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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

I’m up at the San Francisco Zen Center again. This place is getting to be like a second home or something. Or I’m getting to be like an unwanted guest who keeps stopping by and will never leave. But I’m here again anyway. Starting Wednesday I’ll be sitting a five-day sesshin at the Berkeley Zen […]

Wii ZEN

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4pgv0B5Iqg] TRANSLATION: Announcer: Mr. Gori’s training. On screen words: The flame will still your confused mind. Without moving, quietly allow your mind to settle. Loud voice: Katsu! (nonsense syllable used mainly at Rinzai temples often as kind of reprimand) Announcer: Game over. For your family health, Wii Fit. On screen words: Weight, BMI (body mass […]

BEN’S VISIT

Here, for your entertainment and edification is an e-mail I just sent my sister about my nephew’s visit to me in Santa Monica. For background, Ben’s dad is Jewish and he identifies very much with being Jewish, although he’s really not very observant. Here it is: Stacey, My sad old brain doesn’t work well enough […]

THAT’S ZENTERTAINMENT

I’ve been thinking about my love/hate relationship with this blog, its comments section, writing, and Zen in general. As so many nice people have kindly pointed out, the quality of writing on this here blog is not up to the standard of my books or Suicide Girls articles. And to that I say, d’uh!. And […]

“IN THE MOMENT” and DHARMA TALKS and MY NEPHEW

My nephew Ben is out here visiting me from Knoxville, Tennessee. He just graduated high school and his mom (my sister) gave him a trip out to sunny Santa Monica to visit his groovy uncle as a graduation present. What do you do with an 18 year old? Some of the Suicide Girls offered to […]