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March 17, 2018
Awakening in the West: Zen, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, and Learning to Fall
For some today is a day to mark the life of Patrick, the...
March 15, 2018
Encountering the Mysteries of Our Hearts: A day long Zen Retreat
To Touch the Heart, to Touch the Mind A day long Zen...
March 14, 2018
Thinking of Stephen Hawking, Making Apple Pie, & the Range of the Human Mind
In the midst of all the tumult of life I find myself pausing just for...
March 14, 2018
Recalling Daisetsu Tangen Harada Roshi, Beloved Master of the Soto Way
Daisetsu Tangen Harada Roshi, master of Bukkokuji Soto Zen Buddhist training monastery in Obama,...
March 11, 2018
Recalling Zen Master Soen Nakagawa
It was on this day, the 11th of March, in...
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 09, 2018
A Zen Koan from the Bible
I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of...
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 02, 2018
How to Start a Zen Group
A Facebook friend active with a Zen meditation group asked me what I...
February 24, 2018
Zen & the Art of Finding Solace Within the Real
Explain Mu so a baby can understand. Traditional Zen koan One...
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 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 16, 2018
Marking the Birth of Phineas Quimby & the Earliest Beginnings of the New Thought Movement
In my view there are two great American original religions. One is the...
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...
February 13, 2018
Tevye’s Many Hands: A Meditation on Zen & the Ways of Nondual Embodiment
There's a saying floating around the interwebs, "We are all broken, that's...
February 12, 2018
Hurray! Hurray! It’s Darwin Day!
Charles Darwin was born on this day in 1809. Me, I mark it out...
February 08, 2018
My Zen Life: Nothing Between the Nameless & the Named: What More Can We Want?
I was talking with a friend about love. Is love God? Is God love? Two...
February 06, 2018
March, March, A New Day is Breaking
Today is the anniversary of that moment in 1918 when the English Parliament's...
February 06, 2018
Lay Practice Within North American Soto Zen: A Meditation
On Lay Practice Within North American Soto Zen James Ishmael Ford 5...
February 05, 2018
How It is Supposed to Be: A Zen Meditation
How It is Supposed to Be: A Zen Meditation Jan Seymour-Ford...
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 &...
February 01, 2018
Learning to Travel Light: A Mind Bubble on Beginning one more Zen retreat
Busy putting things in bags. Getting ready. And just a pause. Our little Blue Cliff...
January 30, 2018
Fraters of the Wayside Inn At One Hundred & Sixteen Years: A Meditation on Universal Salvation
This past Sunday I went to Boston, picked up my old colleague and dear friend Walt Wieder,...
January 27, 2018
Just Reaching Out: A Zen Meditation on Life and Death and the Thing that Happens In-Between
I am a Buddhist for several reasons. First, because I am convinced of the teaching...
January 24, 2018
Simplicity Itself: A Few Thoughts on Bowing and Zen
For the past couple of months I've been attending the Wednesday morning...
January 23, 2018
What is Real? A Rationalist Zen Meditation on a Neo-Pagan Anecdote
I was visiting with a friend, a Neo-pagan, who wanted...
January 22, 2018
The Buddhist Life, the Zen Life
This is the Buddhist life and the Zen life, as...
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 17, 2018
Saving Everyone: A Zen Reflection
Saving Everyone: A Zen Reflection James Myoun Ford A talk...
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