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February 15, 2015
Dogen Did Not Practice Shikantaza and Even Had a Gaining Idea
More bad news for the orthodox Soto position that Dogen was opposed to koan introspection...
February 09, 2015
Practicing Through Snow and Cold (or Whatever Afflictions May Visit)
We are having one snowy and cold winter here in Portland, ME. Recently, a friend...
January 29, 2015
On Receiving Inka Shomei from James Myoun Ford Roshi
On Friday afternoon, January 23, a small group of us gathered in Worcester, MA, in...
January 27, 2015
The Deeply Settled Heart: Home-based Practice Period Invitation
Sunday, February 15 – Saturday, May 9 Background: Practice periods go back to the time...
January 17, 2015
A Goose in a Bottle – How Will You Be Free?
"A woman raised a goose in a bottle. When the goose had grown, she wanted...
January 12, 2015
Nothing is Concealed
Once Shishuang was in his room and a monk just outside the room's window called...
January 03, 2015
If Dogs Run Free
I'm enjoying a quiet day off here - no zazen or other scheduled activities. Since...
December 31, 2014
Happy New Year and May All Conditions Be Favorable
May all conditions be favorable! So ends our dedication at the end of "Wake-The-Heck-Up Morning...
December 29, 2014
Radical Vulnerability: The Three Sicknesses and Two Lights
In a recent New York Times' opinion piece, Against Invulnerability, Todd May takes a stand...
December 22, 2014
A Review of Kaz Tanahashi’s “The Heart Sutra: A Comprehensive Guide to the Classic of Mahayana Buddhism”
Kaz Tanahashi's new book is a treasure trove of Heart Sutra material, delightfully diverse and...
December 19, 2014
Is Zen a Religion?
When I was about sixteen, I confronted the Catholic priest in my little northern Minnesota...
November 26, 2014
A Thanksgiving Prayer
May we all attain the way by giving the way to the way. May we...
November 18, 2014
Top Ten Issues for Zen Today
We've been settling into Portland, ME, since our move here in July. For one thing,...
November 08, 2014
On the Embalming Fluid of Orthodoxy
To the left you see Sengai's wonderful rendition of the old masters Linji and Mazu....
November 01, 2014
On Putting Unitive Awareness to Work in an Online Community
We're in the middle of a twelve-week practice period...
October 13, 2014
Review of “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion”
That's by Sam Harris and it's on the "New York Times Bestseller List" which I...
September 30, 2014
Twelve Points for Zen Practice
The Buddha’s great discovery can be realized in this life....
September 23, 2014
A Letter from Low Tide
Dear blog reader, A few days ago, Tetsugan and I met our friends Melissa and...
September 02, 2014
Compassionate with Others, Strict with the Self
Today was the first day for morning zazen (aka, "Wake the Heck Up! Morning Zazen")...
August 25, 2014
Guidelines for Studying the Way: Online Course Begins September 15th
Vine of Obstacles: Online Support for Zen Training is a new way of integrating zazen, dharma study...
August 18, 2014
Thirty Years a Zen Priest
Thirty years ago today, Nonin (front), Dokai (middle), and I went under with shukke tokudo...
August 15, 2014
How To Lose Friends & Alienate People: My On-going Failing Efforts to Express the Truth of the Shikantaza Koan
Myo Lahey, a San Francisco Zen trained Soto priest, has entered the shikantaza-koan fray with admirable spirit, offering a...
August 11, 2014
Dogen and Koan: The Ultimate Truly Definitive Unquestionable Smoking Gun
There is a long-standing debate in Soto Zen circles about Dogen and the use of...
August 07, 2014
Great Tides Zen Fall Program Offerings (and Beyond)
We've been enjoying the summer here in Portland, ME. One of the big highlights has...
August 05, 2014
Green Tea, Udon Noodles and Zen Study
In my last post I addressed the issue of why we've chosen to place "Guidelines...
August 04, 2014
Guidelines for Studying the Way – Why?
"...The code is more what you'd call 'guidelines' than actual rules." - Barbossa comment on the...
July 27, 2014
We Are Alone, Snow All Over: Commentary on Dogen’s “Plum Blossoms” (Part 6)
What follows is the last installment of the "Plum Blossom" series based on talks that...
July 18, 2014
What is Earnest Vivid Sitting, How it’s Often Missed in American Zen, and Why it Matters
Big life event - retired in early June from a thirty-some year education career...
July 14, 2014
Settling Into Portland, Maine
Yeah, I really love that dog - face licks, though, I try to avoid. We're...
July 05, 2014
New Morning in Portland, Maine, the Great Perfection, Etc.
After a wiggly and leisurely trip from Moorhead, MN (where those people do talk a...
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