Kurt Spellmeyer

Kurt Spellmeyer is a Zen priest who directs the Cold Mountain Sangha in New Jersey and a Tricycle contributing editor. He teaches English at Rutgers University and is the author, most recently, of Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction.
losing my religion

Ideas Buddhism

Losing My Religion

According to sixth-century monk Chien-chih Seng-ts’an, faith in Mind isn’t belief or doubt, but embracing everything that happens as a puzzle piece.

By Kurt Spellmeyer

Dharma Talks

Meditating With Emptiness

In this Dharma Talk, Kurt Spellmeyer—a Zen priest and a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey—discusses the importance of emptiness in Zen Buddhism.

By Kurt Spellmeyer

Dharma Talks

Waking Up by Breaking Down Barriers

Meditation can be painful. Especially if it’s practiced for long hours in a Zen retreat. But that’s not why Rinzai Zen teacher Genki Roshi once described meditation to his student Kurt Spellmeyer as “dying on the cushion.” In this series, Spellmeyer, now…

By Kurt Spellmeyer

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