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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 13, 2018
Learning to Love: Zen & the Problems of the Ego
I am a dedicated practitioner observer of the establishment of Zen in...
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 03, 2018
Zen Wisdom in the Desert
A little later today my spouse and I are off to Joshua Tree...
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 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 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 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 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 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 19, 2018
Beginning Again: A Zen Meditation
Yesterday at our Weight Watcher meeting the leader asked a question. “Who here is...
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...
January 15, 2018
Recalling the Faithful Fool Kay Jorgensen
I've just learned the Reverend Kay Jorgensen died today. She...
January 11, 2018
That Over flowing Tea Cup: A Small Reflection on Not Noticing the Moment
I'm no longer sure. Perhaps the first book on Zen that I...
January 10, 2018
Buddhist Wisdom: Three Principal Pali Buddhist Texts
The harsh fact is that nothing attributed to...
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 31, 2017
What is Enlightenment: Zen & the Nature of Awakening
What is Enlightenment? Zen & the Nature of Awakening James Ishmael...
December 30, 2017
The Zen of (Some) Science Fiction
Scott Carey’s concluding monologue from the Incredible Shrinking Man, screenplay and...
December 29, 2017
Hakuin Ekaku on the Importance of Kensho
The Importance of Kensho Hakuin Ekaku (Translation by Philip Yampolsky)...
December 28, 2017
Awakening: a Zen Perspective at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Not long ago a younger colleague, a Zen teacher whom I admire, asked...
December 27, 2017
The Zen Teachings of Brigitte D’Ortschy
My friend the old Zen hand Stephen Slottow while researching...
December 26, 2017
The Zen Teachings of Yamada Mumon
Yamada Mumon was one of the great modern Rinzai Zen masters. A friend recently...
December 25, 2017
My Heart Breaks For Joy: a Small Zen Meditation on Christmas Day
Ah, Christmas in Long Beach in 2017. This morning Jan & I...
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