Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

I recently got an email that went like this: My experience with Buddhism up to this point has left me feeling that, while the teachings are profound and enlightening, there is a lack of concrete instructions as to how to actually end bad behaviors. I understand that meditation helps to clear the mind, that craving comes and goes, that […]

Is "Good Greed" Good?

Is “Good Greed” Good?

Near the beginning of the  Metta Sutra it says, “Let one not take upon oneself the burden of riches” and three lines later it says, “Let one not desire great possessions even for one’s own family.” I had a conversation recently with a guy I’ve known for a while but don’t see very often. He’s very […]

Bhagavan Das (left) with documentary director Jeff Brown.

The Blanket Thing

Before I start, anyone interested in having me do a lecture, retreat or other such event within an easy (4 hours or less) drive of Knoxville, TN around (but not on!) May 15th, please write me at bw@hardcorezen.info. *   *   * In the film I HEART HUCKABEES there is a conversation between Dustin Hoffman […]

Does Enlightenment Make You Morally Perfect?

Does Enlightenment Make You Morally Perfect?

Here’s a question I received via Facebook. QUESTIONER: Hello Mr. Warner. I have a question for you. Even though we are only human, after we get enlightened, is that supposed to change our life? For example, would I still be a Nazi after I get enlightened? ME: Are you a Nazi now? QUESTIONER: No, far from it. I tried to […]

Why Los Angeles? (Angel City Zen Center series)

Why Los Angeles? (Angel City Zen Center series)

I didn’t like Los Angeles when I first arrived here. The circumstances were less than ideal. I’d been working for Tsuburaya Productions, makers of the Ultraman TV shows and movies, in Japan for ten years and the company was in a state of turmoil. A family business since 1963, by 2004 the family was a […]