The real stars of Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen, Rachel McCrary and little Barbara Walters! (That's not a toy!)

Decoding Deepak

First of all, thank you to all the people who attended last night’s screening of Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen in Los Angeles. I couldn’t be there in person. But I stayed up till 2 AM Eastern time to do a phone-in Q&A. This actually worked far better than I expected. So we’ll be doing it […]

That Dirty Word "Buddhism"

That Dirty Word “Buddhism”

“Fred,” a commenter on this blog, quoted an article by Sam Harris from 2006. In it Sam Harris said, “Worse still, the continued identification of Buddhists with Buddhism lends tacit support to the religious differences in our world. At this point in history, this is both morally and intellectually indefensible—especially among affluent, well-educated Westerners who […]

The Hard Way on Purpose

The Hard Way on Purpose

Did everybody sign up for our 3-day Zen retreat in Mt. Baldy May 9-11? No? You only have one more day to get the discount. Better hop on that! I recently bought and read David Giffels’ book The Hard Way On Purpose. I’ve known David ever since we both played in bands at The Dale […]

Retreat! 2014

Retreat! 2014

We are once again holding a Zen retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center not far from Los Angeles. The dates are May 9-11. If you register by April 15th, you get a discount. The registration page is here. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again, Zen retreats are a very good way to […]

Free Your Mind From Worries? Sure...

Free Your Mind From Worries? Sure…

It’s a rainy, cold day in Philadelphia. And my dear sister posted this story on Facebook today: The 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud lady, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied, even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. Her […]