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Going Mad With Wild Rock Tunes

Going Mad With Wild Rock Tunes

A few days ago a guy named Tharinda Lasitha  posted a tweet on my Twitter account that said “Dear Brad, this is for you” and had a link. When I clicked on the link I found the essay I have reproduced below. I was just told that I “always post things that people send (me) […]

Monks and Laypeople, War and Peace

Monks and Laypeople, War and Peace

In an essay called Living With Dogen, Dogen scholar Carl Bielefeldt says, “For most Buddhists throughout history, the serious practice of Buddhism has been a kind of ‘spectator sport’: a few people do it; the rest of us watch.” This is what you find throughout most of Asia. In Japan people at my workplace found […]

Staying Hungry

Staying Hungry

Tonight at 6:45pm I’m speaking at Austin Zen Center. Apparently the event is full. But lots of times people who sign up don’t actually show up. So there’s still hope… Also SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP is now available as an audiobook from audible.com and amazon.com so get yours today!You can ride around in your […]

HOUSTON and SHYNESS

HOUSTON and SHYNESS

Hello from Houston, Texas. I just arrived here. Tomorrow I will lead a day-long zazen thing starting at 9:30am and ending at 3:00pm at the Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008. You should be there. Tomorrow I will be in my element. People will be here specifically to see and talk to me. I’ll […]

I’m Scared of Black Poeple. Does That Make Me a Racist?

I’m Scared of Black Poeple. Does That Make Me a Racist?

The following is an article I wrote for Suicide Girls in 2011 and then never posted. In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, it seems relevant. I no longer live in Brooklyn, but I was fine there. *   *   * I grew up partly in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya. From ages 7 to 11, […]