No objective world

Once there was a monk who specialized in the Buddhist precepts, and he kept to them all his life. Once when he was walking at night, he stepped on something. It made a squishing sound, and he imagined he had stepped on an egg-bearing frog. This caused him no end of alarm and regret, in view of the Buddhist precept …

If You’re Lucky, Your Heart Will Break

James Ishmael Ford’s latest book of the above title challenges our view of the world and offers a newer view more in line with Zen and the teachings of the old masters. Ford, the only American to be ordained a Zen priest and a Unitarian minister, asks us to remember the story of a Zen master who holds up a …