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March 09, 2018
A Zen Koan from the Bible
I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of...
February 17, 2018
The Cloud of Not Knowing: A Meditation on Zen and the World’s Faiths
Recently on a Facebook group to which I belong one of the members...
February 14, 2018
As Lovely as a Kiss: A Small Zen Reflection on Ash Wednesday & Valentine’s Day
Somehow I love that this year the Christian holy day of Ash...
December 25, 2017
My Heart Breaks For Joy: a Small Zen Meditation on Christmas Day
Ah, Christmas in Long Beach in 2017. This morning Jan & I...
December 24, 2017
How Christmas Became Christmas: A Meditation on The Evolution of a Holy Day
How Christmas Became Christmas: A Meditation on The Evolution of a...
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...
November 30, 2017
Lost & Found: Christian & Buddhist Parables of the Prodigal Son
The other night for about the ten thousandth time I introduced the...
November 27, 2017
When the Buddha Became a Christian Saint: Recalling the Feast of Saints Barlaam & Josaphat
Wishing you a blessed feast of the saints Barlaam & Josaphat! In...
November 25, 2017
American Spirituality: The Remarkable Huntingtons: Grandfather, Father, Son
In the Episcopal Church today is celebrated as a feast in honor of James Huntington....
November 11, 2017
In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Small Zen Meditation That Eventually Gets Around to What Zazen Really Is
Yesterday we went to the Bowers Museum to see the special exhibition of Frank...
November 08, 2017
A Fierce Joy: A Small Zen Reflection on the Work of Angels
As I was perusing Wikipedia's calendar of things that happened on this...
November 02, 2017
Those Zen Christians: George Herbert Puts His Finger on the Great Matter
Okay maybe he would never think of himself as a "Zen Christian." But, I have...
November 01, 2017
Saint Death: Noticing a Feast for Santa Muerte, Our Lady of the Holy Death
In the Christian calendar today is the feast of All Saints. However,...
October 31, 2017
Save a Ghost: A Zen Meditation for Halloween
Today is the 31st of October. In the Western calendar today...
October 25, 2017
A Feast for Nestorius: Maybe Heretic, But, in the Dream Time, Founder of My Buddhist-Christian Church
As I understand it, within some branches of the Eastern...
October 23, 2017
James the Just, First Bishop of Jerusalem, Jesus’ brother, and Successor
In Eastern Orthodox circles today is the feast of James the Just. Me,...
October 11, 2017
The Divine Samuel Clarke Is Born
Samuel Clarke was born in Norwich, in Great Britain on this...
October 04, 2017
St Francis and a Blessing for the World
Many years ago I ran across a book describing a visit to Japan sometime before...
September 27, 2017
Thomas Traherne: Anglican Poet, Priest and Saint
Thomas Traherne was born in 1636, or, perhaps it was 1637. His father was a...
September 13, 2017
The Three Steps on the Spiritual Path, Or, Maybe Five. A Zen Reflection on Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite
According to the late fifth early sixth century Syrian monk we know as Dionysius the...
September 12, 2017
Noting the Beginning of an Interfaith Zen Community in Kentucky
As Jesus was greeted by crowds of people, he climbed a mountain. At the top,...
August 30, 2017
Recalling the Fond du Lac Circus & the Remarkable Bishop Grafton
The 30th of August the ever delightful Episcopal Church celebrates a feast in honor of...
August 23, 2017
As Worlds Collide: A Western Zen Buddhist Looks to Bishop Synesius
I would hope that even school children know of the great mathematician and philosopher Hypatia...
August 14, 2017
Thinking of Saints: Jonathan Daniels & Ruby Sales
Today the lovely Episcopal Church commemorates as a feast in honor of a martyr, the...
August 02, 2017
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Uncomfortable Challenge: A Zen Buddhist Reflection
The attached image appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday. I captured it and then googled...
July 22, 2017
A Meditation on the Magdalene: Apostle to, and Maybe Even of the Apostles
In pretty much all sacramental Christian churches today, the 22nd of July, is marked out...
June 25, 2017
LOVE & MONEY: A Zen Reflection that Starts With a Christian Text
LOVE AND MONEY A Zen Reflection That Starts With a Christian Text James Myoun Ford...
June 14, 2017
The Roman Index Goes Away
It was fifty-one years ago today the the Vatican announced it had abolished the Index...
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...
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