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Joan Tollifson writes and talks about the ever-changing, ever-present living reality Here / Now. Her bare-bones approach is open, direct, immediate 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 of this moment, just as it is. Joan has a background in Buddhism and Advaita but does not identify with any particular tradition. Her main teacher was Toni Packer, a former Zen teacher who left the tradition behind to work in a simpler and more open way. Joan has spent time with many other 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 fifth book that explores aging, dying and waking up is in the works and will hopefully be finished and available one day soon. Joan has lived in California, New York and Chicago, and is currently living in southern Oregon.