This is how most of us think it works. But is it true?

Zen and Obsessions

A friend of mine’s wife is going through chemo therapy. He told me, “I’m mostly stressed: cancer stress, work stress, news stress, etc. This is why I can’t do zazen — sitting still means obsessing about all the things I can’t deal with. Or focusing on all the stuff I need to do.” That was […]

Innocent By-Standers and Collective Karma

Innocent By-Standers and Collective Karma

In the previous segment of this blog I brought up the idea of collective karma. This may be the biggest stumbling block to understanding the Buddhist theory of karma — that karma is not something that happens just to individuals. Karma is not the idea that I do something bad and later on something bad happens […]

Election Night

Election Night

In the 36 or so hours since I put up that story about my nephew, I’ve noticed a few people have canceled their regular PayPal donations to me. I’ve also seen some new donations come in.  I know that one of the subscribers I lost was because he was unhappy with what my nephew does for a […]

My Nephew Danny Gold

My Nephew Danny Gold

My nephew Ben writes for a right-wing “news-entertainment” site called Liberty Writers News where he goes by the pen-name Danny Gold. In December, the Washington Post did a story about Ben and his writing partner Paris in which the Post defined what Ben and Paris write as “fake news.” Ben resents the term “fake news” because he […]

Being a Jerk and Not Being a Jerk

Being a Jerk and Not Being a Jerk

It appears to me that there are as many people who use “progressive” ideology as an excuse for being jerks as who use “conservative” ideology as an excuse for being jerks. Conservatives who act like jerks are being jerks. Progressives who act like jerks are being jerks. Their respective ideologies are just an excuse to […]