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May 02, 2018
A Zen Priest Ponders the Mysteries of “Liberal Religion”
Some time ago I was corresponding with a Catholic priest...
April 07, 2018
My Religion is Kindness: A Zen Priest Reflects on the Mysteries of the Human Heart
The other day I saw an image called the “Hierarchy of Disagreement.”...
February 12, 2018
Hurray! Hurray! It’s Darwin Day!
Charles Darwin was born on this day in 1809. Me, I mark it out...
February 10, 2018
How To Spot Fake News: And, Why We’re Probably Screwed
In fact it isn't rocket science. The biggest problem is how people...
September 26, 2017
Martin Heidegger, Brilliant Proto-Semi-Quasi-Buddhist Philosopher & Moral Failure on a Grand Scale, is Born
Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Germany, on this day, September 26th, 1889. He...
September 24, 2017
Liberal Religion & Buddhist Modernism: Or, We Can Blame the Whole Mess on Descartes
Some years ago I wrote something and in it referenced the term “liberal...
September 16, 2017
The Problem of Our Suffering: A (Modernist) Zen Buddhist Meditation
I've found myself tangled in a conversation with the always wise Dosho Port. He...
August 29, 2017
Noting the Passing of American Buddhist Pioneer Alfred Bloom
The Reverend Dr Alfred Bloom died last Friday evening, the 25th of August, 2017. He...
August 17, 2017
Leaning In: Or, How Does a Zen Person Do Conflict
Leaning In Or, How does a Zen Person do conflict? Chris Hoff A Dharma talk...
August 11, 2017
The Great Infidel Is Born: Recalling Colonel Robert Ingersoll
I notice that today is Robert Ingersoll's birthday. He...
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...
May 28, 2017
Zen for Humans
A while back I posted on my blog a note about the anniversary of the convening...
May 26, 2017
William Flees the Pope & the Razor is Sharpened
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have...
March 30, 2017
Thinking of Jesus’ Many Descendants
Okay, not really. What I am thinking about is that perennial desire among some, including...
March 23, 2017
Zen Teacher David Loy Points to the Intimate Universe
The Universe is not a place where evolution happens, it is the evolution. It is...
March 19, 2017
A SMALL MEDITATION ON SPIRITUALITY AFTER RELIGIONS Or, Mark Twain’s Large Dream
A MEDITATION ON SPIRITUALITY AFTER RELIGIONS Or, Mark Twain’s Large Dream 19 March 2017 James...
March 16, 2017
What Rough Beast? A Small Meditation on Book Smugglers
Jurgis Bielinis was born on this day, the 16th of March, 1846, in Purviskiai, Lithuania....
March 11, 2017
In the Neighborhood: A Meditation on the Golden Rule, Cheaters, and Prophets
Jan and I were walking into the parking lot after a quick run to one...
March 01, 2017
Gary Snyder Talks Religion
Old Zen hand, Pulitzer prize winning poet, essayist, and the poet laureate of Deep Ecology...
February 14, 2017
James Ishmael Ford’s Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Sermons
As it happens it was on this day in 2005 that a group of college...
February 12, 2017
Ah… And, a Blessed Darwin Day to You!
One of my favorite koans, those Zen presentations of reality and invitations into the fullness...
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...
January 23, 2017
Probably A Good Time to Revisit Carl Sagan’s Baloney Detection Kit
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October 05, 2016
My Quest for Unbiased News: Or, More Notes on the Fool’s Errand
We live in an era of information glut. The bits of information about the world...
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