The Best of Inquiring Mind - Preface

25 Years of Dharma, Drama, and Uncommon Insight


360 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861715510

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Twice a year for the last twenty-five years, the staff of Inquiring Mind has tried to create a beautiful, honest, provocative, and simply presented journal. From our very beginning as a twelve-page experiment in the fall of 1984, we have offered the Mind freely to our readers with no subscription fee. We have remained committed to keeping our means consistent with our message. We have no Inquiring Mind office or phone number, only a post office box, a locker to store back issues, and the desks, living rooms, and kitchen tables of our core staff, which now numbers six—all part time. We’ve depended on the generosity of our writers and artists in offering us their work without recompense. We’ve relied heavily on the work of volunteers for editorial assistance. We’ve resisted the temptation to go “glossy,” continuing instead to choose recycled newsprint for our presentation. And most importantly, in what is certainly a rarity in the world of publishing, Inquiring Mind has managed to survive for a quarter century on the generosity of our community of readers.

Inspired by the Buddhist teachings on dana (in our case, the individual financial contributions of those who choose to donate), Inquiring Mind is mailed to anyone who sends us an address and is distributed freely at retreat centers around the world. Although many of our readers learn about the journal through vipassana centers in the U.S., such as the Insight Meditation Society or Spirit Rock Meditation Center, we are not officially affiliated with or subsidized by these or any other meditation centers or organizations.

We love publishing Inquiring Mind and feel a great deal of gratitude to those who have made our work possible, collaborating with us through contributions of articles and interviews, artwork, editorial skills, money, and enthusiastic responses to what we offer. This book is a testament to all of that energy—and to the teachings of the Dharma from which the journal has arisen.

To learn more about Inquiring Mind, visit, or write to us at P.O. Box 9999, Berkeley, CA, 94709.

—Alan Novidor,
Inquiring Mind



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