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Gummy Bears for Dinner and LARPing Zen

Gummy Bears for Dinner and LARPing Zen

Last night at the Angel City Zen Center’s usual Monday meeting the folks there got into a discussion about LARPing Zen. LARP stands for “live action role playing.” Google’s online dictionary defines this as “a type of interactive role-playing game in which the participants portray characters through physical action, often in costume and with props.” […]

What Makes Someone a Zen Buddhist?

What Makes Someone a Zen Buddhist?

Here’s a question from the mail bag: What makes someone a Zen Buddhist? Perhaps, for I assume many others that come from Western Christianity, it is a holdover idea that we have to meet some kind of bar that makes us “valid” or “true believers.” Would it be someone who does zazen, follows the Eightfold […]

The Colors of the Mind

The Colors of the Mind

From my forthcoming book: Anyway, next Dogen delivers another one of my favorite lines in the essay. He says, “Thus, the colors of the mind excited by a flower or the moon should not be seen as self at all, but we think of them as our self.”  And he concludes the section by saying, […]

Responding to Fear

Responding to Fear

Someone asked me how to respond to people that you know and care about when they seem hooked on fear-based ideas about life. He asked how to answer people in day to day situations when the conversation ends up about the state of the world right now — especially people who are not practicing Buddhism. […]

Can You Do What is Right Without Belief?

Can You Do What is Right Without Belief?

The following is the first draft of a chapter for my new book. I just wrote it yesterday. I’m not sure why, but I feel like sharing it. Is it clear? I want to take a little digression here before we go on to the rest of the Eightfold Path. Because one way that the […]