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June 10, 2018
Somewhere Over the Rainbow: The Smallest of Zen Reflection on the Original Koan
I see that Frances Ethel Gumm was born today in 1922. Most of us...
June 05, 2018
Learning the Language of Dragons: An Introduction to Zen Meditation & Especially to Koans
Today the 5th of June is the official publication date of my...
June 02, 2018
Voice of the Raindrops: A Zen Koan
As we continue on our Zen retreat up in Seattle, I offer another...
June 01, 2018
Deep in Poop: Reflections on a Zen Koan
This weekend I am deep into a Zen meditation retreat in Seattle and...
May 01, 2018
The World is Magic: Reflecting on a Zen Koan
As it happens, it was on this day in 1394, the Zen priest...
April 23, 2018
A Day of Zen in Orange County
Zazenkai Join us for a day of Zen meditation Saturday 28 April, 2018 9am to...
April 19, 2018
No Zen Masters in the West
Huangbo said to his assembly “You are all slurping up brewer’s dregs. If you’re...
March 31, 2018
Zazenkai: All Day Zen Retreat in Orange County
For more on this day long retreat please go here.
March 28, 2018
Announcing a Three-Day Zen retreat with James Myoun Ford, Gesshin Greenwood, Gyokei Yokoyama, Jan Seymour-Ford, Renshin Bunce and others
SESSHIN To Touch the Heart Mind The Blue Cliff Zen Sangha announces our next sesshin,...
March 12, 2018
A Zen Meditation Retreat with Roshi James Myoun Ford
Sesshin To Touch the Heart Mind A three-day intensive Zen meditation retreat With Roshi James Myoun...
March 10, 2018
Twenty-Five Talks on Zen Koans
I was arranging my koan talks which are archived at our Blue...
March 09, 2018
A Zen Teaching for the Last Age
A student of the way asked master Yunmen, "What did Shakyamuni Buddha preach...
March 06, 2018
Koans are a Rag-bag
"Koans are a rag-bag. They are not schematized. They are a hoard of old sayings...
March 05, 2018
Mu & Nothingness: A Reflection on Zen and the Great Empty
My friend and mentor the Zen priest and scholar Glenn Taylor Webb, Kangan Osho, just...
February 24, 2018
Zen & the Art of Finding Solace Within the Real
Explain Mu so a baby can understand. Traditional Zen koan One...
February 23, 2018
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation
Zen, the Tangle of Language, and the Heart of Our Liberation James Myoun Ford...
February 18, 2018
A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten Oxherding Pictures, & the Intimate Way
Mapping Our Spiritual Journey A Meditation on Our Broken World, Zen’s Ten...
February 07, 2018
On Mu & Buddha Nature: A Reflection on Zen & Koan Introspection
Mu & Buddha Nature A Reflection on Zen & Koan Introspection By Josh Bartok Josh...
February 04, 2018
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha Holds Its First Sesshin: A Photo Gallery
Blue Cliff Zen Sangha held its first sesshin, intensive Zen meditation retreat, between the 1st &...
January 21, 2018
Like a Thief in the Night: Considering What Is Real Zen Practice
After reading something I recently wrote about Zen and Zen training,...
January 19, 2018
Beginning Again: A Zen Meditation
Yesterday at our Weight Watcher meeting the leader asked a question. “Who here is...
January 16, 2018
Zen Master Raven Tells Us How to Die
One evening toward the end of a meeting, Mole said, "I've heard that Zen is...
December 27, 2017
The Zen Teachings of Brigitte D’Ortschy
My friend the old Zen hand Stephen Slottow while researching...
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 06, 2017
My Three Years on the Soto Zen Buddhist Association Board: a Brief Reflection
Here I am at the Oakland airport waiting on my flight home to Long...
October 28, 2017
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head: a Zen Reflection
One of my favorite koans was anthologized in the Biyan Lu,...
October 27, 2017
All in It Together: Zen & the Art of Asking Questions
The church with which I am affiliated is undergoing a ministerial transition....
October 19, 2017
Zen in the OC: A Day Long Zen Meditation Retreat With James Ford & Gesshin Greenwood
BLUE CLIFF ZEN SANGHA An Independent Soto Zen Buddhist Community Join us for a...
October 15, 2017
Introduction to Zen Koans is Now Available for Pre-Order
My next book is now available for pre-order through Amazon. Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning...
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