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June 15, 2018
Practical Mysticism: A Zen Priest Rapsodizes About Evelyn Underhill
The Church of England and the American Episcopal Church both observe today as...
June 13, 2018
“I Am Certain of Nothing” A Small Reflection on the “Zen” Wisdom of Anthony Bourdain
Me, I've long been a fan of Anthony Bourdain. I found his approach...
May 15, 2018
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures
Kuoan Shiyuan’s Ten Oxherding Pictures In Zen’s history there have been a number...
May 13, 2018
Visions: A Zen Meditation
It was on this day in 1373 that Julian of Norwich recovered from a...
May 06, 2018
THE DAY I MET KALI: A Meditation on a Naturalistic Mysticism
The Day I Met Kali A Meditation on a Naturalistic Mysticism...
April 08, 2018
Evelyn Underhill on Walking the Spiritual Path
Walking the Spiritual Path: An Invitation Evelyn Underhill The following essay is the concluding...
March 30, 2018
What Makes a Good Zen Student?
Yesterday I posed a reflection on Zen teachers, and who might or might...
March 22, 2018
Like a Bubble in a Stream: A Zen Teacher Offers a Paraphrase of the Diamond Sutra
A Diamond Sutra A paraphrase by James Myoun Ford I understand within the great cacophony...
February 24, 2018
Zen & the Art of Finding Solace Within the Real
Explain Mu so a baby can understand. Traditional Zen koan One...
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 17, 2018
The Cloud of Not Knowing: A Meditation on Zen and the World’s Faiths
Recently on a Facebook group to which I belong one of the members...
February 08, 2018
My Zen Life: Nothing Between the Nameless & the Named: What More Can We Want?
I was talking with a friend about love. Is love God? Is God love? Two...
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 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 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 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 07, 2017
The World is On Fire: A Meditation on the Adittapariyaya Sutta as a Zen Koan
Burning burning burning burning O Lord Thou Pluckest me out O Lord...
November 27, 2017
When the Buddha Became a Christian Saint: Recalling the Feast of Saints Barlaam & Josaphat
Wishing you a blessed feast of the saints Barlaam & Josaphat! In...
November 26, 2017
Reading The Collected Letters of Alan Watts
I recently searched my now decade and counting deep blog for "Alan Watts." I discovered...
November 24, 2017
The Bodhisattva Spinoza is Born
Benedito de Espinosa was born on this day, the 24th...
November 11, 2017
In the Valley of the Shadow of Death: A Small Zen Meditation That Eventually Gets Around to What Zazen Really Is
Yesterday we went to the Bowers Museum to see the special exhibition of Frank...
November 01, 2017
Saint Death: Noticing a Feast for Santa Muerte, Our Lady of the Holy Death
In the Christian calendar today is the feast of All Saints. However,...
October 31, 2017
Save a Ghost: A Zen Meditation for Halloween
Today is the 31st of October. In the Western calendar today...
October 21, 2017
Two Buddhists Quote a Sufi Telling a Hindu Story to Explain Zen
Okay, maybe one Buddhist and a spiritual pilgrim deeply sympathetic to...
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...
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 18, 2017
D. T. Suzuki & the Dawn of Zen in the West
Teitaro Suzuki was born on this day, the 18th of October, in 1870 in Kanazawa,...
October 17, 2017
Confession of a Married Monk: A Small Zen Meditation Without a Clear Conclusion
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