Am I a Zen Priest?

Am I a Zen Priest?

I got an email that went like this: I ordained this summer, going through Shukke Tokudo. According to my teacher I can therefore refer to myself as an official Zen priest. However, I’ve also encountered other Zen priests both outside and inside of the Soto tradition who claim that such an ordination does not mean […]

Panpsychism? Didn't Even Know Him!

Panpsychism? Didn’t Even Know Him!

I’d like to talk to you about panpsychism and how it is related and not related to Buddhism. First, what’s panpsychism?  Several people sent me this article from Scientific American called “Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?” by Gareth Cook. It was posted to Scientific American on January 14, 2020 so it’s pretty new.  It says, […]

Practicing in Times of War

Practicing in Times of War

I was asked by one of my supporters on Patreon to write something about “how students can remain committed to the precepts and teachings in a politically charged environment.” With all of the stuff going on in Iran right now, this seems like a good time to do that. I was in Japan when the […]

Ram Dass is dead.

Ram Dass is dead.

When someone told my dad that Rod Serling, creator of the Twilight Zone, had died, my dad quipped, “He’ll be back!” I feel like maybe that joke would work for Ram Dass’s death too. Ram Dass was the biggest guy in the American spiritual celebrity business. He was kind of The Beatles of this business […]

How Good Spiritual Teachers Go Bad

How Good Spiritual Teachers Go Bad

The following is based on the transcript of a video I did a while back. I cleaned it up and rewrote a lot of it to make it sound more like a piece of writing. I want to talk about why good spiritual teachers go bad. This subject is really interesting to me.  In the […]