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Born in Baton Rouge, raised in Philadelphia, Paul Griffin is a writer, scholar and tutor working and living in New York City. He writes book reviews for The Brooklyn Rail. His poetry and fiction can be found on his website: He believes enlightenment is real.

by Paul Griffin I’ve just returned from a day of mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh.  This wonderful daylong program at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan was sponsored by the Omega Institute.  The focus of TNH or Thay’s message was building […]

by Paul Griffin I am attending the Thich Nhat Hanh program this Saturday at the Beacon Theater in New York City.  I’ll be sure to report back tomorrow, Saturday, with a blog entry on what goes down (the schedule calls […]

by Paul Griffin I attended a meditation retreat with my teacher Reggie Ray last weekend at the Tibet House in New York City.  Reggie Ray is a wonderful and gentle dharma teacher who was a student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche […]

A few weeks ago I blogged about Tyler Doherty, a fine contemporary Buddhist poet, and Gary Gach of Tricycle Magazine posted a comment.  I looked Gary up and found out that he hosts a lively Haiku Corner blog at Tricycle’s […]

I am sitting here thumbing through Robert Creeley’s Selected Poems, 1945-2005.  There is much song and delight in these lines.  And love.  Creeley’s an old crooner.  Because of my dharma poetry series, I am also, of course, searching–rather narrowly, I […]

          Big nasty-looking blue-black hornet    with obscene dangly stingerweaves in & out          of rusted white Chevy’s dented                                       front grill–         pancake flat back tire tilts the rig        cobwebs around the plough                                                             (10:50 am) […]

This month, I reviewed Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man: The Adventures Of A Guilty Liberal Who Attempts To Save The Planet And The Discoveries He Makes About Himself And His Way Of Life In The Process” for The Brooklyn […]

Reincarnation as a theme does not lend itself easily to discussion or literary treatment.  So where does one turn in our culture for discourse on that difficult philosophical subject?  Many, if not most, of the Buddhists I know are perfectly […]

Emerson’s essay “Circles” is a wonderful piece of dharmic writing.  The essay, a short twelve pages of meandering and profound prose, is a meditation on religion and time and the natural world.  In short, Emerson discusses a view of reality […]

As a devotee of religious literature, I recently read Flannery O’Conner’s novel Wise Blood, and I realized that I increasingly read everything though a kind of dharmic lens.  Meaning, even if a book isn’t particularly dharmic, I find a way […]