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Joan Tollifson writes and talks about the ever-changing, ever-present living reality Here / Now. Her approach is open, direct, nonconceptual and down to earth. Joan is interested in seeing through the imaginary problems that we think are binding us, the stories of lack and imperfection, and waking up to the aliveness and the simplicity of this moment, just as it is. She invites us to discover the power of awareness and to come home to the immediacy of presence Here / Now. Joan has an affinity with Buddhism, Advaita and other forms of nonduality and meditative inquiry, but she belongs to no particular tradition. Joan had been practicing Zen Buddhism for a number of years when (in 1988) she met Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who had left the tradition behind to work in a simpler and more open way. Joan considers Toni her main teacher, although Joan has spent time with many other wonderful teachers as well (including Zen and Tibetan Buddhist teachers, satsang teachers, Advaitans and radical nondualists). In her books and meetings, Joan encourages people to look and listen for themselves and to question all beliefs. 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 forthcoming book, Death: The End of Self-Improvement, which explores growing old and dying (among other things), will hopefully be available soon. Joan has lived in California, New York and Chicago, and is currently living in southern Oregon.