March 23, 2009

Catch Up with Inquiring Mind

I’ve got a review of Wisdom Publications’ recent offering The Best of Inquiring Mind: 25 Years of Dharma, Drama, and Uncommon Insight over at Wildmind. I hope you’ll take a look at it here.

Inquiring Mind is a journal that belongs in a rarified class of publications with the one that you’re reading right now: eco-friendly, creative, and devoted to exploring spirituality and conscious living in new and exciting ways. If you’re not familiar with it, here’s just a snippet of my review that will acquaint you with it:

Co-founded and co-edited by Barbara Gates and Wes Nisker (who also put the book together), Inquiring Mind is staffed by six part-timers and a lot of volunteers. A labor of devotion to the Dharma and to others, there is no office or headquarters—it is assembled in the homes of its editors and staffers—and published on recycled newsprint.

Freely offered as dāna, it depends entirely on reader donations; and though it has been popularized at American Vipassana centers, it is neither “affiliated with” nor “subsidized by” any particular community or tradition, opting instead for a nonsectarian, independent approach.

Expressly dedicated to “the creative transmission of Buddhadharma to the West,” contributing authors have included such luminaries as Jack Kornfield, Thich Nhat Hanh, Joanna Macy, Gary Snyder, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Allen Ginsberg, Rick Fields, Ayya Khema, Mark Epstein, S.N. Goenka, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Robert Thurman, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, Noah Levine, Edward Espe Brown, and many others.

You can dig deeper at Inquiring Mind‘s website, here. And, of course, the new book functions as a sort of “Greatest Hits” album. Explore Inquiring Mind–you certainly won’t regret it.  And you might even find your practice deepened by it.

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