About Erick DuPree

Erick DuPree is a writer, teacher, and wisdom seeker. A Zen Buddhist in the Soto lineage, he weaves traditional Buddhist precepts with rich Goddess based practices, that are decidedly Pagan. Co-Founder of the Dharma Pagan movement with Yeshe Rabbit Matthrews, he teaches meditation and mantra nationally, studies tantra with Dr. Douglas Brooks and maintains a rigorous sitting practice with his sangha.

Erick writes extensively, his titles include Alone In Her Presence: Meditations on the Goddess, Weaving Moonlight: Lunar Mysteries, Moving Towards Stillness: Zen Meditation and Daily Practice, as well as the forthcoming anthology Finding the Masculine in Goddess' Spiral. Learn more at erickdupree.com

Green Tara, The Practice of Releasing Suffering

Green Tara by Erick DuPree

In my chanting practice I serve as Tara’s agent, absorbing the suffering of others and lifting them up to Tara, where she transmutes the suffering and transforms it into blessings. My work with Goddess Tara is truly amazing, because it balances my own suffering and empowers my intuition and empathy. In the devotional chanting, my awareness expands and I can feel the power of the blessings of Tara. I can see her touching the suffering of those whom she has guided me to chant for. I do not always know why, but I always know there is a need. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Letting Go – The Practice from Hostage to Hopeful

Let Go - image by Erick DuPree

Letting go might be the hardest thing to put into practice. There are many things in our daily life, both material and immaterial, that we attach to. For some of us, it is the expectation to live our lives in accordance to another’s rule book. For others, we are hostages to our own doubt. For me, it was overcoming the years of feeling not good enough and finally knowing worthiness. This attachment to “not good enough” is something that I continue to work through and with. That is the practice, why it is called “doing the work.” [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Just Breathe, The Practice of Permission, Affirmation, & Dedication

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The new year is upon us. This is the time of resolutions and promises to self often forgotten by February. But what if the commitment to self was more empowered, and leaned into the invitation of the wholeness that is holy, rather than being an obligation? For me, holiness and the sacred is found in Daily Practice. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Emmanuel, A Love Divine

love - erick dupree

I have no faith in a child who would become a prophet that empowered patriarchy, but I do take comfort in love: that we are all born into this Love, the currency of peace. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Lou Florez – The Cultural Exchange of a Lifetime

Lou Florez

This is our moment as a community to invest in an exchange. Lou and his trip to Nigeria is destiny manifested. This is one culture exchange I think will heal past wounds of slavery and oppression, bridge gaps where deeper understanding is needed around the discovery of religious experiences that are new to us, and hopefully invite the dialogue that fosters love. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Dark Moon Rising… “What’s Your Ritual?”

Mary shrine

The moon is a great place to turn for magic. I find the Dark Moon, as the great transformer, to be the best motivator of intention as we transform and transmute our lives in our walk. Here is my Dark Moon ritual; what is yours? [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: When Love Takes Over

when love takes over

It’s complicated, it always is, when we choose to be part of the solution on any issue. It’s about bringing love into the dialogue. When I write about love, I am writing about that complicated driving force that accepts the challenge, that is sometimes angry, and is unmitigating. When we accept the challenge, love eventually does show. [Read more...]


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