Scientific Fact -vs- Mythical Wisdom – Can they co-exist?

This post, while not part of the series, does naturally follow the concluding remarks to a recent series of posts (here is a link to the final post Dharma Transmission in Dogen’s Zen – Part 4)  – Yet, rather than a “part 5”, this is more like a “Part 1” of where I seem to be going. I hope it Read More …

Bodhisattvas, Observing Prajna, and The Five Ranks of Zen

Excerpt from The Flatbed Sutra of Louie Wing Good friends, the reality that is symbolized by the ideal of the bodhisattva is of the utmost importance to authentic practice and enlightenment of Zen. Indeed, the ideal of the bodhisattva is a better representation of the Zen ancestors, than even the ideal of the Buddha. Learned Read More …

Banning Buddhist “Heretics” – What Next, Burning at The Stake?

The current abbot of the Nebraska Zen Center, Nonin Chowaney (dharma-heir of Rev. Katagiri) is a Soto Zen teacher that I have often disagreed with, argued with, been exasperated with, and occasionally learned from. And, while our views seem to be about 180 degrees apart on some of the most fundamental questions, I have come Read More …