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May 25, 2018
A Brief Zen Buddhist Catechism: A First Draft
I am quite fond of the idea of catechisms, those presentations...
May 24, 2018
A Flash of Lightning in a Summer Cloud: A Zen Reflection on Passingness
The Diamond Sutra is one of the standard texts within the...
May 23, 2018
Four Essential & Brief Zen Meditation Manuals
Here are four critical meditation manuals within the Zen tradition. They are...
May 22, 2018
Zhanglu Zongze’s Guidelines for Seated Meditation
While researching an article on Zen's meditation manuals I ran across a few references...
May 21, 2018
On Praying for the Dead: Zen and the Mysteries of Dedicating Merit
While I started out my Zen life within the warm embrace of Soto Zen...
May 18, 2018
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
There are two Suzukis who stand large at the dawn of...
May 15, 2018
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures In Zen’s history there have been a number...
May 13, 2018
Visions: A Zen Meditation
It was on this day in 1373 that Julian of Norwich recovered from a...
May 10, 2018
Zen in Western Poety: Samples & a Question
An old and dear friend sent me a link to a reading of Wallace...
May 03, 2018
The Path of Soto Zen & Soto in Hawaii & the Americas
The Reverend Gyokei Yokoyama a Soto Zen priest currently serving the North...
May 02, 2018
A Zen Priest Ponders the Mysteries of “Liberal Religion”
Some time ago I was corresponding with a Catholic priest...
May 01, 2018
The World is Magic: Reflecting on a Zen Koan
As it happens, it was on this day in 1394, the Zen priest...
April 30, 2018
Keizan’s Zazen Yojinki: A Soto Master on Zen Meditation
Zazen Yojinki Points to Watch in Zazen A classic Zen meditation...
April 26, 2018
The Buddhist David Hume & the Endless Unfolding of the Human Heart
Okay, not really a "Buddhist" Hume. But, there are...
April 24, 2018
Zen Master Daniel Terragno on Waking Up to Who & What We Are
Daniel Terragno is a Zen teacher within the Diamond Sangha. We are...
April 23, 2018
A Day of Zen in Orange County
Zazenkai Join us for a day of Zen meditation Saturday 28 April, 2018 9am to...
April 22, 2018
Buddhism & Zen in Long Beach
This morning I attended services at the Long Beach Buddhist Church. The...
April 21, 2018
Ten Rules for Social Engagement: A Zen Priest Ruminates on Promise & Peril
Thursday I was invited to talk about my experiences as...
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 18, 2018
Gary Snyder Points to the Ancient and Modern and Future Paths of the Buddha Way
For me the most effective way of being in the world is to move...
April 15, 2018
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: A Review of a New Book on Zen Training & the Zen Life
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Zen Monastic Training in...
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 12, 2018
A Zen Priest’s Mind Bubble on the Dance of Love
Nondual reality includes subject and object, each itself and freely transposing with the other; first...
April 11, 2018
Small Pointers on Zen Practice
Stretch a little beyond what seems comfortable. Sit at least a little most every...
April 09, 2018
Zen, Enlightenment, When, And…
My own teacher once told me that awakening is always an accident;...
April 08, 2018
Evelyn Underhill on Walking the Spiritual Path
Walking the Spiritual Path: An Invitation Evelyn Underhill The following essay is the concluding...
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.”...
April 04, 2018
A Zen Priest Reflects on the Family of Things
We appear in the world, quite real, but without definite edges. Turns...
April 03, 2018
Zen & the Therapeutic Arts: A Different Species of Listener
A DIFFERENT SPECIES OF LISTENER Zen & the Therapeutic Arts Chris Hoff 2 April 2018...
April 02, 2018
A Zen Teacher Maps Out the Spiritual Path
I've been ruminating on the spiritual path a lot of late. In...
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