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Sean W. Murphy is a transmitted Zen teacher (Sensei) in the American White Plum Lineage and directs an innovative low-residency Meditation Leader Training program through his nonprofit Sage Institute for Creativity & Consciousness, based in Taos, New Mexico. His chronicle of Zen practice in the West, One Bird, One Stone108 Contemporary Zen Stories (Hampton Roads 2013), won the 2014 International Book Award in the Eastern Religions category. A 2018 National Endowment of the Arts Fellow in Creative Writing, he is also the award-winning author of three novels with Bantam Dell Books, receiving the Hemingway Award for a First Novel for his The Hope Valley Hubcap King, the 2009 National Press Women’s Communication Award for best novel for The Time of New Weather, and the 2017 William Faulkner Wisdom Award for novel-in-progress for his current project, Wilson’s Way. He has taught meditation for many years for the University of New Mexico-Taos, and is a primary teacher for the Taos Mountain Sangha, as well as teaching in numerous other settings, including Naropa University, Great Mountain Zen Center in Colorado, and Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, as well as with Insight Meditation teacher Marcia Rose for her Mountain Hermitage Arts and Meditation retreats, and with author Natalie Goldberg in her series of residential writing and meditation retreats. See his websites at and

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Master Teacher Series: Dharma Talk
How can we best use this time of personal and world-wide difficulty to foster a sense of balance, calm, and clarity in ourselves?
During difficult times, we can more easily see the benefits of our meditation practice, but also when it may become more difficult to stick with it. Whether we’re sheltering in place or a front-line worker, the pressures of our current crisis are inescapable, and our practice becomes even more important for us to how we affect the world around us.

Zen teacher Sensei Sean Murphy will address these and other issues, with time for questions and discussion to help foster our ability to weather this difficult moment in our society and in the world.


Zen Meditation for Insight and Stress Reduction
A simple but highly effective practice for reducing stress, clarifying the mind, and discovering a deeper, more compassionate connection with ourselves and with others.