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A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

First off, I’m leading an on-line retreat through Tricycle magazine this month. This is my first try at something like this. There will be four installments and the first one (or maybe two) is free. So take a look and see what you think. Yesterday I attended my first ever Catholic Mass at the Cathedral […]

Shobogenzo Reviews

Shobogenzo Reviews

I’m working on a new book about an old book, Dogen’s great masterwork Shobogenzo. This is why I haven’t been posting a whole lot here lately. Doing this new book has gotten me more into studying Dogen and the Shobogenzo than I have been in a long time. So, since sometimes people ask me to […]

Zen Freak Outs!

Zen Freak Outs!

A few people have forwarded me an article from the Atlantic called Dark Night of the Soul. Pirooz Kalayeh, the director of Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen (you can download and watch it now!) was especially concerned when he read it. “Is this true?” he asked. “Has anything like this ever happened to you?” I told him […]

Sangha, i.e. "The Crowd You Run With"

Sangha, i.e. “The Crowd You Run With”

After I put up my previous piece about Zen Predator of the Upper East Side, a short book-like Kindle object about the sex scandals surrounding Eido Shimano, a commenter who calls herself Shade said, “Okay, as a member of the fairer sex, this is what I don’t get… if the women in this man’s charge […]

Zen Predator

Zen Predator

On the recommendation of my friend John Graves, I recently read a Kindle Single called Zen Predator of the Upper East Side by Mark Oppenheimer. It’s about the sex scandals involving Eido Shimano Roshi, a Japanese Zen teacher who has been living and teaching in New York since the mid-1960s. Before reading this book, all I […]