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Real Sisters Radio, May 2013, “Karen Maezen Miller”
Sweeping Zen, April 2012, “Interview with Karen Maezen Miller”
Real Simple, April 2012, “8 Secrets Why We Love to Clean”
Buddhist Geeks podcast, Feb. 28, 2011 “The Way of Everyday Life”
Ladies Home Journal, “Six Ways to Refresh Your Life”
Body + Soul, April 2010, “The Meaning of Cleaning”
Mojo Mom Podcast, April 2, 2010, audio interview on Hand Wash Cold
BellaOnline, “Interview with Zen Priest and author Karen Miller”
Gregoire Today, blog talk radio, April 23, 2010
New Spirit Journal, May 2010, “Every Day is a Good Day”
Houston Chronicle, May 5, 2010 “Buddhist Priest Shows the Personal Side of Practice”
Namaste Radio, May 25, 2010 “Fall in Love with the Life You Already Have”
KWMR Radio, June 3, 2010, interview by Anthony Wright, purchase a download of the one-hour interview here., June 8, 2010, World Spirituality program, “Hand Wash Cold”
KKNW-AM Seattle, June 14, 2010, “Mind Matters with Karen Maezen Miller”
New Dimensions Media, June 16, 2010 “Finding Happiness in the Bottom of the Laundry Basket”
Albany Times-Union, June 19, 2010 “Holistic Health Interview with Karen Maezen Miller”
KOSS-AM Palmdale, Calif., June 25, 2010 “The Broad Perspective interviews Karen Maezen Miller”
CiTR 101.9 FM Radio, July 23, 2010 “Synchronicity Radio Interview with Karen Maezen Miller”
New Dimensions Media, Sept. 1, 2010 “Zen in a Basket of Laundry with Karen Maezen Miller”
Tranquility du Jour Podcast, Sept. 6, 2010 “Karen Maezen Miller on Meditation”
Just Imagine That blog talk radio, Dec. 1, 2010

dharma talks

“A Zen Life,” Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City, June 23, 2013
“Beginner’s Mind,” Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City, June 21, 2013
“Making Peace with our Interfaith Family,” Rime Buddhist Center, Kansas City, Jan. 1, 2012

praise for hand wash cold

“This disarming book is full of deft and reassuring observations. Miller uses daily household chores—laundry, kitchen, yard—to demonstrate timeless Buddhist principles. The skillful weaving of personal anecdotes, a few Zen terms, and acute insights distinguish this book from others in the genre. Miller argues for “the faultless wisdom of following instructions” when going about the mundane activities that form the substance of everyday life. Candid about some of the difficulties of her past, Miller stresses the importance of changing perceptions, which can lead to more beneficial outcomes for oneself and others: “All practice is the practice of making a turn in a different direction.”

Publisher’s Weekly

“A riveting tale of spiritual awakening. Miller’s recipes for an ordinary happy life are persuasive and transforming. Read how she copes with the suds and stains of living and you’ll never look at an overflowing laundry basket in the same way again.”

Mandala magazine

“Zen Buddhist priest and meditation teacher Miller discusses how to accept the way things are and appreciate the simple, ordinary things of life. She uses laundry and dishwashing terms such as “toughest stains” and “stacking up” to describe Zen principles of dealing with life issues such as loss and daily chores. Miller’s homey examples help readers visualize and feel, rather than intellectualize, the message she’s trying to impart. A good starting tool for those seeking an alternative to both traditional self-help psychology and spiritual practices.”

Library Journal

“Miller is a lyrical writer who tutors us in the art of discovering ‘the inexpressible beauty that comes tucked inside ordinary life.’ Hand Wash Cold is just enough: a Zen master’s celebration of everyday spirituality.”

Spirituality & Practice

“Despite its unassuming surface and title, Hand Wash Cold has the most ambitious and noble goal of all: to change how we live our lives. Miller’s words and story have an echoing impact. She posits that through paying attention and letting go of attachment and judgment, we may see the ineffable holiness that exists in our own lives. The reader returns to Miller’s words as touchstones, turning them over like secret rocks in her pocket, drawing strength from their smooth surfaces.”

Literary Mama

“Karen Maezen Miller’s new book is a direct reminder that wakefulness lurks in the moments of everyday life, whether they are completely joyful or completely a mess. In telling stories from her own life to teach profound points of dharma, she is warm, nurturing, and also uncompromising.”

Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart

“Ever found yourself up to your elbows in the messy stuff of your own everyday life and wondered, “Is this all there is?” Karen Maezen Miller answers that age-old question with a resounding “Yes.” Read this deceptively simple, deeply wise little book not to change your life, but to fall quietly, resoundingly back in love with the life you already have.”

Katrina Kenison, author of The Gift of an Ordinary Day

Hand Wash Cold is Eat, Pray, Love without all the scurrying-from-something. Rather, as Miller says, “There is only one place. The one you’re in. You can never leave, but you can turn it inside out.” Exceedingly wise and gentle, Hand Wash Cold reminds us of the precious lives we’ve already been given and whispers, “Quit looking someplace else.” Whether we need a good soaking or a delicate spot cleaning or a vigorous scrubbing, Hand Wash Cold will do the trick. I promise.”

Elissa Elliott, author of Eve: A Novel

“A book can’t save your life, except when it does. Hand Wash Cold is full of the lovely paradoxes of life, the paradoxes that feed us and clothe us and keep us warm, the paradoxes that make it possible for us to cherish our human lives. I am so grateful for Karen Maezen Miller’s powerful and provocative voice, I wish I could put it in my pocket and carry it everywhere. Wait: now I can.”

Dan Barden, author of John Wayne: A Biography and The Next Right Thing

Hand Wash Cold is a miracle of gentleness and truth. In this beautiful book, Karen shares her own stories of love lost, love gained, and love that simply is. She reminds us in her clear and quietly thrilling way that we need only pay attention to what is right in front of us whether it’s a garment to launder, a plate to wash, a weed to pull, or a child to comfort. With humor and grace, she immerses us in the simplest and most noble joys of life.”

Maya Frost, author of The New Global Student

“Karen Maezen Miller shows once and for all that you don’t have to go to a mountaintop to start a spiritual practice. There is plenty to work with right in front of us, each moment . . . and thank goodness, really, because what else is there? Karen’s lyrical writing distills her messages down to their essence, creating a mirror and spiritual guide like no other. Highly recommended for busy parents who are seeking peace, right where they are.”

Amy Tiemann, Ph.D., author of Mojo Mom: Nurturing Your Self While Raising a Family

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