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November 07, 2018
The Great Way is Gateless….
“The Great Way is gateless, Approached in a thousand ways. Once past this checkpoint You...
October 19, 2018
It was the 5th century. About 1000 years after the Buddha’s death. And Buddhism was...
October 05, 2018
The Goal is Ordinary
"What is basically present is here and now. It does not depend on cultivating the...
September 21, 2018
The Story of Hongzhi
Hongzhi (1091-1157) was a well known Zen Master in the Tsaotung lineage. It was in...
September 13, 2018
The Things I Do
I don’t have my own temple or center or anything. There are several Buddhist centers...
April 20, 2018
A Dream and a Zen Story
I had a very vivid dream recently. In the dream I was leading a retreat. I...
March 13, 2018
Preaching to the Dead
These are passages from a teaching by Master Han Shan (Silly Mountain) called "The Maxims."...
March 05, 2018
Silly Mountain: Han Shan Deqing
Han Shan Deqing (1546-1623) is an important figure from the history of Ch'an Buddhism who...
March 01, 2018
Sometimes I Think About Old Ikkyu
Sometimes I think about old Ikkyu. A lifetime spent as a Zen renegade. A teacher certified...
January 29, 2018
We practice Enlightenment when we sit on the cushion. Every time we sit and do...
October 04, 2017
Formless Practice: Just Sitting
I'm writing about a formless meditation practice. This is a practice that doesn't involve reciting...
September 21, 2017
Chanting: What Is It Good For?
Chanting is a practice that exists in most of the Buddhist world. It's often used...
June 08, 2017
The Only Zen You Can Find….
"The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you...
April 04, 2017
Zen: The Mystic Flower
Zen is a culture of awakening. It doesn't really match any of the categories we...
December 21, 2016
Ikkyu Burned His Enlightenment Certificate
photo by Hartwig, Flickr cc Ikkyu is a big inspiration to me. He didn't settle...
June 14, 2016
Loss and the Spiritual Path
The First Noble Truth is that Life is Suffering. I think a lot of us...
May 23, 2016
Zen and the Five Hindrances
Zen is said to be a method for overcoming the five hindrances: Sensation desire, hatred,...
May 02, 2016
Why Did You Become A Buddhist?
I tell two different stories about how I discovered Buddhism. One of them is that...
April 11, 2016
Zen Master Dogen called it, “The dropping away of body and mind.” It's an experience...
March 14, 2016
All Training Is On The Job
I’ve learned something important since I started leading the Zen group at the Rime...
March 01, 2016
Thus Should One Regard One’s Self
Ikkyu said, "Like a vanishing dew, a passing apparition or sudden flash of lightning -...
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