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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...
June 01, 2014
Great Tides Zen Fundraiser Wrap Up
So far we've raised $8343 for the Great Tides Zen launch. We declare this fundraiser a...
May 24, 2014
Five Fat Ranks for What Ails Us
Ross Bolleter, a Zen teacher in the Aitken-Tarrant line who teaches mainly in Australia, has...
May 03, 2014
Great Tides Zen Launch – We Invite You to Join the Fun
We are raising money to launch Great Tides Zen in Portland, ME, in July of...
April 30, 2014
Leaping Free, the Primal Life, Deep and Bright
Recently, at the end of a long day of sorting and packing and hauling (omg,...
April 17, 2014
Polyamory and Zen
Several years ago my parents celebrated their 60th anniversary. Tetsugan asked them, "How did you...
March 28, 2014
Having Inconceivable Good Fortune
This is the fifth installment of six in the Plum Blossom series, based on talks...
March 16, 2014
Zen Won’t Save You: A Talk on Practicing Enlightenment
"Zen Won't Save You" is the title of the talk that Tetsugan and I will...
March 01, 2014
Plum Blossoms IV for Roshi’s 24th Memorial Day
On this 24th Memorial of Katagiri Roshi's death, I offer his "Plum Blossoms IV" to...
February 20, 2014
Cybersanghas – Do They Work?
My contribution to Buddhadharma: The Practitioner's Quarterly, Spring 2014, is now out and available. Click...
February 09, 2014
Watch Out for the Dog!
I stumbled on a Zen story a little while back that's been tugging at me....
February 01, 2014
Great Tides Zen: Coming to Portland, ME, Summer 2014
Yes, like dog Bodhi in the photo, we're getting ready to move and lay some...
January 26, 2014
Cold as Hell!
Cold as hell! And just to be clear, for Buddhists using "cold" to describe "hell"...
January 20, 2014
The Old Plum Tree Bursts into Bloom
This is the third installment in the "Plum Blossom" series. Katagiri Roshi gave these talks...
January 12, 2014
When Death Comes and How to Live Today
How can we live meaningful lives today so that when death comes we might reflect...
January 07, 2014
Who Doesn’t Get Sick? Ouch, Ouch!
Happy New Year to you all. Enjoying the break here - still! My day job...
December 31, 2013
Myogen Steve Stucky Has Died
The former Central Abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, Myogen Steve Stücky, died this morning....
December 23, 2013
How I Almost Drowned in the Swamp Out Back
Even if you don’t like death, when death comes you have to die. Even if...
December 20, 2013
Gassho Like Falling Snow
Here is a solstice talk by my old teacher, Katagiri Roshi, about Dogen's "Plum Blossoms."...
December 07, 2013
Is Buddhism Best?
All the great traditions have at least one thing in common - the belief that...
November 29, 2013
A Holiday Stroll Through the Buddhaverse
Here's a wondrously beautiful view from a micro-moment on this morning's walk along the shore...
November 24, 2013
A Happy Life: Precept Practice
We've been using Diane Eshin Rizzetto's excellent book, Waking Up to What You Do: A...
November 10, 2013
Do Words Have Buddha Nature? Fighting Over and Gnawing at Rotting Bones – Crunch! Snap! Howl! Bark!
What is the role of words in Zen practice? It has become a cliche in...
November 02, 2013
In the Teacher-Student Relationship, Who Gets Who?
Over at Nyoho Zen, Koun has written another engaging blog post, "My Teacher Doesn't Get...
October 18, 2013
Themes in Residential and Householder Zen
About a month ago, I stumbled on this well-done essay on residential Zen training, The...
October 06, 2013
Upcoming Travel to Ann Arbor
That's me and Haju Sunin at the Ann Arbor Buddhist Temple a few years back....
September 29, 2013
Stuck! Oh, the Path of Zen
Here's a very odd thing about Zen practice - a lot of the time, especially...
September 22, 2013
The Price We Pay For Everything
Dear James Ford on and in his Monkey Mind has raised the issue of money...
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