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May 24, 2018
A Flash of Lightning in a Summer Cloud: A Zen Reflection on Passingness
The Diamond Sutra is one of the standard texts within the...
May 06, 2018
THE DAY I MET KALI: A Meditation on a Naturalistic Mysticism
The Day I Met Kali A Meditation on a Naturalistic Mysticism...
April 26, 2018
The Buddhist David Hume & the Endless Unfolding of the Human Heart
Okay, not really a "Buddhist" Hume. But, there are...
March 22, 2018
Like a Bubble in a Stream: A Zen Teacher Offers a Paraphrase of the Diamond Sutra
A Diamond Sutra A paraphrase by James Myoun Ford I understand within the great cacophony...
March 13, 2018
Learning to Love: Zen & the Problems of the Ego
I am a dedicated practitioner observer of the establishment of Zen in...
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...
February 22, 2018
The Zen of Letting Go: Three Perspectives on Dying Before You Die
I've been rereading a small book by the late Zen teacher Philip Kapleau, called the...
February 17, 2018
The Cloud of Not Knowing: A Meditation on Zen and the World’s Faiths
Recently on a Facebook group to which I belong one of the members...
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...
January 23, 2018
What is Real? A Rationalist Zen Meditation on a Neo-Pagan Anecdote
I was visiting with a friend, a Neo-pagan, who wanted...
January 17, 2018
Saving Everyone: A Zen Reflection
Saving Everyone: A Zen Reflection James Myoun Ford A talk...
January 11, 2018
That Over flowing Tea Cup: A Small Reflection on Not Noticing the Moment
I'm no longer sure. Perhaps the first book on Zen that I...
January 10, 2018
Buddhist Wisdom: Three Principal Pali Buddhist Texts
The harsh fact is that nothing attributed to...
January 01, 2018
The Zen Way of Original Awakening
Original Awakening is central to the Zen Way. From one angle, original awakening, from another...
December 30, 2017
The Zen of (Some) Science Fiction
Scott Carey’s concluding monologue from the Incredible Shrinking Man, screenplay and...
November 24, 2017
The Bodhisattva Spinoza is Born
Benedito de Espinosa was born on this day, the 24th...
September 15, 2017
A Zen Buddhist Tries to Define God
When I was in seminary, and so much smarter than I am today, I was...
September 09, 2017
The Awakened Life: A Zen Meditation
The project of Zen is awakening. It is experiencing the reality of the universe without...
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 31, 2017
A Small Meditation on Buddhisms, Traditional and Modernist
Yesterday on Facebook I was pointed to an article that purports to compare "traditional" Buddhism...
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...
June 25, 2017
LOVE & MONEY: A Zen Reflection that Starts With a Christian Text
LOVE AND MONEY A Zen Reflection That Starts With a Christian Text James Myoun Ford...
June 22, 2017
Love Beyond Beliefs: Or, My Unitarian Universalism
The other day I posted a letter I wrote to a Unitarian Universalist ministerial search...
May 25, 2017
My Heart Sutra: A Zen Teacher Reflects on the Spiritual Life
My Heart Sutra When the heart of compassion walked through the gate of wisdom, she...
March 31, 2017
A Feast for John Donne
John Donne was born in London on the 22nd of January, 1573 and died on...
March 03, 2017
What is the Spiritual Life? A Brief Meditation
I look at myself and at others and I see some common realities. I believe...
June 28, 2014
TRYING RELIGION: EMBRACING THE NEW UNIVERSALISM
TRYING RELIGION: EMBRACING THE NEW UNIVERSALISM A Meditation on the First & Seventh Principles of...
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