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September 16, 2017 – 2:31 am

In this insightful gem, journalist and life coach Wanda Hennig writes wisely, hilariously and sometimes poignantly about sex and food; living for three-and-a-half years at the San Francisco Zen Center; moving solo from one continent to another; meditation; creative mindfulness strategies and more. Cravings: A Zen-inspired memoir about sensual pleasures, freedom from dark places, and living and eating with abandon (Say Yes Press). Edition Two (Mouth Orgasm edition) published August 2017 (ISBN 9780996820523 paperback; ISBN 9780996820523 eBook).

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Thailand travel 9. Monk chat with Nit and foot massage envy

August 2, 2016 – 9:50 pm
Monk chat Chiangmai

The young monk’s English is broken, but OK. I have been surprised at the unselfconscious lack of English to date. “Thailand has never been colonized,” the young man explains. Guess a self-confidence comes with that. Of “just being Thai.”
He says here in Thailand they belong to the Theravada school of Buddhism. Asks me if I know anything about Buddhism. I tell him I lived for three years at the San Francisco Zen Center. Have meditated for many.

Buddhist Retreat Center on CNN top 10 list

December 9, 2013 – 9:01 am
Meditation hall BRC.

The Buddhist Retreat Center in rural Ixopo, South Africa, has been named by CNN as one of the world’s Top 10 meditation retreat centers. Those who know the BRC, which opened in 1980 and attracts mindfulness enthusiasts from around South African and internationally, are not surprised.

Antony Osler’s Zen Dust takes you on the road in South Africa

May 6, 2013 – 2:50 pm
Zen Dust — by Antony Osler.

Poetry, politics, mindfulness, laughter, tears, the story of the Buddha and Zen wisdom weave through Antony Osler’s journey ‘home’ along the …

Zen and The Art of Sheep Farming

April 13, 2013 – 4:41 pm
Antony Osler, author and zen monk

Human Rights lawyer, sheep farmer and Zen Buddhist — Antony Osler is not your average Karoo inhabitant.
Story and pictures by …

Buddhist Retreat Center celebrates 30 years

November 6, 2012 – 8:18 am
Brown lentil shepherd's pie lunch

Letting go of thoughts; being present in the moment. Tolle — Zen — Oprah’s favorite Buddhist Pema Chödrön — Louis …

South Africa has it all. But — what is this?

July 12, 2010 – 4:52 pm
Early morning bloom.

There’s surf, sunshine, scenery, wildlife — adventure. And when you get tired of the tourist scene, there’s Buddha, dharma and …

Zen and The Art of Vegetarian Cooking

February 9, 2010 – 6:54 pm
Food Illustrated page
Greens Restaurant in San Francisco has an outstanding reputation for fine produce and creative food.

Story by Wanda Hennig

This story was first published in Food Illustrated magazine, London, with photography by Richard Jung

A visit to Greens in San Francisco is a celebration of the senses. Dip your spoon into a bowl of butternut squash soup and delight in the delicate harmony of lightly caramelized onions and apple confit blended with a hint of calvados. Feast your eyes on a salad that marries fresh ripe figs with Kodata, Mission and Calmyra olives, melon, watercress and creamy goat’s cheese. Inhale and delight …

The Zen of Food

October 28, 2009 – 1:22 pm
TatooHead
It’s sometimes fast, always Slow, deafeningly quiet and a metaphor for life.

Story and Pictures: Wanda Hennig

First appeared: East Bay Edible

“In Zen practice we want our intuition — our universal self — to come forth,” says Berkeley Zen Center abbot, Sojun Mel Weitsman Roshi. “When you’re doing simple tasks [like peeling broccoli or breaking lettuce into bite-size bits], your body, mind, the broccoli, the knife, your hand, the breath, are all involved. When you keep bringing your attention back to what you’re doing — when you are simply one with your activity — it’s the same as sitting zazen.”

Butterfly effect links Buddhist groups in South Africa and San Francisco

May 29, 2009 – 2:37 pm
Two of Mbali Ndlovu's cousins play in the yard.
And a miracle called Woza Moya is born in KwaZulu-Natal

Story and photos by Wanda Hennig
First published in the Sunday Tribune, South Africa
The Ufafa district, near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is home to around 23,000 people. Families reside in a sprawling muddle of family compounds that stagger up hills and tumble into valleys, forming a jumbled patchwork of mud, thatch, concrete block and tin. The dwellings have no electricity. Water for drinking, washing, cooking and bathing is hand-pumped from underground wells and carried in plastic bucket and barrels. The area could have been forgotten. But — was it serendipity, karma or …