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March 09, 2018
A Zen Teaching for the Last Age
A student of the way asked master Yunmen, "What did Shakyamuni Buddha preach...
March 09, 2018
A Zen Koan from the Bible
I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of...
March 06, 2018
Koans are a Rag-bag
"Koans are a rag-bag. They are not schematized. They are a hoard of old sayings...
February 24, 2018
Zen & the Art of Finding Solace Within the Real
Explain Mu so a baby can understand. Traditional Zen koan One...
February 23, 2018
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation James Myoun Ford...
February 18, 2018
A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten Oxherding Pictures, & the Intimate Way
Mapping Our Spiritual Journey A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten...
January 16, 2018
Zen Master Raven Tells Us How to Die
One evening toward the end of a meeting, Mole said, "I've heard that Zen is...
December 07, 2017
The World is On Fire: A Meditation on the Adittapariyaya Sutta as a Zen Koan
Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou Pluckest me out O Lord...
October 31, 2017
Save a Ghost: A Zen Meditation for Halloween
Today is the 31st of October. In the Western calendar today...
October 28, 2017
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: a Zen Reflection
One of my favorite koans was anthologized in the Biyan Lu,...
October 27, 2017
All in It Together: Zen & the Art of Asking Questions
The church with which I am affiliated is undergoing a ministerial transition....
September 05, 2017
Creatures of Pain and Joy: A Meditation on a Zen Koan and the Abiding Reality of Human Hunger
A student of the way asked master Zhaozhou, “I have just entered...
August 28, 2017
The Great Way is Not Difficult: Zen’s Koans & the Way of the Broken Heart
This world of dew Is a world of dew Even so, even so...
August 27, 2017
The Zen Koan of the Buddha’s Teaching and Bodhidharma’s Intention
The Case An ancient worthy said, "Buddha's teaching is expressed through reason; Bodhidharma's intention is...
August 26, 2017
The Buddha Takes His Seat: A Brief Reflection on a Zen Koan
The Case One day the Buddha ascended to the platform. Manjushri struck the board and...
August 24, 2017
Of the Raw and the Cooked: A Zen Teacher Reflects on Dharma Transmission and Spiritual Practice
One of the many things I delight in in reading Zhuangzi is how one his...
August 19, 2017
The Buddha and the Non Believer: A Meditation on a Zen Koan
The Buddha and the Non Believer A Meditation on a Zen Koan James Ishmael Ford...
August 18, 2017
Daniel Terragno on (Lay) Zen Practice
My wonderful dharma sibling Daniel Terragno talking about Zen. He is not as...
August 15, 2017
Layman Pang’s Snowball Fight: A Small Zen Meditation
I was revisiting a case in the Blue Cliff Record. In...
August 03, 2017
Hakuin’s Song of Zazen: Three Translations of the Zazen Wasan
Hakuin's Song of Zazen The Zazen Wasan Hakuin Ekaku (1686-1768) was one of Japan's gifts...
July 30, 2017
The World in a Blade of Grass: Reflecting on a Zen Koan
The World in a Blade of Grass: Case 4, Book of Serenity A Reflection James...
July 28, 2017
Meredith Garmon’s Koan Index
Koan Index Meredith Garmon An amazing resource put together by the Reverend Meredith Garmon, a...
June 23, 2017
Zen and the Boundless Way: Reflecting on the Blue Cliff Record, Case 61
Fengxue said, “If you raise a speck of dust, the nation flourishes. If you don’t...
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 10, 2017
Where Is Paradise? Commenting on a Zen Koan
In that wonderful anthology of Zen's koans, the Wumenquan, the Gateless Gate, the fifth case...
April 21, 2017
On the Nothingness of God: A Zen Meditation
Back in 2008 I read a review of the book Merton & Buddhism: Wisdom, Emptiness...
April 15, 2017
The Zen of Holy Saturday: A Buddhist Reflection on a Hard Christian Holy Day
A couple of years ago I wrote a meditation on the Christian day before Easter,...
April 02, 2017
Following the Scented Flowers: A Small Meditation on a Zen Koan
One day Changsha went off to wander in the mountains. When he returned, the temple...
March 12, 2017
Zen Teacher Desmond Gilna received Denkai Transmission
As the hour approached midnight on the evening of the 11th of March, 2017, in...
March 10, 2017
A Love Letter from the Deep: a Zen Reflection on Case 15 of the Gateless Gate
I opened my email today to find the poem of the day from Panhala was...
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