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PATRICK McGOOHAN R.I.P.: BE SEEING YOU!

I just put an obituary for Patrick McGoohan up on Suicide Girls. My first Zen teacher, Tim McCarthy introduced me to McGoohan’s TV show, The Prisoner and I haven’t been the same since.

NEW SG ARTICLE: BUDDHISM IS NOT SPIRITUALITY

My new Suicide Girls article is up now. It’s called “Buddhism is Not Spirituality.” Also I have revamped my YouTube page extensively. There are now a ton more videos from lectures and suchlike up there, for those of you who enjoy that sort of thing. Plus a Zero Defex performance where the bassist is wearing […]

MY ZEN PEDIGREE

The subject of my Zen pedigree has come up a few times recently. I’m sure some of you will remember when Bruce Lambson, Director of the Big Mind Big Heart Institute said I was “not yet even a Sensei” whereas his boss was a Roshi*. While I’ve been making the rounds trying to set up […]

ZEN ULTRAMAN EPISODE

While going through some old files related to my former job, I came across this very brief synopsis of an episode of Ultraman I proposed sometime in the mid-90s. The episode was to be titled “Shiki Soku Ze Ku” or “Form is Emptiness.” It was proposed for a series which was to have been titled […]

BACK FROM THE WILDERNESS

I just got back from ten days at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center deep in the Ventana Wilderness Area near Carmel Valley, California. Tassajara’s annual schedule goes something like this: Winter Practice PeriodSpring Work PeriodSummer Guest SeasonLate Summer Work PeriodFall Practice PeriodInterim The two practice periods are zazen intensives — pretty much straight wall-gazing from 4AM […]