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Abortion and Buddhism Part 2

Abortion and Buddhism Part 2

I wanted to re-visit the issue of abortion and Buddhism, which I wrote about a couple weeks ago. People often ask me for the Buddhist view on some subject. It’s always difficult to answer this because Buddhism is not like Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, in that there is no book that is universally accepted by […]

Is Consciousness Primary?

Is Consciousness Primary?

Last weekend I put up a video on my YouTube channel about a TED Talk by a guy named Donald Hoffman. Hoffman is a professor of Cognitive Science at the University of California at Irvine. The TED Talk he gave was called “Do We See Reality As It Is?” In the talk Prof. Hoffman gets […]

If Zazen is Good for Nothing, Why Do It?

If Zazen is Good for Nothing, Why Do It?

Someone asked me recently, if zazen is good for nothing, why do it? Kodo Sawaki, my ordaining teacher’s first teacher, said, “Zazen is good for nothing.” But Sawaki was a student of the teachings of Dogen Zenji. And Dogen said, “When even for a moment you express the Buddha’s seal by sitting upright in Samadhi […]

Jizo statues decorated to pacify aborted children.

Abortion and Buddhism

Last month there was a big to-do on the Interwebs over a high school kid having a stare-down with a Native American with a drum. Enough has already been written about that event. What I saw was a bunch of people who went to a place where conflict was likely to happen — an anti-abortion […]

Gudo Nishijima, Materialism, and the Material World

Gudo Nishijima, Materialism, and the Material World

On this day, January 28th in 2014, my teacher, Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi died at age 94. My friend Rob reminded me of this, so I thought I’d try to do something to commemorate him. About a month ago I did a talk at the Angel City Zen Center about Nishijima Roshi’s life. You can listen […]