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March 12, 2018
A Zen Meditation Retreat with Roshi James Myoun Ford
Sesshin To Touch the Heart Mind A three-day intensive Zen meditation retreat With Roshi James Myoun...
March 10, 2018
Twenty-Five Talks on Zen Koans
I was arranging my koan talks which are archived at our Blue...
March 09, 2018
A Zen Teaching for the Last Age
A student of the way asked master Yunmen, "What did Shakyamuni Buddha preach...
March 06, 2018
Koans are a Rag-bag
"Koans are a rag-bag. They are not schematized. They are a hoard of old sayings...
March 05, 2018
Mu & Nothingness: A Reflection on Zen and the Great Empty
My friend and mentor the Zen priest and scholar Glenn Taylor Webb, Kangan Osho, just...
February 24, 2018
Zen & the Art of Finding Solace Within the Real
Explain Mu so a baby can understand. Traditional Zen koan One...
February 23, 2018
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation James Myoun Ford...
February 18, 2018
A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten Oxherding Pictures, & the Intimate Way
Mapping Our Spiritual Journey A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten...
February 07, 2018
On Mu & Buddha Nature: A Reflection on Zen & Koan Introspection
Mu & Buddha Nature A Reflection on Zen & Koan Introspection By Josh Bartok Josh...
February 04, 2018
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha Holds Its First Sesshin: A Photo Gallery
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha held its first sesshin, intensive Zen meditation retreat, between the 1st &...
January 21, 2018
Like a Thief in the Night: Considering What Is Real Zen Practice
After reading something I recently wrote about Zen and Zen training,...
January 19, 2018
Beginning Again: A Zen Meditation
Yesterday at our Weight Watcher meeting the leader asked a question. “Who here is...
January 16, 2018
Zen Master Raven Tells Us How to Die
One evening toward the end of a meeting, Mole said, "I've heard that Zen is...
December 27, 2017
The Zen Teachings of Brigitte D’Ortschy
My friend the old Zen hand Stephen Slottow while researching...
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 06, 2017
My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection
Here I am at the Oakland airport waiting on my flight home to Long...
October 28, 2017
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: a Zen Reflection
One of my favorite koans was anthologized in the Biyan Lu,...
October 27, 2017
All in It Together: Zen & the Art of Asking Questions
The church with which I am affiliated is undergoing a ministerial transition....
October 19, 2017
Zen in the OC: A Day Long Zen Meditation Retreat With James Ford & Gesshin Greenwood
BLUE CLIFF ZEN SANGHA An Independent Soto Zen Buddhist Community Join us for a...
October 15, 2017
Introduction to Zen Koans is Now Available for Pre-Order
My next book is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning...
October 07, 2017
The Ghosts in Our Lives & Healing a Divided World: A Zen Dharma Talk
The Ghosts In Our Lives & Healing a Divided World A Dharma...
October 05, 2017
Now & Zen: Bodhidharma and His Two Entrances & Four Practices
According to Matthew Ciolek's interesting Zen Calendar, today, the 5th of October, is...
October 02, 2017
A Song of Life and Death: Some Random Notes from a Zen Retreat
Jan and I are just back from a three-day sesshin in Omaha. Sesshin is a...
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...
August 28, 2017
The Great Way is Not Difficult: Zen’s Koans & the Way of the Broken Heart
This world of dew Is a world of dew Even so, even so...
August 27, 2017
The Zen Koan of the Buddha’s Teaching and Bodhidharma’s Intention
The Case An ancient worthy said, "Buddha's teaching is expressed through reason; Bodhidharma's intention is...
August 26, 2017
The Buddha Takes His Seat: A Brief Reflection on a Zen Koan
The Case One day the Buddha ascended to the platform. Manjushri struck the board and...
August 24, 2017
Of the Raw and the Cooked: A Zen Teacher Reflects on Dharma Transmission and Spiritual Practice
One of the many things I delight in in reading Zhuangzi is how one his...
August 19, 2017
The Buddha and the Non Believer: A Meditation on a Zen Koan
The Buddha and the Non Believer A Meditation on a Zen Koan James Ishmael Ford...
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