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June 18, 2018
A Buddhist Statement on the Separation of Families
(In addition to this statement from Buddhist leaders in North America (updated 19...
June 14, 2018
The Zen of Yasunarti Kawabata
Yasunarti Kawabata was born on this day, the 11th of June, 1899. He was...
June 13, 2018
“I Am Certain of Nothing” A Small Reflection on the “Zen” Wisdom of Anthony Bourdain
Me, I've long been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. I found his approach...
June 09, 2018
The Spiral Dance of Zen Practice, Awakening, and Ordinary Life
The Spiral of Awakening. An old friend tells about...
June 07, 2018
Kyogen Carlson Roshi, “Notes on Zazen Practice”
I've been thinking about the various comments about Zen meditation I've seen around the inter...
June 05, 2018
Learning the Language of Dragons: An Introduction to Zen Meditation & Especially to Koans
Today the 5th of June is the official publication date of my...
June 04, 2018
Come Home, Come Home: All is Forgiven: A Zen Meditation on Zen Meditation
As I write this I am sitting at SeaTec in Seattle waiting...
June 02, 2018
Voice of the Raindrops: A Zen Koan
As we continue on our Zen retreat up in Seattle, I offer another...
June 01, 2018
Deep in Poop: Reflections on a Zen Koan
This weekend I am deep into a Zen meditation retreat in Seattle and...
May 30, 2018
Zen Buddhism: The Kind of Religion
This past Sunday I have the privilege of being invited to preach...
May 28, 2018
I Find Myself Asked What of Zen is Worth Preserving?
Rick McDaniel, the author of several narrative histories of aspects of the Zen tradition in...
May 25, 2018
A Brief Zen Buddhist Catechism: A First Draft
I am quite fond of the idea of catechisms, those presentations...
May 24, 2018
A Flash of Lightning in a Summer Cloud: A Zen Reflection on Passingness
The Diamond Sutra is one of the standard texts within the...
May 23, 2018
Four Essential & Brief Zen Meditation Manuals
Here are four critical meditation manuals within the Zen tradition. They are...
May 22, 2018
Zhanglu Zongze’s Guidelines for Seated Meditation
While researching an article on Zen's meditation manuals I ran across a few references...
May 21, 2018
On Praying for the Dead: Zen and the Mysteries of Dedicating Merit
While I started out my Zen life within the warm embrace of Soto Zen...
May 18, 2018
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
There are two Suzukis who stand large at the dawn of...
May 15, 2018
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures In Zen’s history there have been a number...
May 13, 2018
Visions: A Zen Meditation
It was on this day in 1373 that Julian of Norwich recovered from a...
May 10, 2018
Zen in Western Poety: Samples & a Question
An old and dear friend sent me a link to a reading of Wallace...
May 03, 2018
The Path of Soto Zen & Soto in Hawaii & the Americas
The Reverend Gyokei Yokoyama a Soto Zen priest currently serving the North...
May 02, 2018
A Zen Priest Ponders the Mysteries of “Liberal Religion”
Some time ago I was corresponding with a Catholic priest...
May 01, 2018
The World is Magic: Reflecting on a Zen Koan
As it happens, it was on this day in 1394, the Zen priest...
April 30, 2018
Keizan’s Zazen Yojinki: A Soto Master on Zen Meditation
Zazen Yojinki Points to Watch in Zazen A classic Zen meditation...
April 26, 2018
The Buddhist David Hume & the Endless Unfolding of the Human Heart
Okay, not really a "Buddhist" Hume. But, there are...
April 24, 2018
The Buddha’s Message in Brief: A Paraphrase from the Dhammapada
In some circles there is quite a lot of back and forth of...
April 24, 2018
Zen Master Daniel Terragno on Waking Up to Who & What We Are
Daniel Terragno is a Zen teacher within the Diamond Sangha. We are...
April 23, 2018
A Day of Zen in Orange County
Zazenkai Join us for a day of Zen meditation Saturday 28 April, 2018 9am to...
April 22, 2018
Buddhism & Zen in Long Beach
This morning I attended services at the Long Beach Buddhist Church. The...
April 21, 2018
Ten Rules for Social Engagement: A Zen Priest Ruminates on Promise & Peril
Thursday I was invited to talk about my experiences as...
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