For this final print issue, Sandy Boucher joined 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.
Wendy Johnson joined us as guest editor to 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 joins Inquiring Mind to co-curate 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″. Copper, bronze, brass.
Sitting down to follow the breath and watch the mind inevitably puts us in intimate contact with our emotional life. Is strong emotion a hindrance or a gateway? Kevin Griffin joins our staff to investigate. Cover art: Eva Bovenzi, “Red #2,” 36″ x 24″ acrylic on canvas, 2009.
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″, 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″, watercolor painting, 2011.
Sandy Boucher joined us to edit this collection of articles on the indescribable, ineffable, unformed, unconditioned, taintless, ever-lasting, undisintegrating, invisible and, by many other names, beyond-comprehension topic of ENLIGHTENMENT. Cover art: Barbara Parmet, “Leap,” 8″ x 10″, 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: “Sons and Daughters of the Buddha.” Cover art: Still image from … »
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.
The Tough Stuff focused on Money, Sex and Power. Our courageous writers brought 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, “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 enlisted 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 concludes our series on the three characteristics by focusing on one of the Buddha’s most difficult teachings—that of anatta, or not-self. Cover art: Robert Spertus, “Mojave Desert #5,” Spring 2001. Photograph.
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 proclaimed their deepest truths, facing the chance of being criticized, ostracized, tortured or killed. Cover art: “Two Awakened Hearts View the World,” photo by Ed Brown. Sculpture by Patricia Sullivan.
Can anatta be acted out on stage? Is it possible to slam-dunk with mindfulness? How do the muses of poetry talk with the Buddha? 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.
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. Cover art: Gordon Onslow-Ford, “All Ones Company,” 1993, acrylic on canvas, 82″ x 118″, photograph by Richard Allen.
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.