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Pragmatism and Idealism

Pragmatism and Idealism

There are a couple of people out there in Internetland who are worried that I am cultivating a right wing following. If that’s what’s happening, it’s certainly not my intention. I don’t consider myself “right wing” at all. I don’t have any friends in real life who are right wingers. I have no interest in […]

Thanksgiving

I spent Thanksgiving this year once again with the Leon family, the family of my girlfriend Adriana. I’m thankful to them for looking past the racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic differences between us and accepting me as a part of their extended family of humans. I’m grateful for the many others in my life who […]

What to Think About During Zazen

What to Think About During Zazen

When Zen Buddhist teachers instruct people about how to do zazen, it’s pretty common for them to say little or nothing about what to do inside your head during the practice. In Dogen’s main set of instructions on zazen, Fukan Zazen-gi (the gi part is pronounced with a hard ‘g’ as in ‘geese’ rather than a […]

Who Would Buddha Vote For? Who Cares?

Who Would Buddha Vote For? Who Cares?

I’m going to vote tomorrow. It doesn’t matter, but just in case you’re wondering, I plan to vote Democrat and, on local issues, I’ll vote mainly for the so-called “progressive” options. It’s not that I like the Democratic Party. It’s just that I feel that the current administration needs a healthy opposition in order to […]

Limitless Potential

Limitless Potential

Starting on Friday, we at the Angel City Zen Center will hold a three day Zen and Yoga retreat at Mount Baldy Zen Center. The dates are October 26-28, 2018. We are accepting applications right up until Friday morning. But please don’t wait until then because it’ll be really hard to process you if you […]