The Zen of Godzilla (proposal)

The Zen of Godzilla (proposal)

I’m sorry I haven’t written much for this blog lately. I’ve been devoting lots of time to my YouTube channel ( But I’ve thought I would share some of my unpublished material with you nice folks. First up is material from a book I proposed to New World Library in 2011 but never finished. Below […]

Enlightenment is Knowing That No One Does Anything

The following is an excerpt from the book The Seeking by Ramesh Balsekar. I found it very useful, so I offer it to you: My point is, how do you know what you are looking for is real? Real in phenomenal life. How do you know it is not an illusion?  And the answer to […]

Choosing the Most Level Place

Lots of times when I write a book, I end up writing stuff that’s good but doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. The following section was cut out of my forthcoming book Stop Hitting Yourself: And Other Lessons I Learned from the Zen Ethics of Time, Space, and Being. A lot of people […]

Mind vs. Consciousness

I got a question via email that went like this: I really enjoyed your talk yesterday on Dogen’s Mujo Seppo. Your speculation that perhaps the sun has some form of consciousness made me realize that I don’t really understand the difference between “mind” and “consciousness” in Zen, or if there even really is one, as it seems that “vijñana” […]

One Bright Pearl for Cedar Rapids

On Sunday February 21, 2021 at 9:45am Central Time I’ll be speaking online at the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. For information on how to join go to Here’s what I’ll try to talk about. One of my favorite stories in Shobogenzo appears at the beginning of the essay called Ikka No Myoju, which is […]