Essays

A Vast and Mysterious Reality

A Vast and Mysterious Reality

Tracy CochranApr 29, 202415 min read

I felt in need of a great pilgrimage so I sat still for three days. —Hafiz These days, I would say that life itself is my teacher. —Tracy Cochran On the first night of our pilgrimage, my fellow pilgrims and…

The Mystic Vision of Hildegard von Bingen

The Mystic Vision of Hildegard von Bingen

Mary A. OsborneApr 29, 202413 min read

A medieval nun in black Benedictine habit is seated in a small chapel, writing with a stylus on a wax tablet as fiery red flames descend upon her, conveying a message from Heaven above. In an adjacent room, the monk Volmar…

Believing in Nothing

Believing in Nothing

Peter CoyoteApr 29, 20249 min read

Best known as an actor and narrator, Peter Coyote has studied Zen since 1974. In 2011 he was ordained as a Zen Buddhist priest and four years later received “transmission,” establishing him as an independent Zen teacher. —The Editors I…

A Moment of Another Reality

A Moment of Another Reality

Lillian FirestoneApr 29, 20247 min read

I was angry at Walter.  It was too cold for June—but maybe normal in London. I shivered uncontrollably in my too-thin, too-short dress. Outwardly I remained civil, but inwardly I was seething. Everything he did irritated me, his every movement…

Enthralled by the Marvel

Enthralled by the Marvel

Alejandro JodorowskyApr 29, 202412 min read

Years ago, Alejandro Jodorowsky, the celebrated film director of El Topo and The Holy Mountain, studied with rogue spiritual teacher Oscar Ichazo, followed by a curious encounter with a figure more legendary than himself, Carlos Castaneda, author of a series…