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Shin jin inga, "deep belief in cause and effect"

Collective Karma?

Last week I wrote a piece about our forthcoming Zen and Yoga retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center April 5-7, 2019. Near the end of that piece I contrasted the things we talk about during lectures at our retreats with an announcement by the Brooklyn Zen Center about a forthcoming retreat called “Working with Collective […]

There's a reason they built statues to a guy whose main talent was his ability to sit still.

What a Zen Retreat Is and What It Is Not

The Angel City Zen Center will be holding a Zen and Yoga Retreat at Mt. Baldy Zen Center April 5-7, 2019. Please sign up now! While I was thinking about what to say to promote the retreat, I looked through my old blogs. I found a post from January, 2013, a few months before our […]

Noah Levine Tears Up His Certificate

Noah Levine Tears Up His Certificate

Yesterday I watched a video on Facebook in which Noah Levine dramatically tore up the dharma teacher certificate he received from Spirit Rock. I’d provide a link to the video, but I’m too inept to figure out how. If you want to watch it for yourself go on Facebook, look up Noah Levine, then find […]

Guided Meditation and Crooked Cucumbers

Guided Meditation and Crooked Cucumbers

When people request me to “lead meditation” what they often mean  is that they want me to do a guided mediation. Guided meditation is all the rage these days. So much so that I often encounter people who have no idea that there is any other way to meditate. They are shocked when they come to […]

Noah Levine Vs. Jack Kornfield

Noah Levine Vs. Jack Kornfield

On February 22, 2019, two days ago as I write this, Jack Kornfield and the Spirit Rock organization announced that, “(Noah) Levine is no longer part of the Spirit Rock teaching lineage, no longer enjoys the support of its teachers, and may no longer claim any association or connection with Spirit Rock or Dr. Kornfield. […]