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What is Zen Anyway?

What is Zen Anyway?

Lots of people commented on my previous post that Ryushin Sensei was asked to leave Zen Mountain Monastery not because everyone at ZMM is a prude but because his conduct violated the monastic code. I wasn’t trying to address that aspect in my previous piece, but rather the way in which people uninvolved in ZMM’s business […]

Ryushin Sensei

The Scarlet Letter “Z” for “Zen”

I find it odd that I am sitting here at my kitchen table on a sunny Wednesday morning in Los Angeles working very hard to compose a response to something that, to me, hardly even merits a casual glance. A guy who calls himself Ryushin Sensei has stepped down as abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery […]

On Grace Schireson's Open Letter

On Grace Schireson’s Open Letter

Grace Schireson doesn’t like me. I think we should get that out of the way right at the top of this page. She read bits and pieces of my book Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate and decided I was a sexual predator in Zen robes, and even worse than some of the other […]

Fuck Religion

Fuck Religion

Two days ago, religious fanatics killed twelve people at the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Fuck religion. I’m a fair-to-middling cartoonist myself. During my late teens and well into my twenties  I very seriously worked at trying to become a professional comic artist. But I never really developed the necessary drive to become […]

CNN

CNN

So yesterday I went on CNN again. As one does (insert fake upper-crust vaguely British accent). The last time I was on CNN I did a show called something like… oh what was it? Spiritual Sunday or something along those lines. It was a Sunday morning show in which they interviewed various spiritual teachers then cut those […]