TOUCHSTONES: Timeless Parables Embracing All Traditions and Non-Traditions

Adapted for Now by Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D.

(Throughout the ages touchstones were a kind of hard black stone formerly used to test the authenticity and purity of precious metals, such as gold or silver, by comparing the streak a metal left on it when rubbed with that of a standard alloy. Touchstones point to outstanding qualities or benchmarks used to measure genuineness and value.)

Immersed in a Sea of Zen Masters: An Adaptation in the tradition of Zen Buddhism

A young seeker and devotee of the Zen Buddhist tradition goes on retreat after retreat, and engages in Zazen or sitting meditation spiritual practice. The Zen master moves almost imperceptivity through the Dojo carrying a hardwood stick. With any grown, sigh, grunt, anxious movement or divided attention or consciousness, the “wake up stick” swiftly and deftly strikes the aspirant with the pure intent of awakening to present moment attention and honoring ahimsa or non-harming…

Immersed in a Sea of Zen Masters: An Adaptation in the tradition of Zen Buddhism

About Will Joel Friedman

Will Joel Friedman, Ph.D., is a journeyman psychologist in private practice, licensed since 1987 and in the field of Psychology since 1977, doing what works in standing in Awareness, honoring intuitive wisdom, and moving with the flow of Spirit. He practices Presence-centered therapy drawing upon nondual Presence, witnessing, inquiry approaches (e.g., belief-role-story-pattern-false identity deconstruction), EMDR, building sustainable strong internal resources/emotional capacities, taking in the good, and sensory experiencing. He is on the Editorial Board of Paradoxica: Journal of Nondual Psychology.


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