How does your Buddhist practice affect or inspire your writing?
I feel that sitting meditation and writing are very much akin. When I try to explain to writer friends what meditation is like, I say, “It’s just like writing, except that you don’t do the writing.” And years ago, before I’d ever heard of Buddhism, I used to sit quietly in my chair for fifteen minutes or so before I began writing every day, letting my mind settle. I actually called it “sitting practice,” though I’d never heard that term. Continued