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August 22, 2017
Enlightenment in Dispute: Standards for Zen Teachers Now and Then
How does a Zen student know if a Zen teacher is a reliable guide, a...
July 06, 2017
Did Dōgen Drop and What?
"Some Sōtō Zen scholars and priests argue that Dōgen was against...
July 03, 2017
The Record of Going Easy: Who is Arising-Extinguishing?
Arising-extinguishing is the activity of this life-death. The kōan that I'll be presenting today asks...
June 28, 2017
If You Get Silly Good at Zen, Will You Still Suffer?
Can Zen practice, even if you're really good at it, lead us to freedom from...
June 26, 2017
Illuminating with Grit and Ease: Gateless Barrier’s Mu Kōan
Wúmén Huikai (1183-1260, literally, "No-Gate Bright-Opening"), the compiler and author of the Gateless Barrier (無門關...
June 21, 2017
What Is Zazen? Dōgen’s Koan Realized
What is zazen? Everybody knows that Zen practice is largely about zazen, literally, "sitting zen"...
June 19, 2017
Communal or Private: Is Zen for Everybody or Just a Few?
Jiryu Mark Rutschman-Byler at No Zen in the West recently raised the issue of "Private...
June 13, 2017
Flipping Over and Decoding Chinese Characters for Zen Translations
As is well known, the Chinese written language, and especially the ancient Ch'an texts, use...
June 11, 2017
The Mu Koan and How Some Zennists Just Wanna Have Fun
I'm going to roll back into the "mu koan" here. One thing I'm not going...
June 09, 2017
The End of Zen Exceptionalism: Some Thoughts on Zen Center Transitions
Dear Reader, It's been about six months since I last posted something here. About a...
December 18, 2016
The True Bridge? Studying and Teaching Zen
A monk asked Zhaozhou, "For a long...
October 28, 2016
Dharma and Relationships in Bhutan: A Brief and Very Partial Trip Review
One night earlier this month at Lhodrak Karchu Monastery in Jakar, in the Bumthang district...
October 08, 2016
Nebraska, Bhutan, and the Hereandnow
Greetings to those of you who follow the Wild Fox Zen Blog. Or used to...
June 20, 2016
Moving to Omaha to Lead the Nebraska Zen Center
Dear Reader, Today I'd like to bring you up to date on my wild fox...
April 01, 2016
The Wave-Particle Duality and Practice-Enlightenment
At the beginning of the last century, the great theoretical physicists noticed that neither the...
February 29, 2016
Review of Brad Warner’s Latest, “Don’t Be A Jerk”
Brad Warner has done a lot of...
January 05, 2016
Just Sit or Wake Up? A Tale of Two Old Teachers
The tension over what to emphasize in dharma practice, just sitting or waking up (aka,...
December 17, 2015
Buddha’s Enlightenment: Yielding Assertively, Touching the Heart
Note: This is the fifth of five post based on talks from Rohatsu 2014. Students...
December 15, 2015
Buddha’s Enlightenment: A Single Body is Revealed
Note: This is the fourth of five post based on talks from Rohatsu 2014. Students...
December 11, 2015
Buddha’s Enlightenment: Not Clear About the Self
Note: This is the third part of five, based talks from last year’s Rohatsu that...
December 04, 2015
Buddha’s Enlightenment: Sitting Through It All
Note: This is the second part of five, based talks from last year's Rohatsu that...
December 02, 2015
Buddha’s Enlightenment: The Root of Zen
Note: This is the first part of five - talks from last year's Rohatsu that...
November 30, 2015
After Buddhism: Embrace Life, Let Go of What Arises, See its Ceasing, Act!
When I mentioned to a friend that I was reading Stephen Batchelor's new book, After...
October 29, 2015
Shaking Up the Buddhadharma With Online Practice
Quick question: what sparked the compassion revolution in Buddhism that we now call the Great...
August 30, 2015
Zen: The Authentic Gate
Zen: The Authentic Gate, by Koun Yamada Roshi...
June 26, 2015
Ducking the Quacking Koan: Soto Zen, Koan, and Kensho
The friendly-looking monk in the photo is Hashimoto Eko Roshi (1890-1965). In about 1948, the young...
May 26, 2015
The No of No No: Affirming the Great Heart Sutra
Here at Great Tides Zen (in conjunction with the Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for...
May 18, 2015
A New Home for Great Tides Zen?
Dear Friend, Great Tides Zen is at an important crossroads. We...
May 09, 2015
Doug Kaishin Phillips Ordination
This past Thursday night I had the pleasure of attending the Soto Zen priest ordination...
April 17, 2015
Zenshin Tim Buckley Dies: One Heartbeat, Ten Thousand Buddhas
Zenshin Tim Buckley, a Zen priest affiliated with the San Francisco Zen Center system and...
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