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Joan writes and talks with people about being awake here and now. She points to the aliveness and immediacy of present experiencing, just as it is. She is interested in seeing through the stories, beliefs and misunderstandings that create our human suffering, including our tendency to mistake conceptual maps for the ungraspable living reality. Joan points out the choiceless, seamless and inconceivable nature of what is. She invites people to look and see if the self that is supposedly authoring our thoughts and making our decisions can actually be found. Joan's bare-bones approach is open, direct and down-to-earth. She invites an open (non-methodical, non-result-oriented, awareness-based) exploration of direct experience here and now, always 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. She does not identify with or represent 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 is in the works exploring aging, dying and living with uncertainty and groundlessness. Joan has lived in northern California, rural New York state and Chicago. She currently resides in southern Oregon.


 

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