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A Life of Zen: Ikkyū, the Crazy Cloud

By Surendra Please, please don’t worry. How many times do I have to say it? There’s no way not to be Who and where you are. The portrait of Ikkyū, by one of his disciples, Bokusai…

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The Fiction of Being

Every life is a work of fiction. That’s what I tell my memoir students. People come to me wanting to tell their life story, the narrative that sums them up, the myth that captures their essence….

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The Secret Language of Trees

by Shawn Radcliffe If you look at a forest through a Darwinian lens, you’ll see individual trees battling each other for finite resources like water, nutrients and sunlight. The winners take what they can and live…

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There Is No Moon If We Close Our Eyes: Chris Fields and Riccardo Manzotti

In a conversation from SAND18 Italy, two philosophers and information theorists exchange ideas about the nature of reality. Sharing the gift of using everyday objects as illustration they invoke explanations from Plato to quantum theory to…

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Adverse Childhood Experiences

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Redefining trauma as the collective experience By Donna Thomas Its great that ACEs are high on the agenda for organizations that support adults, children & young people. Making links between adverse experiences in…

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I No Longer I

from “Island” by Aldous Huxley Somewhere between seeing and speaking, somewhere Between our soiled and greasy currency of words And the first star, the great moths fluttering About the ghosts of flowers, Lies the clear place…

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A Semantic Map of the Brain

Scientists at UC Berkeley have placed volunteers in an fMRI scanner and monitored blood flow in their brain activity for two hours, while having them listen to stories.  The result: they were able to map which…

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Gifts of Brokenness: a video with Vera de Chalambert

Speaking at SAND18 Italy, Vera De Chalambert introduces some of the Goddesses of the Eastern traditions to illustrate the meaning of the dark feminine and its relevance to today’s conditions and events. It is an energy…

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