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April 19, 2018
No Zen Masters in the West
Huangbo said to his assembly “You are all slurping up brewer’s dregs. If you’re...
April 13, 2018
A Zen Priest Reflects, Just a Little, on Who Is a Buddhist
On Facebook I recently was reading someone whom I especially admire for his...
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.”...
March 31, 2018
On Getting a Job or Finding a Profession; My Small Rant On the Collapse of the American Contract
Okay, here's a small but deeply passionate rant. It's inspired by reading one...
March 15, 2018
Zazenkai: A Day of Zen Meditation with James Myoun Ford, Gesshin Greenwood, & Jan Seymour-Ford
Zazenkai Join us for a day of Zen meditation Saturday 28 April...
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 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 15, 2018
Two Versions of a Buddha’s Last Sermon
In various parts of East Asian Buddhism today, the 15th of February (for some the...
February 09, 2018
Going to Be Spotty for a Bit
I appear to have come down with the dreaded man cold. I start with a...
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 04, 2018
On Universalism & Restituion: The Path of Healing for Our Times
What They Dreamed Be Ours to Do A Meditation on Universalism & Restitution,...
January 15, 2018
Endless Gratitude: A Zen Priest Pauses and Reflects on Community
Yesterday evening the Zen priest Gesshin Greenwood and her husband Gensan Thomson came over to...
January 12, 2018
Clouds & Water: A Zen Priest Considers Some Turning Words
I was delighted when I first saw the word "coddiwomple" and its...
January 06, 2018
A Small Reflection on Zen’s Several Ways, Together With Some Thoughts About Zen Teachers
Of late I've been caught up with questions of Zen...
January 01, 2018
The Zen Way of Original Awakening
Original Awakening is central to the Zen Way. From one angle, original awakening, from another...
December 11, 2017
A Companion to Zen Practice: Boundless Way Zen’s New Sutra Book
Boundless Way Zen has just published the fourth edition of its...
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 23, 2017
Why Thanksgiving: A Small Meditation on Myths & Gratitude
Thanksgiving day a year or two ago I made an "emergency" run to the...
November 21, 2017
Choose you this day whom you will serve: The Boston Declaration
Something over one hundred Christian leaders, bishops, and theologians issued the Boston...
November 16, 2017
Recalling the Trickster Sage Alan Watts
Alan Watts died forty-four years ago on this day, the 16th of November, 1973. Rummaging...
November 15, 2017
The Day Football Revealed Itself
According to the Wikipedia article about him Harry Turner "was one of the most...
November 07, 2017
The Intimate Way: Thoughts & Prayers & a Small Zen Meditation on Ends & Means
In my little corner of the social media universe, particularly on Facebook, pretty much...
October 28, 2017
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: a Zen Reflection
One of my favorite koans was anthologized in the Biyan Lu,...
October 22, 2017
Some Pointers on the Inner Way: Paul Reps’ Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
More than half a century ago I decided I needed to learn how to meditate....
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 03, 2017
For Some Paradise is a Bar in the Tropics
Thinking of my brother. He would have been sixty-eight today. Instead he never saw fifty....
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 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 09, 2017
We All Die: A Small Zen Meditation on the Upajihattana Sutta and Love
I was rummaging around the web the other day and stumbled upon a review of...
July 11, 2017
Telling the Truth: Advice for the Preacher
Words can hurt. Words can kill. And, in the preaching project words can give life.
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