atwood

Natural, Vivid, Alive, Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Intimacy with our raw, undomesticated experience.

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front, a poem, Wendell Berry

Mirror in the Street, Rebecca Solnit
The shadow side of urban wilderness.

The Time for the Singing of Birds, Kathleen Dean Moore
The voice of the divine speaks through creation.

Joyous Body: The Wild Flesh, Clarissa Pinkola Estés
Subverting the dominant culture’s notions of a “good body.”

Meeting Machig Labdron, Jody Hojin Kimmel, Osho
A brief introduction to a lesser-known Buddhist sage.

Machig’s Last Instructions, Machig Labdron
Teachings on the primordial nature of mind.

To Know Living Things, Thomas Merton
A reflection on nature and God from Merton’s journals.

Plum Blossoms, Eihei Dogen
The old plum tree arouses wild wind and stormy rain.

The Veil of the Beloved, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Abandoning ourselves to union with the divine, the raw joy of life moves through us.

Sangha Reflections: On Wildness

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