Currents

Body-Mind is a Puppet

by Jac O'Keeffe

JAC O’KEEFFE WAS RAISED IN rural Ireland. A desire to know about God led her to study theology and music. After graduating in the 1980’s, she felt disillusioned with her studies and was left a non-believer.  Turning her focus to issues of social inequality, she studied adult and community education, and began her career interweaving […]

The Real You

by Alan Watts

ALAN WATTS WAS BORN in London in January of 1915, around the start of the First World War From a young age, he became fascinated with the arts of the Far East and the works of Lafcadio Hern, Christmas Humphreys, and D.T. Suzuki. By the age of fourteen, his writing on Eastern themes was published […]

Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

SHUNRYU SUZUKI ROSHI was a Japanese Zen priest who belonged to the Soto lineage. Roshi arrived in San Francisco in 1959 at the age of fifty-four. Already a respected Zen master in Japan, he was impressed by the seriousness and quality of “beginner’s mind” among Americans he met who were interested in Zen and decided […]

“Do not pursue the past. Do not usher in the future. Rest evenly with present awareness” —Tibetan meditation instruction. It was 1972, and Gary Weber, a 29-year old materials science PhD student at Penn State University, had a problem with his brain. It kept generating thoughts! – continuously, oppressively – a stream of neurotic concerns about […]

The Happiest Man on Earth is a Buddhist Monk. According scientists, he is the world’s happiest man. His level of mind control is astonishing and the upbeat impulses in his brain are off the scale. Tibetan monk and molecular geneticist Matthieu Ricard is the happiest man in the world according to researchers at the University […]