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June 09, 2018
The Spiral Dance of Zen Practice, Awakening, and Ordinary Life
The Spiral of Awakening. An old friend tells about...
March 21, 2018
Rindo Fujimoto’s The Way of Zazen
THE WAY OF ZAZEN Rindo Fujimoto, Roshi translated by Tetsuya Inoue, Jushoku and...
February 01, 2018
Learning to Travel Light: A Mind Bubble on Beginning one more Zen retreat
Busy putting things in bags. Getting ready. And just a pause. Our little Blue Cliff...
January 27, 2018
Just Reaching Out: A Zen Meditation on Life and Death and the Thing that Happens In-Between
I am a Buddhist for several reasons. First, because I am convinced of the teaching...
January 13, 2018
angel Kyodo Williams on a Possible Emerging American Zen Buddhism
I found this at Youtube, and thought it worth sharing. Zen teacher angel...
December 31, 2017
What is Enlightenment: Zen & the Nature of Awakening
What is Enlightenment? Zen & the Nature of Awakening James Ishmael...
December 30, 2017
The Zen of (Some) Science Fiction
Scott Carey’s concluding monologue from the Incredible Shrinking Man, screenplay and...
December 28, 2017
Awakening: a Zen Perspective at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
Not long ago a younger colleague, a Zen teacher whom I admire, asked...
December 22, 2017
The Brightness Itself: A Brief Zen Reflection on the Cycles of Life and of Death
Lew Welch just turned up one day, live as you and me....
December 21, 2017
Beyond East & West: Zen, Christianity, and the Ways of the Wise Heart
One of my favorite spiritual books is Thomas Merton's translation The...
December 18, 2017
Sesshin: An Intensive Zen Meditation Retreat with James Ishmael Ford & Gesshin Greenwood
SESSHIN To Touch the HeartMind An Intensive Zen Meditation Retreat From Thursday Evening the...
November 22, 2017
The Culavedalla Sutta: The Nun Dhammadinna Explains Buddhism
I'm a big fan of the Culavedalla Sutta, the 44th fascicle of the...
October 20, 2017
Zen at the End of Times: A Small Meditation on Despair & Gratitude
Last weekend Jan & I joined the Empty Sky Sangha and its teachers Doug...
September 09, 2017
The Awakened Life: A Zen Meditation
The project of Zen is awakening. It is experiencing the reality of the universe without...
September 05, 2017
Creatures of Pain and Joy: A Meditation on a Zen Koan and the Abiding Reality of Human Hunger
A student of the way asked master Zhaozhou, “I have just entered...
July 20, 2017
Is Our Destiny in the Stars? A Small, Mostly Zen Meditation
It was forty-eight years ago on this day in 1969 that Apollo 11...
July 18, 2017
I Leave This Old Heart to the World: 3 Poems by the Zen Priest Ryokan
After our Boundless Way Zen West three day zazenkai in Seattle, while on my flight...
July 09, 2017
FINDING THE MOON: Margaret Fuller, Liberal Religion, and the Path of Ordinary Wisdom
FINDING THE MOON Margaret Fuller, Liberal Religion, and the Path of Ordinary Wisdom A Sermon...
June 26, 2017
Great Awakenings: A Small Zen Meditation on Hope After Teleology
Teleology: “A noun meaning the study of evidences of design in nature & particularly the...
June 19, 2017
My Uncertainty Principle: A Modernist, Or, Perhaps Its a Post Post Modernist Zen Buddhist Priest Reflects on What’s What
Early morning thoughts... I find my heart and mind wandering to the thought of axioms....
June 11, 2017
ZEN AND A HOLY TRINITY A Zen Priest Meditates on the Vagaries of Love
ZEN AND A HOLY TRINITY A Zen Priest Meditates on the Vagaries of Love James...
June 04, 2017
COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME! A Universalist Meditation for Pentecost
COME, HOLY SPIRIT, COME! A Universalist Meditation for Pentecost James Ishmael Ford 4 June 2017...
May 28, 2017
Zen for Humans
A while back I posted on my blog a note about the anniversary of the convening...
May 25, 2017
My Heart Sutra: A Zen Teacher Reflects on the Spiritual Life
My Heart Sutra When the heart of compassion walked through the gate of wisdom, she...
May 19, 2017
Malcolm X: A Meditation
Malcolm Little was born in Omaha, Nebraska on this day, May 19th, 1925. I consider...
May 16, 2017
Let All Mortal Flesh: A Zen priest attends an Episcopalian Mass
This past Sunday I attended an Episcopalian mass celebrated in a tiny chapel in West...
May 14, 2017
Awakening and Zen: A Reflection on the Range of Awakening Experiences
On facebook in the comments to my recent posting on awakening and Zen there was...
May 13, 2017
Saving Ghosts: A Zen Tale
Master Wuzu asked one of his students, “The woman Chien and her spirit had separated....
May 12, 2017
Reclaiming Enlightenment in Zen: A Small Meditation
In the Western Zen scene today words like enlightenment, kensho, and satori have been pushed...
May 11, 2017
Celebrating the Diamond Sutra
This is sort of a holiday for me. I do like to mark it out....
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