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Will Enlightenment Save The World?

Will Enlightenment Save The World?

Last week, Malaysian Airlines flight 17 was shot down over the Ukraine. Most of the people who died on board were Dutch citizens headed for Amsterdam. I have a lot of Dutch friends these days. I’ve been doing talks in the Netherlands each year for the past four years and I’m going back again in […]

Classic Punk Rock Drummer Passes Away

Classic Punk Rock Drummer Passes Away

Last week, the world was saddened to learn of the death of Tommy Ramone, the Ramones’ original drummer and last surviving founding member of the group. But few knew that just over a week before Tommy Ramone died, the world lost another drummer from an early punk rock band. On July 3, 2014 Mark McKelvey, […]

Focusing on Nothingness and Apatosauruses

Focusing on Nothingness and Apatosauruses

Here’s a variation on my most frequently asked question. It’s a pretty good version, so I’m answering it on the blog: “When sitting zazen, if thoughts come to you and you begin to focus on them instead of ‘nothingness’, how do you deal? Do you ever let thoughts take full shape and form or do […]

We'd Rather Zap Ourselves Than Face Ourselves

We’d Rather Zap Ourselves Than Face Ourselves

Before I start, my very first on-line retreat at Tricycle.com is going on right now. Check it out! Several people, including the lovely Whitney, have forwarded me different versions of an article that says we’d rather administer electric shocks to ourselves than sit quietly with our own thoughts. The first one I saw was from […]

A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

First off, I’m leading an on-line retreat through Tricycle magazine this month. This is my first try at something like this. There will be four installments and the first one (or maybe two) is free. So take a look and see what you think. Yesterday I attended my first ever Catholic Mass at the Cathedral […]