“Once upon a time, once under a time, before digital time, beyond any time at all….” So we begin, as consummate storyteller Michael Meade puts it.
For this issue we have asked Buddhist teachers and storytellers to tell us their tales and to discuss the role of storytelling in dharma transmission. Adding different flavors to the mix, we have included Hasidic tales, contemporary fiction, and a Poetry Page full of questions.
Through reflections from the Zen Hospice Project, we have looked at how telling life stories can be important both for the dying and for those who love them. We have juxtaposed our interviews and stories with works by artists and photographers engaged in Buddhist practice. Statements by the artists accompany their pictures.
So join us. We invite you to enter the terrain of the stories themselves.