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February 19, 2017
INTIMATE, INTIMATE: On Friendship & the Spiritual Life
INTIMATE, INTIMATE On Friendship & the Spiritual Life James Ishmael Ford 19 February 2017 Unitarian...
February 18, 2017
What’s a Friend For? A Small Meditation on Zen’s Inside Joke
One of those things I love about Facebook are those little factoids that one can...
February 15, 2017
Learning the Language of Dragons: Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2017
The Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2017 Learning the Language of Dragons with Roshi James...
February 11, 2017
A Song of Endarkenment: Zen Teacher Josh Bartok on Zen Meditation
Hakuin’s Song of Zazen All beings by nature are Buddha, as ice by nature is...
February 07, 2017
Mary as Quanyin. Quanyin as Mary. Liberation Theology and Engaged Buddhism.
Helder Pessoa Camara was born in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, on this day in 1909. Today...
February 05, 2017
BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE Theodore Parker’s Religion, and Ours
BENDING TOWARD JUSTICE Theodore Parker's Religion, and Ours James Ishmael Ford A Sermon 5 February...
February 02, 2017
Who is Our Neighbor: A Zen Buddhist Reflection on a Christian America
I was distressed to see a new Pew survey written up at FiveThirtyEight that shows...
January 31, 2017
The World is a Burning Hut: A Zen Meditation
There was an old woman who supported a hermit. For twenty years she always had...
January 29, 2017
A SONG OF JONAH: Or, What Happens When the Prophet is a Jerk
A SONG OF JONAH Or, What Happens When the Prophet is a Jerk James Ishmael...
January 28, 2017
Zen & the Bodhisattva Way: A Meditation on the Three Pure Precepts
Zen & the Bodhisattva Way A Meditation on the Three Pure Precepts James Ishmael Ford...
January 27, 2017
Waking Up With the World: A Brief Zen Reflection on the Four Noble Truths
I gather there is some confusion about how what we call the Four Noble Truths...
January 26, 2017
Alan Watts on Buddhism & Christianity
I have found myself thinking of Alan Watts recently. And then within that mystery some...
January 26, 2017
Jesus as Zen Master, Love as the Koan
Text Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him,...
January 25, 2017
The Christian Zen of Thomas Hand, S.J.
I briefly met Thomas Hand some years ago. One of the most interesting of people....
January 25, 2017
Zen Lessons from the Bible: Eating Forbidden Fruit
The Text I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of having...
January 18, 2017
Thinking of Zen Master Bernie Glassman on his Seventy-Eighth Birthday
I notice I usually write appreciations of people after they're dead. I thought, well, for...
January 17, 2017
The Master Rujing Explains Mu
The current conceit would have it that in Zen koan introspection is something that Rinzai...
January 15, 2017
MARTIN’S DREAM: A Meditation on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr & the Dreams that Connect Us All
MARTIN’S DREAM A Meditation on Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and the Dreams that Connect...
January 13, 2017
Kensho, Samadhi, & the Practices of Zen
As Zen first came west, kensho, or satori, was the great prize. The Zen priest...
January 12, 2017
When the Need is Great, the Swami Appears: Recalling Swami Vivekananda
Narendranath Datta was born in Calcutta on this day in 1863...
January 07, 2017
The Method of Zen: A Small Meditation on Galileo’s Wonderful Telescope & Bodhidharma’s Marvelous Not Knowing
Toward the end of the year 1609 Galileo Galilei, who had been tinkering with lenses...
January 03, 2017
Zen & Politics: A Zen Priest’s New Year’s Resolution
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall...
January 02, 2017
Nyogen Senzaki’s Sufism & Zen
(The essay “Sufism & Zen” is taken from a collection of Nyogen Senzaki Sensei’s lectures...
December 29, 2016
Zen in the Natural World: A Meditation on Awakening After Modernity
I’ve just read Seth Zuiho Segall’s contribution to the current issue of Tricycle, “A More...
December 28, 2016
Stopping that distant temple bell: a Meditation on a traditional Zen Koan
A while back someone suggested to me how the relationship between "spiritual and religious" might...
December 27, 2016
Knowing Good and Evil: Or, Finding Zen Koans in the Bible
I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of having written it,...
December 25, 2016
The Eternal Dance Begins: Or, Wishing You all a Very Charles Dickens’ Christmas
The other evening Jan and I watched the 1951 film "Scrooge," the one featuring Alastair...
December 22, 2016
Reading Zen: Some Books of Relevance to a Student of Zen Meditation & Koan Introspection
I've just submitted the second draft of my current book, the Language of Dragons, to...
December 21, 2016
Noticing the Christian Saint of Doubt, and Recalling Zen’s Way of Doubt, Faith, and Energy
I see the ever lovely Anglican church celebrates today as a feast for the Apostle...
December 20, 2016
Thinking of Doctors Without Borders on the Forty-Fifth Anniversary of their Founding
It was on this day in 1971 that the Group d'Intervention Medical et Chirugicale en...
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