WAKING UP IN THE WEST: A Reflection on Boundless Way Zen and the Emergence of a Western Zen Buddhism

Waking Up in the West A Reflection on Boundless Way Zen and the Emergence of a Western Zen Buddhism A Paper Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Boundless Way Zen Sangha6 June 2009at the First Parish (Unitarian Universalist)Framingham, MassachusettsJames Myoun Ford, OshoFounding School AbbotBoundless Way ZenA special transmission outside the scriptures Not based upon words or letters; Directly pointing to the heart mind Seeing into one’s true nature, attaining the Buddha way.Attributed to B … [Read more...]

Life in the Big Cities

New York City is where everyone has more money than you, Washington, DC, is where everyone has more power than you, Boston is where everyone has a pricier degree than you, London is where everyone goes to better restaurants than you do, and San Francisco is where everyone has more sex than you do.Thank you, Diggitt, who credits this bit of wisdom to an old friend.picture by George Thiaru... … [Read more...]

Robert Jensen’s Inquisition

The following article by Robert Jensen which was adapted from his book, All My Bones Shake, I've lifted whole from one of my favorite blog sites, Killing the Buddha. I cross post it here because I find it such an eloquent expression of engaged faith and the difficulties of such at any time...The Inquisition by Robert Jensen One of the most surreal days of my adult life was spent sitting in a Presbyterian church in San Antonio, listening to several hundred church officials discuss the state of my … [Read more...]

Spaulding Gray

Spauling Gray was born today in 1941. … [Read more...]

Prologue

Loreena McKennitt's Prologue with some assistance from Rumi... … [Read more...]

A Day to Remember How China Treats Dissent

Twenty years ago on this day a brief and exciting moment of hope for democracy in China ended...My great fear is that as we witness China's brand of new fascism and its rise on the world stage is how possibly we're also witnessing the world's future.These are interesting times, no doubt... … [Read more...]

Breaking News: New Hampshire Sixth State to Legalize Marriage Equality

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Ithaka

As you set out for Ithakahope the voyage is a long one,full of adventure, full of discovery.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:you’ll never find things like that on your wayas long as you keep your thoughts raised high,as long as a rare excitementstirs your spirit and your body.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter themunless you bring them along inside your soul,unless your soul sets them up in front of you.Hope the voyage is a long one.May t … [Read more...]

Casey at the Bat

On this day in 1888 the San Francisco Examiner published the poem "Casey at the Bat." It was signed by "Phin," and there was confusion for several years about the actual authorship. The poem was in fact written by Ernest Thayer. … [Read more...]

Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig died on this day in 1941.We could use a few more folk like Mr Gehrig in our lives, people who give it their all with grace and attention. Even if they just throw a ball for a living, they enrich all of us... … [Read more...]