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The Zen of Fripp

The Zen of Fripp

Before I got into Zen, there were a few people outside the world of Zen who influenced my worldview in deep and significant ways. A lot of my understanding of Zen comes not from within the Zen tradition, but from these outsiders. The main ones would be novelists Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K Dick, and […]

Doing It In Public

Doing It In Public

For the past 13 years I’ve been doing my Zen practice in a very public way. In at least one of my books I likened what I do to being a porn actor, in the sense that I am doing what is usually an extremely personal and private thing in front of the public as […]

Nothing is Ever Hidden

Nothing is Ever Hidden

The audiobook of Don’t Be a Jerk is available now! I read it myself and even wrote a theme song. How can you beat that? You can’t. So order yours today. Also, the other day I ordered a copy of Embracing Mind: The Zen Talks of Kobun Chino Otogawa edited by Judy Cosgrove and Shinbo […]

This is how most of us think it works. But is it true?

Zen and Obsessions

A friend of mine’s wife is going through chemo therapy. He told me, “I’m mostly stressed: cancer stress, work stress, news stress, etc. This is why I can’t do zazen — sitting still means obsessing about all the things I can’t deal with. Or focusing on all the stuff I need to do.” That was […]

Innocent By-Standers and Collective Karma

Innocent By-Standers and Collective Karma

In the previous segment of this blog I brought up the idea of collective karma. This may be the biggest stumbling block to understanding the Buddhist theory of karma — that karma is not something that happens just to individuals. Karma is not the idea that I do something bad and later on something bad happens […]