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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...
May 24, 2018
A Flash of Lightning in a Summer Cloud: A Zen Reflection on Passingness
The Diamond Sutra is one of the standard texts within the...
May 19, 2018
A Zen Priest Ruminates for a Moment on Psychedelics & Other Special Experiences
I haven't read Michael Pollan's new book on psychedelics, so I...
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...
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 11, 2018
Small Pointers on Zen Practice
Stretch a little beyond what seems comfortable. Sit at least a little most every...
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 08, 2018
Evelyn Underhill on Walking the Spiritual Path
Walking the Spiritual Path: An Invitation Evelyn Underhill The following essay is the concluding...
April 03, 2018
Zen & the Therapeutic Arts: A Different Species of Listener
A DIFFERENT SPECIES OF LISTENER Zen & the Therapeutic Arts Chris Hoff 2 April 2018...
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 30, 2018
What Makes a Good Zen Student?
Yesterday I posed a reflection on Zen teachers, and who might or might...
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...
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...
March 17, 2018
Awakening in the West: Zen, Marcus Aurelius, Stoicism, and Learning to Fall
For some today is a day to mark the life of Patrick, the...
March 13, 2018
Learning to Love: Zen & the Problems of the Ego
I am a dedicated practitioner observer of the establishment of Zen in...
March 09, 2018
A Zen Teaching for the Last Age
A student of the way asked master Yunmen, "What did Shakyamuni Buddha preach...
March 09, 2018
A Zen Koan from the Bible
I stumbled on this in my archives. I have no memory of...
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 03, 2018
Zen Wisdom in the Desert
A little later today my spouse and I are off to Joshua Tree...
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 13, 2018
Tevye’s Many Hands: A Meditation on Zen & the Ways of Nondual Embodiment
There's a saying floating around the interwebs, "We are all broken, that's...
February 06, 2018
Lay Practice Within North American Soto Zen: A Meditation
On Lay Practice Within North American Soto Zen James Ishmael Ford 5...
February 05, 2018
How It is Supposed to Be: A Zen Meditation
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