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June 14, 2018
The Zen of Yasunarti Kawabata
Yasunarti Kawabata was born on this day, the 11th of June, 1899. He was...
March 01, 2018
Zen & Literature: A Review of Into Terrible Light
Zen has always been intimately tied up with the arts. The way Zen approaches life,...
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 30, 2017
The Zen of (Some) Science Fiction
Scott Carey’s concluding monologue from the Incredible Shrinking Man, screenplay and...
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 25, 2017
Pausing to Recall Lancelot Andrewes and His Amazing Bible
The Anglican communion marks today as a feast in honor of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, who...
September 21, 2017
God is Alive, Magic Is Afoot: Recalling the Wondrous Leonard Cohen
Leonard Norman Cohen was born on this day, the 21st of September,...
September 07, 2017
The Dangers of Irony in Literalist Times: Thinking of Guillaume Apollinaire
It was on this day in 1911 that Guillaume Apollinaire was arrested under suspicion of...
August 01, 2017
Holmes Book Company and the Beginnings of My Reading Life
I'm not sure. It was either 1966 or 1967. Considering all the dismal...
July 23, 2017
Enter Raymond Chandler: Master of L.A. Noire
The immortal Raymond Chandler was born in Chicago, on this day, the 23rd of July,...
July 18, 2017
I Leave This Old Heart to the World: 3 Poems by the Zen Priest Ryokan
After our Boundless Way Zen West three day zazenkai in Seattle, while on my flight...
July 13, 2017
Novels Recommended by Noted Contemporary Spiritual Figures
I sent off an email to various friends who I think of as prominent in...
July 02, 2017
Hesse Begins His Journey to the East
Hermann Hesse is one of the icons of my reading life. His books opened the...
June 17, 2017
Remembering the Immortal James Weldon Johnson
The immortal James Weldon Johnson was born on this day, the 17th of June, in 1871 in...
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 10, 2017
Sir Edwin Arnold and His Light on Buddhism
Edwin Arnold was born on this day, the 10th of June, 1832 at Kent, in...
April 23, 2017
The Truth About George & the Dragon, Long Suppressed, but Now Revealed
As it happens today is the Feast of St George. I've always been suspicious of...
March 31, 2017
A Feast for John Donne
John Donne was born in London on the 22nd of January, 1573 and died on...
March 25, 2017
Holy, Holy, Holy: Recalling Ginsberg’s Howl
It was on this day in 1957 that US Customs seized a shipment of Allen...
March 19, 2017
A SMALL MEDITATION ON SPIRITUALITY AFTER RELIGIONS Or, Mark Twain’s Large Dream
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March 02, 2017
William McGonagall: A Small Celebration of the Worst Poet in Great Britain
It all started when I noted that the eighth and last attempt to assassinate Queen...
March 01, 2017
Gary Snyder Talks Religion
Old Zen hand, Pulitzer prize winning poet, essayist, and the poet laureate of Deep Ecology...
February 17, 2017
Recalling Andre Norton: Grand Dame of Science Fiction & Fantasy
There is no night without stars. Andred Norton Alice Mary Norton was born on this...
February 09, 2017
Bless you Sister, May all your sons be bishops: Thinking of Brendan Behan
Brendan Behan, poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright in English and Irish, was born...
December 08, 2016
The World Honored One Sees the Morning Star, And the World Awakens
I so love telling the story. That wonderful old story. And, so, once again... Gautama...
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