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Gary Gach


Buddhist theory and practice in daily life, including applications in arts and sciences, livelihood and nourishment; engaged Buddhism; interfaith.

Gary Gach holds a degree from San Francisco State University and has published widely. His work has appeared in such magazines and anthologies as, BuddhaDharma, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Inquiring Mind, Language for a New Century, The New Yorker, Shambhala Sun, Technicians of the Sacred, Tricycle, Veterans of War Veterans of Peace, Whole Earth Review, and Yoga Journal. He's author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Buddhism (Silver Nautilus Award), editor of What Book!? Buddha Poems from Beat to Hiphop (American Book Award), and translator of three books by Korea's reknowned author Ko Un, Songs for Tomorrow, Ten Thousand Lives, and Flowers of a Moment (Northern California Book Award for Translation). Gach is recipient of a number of fellowships and grants, and is a popular, dynamic speaker at keynotes, workshops, and panels. He teaches Buddhism at Stanford Continued Studies, and facilitates a meditation group in San Francisco at The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples, America's first interracial, interfaith congregation. A Jewish Buddhist, he practices in the tradition of Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh. Homepage:

Recent Articles

Quietude: 'Tis a Gift to Be Silent

There's a slow, steady progression across the eight chapters — from noise to silence; from paying attention to being with others. Read More »

Updates to the Now

Editor McLeod delineates Buddhism's uniqueness: nontheistic, concerned with mind rather than, say, First Cause or unsayable Name; no divine prophet, no sacred book. Read More »

Can Poetry Heal the Planet

"As texts for spoken word, Stephen Levine's poems kindle higher consciousness. Aloud, they awaken awareness -- words become stepping stones." A review of "Breaking the Drought." Read More »

The Morning Star

At the moment of solstice, however it comes, with or without heavenly messenger, we hear again our calling, life calling us. Read More »

To Be Continued: An Editorial Introduction to The Future of Buddhism

As preface or afterword, random notes from the editor of the Future of Buddhism. Read More »