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Joan points to the utter simplicity of what is, the aliveness and immediacy Here-Now. She invites people to discover the choiceless, seamless, inconceivable nature of reality; to see through and feel beyond the root delusion of being a separate, independent, encapsulated self; to question the stories, beliefs and misunderstandings that create our human suffering, including our tendency to mistake conceptual maps for the living actuality. Joan's bare-bones approach is open, direct, down-to-earth, rooted in awareness and the ever-fresh aliveness of presence. Rather than relying on outside authorities, traditional ideas, acquired knowledge or beliefs, this is about direct, immediate being. 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 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 the freedom of groundlessness. Joan has lived in northern California, rural New York state and Chicago. She currently resides in southern Oregon.


 

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