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Joan points to the vibrant aliveness and immediacy of what is Here-Now (this undeniable awaring presence and the unvarnished actuality of present experiencing, just as it is). Joan is interested in seeing through our imaginary problems, beginning with the belief that we are a separate, independent self encapsulated in a separate, independent body. She points to the choiceless and seamless nature of reality and our tendency to mistake conceptual maps for this living reality. Her bare-bones approach is open, direct and down-to-earth. She invites a meditative exploration of what is that is non-methodical and awareness-based, encouraging people to look and listen for themselves. Joan's main teacher was Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who left that tradition behind to work in a simpler and more open way. Joan spent time with many other teachers as well, exploring Buddhism, Advaita and radical nonduality, but she does not identify with any particular tradition. Joan is the author of Bare-Bones Meditation: Waking Up from the Story of My Life (1996), Awake in the Heartland: The Ecstasy of What Is (2003), Painting the Sidewalk with Water: Talks and Dialogs about Nonduality (2010), and Nothing to Grasp (2012). A fifth book, tentatively titled Death: The End of Self-Improvement, is in the works, exploring aging, dying and the liberating descent from transcendent spirituality down into the freedom and relief of groundlessness, uncertainty and fully embracing the unresolvable and ungraspable nature of reality. Joan has lived in northern California, rural New York state and Chicago. She currently resides in southern Oregon.


 

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