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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...
June 09, 2018
The Spiral Dance of Zen Practice, Awakening, and Ordinary Life
The Spiral of Awakening. An old friend tells about...
June 07, 2018
Kyogen Carlson Roshi, “Notes on Zazen Practice”
I've been thinking about the various comments about Zen meditation I've seen around the inter...
June 04, 2018
Come Home, Come Home: All is Forgiven: A Zen Meditation on Zen Meditation
As I write this I am sitting at SeaTec in Seattle waiting...
May 30, 2018
Zen Buddhism: The Kind of Religion
This past Sunday I have the privilege of being invited to preach...
May 25, 2018
A Brief Zen Buddhist Catechism: A First Draft
I am quite fond of the idea of catechisms, those presentations...
May 22, 2018
Zhanglu Zongze’s Guidelines for Seated Meditation
While researching an article on Zen's meditation manuals I ran across a few references...
May 21, 2018
On Praying for the Dead: Zen and the Mysteries of Dedicating Merit
While I started out my Zen life within the warm embrace of Soto Zen...
May 20, 2018
Behold the Spirit: A Meditation on Alan Watts & His Brief Experiment With a Mystical Christianity
BEHOLD THE SPIRIT A Meditation on Alan Watts & His Brief Experiment with...
May 18, 2018
Shunryu Suzuki Roshi
There are two Suzukis who stand large at the dawn of...
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 11, 2018
A Daoist Gospel: Holmes Welch’s Parallel Sayings of the Dao De Jing & the Christian Gospels
Here are some parallel sayings from the Dao De Jing and...
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...
May 02, 2018
A Zen Priest Ponders the Mysteries of “Liberal Religion”
Some time ago I was corresponding with a Catholic priest...
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 22, 2018
Buddhism & Zen in Long Beach
This morning I attended services at the Long Beach Buddhist Church. The...
April 21, 2018
Ten Rules for Social Engagement: A Zen Priest Ruminates on Promise & Peril
Thursday I was invited to talk about my experiences as...
April 15, 2018
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: A Review of a New Book on Zen Training & the Zen Life
Bow First, Ask Questions Later: Ordination, Love, and Zen Monastic Training in...
April 13, 2018
A Zen Priest Reflects, Just a Little, on Who Is a Buddhist
On Facebook I recently was reading someone whom I especially admire for his...
April 12, 2018
A Zen Priest’s Mind Bubble on the Dance of Love
Nondual reality includes subject and object, each itself and freely transposing with the other; first...
April 09, 2018
What is Unitarian Universalism: A Catholic High School Student Interviews a Unitarian Universalist Minister
What is Unitarian Universalism? An interview conducted with me by a Catholic...
April 09, 2018
Zen, Enlightenment, When, And…
My own teacher once told me that awakening is always an accident;...
April 07, 2018
My Religion is Kindness: A Zen Priest Reflects on the Mysteries of the Human Heart
The other day I saw an image called the “Hierarchy of Disagreement.”...
April 04, 2018
A Zen Priest Reflects on the Family of Things
We appear in the world, quite real, but without definite edges. Turns...
April 02, 2018
A Zen Teacher Maps Out the Spiritual Path
I've been ruminating on the spiritual path a lot of late. In...
March 31, 2018
Zazenkai: All Day Zen Retreat in Orange County
For more on this day long retreat please go here.
March 31, 2018
When God is Dead. A Zen Priest Reflects on Christianity’s Holy Saturday
I guess this is one of those subjects that have captured my imagination....
March 29, 2018
How Old does a (Zen) Teacher have to be?
A friend recently sent me a note asking if I were the person...
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