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July 07, 2017
The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
As it turns out, it was today, the 7th of July, in 1928, some eighty-nine...
July 04, 2017
A Thought on First Thoughts
Yesterday, I wrote a draft of my blog posting intended for this morning. I like...
June 28, 2017
In the early hours on this day, the 28th of June, 1969, police raided the...
June 08, 2017
How Would You Define Love?
Asking for a friend. Please tell me in the comments...
May 29, 2017
Enter Rosie the Riveter
As it happens it was seventy-four years ago on this day, the 29th of May,...
May 26, 2017
William Flees the Pope & the Razor is Sharpened
"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have...
May 18, 2017
Announcing our July Zen Meditation Retreat in Seattle with James Ishmael Ford
A Zen Meditation Retreat Led by James Ishmael Ford, Roshi and Janine Larsen, Practice Leader...
May 08, 2017
Gary Snyder Turns 87
Happy birthday, Gary! He once sang to us: Ah to be alive on a mid-September...
April 20, 2017
America’s Buddhist. Happy Eightieth, George!
George Hosato Takei was born in Los Angeles, California, on this day, April 20th, 1937....
April 18, 2017
Zen Priest Seeks Work: Has Zafu & Kyosaku. Can Travel.
As many of my friends know I've worked principally as a Unitarian Universalist minister for...
April 17, 2017
Soto Zen: A Collection of Videos
There is an ever increasing library of videos regarding Zen available on Youtube. As one...
March 16, 2017
What Rough Beast? A Small Meditation on Book Smugglers
Jurgis Bielinis was born on this day, the 16th of March, 1846, in Purviskiai, Lithuania....
March 14, 2017
Hello Bodhisattvas! Another of Zen’s Inside Jokes
I understand that when he would give talks the early Zen missionary to the Barbarians...
March 13, 2017
Alexander Hamilton Calls Out Donald Trump
There's an excerpt from a letter written by Alexander Hamilton in 1792 going around the...
March 06, 2017
THE FOUR FREEDOMS A Speech, Some Paintings, and an Essay
As it happens it was on this day in 1943 that Norman Rockwell's painting Freedom...
February 26, 2017
That’s Entertainment: My Reviews of the 2017 Best Picture Nominees for the Academy Award
Over the years Jan & I have said we'd love to go the movies more....
February 25, 2017
Every Day is a Good Day: Zen teacher Mary Gates comments on Case 6 in the Blue Cliff Record
Mary Gates is a past interesting person. She's a psychologist. She's an Episcopal priest. She's...
February 25, 2017
Leonard Cohen Traveling Light
Thanks to Adam Cohen for this...
February 20, 2017
On Dropping the F-Bomb: A Preliminary Report of a Zen Experiment in Small Truths
A bit more than a week ago I declared to everyone on Facebook that I...
February 17, 2017
What a Man Will Do for a Woman: Or, How to Gird Up Your Loins
Post cards from Long Beach, California #231 The storm is raging... And we have the...
February 14, 2017
James Ishmael Ford’s Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Sermons
As it happens it was on this day in 2005 that a group of college...
February 08, 2017
Time to Celebrate! Proclus, Last of the Great Neoplatonic Philosophers is Born
Thanks to an astrological chart we can know when the philosopher Proclus was born. It...
February 03, 2017
Recalling the Immortal Chaplains
It was seventy-four years ago, today. Methodist minister George Fox, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Reformed minister...
February 01, 2017
The British Invade!
It was on this day fifty-two years ago that a British band's single hit number...
January 31, 2017
The World is a Burning Hut: A Zen Meditation
There was an old woman who supported a hermit. For twenty years she always had...
January 22, 2017
Happy Birthday to Conan the Barbarian, Or, I Mean Robert E. Howard
On January 22, 1906, Robert Ervin Howard was born in Peaster, Texas. He died by...
January 19, 2017
Finding Myself Thinking of “You Nazty Spy!” Can’t Imagine Why…
While Charlie Chaplain's Great Dictator was in the can, in fact the very first film...
January 16, 2017
Our Fucking City: A Review of Patriots Day
My interest in going to see Patriots Day was a mixed bag. I don't have...
January 14, 2017
Recalling John Biddle, Unitarian Saint and Martyr
One of those memories I treasure for the years I served at the First Unitarian...
January 13, 2017
Kensho, Samadhi, & the Practices of Zen
As Zen first came west, kensho, or satori, was the great prize. The Zen priest...
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