Monday, 12 September 2016

James Ford

                James Ford, the founder of Boundless Way Zen community of centers, first encountered Zen practice when he was a young man living in the San Francisco Bay Area. “My well-worn line,” he told me, “is that after I realized psychedelics were unlikely to save the world, somebody said, you’ve got to check out Shunryu Suzuki. And the shortest version for this is, I took instruction at the San Francisco Zen Center in zazen. They had this program. You went in. Got a little talk. Then got formal instruction in how to do zazen. It was given by Claude Dalenberg. Then off to a formal interview, and my first formal interview was with Dainin Katagiri—‘Sensei’ in those days—and, if I recall the conversation correctly, he said, ‘How long have you been sitting?’ And I said, ‘Five minutes?’ He said, ‘Good. Keep that mind.’ And, yeah, that’s good advice.”

[James Ford - Cypress Trees in the Garden: 27, 138, 191-205, 208, 210, 211-13, 220, 221, 222, 224, 228-29, 230, 251, 271, 322-23, 324, 417, 418, 468]
[See also: James Ishmael Ford]

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