Your Name is What?

On Friday mornings I’m in the habit of reflecting on the Thursday night study session and offering something here from there. This session was particularly fun with lots of laughter. I’ll share one story from the session in a minute.My comments here serve the double purpose of an offering for the blog reader and a pointer for the small group of practitioners participating in the 100-day training, either via the internet or in person.We’re just going by day 50 right… Read more

Buddhists Get Engaged in Race for President

That’s the title of an article from “Religious News Service: The only secular news and photo service devoted to unbiased coverage of religion and ethics—exclusively” cited by Rev. Danny Fisher blog.I’m aware that I haven’t said much in quite some time about political issues. My blogging has become more and more about layin’ out the Zen spread.This article is a nice overview of what’s going on in the Buddhist community regarding these so very interesting times.Please do vote! Read more

A Complete Experience

A natural enso  in the woods behind our house. Admiring and photographing this gnarled tree capped off an afternoon romp with dog Bodhi and my kids. There is something inexplicably satisfying for me in see Bodhi and my kids running wild in a field of tall, golden grasses.  Read more

Practice is not a Private Mental Experience

40 degrees and snowing now in White Bear!When all dharmas are of the Buddha‑dharma, there is illusion and enlightenment, practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings.A friend of many years came by last night to install a new “programmable” thermostat and have dinner. Although the installation went well – his part – setting the program didn’t – my part. The day and year just wouldn’t change. Maybe it’s the unit, maybe it’s my lack of mind-melding skill with programmable… Read more

This Blooming, Falling Life

An earthworm is cut in two pieces; the two pieces are both moving. In which piece do you think Buddha-nature exists?In the Genjokoan Dogen slices our practice into four pieces: when all things are the Buddhadharma, when all things are without self, leaping out from abundance and absence, and “…yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds spread.”Which piece has the Buddha-nature? Just no delusion.When all things are the radiant blooming of  Great Perfection, they are just that. When the Great… Read more

Bhikkuni, Dogghi, and Earthworm

The Venerable S. came by last night for Dogen study. I once gave her the Sixteen Bodhisattva Precepts and now she is a fully ordained Theravadan Bhikkuni, soon off on pilgrimage to western Australia and points beyond for more training. She’s living her dream and so I’m very happy for her. Really very happy. She brought a gift for everyone – Bhikku Bodhi’s Ten Best Talks CD. Very sweet. Dogghi Bodhi offered his ten best too. For one, he couldn’t get enough of Ven. S.’s… Read more

An Online Shobogenzo

Tonight with dog Bodhi at my feet, I’ve been studying for the Dogen Study Group that meets here on Thursday evenings and clicked over to the Shasta Abbey Shobogenzo (the whole lollapalooza 96 volume version, free and online) to peek at their translations of Genjokoan and Bussho (the home of the earthworm koan way at the back). Tonight I found the translations quite wonderful and thought that some of you might enjoy them too – just click the titles above. Read more

People Who Write Book Blurbs Say Such Nice Things

This is my first (and maybe last) book so maybe that makes the process especially sweet but I just recently received a blurb from Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede. Bodhin is one of Phillip Kapleau’s successors (you know, Three Pillars of Zen) and I’ve enormously liked the guy since I saw him sitting at a peace vigil at the UN Disarmament Conference in about 1982. “Now that’s how to do zazen,” I thought. In northern Minnesota we’d say he sits like a brick… Read more

More Wiggly Worms

Sesshin ended earlier today. Back on June 25th I posted some thoughts about the earthworm koan regarding living a divided life. Here at Wild Fox we’ve been focusing on the earthworm again. Its keeps wiggling back. Today I look at it more closely, in terms of our hearts.Here it is followed by brief comments:In the assembly of Chang-sha, Minister Chu asked, “An earthworm is cut in two pieces; the two pieces are both moving. In which piece do you think… Read more

Buddhiculous

I just saw Bill Maher’s mockumenarty, Religulous – the Catholics come out lookin’ pretty good thanks to a couple odd-ball priests, otherwise Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all take a severe beating.I enjoyed the movie and found Maher’s emphasis on doubt and reason refreshing. But then I tend to like rough humor. The film underscored for me the importance of zazen as a practice for deep reflection and not for becoming a not-thinking zombie.During dinner conversation, we turned to what a… Read more

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