How Not to Be Crazy in a Global Pandemic

How Not to Be Crazy in a Global Pandemic

Things are never black or white. Things are never one way or the other. Things are always many ways at the same time. At the outset of this current pandemic, some doofus on Facebook was trying to spread the word that I am a “coronavirus truther.” So I feel compelled to repeat again and again […]

Aliens, Buddhas, and COVID-19

Aliens, Buddhas, and COVID-19

There are certain questions to which no one knows the answers.  In fact, even the correct answer to any question is always provisional. There is no final answer.  There’s a lot of misinformation and lies around this whole COVID-19 thing. The other day my girlfriend’s mom received a notification that the National Guard was closing […]

Is Coronavirus an Illusion (a.k.a. Is the Material World an Illusion)

Is Coronavirus an Illusion (a.k.a. Is the Material World an Illusion)

Yesterday I made a video titled “Is Coronavirus an Illusion?” The title was sort of “clickbait,” I guess. But I thought it was a good way to make some points.  In that video I wanted to address how Buddhist philosophy has been part of my own personal way of dealing with the pandemic and panic. […]

Won't Get Fooled Again (One Bright Pearl)

Won’t Get Fooled Again (One Bright Pearl)

The following is an excerpt from my book Don’t Be a Jerk. I feel like it’s appropriate right about now. I’m planning to make a video today explaining why. *   *   * Dogen writes (more or less): Before he was a Zen Master, Gensa Shibi was a fisherman. But when he was thirty years old he decided […]

Guided Meditation for Anxious People

Guided Meditation for Anxious People

I just wrote this script for the very first guided mediation I’ve ever attempted to create. I’ll be recording it in the next few hours. But, since this might be an urgent need for some people, I am providing the script in written form right now. Here it is: Guided meditation is not part of […]