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Drugs, Meditation, and Mountain Climbing

Drugs, Meditation, and Mountain Climbing

Yesterday I got into a rather idiotic discussion on Twitter with someone who thinks drugs are a great aid to meditation practice. Here’s what I wrote about that stuff back in 2011 and 2015.  I recently got into a fairly ridiculous debate on Facebook with some people who think that psychedelic drugs can get you to […]

There Are Seven Levels

There Are Seven Levels

Here’s a question I received recently. It was proposed as a topic for my YouTube channel, but I think it might be better in writing. Jhanas, those meditative states that one supposedly goes climbing until you reach the pinnacle of enlightenment. I have come across references to these in Pali suttas from time to time, […]

Death and Dreaming

Death and Dreaming

There is no God. That’s obvious. And yet, there probably is a God. That’s also obvious. It’s all about learning how to see it. Once you understand how to see them, certain things become undeniable. You probably think I’m talking about indoctrination into a belief system. That’s what people usually mean when they say things like […]

Zero Defex Has No Defects!

Zero Defex Has No Defects!

Zero Defex reconvened last night for the first time in eight months. The other three had a couple practices without me. But this is the first time the full band has been together since before Donald Trump got elected. Maybe even before he got the nomination! My God! A lifetime ago! We sounded great. I […]

Girl meditating in pose of lotus on beach

Buddhism Without Buddhism

Buddhism is fucked. I apologize to Gudo Nishijima Roshi up in Tsushita Heaven or reincarnated as a random kid in Kentucky or wherever he is these days. He’d be pissed at me if he read that. But it’s my honest assessment. He told me once, “Never blame Buddhism.” The word “blame,” when used by Japanese […]