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James Ishmael Ford is a Zen Buddhist priest and a Unitarian Universalist minister. He served as a parish minister with UU congregations for twenty-five years, before retiring in 2015. He is minister-emeritus at the First Unitarian Church of Providence, in Rhode Island. A student and teacher in Zen for over forty years, James was the founding abbot of Boundless Way Zen, which he continues to serve as a member of its Guiding Teacher’s Council.

James is the author of a number of books, mostly addressing aspects of the Zen life. His most recent is “If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break.” He is married to Jan Seymour-Ford, also a long-time Zen practitioner. They have recently relocated to the Alamitos Beach neighborhood of Long Beach, California. They will be starting a Boundless Way sitting group in the area late in 2015.


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