Pedagogy, Personal writing

Three practices to increase listening capacity

It was my sophomore year of college, and a friend had just found me in the library and told me he had something private to tell me. He asked me to follow him to a secluded place that he might share in private, and I followed him out of the library, across the lawns that… Continue reading Three practices to increase listening capacity

Personal writing

Here, but not: research, sexuality, and objectivity

TW: This essay contains discussion of ambiguous sexual experiences. If this is a source of discomfort for you, please consider whether you would like to read on. My early sexual experiences were colored by ambiguity and discomfort. With one woman in particular, a roommate, there was never full consent about what would happen between us… Continue reading Here, but not: research, sexuality, and objectivity

Personal writing

What it means to bow to the Buddha

A few years ago while reading a foundational text on Buddhism I had the first of two spiritual experiences with respect to the tradition: every new insight I read, it seemed like I was remembering rather than discovering. That is, it felt like I had been a Buddhist before. I asked a psychic about this… Continue reading What it means to bow to the Buddha

Personal writing

Receiving and following intuition: a personal story

A little over a year ago I had a dream of my future wife. In the dream, I saw a bright, cheerful, red-headed woman, knew that she was a nurse, and awoke saying aloud the words ‘That’s my wife.’ Obviously, I wrote down the dream and told it to friends. As with most mystical experiences,… Continue reading Receiving and following intuition: a personal story