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April 19, 2018
No Zen Masters in the West
Huangbo said to his assembly “You are all slurping up brewer’s dregs. If you’re...
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...
April 15, 2018
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: A Review of a New Book on Zen Training & the Zen Life
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Zen Monastic Training in...
April 13, 2018
A Zen Priest Reflects, Just a Little, on Who Is a Buddhist
On Facebook I recently was reading someone whom I especially admire for his...
April 12, 2018
A Zen Priest’s Mind Bubble on the Dance of Love
Nondual reality includes subject and object, each itself and freely transposing with the other; first...
April 11, 2018
Small Pointers on Zen Practice
Stretch a little beyond what seems comfortable. Sit at least a little most every...
April 09, 2018
Zen, Enlightenment, When, And…
My own teacher once told me that awakening is always an accident;...
April 08, 2018
Evelyn Underhill on Walking the Spiritual Path
Walking the Spiritual Path: An Invitation Evelyn Underhill The following essay is the concluding...
April 07, 2018
My Religion is Kindness: A Zen Priest Reflects on the Mysteries of the Human Heart
The other day I saw an image called the “Hierarchy of Disagreement.”...
April 02, 2018
A Zen Teacher Maps Out the Spiritual Path
I've been ruminating on the spiritual path a lot of late. In...
March 31, 2018
Zazenkai: All Day Zen Retreat in Orange County
For more on this day long retreat please go here.
March 31, 2018
When God is Dead. A Zen Priest Reflects on Christianity’s Holy Saturday
I guess this is one of those subjects that have captured my imagination....
March 30, 2018
What Makes a Good Zen Student?
Yesterday I posed a reflection on Zen teachers, and who might or might...
March 29, 2018
How Old does a (Zen) Teacher have to be?
A friend recently sent me a note asking if I were the person...
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 21, 2018
Rindo Fujimoto’s The Way of Zazen
THE WAY OF ZAZEN Rindo Fujimoto, Roshi translated by Tetsuya Inoue, Jushoku and...
March 19, 2018
Principles of Seated Meditation: Ch’ang-lu Tsung-tse’s Manual of Zen Meditation
The Tso-chan-i is attributed to the eleventh century Chan monk Ch'ang-lu Tsung-tse. It may...
March 17, 2018
Awakening in the West: Zen, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, and Learning to Fall
For some today is a day to mark the life of Patrick, the...
March 15, 2018
Zazenkai: A Day of Zen Meditation with James Myoun Ford, Gesshin Greenwood, & Jan Seymour-Ford
Zazenkai Join us for a day of Zen meditation Saturday 28 April...
March 15, 2018
Encountering the Mysteries of Our Hearts: A day long Zen Retreat
To Touch the Heart, to Touch the Mind A day long Zen...
March 14, 2018
Recalling Daisetsu Tangen Harada Roshi, Beloved Master of the Soto Way
Daisetsu Tangen Harada Roshi, master of Bukkokuji Soto Zen Buddhist training monastery in Obama,...
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 11, 2018
Recalling Zen Master Soen Nakagawa
It was on this day, the 11th of March, in...
March 10, 2018
Twenty-Five Talks on Zen Koans
I was arranging my koan talks which are archived at our Blue...
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 08, 2018
The Zen of Soulfulness
Been thinking about "soul," particularly what soul might be if there is...
March 06, 2018
Koans are a Rag-bag
"Koans are a rag-bag. They are not schematized. They are a hoard of old sayings...
March 03, 2018
Zen Wisdom in the Desert
A little later today my spouse and I are off to Joshua Tree...
March 01, 2018
Zen & Literature: A Review of Into Terrible Light
Zen has always been intimately tied up with the arts. The way Zen approaches life,...
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