That's Just the Content of Your Zazen

That’s Just the Content of Your Zazen

FROM THE MAILBAG: Brad, I know you get sick of answering the same questions, but I am sincere with my next few.  I’ve been sitting for about 10 years (as a result of your first book) for the most part without a teacher. I have a teacher, but he is retired now and tough to […]

Is White Buddhism Cultural Appropriation?

Is White Buddhism Cultural Appropriation?

The other day I posted this on Facebook: Buddha isn’t just the historical Buddha (aka Siddhartha or Gotama or Shakyamuni — the guy had a lot of names). We are all Buddhas. It’s just that only a few of us notice it and even fewer of us ever really manifest our own Buddha-ness. So Buddhism […]

What's So Great About the Truth?

What’s So Great About the Truth?

Yesterday I attended the annual Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots on Venice Beach in sunny So Cal. The Festival of Chariots is where the Hare Krishnas drag a bunch of gigantic decorated carts down to the beach and set up a big party with delicious snacks and music and lots of questionable philosophy. Regular readers […]

The Age of Reality

The Age of Reality

Nishijima Roshi: If Buddhism pervades throughout the world, religions will vanish. That is my idea. Religion is a kind of belief, but Buddhism is believing in the fact in front of us. So the attitude is different. I think human history is going to enter into the age of reality. Q: And the age of […]

Godzilla and Reality

Godzilla and Reality

The new Godzilla movie (titled Shin Gojira or “New Godzilla”) premiered in Japan about 24 hours ago. The reports I’m hearing from fans over there whose opinions I trust are pretty bad. I actually happen to like their new Godzilla design. It’s kind of creepy in a cool way. Godzilla hasn’t been genuinely scary, at […]