The Zen Pagan: “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?”

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A friend inquired, “What does a Zen Pagan Atheist ritual look like?” Which is a pretty good question, and one that I’m still figuring out the answer to. I don’t have a liturgy, but I do have some principles–some preferences–and I’d like to share five of them with you today. [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Letting Go – The Practice from Hostage to Hopeful

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Letting go might be the hardest thing to put into practice. There are many things in our daily life, both material and immaterial, that we attach to. For some of us, it is the expectation to live our lives in accordance to another’s rule book. For others, we are hostages to our own doubt. For me, it was overcoming the years of feeling not good enough and finally knowing worthiness. This attachment to “not good enough” is something that I continue to work through and with. That is the practice, why it is called “doing the work.” [Read more...]

Alone In Her Presence: Just Breathe, The Practice of Permission, Affirmation, & Dedication

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The new year is upon us. This is the time of resolutions and promises to self often forgotten by February. But what if the commitment to self was more empowered, and leaned into the invitation of the wholeness that is holy, rather than being an obligation? For me, holiness and the sacred is found in Daily Practice. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: Wild Naked Minds

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Should we be afraid of wild mind? That is certainly the message of some religious paths and philosophical schools. You, in the wild state, are wretched. (That’s why nakedness is sinful. Cover your shame!) The universe is wretched. Left to its own nature life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short, a war of all against all, sinners in the hand of an angry God, headed straight for Hell at any moment, and only Divine — i.e., Super-Natural, Unwild — Intervention can save us. [Read more...]

The Zen Pagan: An Introduction, and a Buddhist Earth Deity

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Welcome to The Zen Pagan. “The what Pagan?” some Pagan readers may be wondering; and perhaps “The Zen what?” may be heard from Patheos Buddhist, if this should leak over there. But if prior discussions are any guide some readers are saying “Oh! Yes, that’s it!” [Read more...]


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