For this final print issue, Sandy Boucher joins us as a guest editor in conversation with some of the West’s earliest teachers of Buddhism, along with younger dharma leaders. Cover Art: John Bigelow Taylor and Diane Dubler, photograph, with Inquiring Mind covers by various artists superimposed by Margery Cantor.
Guest editor Wendy Johnson helps us explore how, as dharma practitioners and concerned citizens, we can take in and respond to the deep-rooted causes and conditions of hunger. Cover art: Heather Wilcoxon, “Nothing Makes Sense,” 54″ x 54″, multimedia on canvas.
Engaged Buddhist Alan Senauke works with us to showcase multiple points of view on the way of the warrior and the path of nonviolence. Cover art: Barbara Parmet, “Magician,” 9″ x 12″ solarplate etching, 2012.
Can a Buddhist believe in God? Susan Moon and M. K. Nelson team up with us to explore: How might a relationship with God enrich or conflict with one’s Buddhist practice? Cover art: Jeff Faust, “Clouds Above a Small Sea.” Acrylic on canvas, 48″ x 36″ .
For this issue, writer and dharma teacher Susan Moon co-curates stories and poems about the “three marks of existence”: suffering, impermanence, no fixed self. Cover art: John Kemp Lee, “Cat’s Cradle,” 52 x 36 x 4 inches. Copper, bronze, brass.
In “Earth Now,” guest editor Susan Moon accompanies us in speaking up on behalf of the “voiceless”: frogs and spotted owls, trees and rocks, melting glaciers, our great-great-great-grandchildren… Earth Now! Cover art: Audrey Kral, “Roots,” 30 x 30 inches, oil painting, 2009.
For citizens of our struggling world, Buddhism offers a model of compassionate action, the figure of the bodhisattva. Sandy Boucher joins us to explore this. Cover art: Lorraine Capparell, “Aspiration,” 11 x 11 inches. Watercolor painting, 2011.
For this issue, guest editor M. K. Nelson helps us illuminate rituals of passage, following a loose trajectory of birth, coming of age, marriage/ordination, aging and death. Cover art: Sabina Lanier, photograph.
Sandy Boucher joins us as guest editor for this collection of articles on the indescribable, ineffable, unformed, unconditioned, taintless, everlasting, invisible and, by many other names, beyond-comprehension topic of ENLIGHTENMENT. Cover art: Barbara Parmet, “Leap,” 8 x 10 inch solarplate etching, 2010.
Addiction is seldom discussed in the serenity of Dharma halls, yet it affects almost all of us, either personally or through a family member or friend. Dharma teacher Kevin Griffin joined us to curate this issue. Cover art: Kelli Bickman, “Taming the Mind,” 5′ x 6′, acrylic on canvas.
Wendy Johnson joins our staff as we look at the dynamics of transformation within our love relationships, our families, our sanghas and the world. Cover art: Glen Rogers, “Borrowed Forms in Nature VII,” 7″ x 5″, 2009. Monotype with photo transfer using an image from 19th-century illustrator Ernst Haeckel.
Inquiring Mind‘s 25th anniversary edition explores Heavenly Messengers: Sickness, Old Age, Death and the Path of Practice. As Bhikkhu Bodhi says, “they become catalysts that can induce in us a profound internal transformation.” Cover art: Dianne Dubler & John Bigelow Taylor. “Though long dead and desiccated, this wonderful wing still soars.”
This issue explores how to pass the teachings to the next generation, along with an array of practice approaches. It includes several perspectives on the Buddha’s renunciation of family, and a collection of stories by and about young people. Cover art: Still image from director Rosemary Rawcliffe‘s Women of … »
This issue explores Western psychology, neuroscience and Buddhism—as well as grief, loss, and dana. It also includes a special collection of War and Peace poems called “Poetry Saves.” Cover art: Lorraine Bonner, “Internalized Perpetration,” 13″ x 13″ x 10″, clay, 2001.
Money. Sex. Power. Our courageous writers bring forth provocative interviews, insightful essays, and wise advice on understanding and working skillfully with desire—no matter how it might manifest. Cover art: Lorraine Capparell, “Monkey on Your Back,” 12″ x 12″. February 11, 2007. Watercolor.
Freedom begins in the mind…without mastery of ourselves, we are at the mercy of karmic conditioning. In this issue of Inquiring Mind, we explore a few different flavors of freedom. Cover art: Elaine Surya, “Keys to Eternity.” Collage.
This issue explores a variety of practices: study and contemplation, ethical living, pilgrimage, chanting, not to mention mindfulness meditation. It also includes a special section on audio dharma. Cover art: Sabina Lanier, “Monk Watering Plants.” Photograph.
This issue draws inspiration from the Earth-based teachings within Buddhism and spiritual traditions such as those of the Native Americans, and looks at the impact our global economy has upon other societies and other species. Cover art: Stephanie Peek, Reflections I, 24″ x 36″, 2005. Oil on panel.
When the world is just too much, a full dose of dharma humor can be the cure. But harsh realities still demand a voice, so we split this issue between gravitas and levitas, ending up—surprise, surprise—on the middle path. Cover art: Jon Kaplan, “Girl with Broom, Lhasa, Tibet (near Johkang temple),” 1998. … »
To heal ourselves and find a better harmony with each other in this world we need better tools, skillful means, a clear path of reconciliation. This issue of Inquiring Mind is dedicated to finding and smoothing that path. Cover art: Dana (White) Anjali, “Prajñaparamita’s Blessing,” 11″ x 14″. 2003. Color photograph.
In this issue of Inquiring Mind we explore the senses—seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching and thinking/feeling—from a dharma perspective. Cover art: Ma Deva Padma, “Abundance,” 25″ x 33″, acrylic on canvas. (Hexagram 55 from the TAO Oracle: An Illuminated New Approach to the I Ching.)
To celebrate our twentieth anniversary, we offer stories from along the path by teachers and sangha members: tales of insight, foolishness, triumphs and pratfalls. We also get a little wild and crazy with a special humor section! Cover art: Steven Poe, “Sands of Time.” 6.75″ x 14″. 2002.
In a world where choices often seem driven by terror, Inquiring Mind decided to address the theme of fear. But as dharma practice aims to see both suffering and the end of suffering, we recast our theme as “Fear and Fearlessness.” Cover art: Don Farber, photographer.
How do art and dharma intersect? To explore this question, we enlist the help of artists and visionaries who draw inspiration from their spiritual practice. Cover art: “Many Buddhas” by Jeannene Langford. Etching.
This issue of Inquiring Mind—second in a series focusing on the “three characteristics” of impermanence (anicca), suffering (dukkha) and nonself (anatta)—explores suffering as a core problem of existence. Cover art: Marianne Kolb, “Monk, No. 12, 2000.” Painting.
In this issue of Inquiring Mind we consider the violence of inattention—in our cities, our prisons, our ecosystems, and our day-to-day lives—and explore ways that mindfulness and compassion can bring healing to our world. Cover art: photographer Bob Hovey.
The interplay between our understandings of science and of the dharma forms the theme for this issue of Inquiring Mind. Cover Art: Marianne Kolb‘s painting, “There is nothing you can hold for very long.”
This issue evokes the tension between spirit and soul, between the realms of the absolute and relative, the dharma and the drama—and includes a special section on meditation and adolescents. Cover art: Bette Alexander, “Earth Angels.”
It is one thing to discover your own truth; quite another to declare it to the world. Writers in this issue proclaim their deepest truths, despite potential challenges and risks. Cover art: “Two Awakened Hearts View the World,” photo by Ed Brown. Sculpture by Patricia Sullivan.
This issue, with Andy Cooper as guest editor, examines the relationship between liberation and sanctification, as experienced in a life of spiritual practice. Cover art: “Bufo, Dr. Wolfram” by Michael Dee Cookinham. Painting.
Can anatta be acted out on stage? How do the muses of poetry talk with the Buddha? What about the Dharma of Just Hanging Out? In this issue, we explore these questions. Cover art: “Who Knows the Use of the Useless?” (1993) by Zea Morvitz. Acrylic and mixed media.
Like the thousand-armed Bodhisattva of compassion, the followers of Dharma are reaching out in all directions to heal the world. Throughout this issue of Inquiring Mind you will find evidence of what our featured artist Kazuaki Tanahashi calls “global heart.” Cover art: painting by Kazuaki Tanahashi.
In this issue of Inquiring Mind we explore the notion of anatta, hoping to illuminate its importance and to dispell some of the confusion surrounding it. Cover art: Jeff Greenwald took this photograph of an amusement-park-like art installation in Yokohama, Japan.
Different schools of Buddhism have a variety of approaches towards the body—from loathsomeness practices to the Tantric embrace. In this issue we explore our subject from head to foot. Cover art: “Hands” by Lorraine Capparell. It is a large glazed ceramic sculpture, 60″ diameter and 30″ tall.
Buddhist teachers and storytellers tell us their tales and discuss the role of storytelling in dharma transmission. Adding different flavors to the mix, we include Hasidic tales, contemporary fiction, and a Poetry Page full of questions. Cover art: Gordon Onslow-Ford, “All Ones Company,” 1993, acrylic on canvas, 82″ x … »
In this issue—along with our 10th anniversary retrospective—we focus on how meditation practice is moving out of retreat centers and into hospitals, prisons, inner cities, and political action campaigns, often leaving the Buddha behind. Cover art: Lorraine Capparell, based on a drawing we received from an overseas reader.
Kindness and its attending ethics may be expressed at any of the endless intersections in this web in which we live—on the meditation cushion, in family drama, in our decision making. . . Here, we look at ethics in the light of Buddhist teachings. Cover art: Mayumi Oda, from Touching Peace.
This issue of Inquiring Mind focuses on the teachings of Tibetan Dzogchen, Advaita master Hari Lal Poonja and former Zen teacher Toni Packer as ways of exploring dharma that emphasizes non-duality. Andrew Cooper gives an overview.
All the Buddhist paths intersect in this issue’s cover photo of the Dalai Lama hugging a penguin. May all people, penguins and other sentient beings be liberated. Cover photo: Susan Middleton and David Liittschwager, California Academy of Sciences, 1991
Features include an interview with author and translator Stephen Mitchell; Thich Nhat Hanh offering advice to artists; Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Allen Ginsberg chatting about rock and roll; followed by an expanded section of musings and reviews of dharmic literature.
From Joseph Goldstein on “Possibilities of the Path” and AIDS activist John Hobbie on “Four Heavenly Messengers,” to a variety of senior teachers’ reflections on their favorite sutta passages, this issue grounds readers in Buddhist philosophy.
There is more to spirituality and dharma than retreats or daily meditation. Drawing insight from Joanna Macy, Larry Rosenberg, Jack Kornfield and others, this issue looks at activism, parenting and daily life as practice. Even further off the zafu, Insight teachers do a teaching-tour in glasnost-era USSR.
What is the overlap between psychotherapy and meditation? How are these practices different vs. complementary? Is meditation harmful to some people? Prominent dharma teachers, psychologists and East-West scholars dive deep into these questions.
Alongside an early interview with the venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Western teachers examine the Eastern roots of Buddhist practice, women’s spirituality, mystical experiences and more.
Volume 2, Number 2
Themes of activism and loneliness weave through Inquiring Mind’s interviews with Ram Dass and Vimala Thakar—as well as poetry, book reviews that are essays in their own right, a Practice Q&A and Wes Nisker’s The Dharma & the Drama column.
Volume 2, Number 1
This third issue of Inquiring Mind revolves around the question of how to bring spiritual practice into everyday life—even when living in tumultuous times. Interviews with Allen Ginsberg and A. T. Ariyaratne touch on the influence of politics on the evolution of Buddhist practice.
Volume 1, Number 2
For the second issue of Inquiring Mind, Jack Kornfield and Ruth Denison give interviews, Joseph Goldstien fields questions about practice, several poets share their work, and Jeanne Hay Rosenblum describes how A. H. Almaas’s Diamond Approach enhanced her meditation practice.
Volume 1, Number 1
Inquiring Mind’s debut issue features interviews with Joseph Goldstein and Christopher Titmuss, articles by James Baraz, Corey Fischer and Wes Nisker, and poetry—lots of poetry!