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February 01, 2018
Learning to Travel Light: A Mind Bubble on Beginning one more Zen retreat
Busy putting things in bags. Getting ready. And just a pause. Our little Blue Cliff...
January 27, 2018
Just Reaching Out: A Zen Meditation on Life and Death and the Thing that Happens In-Between
I am a Buddhist for several reasons. First, because I am convinced of the teaching...
January 13, 2018
angel Kyodo Williams on a Possible Emerging American Zen Buddhism
I found this at Youtube, and thought it worth sharing. Zen teacher angel...
December 31, 2017
What is Enlightenment: Zen & the Nature of Awakening
What is Enlightenment? Zen & the Nature of Awakening James Ishmael...
December 30, 2017
The Zen of (Some) Science Fiction
Scott Carey’s concluding monologue from the Incredible Shrinking Man, screenplay and...
December 28, 2017
Awakening: a Zen Perspective at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Not long ago a younger colleague, a Zen teacher whom I admire, asked...
December 22, 2017
The Brightness Itself: A Brief Zen Reflection on the Cycles of Life and of Death
Lew Welch just turned up one day, live as you and me....
December 21, 2017
Beyond East & West: Zen, Christianity, and the Ways of the Wise Heart
One of my favorite spiritual books is Thomas Merton's translation The...
December 18, 2017
Sesshin: An Intensive Zen Meditation Retreat with James Ishmael Ford & Gesshin Greenwood
SESSHIN To Touch the HeartMind An Intensive Zen Meditation Retreat From Thursday Evening the...
November 22, 2017
The Culavedalla Sutta: The Nun Dhammadinna Explains Buddhism
I'm a big fan of the Culavedalla Sutta, the 44th fascicle of the...
October 20, 2017
Zen at the End of Times: A Small Meditation on Despair & Gratitude
Last weekend Jan & I joined the Empty Sky Sangha and its teachers Doug...
September 09, 2017
The Awakened Life: A Zen Meditation
The project of Zen is awakening. It is experiencing the reality of the universe without...
September 05, 2017
Creatures of Pain and Joy: A Meditation on a Zen Koan and the Abiding Reality of Human Hunger
A student of the way asked master Zhaozhou, “I have just entered...
July 20, 2017
Is Our Destiny in the Stars? A Small, Mostly Zen Meditation
It was forty-eight years ago on this day in 1969 that Apollo 11...
July 18, 2017
I Leave This Old Heart to the World: 3 Poems by the Zen Priest Ryokan
After our Boundless Way Zen West three day zazenkai in Seattle, while on my flight...
July 09, 2017
FINDING THE MOON: Margaret Fuller, Liberal Religion, and the Path of Ordinary Wisdom
FINDING THE MOON Margaret Fuller, Liberal Religion, and the Path of Ordinary Wisdom A Sermon...
June 26, 2017
Great Awakenings: A Small Zen Meditation on Hope After Teleology
Teleology: “A noun meaning the study of evidences of design in nature & particularly the...
June 19, 2017
My Uncertainty Principle: A Modernist, Or, Perhaps Its a Post Post Modernist Zen Buddhist Priest Reflects on What’s What
Early morning thoughts... I find my heart and mind wandering to the thought of axioms....
June 11, 2017
ZEN AND A HOLY TRINITY A Zen Priest Meditates on the Vagaries of Love
ZEN AND A HOLY TRINITY A Zen Priest Meditates on the Vagaries of Love James...
June 04, 2017
COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME! A Universalist Meditation for Pentecost
COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME! A Universalist Meditation for Pentecost James Ishmael Ford 4 June 2017...
May 28, 2017
Zen for Humans
A while back I posted on my blog a note about the anniversary of the convening...
May 25, 2017
My Heart Sutra: A Zen Teacher Reflects on the Spiritual Life
My Heart Sutra When the heart of compassion walked through the gate of wisdom, she...
May 19, 2017
Malcolm X: A Meditation
Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on this day, May 19th, 1925. I consider...
May 16, 2017
Let All Mortal Flesh: A Zen priest attends an Episcopalian Mass
This past Sunday I attended an Episcopalian mass celebrated in a tiny chapel in West...
May 14, 2017
Awakening and Zen: A Reflection on the Range of Awakening Experiences
On facebook in the comments to my recent posting on awakening and Zen there was...
May 13, 2017
Saving Ghosts: A Zen Tale
Master Wuzu asked one of his students, “The woman Chien and her spirit had separated....
May 12, 2017
Reclaiming Enlightenment in Zen: A Small Meditation
In the Western Zen scene today words like enlightenment, kensho, and satori have been pushed...
May 11, 2017
Celebrating the Diamond Sutra
This is sort of a holiday for me. I do like to mark it out....
May 10, 2017
Where Is Paradise? Commenting on a Zen Koan
In that wonderful anthology of Zen's koans, the Wumenquan, the Gateless Gate, the fifth case...
April 30, 2017
The Spirit Rests Where It Will. A Zen Priest Does a Little Scriptural Exegesis
I have a favorite trope that I cite from time to time. It goes "the...
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