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October 18, 2018
Enter Babbage (And Lovelace) And the Incredible Analytical Engine
As it happens Charles Babbage died on this day in 1871. As I...
October 17, 2018
The One Sermon: A Reflection on the Zen Life
Yangshan Huiji had a dream. In it he traveled to Maitreya’s hall,...
October 16, 2018
Layman Pang’s Beautiful Snowflakes: Blue Cliff Record, Case 42
Layman Pang's Beautiful Snowflakes The koan followed by comments and then a Dharma talk...
October 15, 2018
Five Approaches to Zen, Fingers Pointing to the Moon
In the early Ninth century the renowned Chinese master...
October 14, 2018
Sensei Mary Gates, the New Zen Teacher in Town
Jan & I've just completed a three-day sesshin with the Empty...
October 11, 2018
Living in the Great Buzz: Some Near Random Thoughts on Zen, Buddhism, Nondual Christianity, Decentering one’s Ego, And Finding a Life
Over the last couple of years I've found a shifting in...
October 09, 2018
A Few Words from the Catholic Monk Who Translates a Daoist Sage and Points us to the Zen Way
One of my absolute heroes is the Trappist monk Thomas Merton. He...
October 08, 2018
Zen at the Edges of Tinseltown
So, today, Jan I took our pretty regular stroll down to the beach...
October 05, 2018
Putting Your Mind at Rest: Reflecting on Bodhidharma & the Foundations of the Zen Way
According to Matthew Ciolek's interesting Zen Calendar, today, the 5th of October,...
October 04, 2018
Francis & a Canticle for Creation
Many years ago I ran across a book describing a visit...
October 02, 2018
Great Soul: The Smallest of Reflections on Mohandas Gandhi on his One Hundred & Forty-Ninth Birthday
The Indian spiritual and political leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was...
October 01, 2018
The Wondrous Annie Besant is Born
Annie Wood was born on this day in 1847. At 20...
September 30, 2018
Rumi is Born & the Angels Sing
Jalaladin Muhammad Balkhi, the wondrous Jalaladin Rumi was born on this day in 1207....
September 29, 2018
A Zen Priest Dreams of Angels
Today within the Christian liturgical calendar is Michaelmas. Or, and actually my preferred...
September 28, 2018
Confucius is Born
According to some traditions captured by the good folk at Wikipedia...
September 26, 2018
Zen is Political: So, What is a Person Going to Do About it? Six Suggestions.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer;...
September 25, 2018
Zen Poet Gary Snyder Sings For All
My Facebook friend John Harrison just posted Gary Snyder's poem For All. I thought...
September 24, 2018
A North American Zen Priest Confesses a Faith
This past weekend we were deep in sesshin, an intensive Zen meditation retreat....
September 20, 2018
Peace Through a Cup of Tea: Genshitsu Sen, Zen, and the Way of Tea
PEACE THROUGH A BOWL OF TEA A talk delivered on the...
September 18, 2018
I believe Christine Blasey Ford.
I've been reluctant to state my views on the recent allegations of attempted rape by...
September 18, 2018
A Western Zen Master Explains the Zen Koan in Two Hundred & Eighty-Three Words
A small and increasingly vibrant literature about Zen's koans is beginning to emerge...
September 17, 2018
Zen, Hallucinations, and, oh, yes, Hildegard of Bingen
Out on the interwebs, at least in the corners where I tend...
September 16, 2018
Thinking of Karen Horney and Western Psychology’s Discovery of Zen Buddhism
The Neo-Freudian psychoanalyst Karen Horney was born on this day, the...
September 15, 2018
Call me Roshi: A Small Meditation on Zen Titles in the West
Huangbo said to his assembly “You are all slurping up brewer’s dregs....
September 14, 2018
To Save the World: A Few Words for a Friend Who is About to Ordain as a Zen Priest
Today Gensan, a dear friend is ordaining as an unsui, a...
September 11, 2018
Our Quest for Meaning: A Pointer from the 105th Floor of the World Trade Center.
The following was the central illustration in my sermon on the Sunday immediately...
September 09, 2018
Happy birthday, California!
As part of the settlement of surrender in 1848, Mexico ceded a...
September 08, 2018
Zen Come West, Gifts & Challenges & a Big Question
I've been asked if I could say in a nutshell what...
September 06, 2018
Recalling American Zen Pioneer Roshi Issan Dorsey
I wrote this last year. I think it worth sharing again. It was...
September 05, 2018
Zen Manga: A Selection of Comic Book Zen
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