November 15, 2023: The High Sierra – A Love Story


We’re reaching out to you in these uncertain times to share these intimate and illuminating conversations with people we feel may be interested in joining us. The conversations we’re having are with artists, zen scholars, translators, poets, environmental activists, writers, performers, and teachers, to support heart-mind innovators and bring inquiring communities together. Please join us for this event with Kim Stanley Robinson and consider posting our event to your list.

Mountains, rivers, the great earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars are none other than your own heart and mind. —Mazu

Jon Joseph Roshi & Kim Stanley Robinson

Pacific Zen Institute is pleased to bring Kim Stanley Robinson to PZI’s Online Temple:

November 15th, 2023 @ 6–7:30 PM PT 
for a conversation on his writing life, his relationship to Zen, his earth advocacy, and much more with series host Jon Joseph Roshi.

More information on the event and full bios

His many books include The Ministry for the Future, Three Californias, and The High Sierra: A Love Story

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Dennis Hohman, Timothy Walters, 


Though not formally religious, for decades Stan’s spiritual guiding light has been Zen Buddhism, and Buddhist themes of consciousness, non-duality, and attention illuminate his writing and life.

“What has persisted out of my interest in Zen,” Stan says, “is its devotion to treating the world as sacred in daily life.” He adds, “Chop wood, carry water” could just as easily be “run five miles, write five pages.” Gardening, washing dishes, looking after little children—“this puts a spark into things, a glow around them.“

It is Stan’s devotion to Gaia, Mother Earth, that has allowed his mind and imagination to explore the far reaches of space and time. —Jon Joseph 

Learn more about PZI’s Zen Luminaries Series, past Luminaries and upcoming guests: visit our online audio archive of talks. Questions on the event or about PZI? Contact Corey Hitchcock [email protected]

Night Poem
by Kim Stanley Robinson (1988)

Writing by starlight
Can’t see the words
Fill a page
Nothing there

Waterfall distant sound
Tree against stars Milky Way
Juniper Jupiter white rock
Wind dying my heart
At peace a Friday night

Big Dipper sits on the mountain
Friends lie in their tents
I sit against rock
Star bowl spinning overhead
Feel the movement
And soar away

Who knows how many stars there are
All those dim ones filling the black
Until it seems no black is there
And then you see the Milky Way

The sky should be pure white with stars
That’s black dust up there
Blocking the view
Carbon and hydrogen
All of us flung together

In just this way
A blank white page
I write and then
A blank white page
Story of my life!

A decades-old poem published in The High Sierra: A Love Story (2022)