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May 19, 2018
A Zen Priest Ruminates for a Moment on Psychedelics & Other Special Experiences
I haven't read Michael Pollan's new book on psychedelics, so I...
April 09, 2018
Zen, Enlightenment, When, And…
My own teacher once told me that awakening is always an accident;...
March 13, 2018
Learning to Love: Zen & the Problems of the Ego
I am a dedicated practitioner observer of the establishment of Zen in...
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...
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...
October 20, 2017
Zen at the End of Times: A Small Meditation on Despair & Gratitude
Last weekend Jan & I joined the Empty Sky Sangha and its teachers Doug...
September 09, 2017
The Awakened Life: A Zen Meditation
The project of Zen is awakening. It is experiencing the reality of the universe without...
July 20, 2017
Is Our Destiny in the Stars? A Small, Mostly Zen Meditation
It was forty-eight years ago on this day in 1969 that Apollo 11...
June 26, 2017
Great Awakenings: A Small Zen Meditation on Hope After Teleology
Teleology: “A noun meaning the study of evidences of design in nature & particularly the...
May 16, 2017
Let All Mortal Flesh: A Zen priest attends an Episcopalian Mass
This past Sunday I attended an Episcopalian mass celebrated in a tiny chapel in West...
May 14, 2017
Awakening and Zen: A Reflection on the Range of Awakening Experiences
On facebook in the comments to my recent posting on awakening and Zen there was...
May 12, 2017
Reclaiming Enlightenment in Zen: A Small Meditation
In the Western Zen scene today words like enlightenment, kensho, and satori have been pushed...
March 27, 2017
One of Those Moments: Another of Zen’s Small Intimations
I was at a retreat with my teacher John Tarrant, one of many held at...
March 24, 2017
A Zen Priest Watches as Kali Swallows the World
Until I’d discovered Ramakrishna through the writings of Aldous Huxley and Christopher Isherwood and their...
March 09, 2017
Tolstoy’s Buddhist Christian Awakening
In his Confession and Other Religious Writings, Leo Tolstoy tells us: “There is an old...
January 27, 2017
Waking Up With the World: A Brief Zen Reflection on the Four Noble Truths
I gather there is some confusion about how what we call the Four Noble Truths...
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