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August 10, 2018
A Zen Priest Talks to Some Unitarian Universalists About a Naturalistic Mysticism
Lecture six of six delivered by the Reverend James Myoun...
July 24, 2018
Like Trees Planted Near Flowing Waters: Buddhism, Humanism, and the Promise of Hope for this World
Blessed are the man and the woman Who have grown beyond their greed...
July 04, 2018
Toward a Declaration of Interdependence: A Buddhist Contribution
There is no doubt in my mind the American Declaration of...
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
The Buddha’s Message in Brief: A Paraphrase from the Dhammapada
In some circles there is quite a lot of back and forth of...
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 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...
January 20, 2018
Soto Zen Buddhism in North America: Some Random Notes from a Work in Progress
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January 10, 2018
Buddhist Wisdom: Three Principal Pali Buddhist Texts
The harsh fact is that nothing attributed to...
January 08, 2018
A Zen Priest Plays With the Three Demons
One of the things I like about social media is that it can in fact generate...
November 22, 2017
The Culavedalla Sutta: The Nun Dhammadinna Explains Buddhism
I'm a big fan of the Culavedalla Sutta, the 44th fascicle of the...
October 02, 2017
A Song of Life and Death: Some Random Notes from a Zen Retreat
Jan and I are just back from a three-day sesshin in Omaha. Sesshin is a...
September 26, 2017
Martin Heidegger, Brilliant Proto-Semi-Quasi-Buddhist Philosopher & Moral Failure on a Grand Scale, is Born
Martin Heidegger was born in Messkirch, Germany, on this day, September 26th, 1889. He...
August 23, 2017
As Worlds Collide: A Western Zen Buddhist Looks to Bishop Synesius
I would hope that even school children know of the great mathematician and philosopher Hypatia...
August 02, 2017
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Uncomfortable Challenge: A Zen Buddhist Reflection
The attached image appeared in my Facebook feed yesterday. I captured it and then googled...
June 16, 2017
(Zen) Buddhism and the Unitarian Universalists
Buddhism, while continuing to interest religious liberals, continued to be misunderstood throughout the 19th century.
April 14, 2017
B. R. Ambedkar and His Wonderful Vision for a New Buddhism
Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was born on this day in 1891. He is better known as...
April 09, 2017
Zen and the Four Commitments: A Small Meditation
In 1993, a hundred years after the renowned World Parliament of Religions met in Chicago a...
March 22, 2017
San Francisco Buddhism: Passing Memories of Convert Buddhists From Before the 1960s
It was 1969. I threw my lot in with the English Zen priest Houn Jiyu...
March 13, 2017
Emptiness as the Dance of the Real: A Small Zen Meditation
I find myself think about the Buddhist teaching of emptiness. A lot, actually. For me it...
February 27, 2017
Alan Watts on Psychotherapy East & West
Alan Watts' book Psychotherapy East & West was first published by Pantheon in 1961. It...
January 26, 2017
Alan Watts on Buddhism & Christianity
I have found myself thinking of Alan Watts recently. And then within that mystery some...
January 06, 2017
The Wisdom Way: A Zen Buddhist Reflects on the Feast of the Epiphany
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