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MAGA Kid and American Buddhism

MAGA Kid and American Buddhism

Over the weekend, two people looked at each other for a few minutes and the Internet erupted in a fest of crazy. I sensed that this story was probably a nothing-burger from the get-go. And yet I wasted I don’t know how many hours of my short and precious earthly existence trying to figure out what […]

Earning a Living Part 2

Earning a Living Part 2

I got a question in the comments to the video version of yesterday’s blog post. Here it is: I’m confused. I was waiting for you to explain how to do everything as an act of free giving, but the explanation never came. Here’s my answer. I think we each have to find our own way […]

Earning a Living

Earning a Living

“Earning a living and doing productive work are originally nothing other than free giving,” Dogen Zenji says in an essay called Four Elements of a Bodhisattva’s Social Relations.  This essay can be found on-line in book three of the Nishijima/Cross translation of Shobogenzo, or in volume one of the Kazuaki Tanahashi et al translation. Hubert Nearman’s […]

Of Walls and Squirrels

Of Walls and Squirrels

I got this email today: In the light of recent events with the economy, political strong-arming with the President wanting to build a wall & a risk of recession on the rise & no way away from it: How do we really stay centered? How can we just shut down that reaction, & not run and […]

Just Don’t Do It

Just Don’t Do It

A guy wrote to me recently saying that he couldn’t understand what to do in Shikantaza. Shikantaza, for those who don’t know the term, is the type of zazen I teach. The word literally means “just sitting.” But the just in “just sitting” is an emphatic just. It’s not like the just in “just sitting […]