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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…
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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 06, 2019
A Small Zen Meditation on the Festival of the Epiphany
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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 25, 2018
A Zen Priest Goes to Midnight Mass
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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 19, 2018
Maezumi Roshi on Zen’s Gassho & Bowing Practice
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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 15, 2018
Raging Against the Night: A Zen Meditation
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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 11, 2018
Empty Moon Zen’s First Rohatsu
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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
"If I am asked to define my personal tastes in religion I...
December 02, 2018
Footnotes on Zen in the West: The First Issue of Wind Bell is Published
As it happens it was today, the 2nd of December, 1961, that...
November 26, 2018
David Loy, Nonduality, Zen, and the Mystery of our Lives
I’ve just learned that David Loy’s monumental study Nonduality will be released...
November 24, 2018
A Zen Master Considers Buddhism & Poverty
BUDDHISM & POVERTY David Loy Does Buddhism have anything special to...
November 23, 2018
Zen in Bhutan: An Invitation to a Small Adventure
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November 22, 2018
Our Broken Song: A Thanksgiving Meditation on the Koan of our Lives
"Yunmen asked his assembly, 'I don’t ask you about before the 15th...
November 21, 2018
Crazy Cloud Dies
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November 15, 2018
Telling Stories, Finding New Worlds: Gateless Gate, Case 46
"Master Shih-shuang asked, “How will you step forward form the top of a...
November 11, 2018
Come Closer: A Few Words to a Zen Priest Being Installed as a Unitarian Universalist Minister
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November 04, 2018
Recalling Zen Master Bernie Glassman, Founder of the Zen Peacemakers
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November 03, 2018
A Word to the Wise: The Zen Arts of Letting Go of Our Stories
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November 01, 2018
Not One, Not Two: My Personal Experience as an Example of East Meeting West and the Birthing of a New Zen Buddhism
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October 28, 2018
Zen Teacher Domyo Burk addresses Western Zen as it Grows Up and Faces the Koan of Race
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October 26, 2018
One Never Knows: A Zen Priest’s Meditation on Not Believing Everything You Think
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October 21, 2018
Zen Master Hakuin on the Four Ways of Knowing
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