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The Meaning of Life

The Meaning of Life

The following is an outtake from my forthcoming book Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen. The book is a series of letters written to my dead friend Marky, who I had known since high school. I never told him about Zen and now I want to. Dear Marky, One of your friends told me […]

El Paso & Dayton Shootings

El Paso & Dayton Shootings

My forthcoming book, Letters to a Dead Friend About Zen, is constructed as a series of letters written to my friend Marky who died of cancer in 2014. Shortly after the book comes out in October, I will launch a podcast. In each episode of the podcast, I will read a new letter to Marky […]

The Disturbing Implications of "Non-Self"

The Disturbing Implications of “Non-Self”

Someone forwarded me a link to an interesting article entitled, “The Problem of Mindfulness.”  I expected this to be yet another piece about how people were freaking out after signing up for a course that was supposed to teach them how not to freak out. I’ve written about that myself. Or else I thought maybe […]

What’s True?

What’s True?

Dear Marky, I would love to find a book, or a YouTube video, or a podcast, or a film that could convince me that UFO’s are actually alien spacecraft and that aliens are present on planet Earth right now. It doesn’t really matter to me if this is actually true or not. It wouldn’t make […]

How Can I Join a Monastery in Japan

How Can I Join a Monastery in Japan

People often ask me how they can join a Zen monastery in Japan just like I did. First off, I never joined a Zen monastery in Japan. I lived in Japan for eleven years. For ten of those years I worked full-time at Tsuburaya Productions, the company that makes Ultraman. For my first year in […]