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…