Leaping Beyond One and Two

This evening our Benevolent Street Zendo kicks off with a sit and a Dharma talk. We'll introduce the liturgy next week...It's all very exciting. BSZ is the ninth sitting group started within the embrace of Boundless Way Zen. Six of the groups are in Massachusetts, one in Maine, one in Connecticut and now one in Rhode Island.My old friend and occasional co-conspirator on the Zen way, Sevan Ross, describes the practice of his community in Chicago as offering "the entire Harada-Yasutani koan … [Read more...]

DAYS OF THE DEAD An All Hallows Reflection

DAYS OF THE DEAD An All Hallows ReflectionCathy Seggel& James Ishmael FordReadings by Peacebang2 November 2008First Unitarian ChurchProvidence, Rhode IslandFirst ReadingAs a pastor, you spend a lot of time passing around the chewing gum in the parking lot with the Grim Reaper, having that “meeting after the meeting” that all church folk are familiar with. I have actually had dreams where I am dancing with him, waltzing beautifully in a large, silent ballroom and feeling romanced and loved by … [Read more...]

I Will Never Forget

I will never forget the look on our two-year old daughter' face as she watched Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama debate. My wife and I realized that our little girl would only know an America in which every child can aspire to be President.Benjamin JealousPresident of the NAACP … [Read more...]

How Many Miles Does Yr Body Get?

25 miles per gallonCreated by The Car ConnectionThanks Ms Kitty... … [Read more...]

Rounded With Sleep

These our actors, As I foretold you, were all spirits, andAre melted into air, into thin air, And, like the baseless fabric of vision, The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,Leave not a rack behind.We are such stuffAs dreams are made on, and our little lifeIs rounded with sleep.William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 4.1The Tempest was produced for the first time on … [Read more...]

Suzuki on Controlling the Monkey Mind

(I would have posted this for the title alone. But, this Dharma talk by the great Zen missionary Shunryu Suzuki is well worth a read...)Controlling the Monkey Mind A Lecture by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi This lecture is reprinted from the October 2001 Berkeley Zen Center Newsletter. The purpose of sesshin is to be completely one with our practice. We use two Chinese characters for "sesshin." "Ses" means to treat something the way one treats a guest or the way a student treats a teacher. Another … [Read more...]

Why We Need to Vote

Why we vote in our republic can be complex, no doubt.Thanks, once again, Danny! … [Read more...]

Grace and Works

Today is the four hundred ninety first anniversary of that disgruntled Augustinian friar nailing his ninety-five theses to the the door of Wittenberg's Castle Church. Those who like to nail down dates like to mark this as the dawn of the Protestant Reformation.Having a monkey mind this immediately fired an old memory of a joke. I rummaged around the web to find a coherent version and stumbled upon this rather nice one.A mild-mannered, beige-wearing pastor comes to the end of his days on Earth. … [Read more...]

New Blog by a Zen Master

I'm pleased to see my friend and colleague, David Rynick has entered the blogosphere.He is a wise person, and a skillful Zen teacher.I suggest well worth checking in with from time to time... … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, John

John Adams was born on this day in 1735. … [Read more...]