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The Universe is Born and Dies With You

The Universe is Born and Dies With You

I’m not precisely sure what the material I am offering for this week’s blog post is. It may be notes I made for one of my YouTube videos. It may be notes I made for use in my forthcoming book. Maybe it’s both! For many years I have noticed that a lot of my favorite […]

Why Do We Always End Up Back Here?

Why Do We Always End Up Back Here?

When I write books I always cut stuff out that I think is good. Sometimes it just doesn’t fit with the rest of a particular chapter. Sometimes I feel like I said the same thing already. Sometimes I feel like it’s good but it interrupts the flow. There are lots of reasons things get cut […]

Collective Karma and Conservative Buddhists

Collective Karma and Conservative Buddhists

Last week I put up a video titled “Collective Karma and Conservative Buddhists.” Before I made that video, I typed out what I wanted to say. Here’s what I typed out for myself. I didn’t follow this script precisely, but what I said on the video was pretty similar. Tomorrow some kind of online forum […]

The Beer O'Clock Interview 2005

The Beer O’Clock Interview 2005

The following is a radio interview I did in Montreal in 2005 with Thibault DuChene. Thibault was then a grad student in psychology who was very interested in Zen. He was a student of Albert Low, a Zen teacher and author based in Montreal. Thibault also ran a radio show called The Beer O’Clock for […]

Being a Famous Zen Master

Being a Famous Zen Master

Recently, I’ve been sharing chapters I wrote for a proposed “Zen self help book” that I never finished. At the time I uploaded the previous installment of this blog, I thought I’d already found all of the chapters of my attempted “self help book,” but I was wrong! I found this in another file folder […]