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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, […]

Saint Lennon

Saint Lennon

John Lennon’s killer came up for parole once again recently and was denied. Whenever this guy comes up for parole and it hits the news a whole bunch of people say things like, “If Lennon were alive, he’d probably forgive his killer.” But that does not ring true to me at all. John Lennon was not a […]

Reality... What a Concept

Reality… What a Concept

I just got back from Tassajara last night. Tomorrow I’ll be leading the zazen and giving the talk at the Veteran’s Memorial Building 4117 Overland Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230. The fun begins at 9:30 AM. While I was there I heard the news of Robin Williams’ suicide. In spite of the lack of radio, internet and TV, news […]

Tassajara and Joshu Sasaki (Again….)

I’m on the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner bound for Ventura. There I will meet my friend Kevin and tomorrow morning we will head out to Tassajara where I will be cloistered for about a week. I’ve been going to Tassajara every summer for a few years now. Usually I spend about a month. But this year, […]

Desire and Happiness

Desire and Happiness

This week I came across a New York Times article called Love People, Not Pleasure. It’s well worth reading. But the most important section is just three paragraphs long. Here it is: From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense that we are wired to seek fame, wealth and sexual variety. These things make us more […]