Episode 199 :: Karen Maezen Miller :: Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden

| May 11, 2014 | 0 Comments


Karen Maezen Miller

Karen Maezen Miller joins us to speak about her new book, Paradise in Plain Sight: Lessons from a Zen Garden.

The surface of every moment contains the infinite depths of zen. We see this in practice with the tea ceremony, we capture it with haiku, with the music of the shakuhachi flute you’re hearing at this moment, with every breath we take, and the single fallen leaf. We experience it in places, too, those physical manifestations of zen, and in the work to create the space of a zen garden.

Karen Maezen Miller is the author of Hand Wash Cold, Momma Zen, and most recently Paradise in Plain Sight. She’s also a Zen Buddhist priest, meditation teacher, wife, and mother. I would also like to thank our old friend Kim Corbin of New World Library for arranging today’s interview.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Ocha.



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Music for This Episode Courtesy of Rodrigo Rodriguez

The music heard in the middle of this podcast is from Rodrigo Rodriguez. You can visit his website to hear more of his music, get the full discography, and view his upcoming tour


Category: The Secular Buddhist Podcast

Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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