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January 19, 2019
Enter Edgar Allan Poe
One of the small pleasures of our fourteen years in old New England...
January 18, 2019
Zen Come West: A Passing Reflection on Emerging Opportunities & Dangers
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January 16, 2019
A Zen Priest Reflects on the Flower Sermon: Gateless Gate, Case 6
Once upon a time the world honored one was at Vulture...
January 14, 2019
A Western Zen priest’s Random Collection of Favorite Songs of Longing, Loss, Hope, and Finding…
A Western Zen priest's Random Collection of Twenty Favorite Songs of Longing, Loss, Hope, and...
January 13, 2019
On the Utter, Complete, Total Ordinariness of Mu: A Meditation on One of Zen’s Most Famous Koans
On the Utter, Complete, Total Ordinariness of Mu James Myoun...
January 11, 2019
Enter Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton was born on this day, the 11th of January, in 1755,...
January 10, 2019
Crossing a Rubicon
Traditionally we mark today, then 10th of January, in the 49th year before...
January 08, 2019
Thinking of Saint Death, Her Cult, and the Mysteries of the Human Heart
I find myself thinking of folk religions today. And especially...
January 06, 2019
A Small Zen Meditation on the Festival of the Epiphany
In the Christian calendar, at least some forms of it, today is the...
January 03, 2019
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien is Born, And With Him, Worlds…
It was on this day, the 3rd of January, in 1892...
January 01, 2019
Oh, My! An Aging Zen Priest Contemplates this New Year
Dear all, My goodness. 2019! Oh my... Things writ large are not...
December 31, 2018
Getting Real: A Zen Meditation on a Passage from the Velveteen Rabbit
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying...
December 30, 2018
The Day They Killed Rasputin
The eve of the eve of a new year. Noticing how time really...
December 28, 2018
Thinking of Cold Mountain
In our bathroom we have a small picture of Shide,...
December 26, 2018
Boxes: A Small Meditation
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, I wrote a...
December 25, 2018
A Zen Priest Goes to Midnight Mass
Last night Jan & I decided to go to mass at...
December 22, 2018
Turning Toward the Wound: a Zen Buddhist Advent Meditation
Of the various stories of the Christian tradition I am profoundly taken by...
December 21, 2018
Gutei’s Finger: Nyogen Senzaki’s Zen Commentary on Case 3 of the Gateless Gate
Gutei's Finger The Gateless Gate, Case 3 Translated by Nyogen Senzaki & Paul Reps First...
December 19, 2018
Maezumi Roshi on Zen’s Gassho & Bowing Practice
A NOTE ON GASSHO AND BOWING Taizan Maezumi Roshi with John...
December 18, 2018
The Zen Koan of the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
As perhaps the majority of my friends know, I'm a big...
December 17, 2018
God, an Ox, and Its Tail: Reflecting on a Zen Koan
“It is like an Ox that passes through a latticed window. Its...
December 15, 2018
Raging Against the Night: A Zen Meditation
Just saw on my Facebook feed a video clip by someone...
December 14, 2018
A Small Zen Meditation on Reaching Out to the Stars & Touching the Face of God
I see that it was on this day, the 14th of...
December 12, 2018
Enter Our Lady
It was on this day in...
December 11, 2018
Empty Moon Zen’s First Rohatsu
Okay, our little sangha has been going now for a good two and a half...
December 10, 2018
Walking the Path of Not Knowing: Reflecting on Thomas Merton, a Saint for Our Times
Thomas Merton, Catholic Trappist monk, memoirist, essayist, activist, and mystic, died...
December 04, 2018
Reflecting (Again) on Zen, Buddhism, Perennialism & Universalism
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December 03, 2018
Putting Pants on Philip
It was on this day, the 3rd of December in 1927 that...
December 03, 2018
Thinking of Camelot
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December 02, 2018
Footnotes on Zen in the West: The First Issue of Wind Bell is Published
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