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Gorillas and Zen Masters

Gorillas and Zen Masters

A few days ago (May 28, 2016) a little kid fell into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo. A 450 lb. (220 kg.) male silverback gorilla named Harambe dragged the kid around until zookeepers shot and killed the gorilla. Then the Internet went crazy. Everybody has an opinion — about how the gorilla should have […]

Can Meditation Make You Morally Perfect?

Can Meditation Make You Morally Perfect?

Today I posted the following quote from my teacher Gudo Wafu Nishijima on my Facebook page: Trying to obey the precepts is a hopeless task. The harder we try the more difficult it becomes. Gautama Buddha, Master Dogen, and the great patriarchs all gave up trying to obey the precepts. They found they could not […]

We Are The Flat Earth Society

We Are The Flat Earth Society

We think we understand, more-or-less, what the world we’re living in is. But do we? In the past, our species has made some big mistakes. Let’s take an obvious example. People used to think the sun went around the Earth and that the Earth was flat. We know now that we were wrong about that. […]

Psychedelic Zen?

Psychedelic Zen?

The fifth Buddhist Precept is usually translated as “Don’t live by selling liquor.” The word “intoxicants” is often substituted for “liquor.” The general understanding is that it was never intended to be restricted to alcohol alone. Bodhidharma’s version goes, “Self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of immaculate dharma, not giving birth to ignorance […]

Meditation for Success?

Meditation for Success?

Many of the most successful CEOs in the world use meditation to give them an edge. That’s what the card that appears at the beginning of a Huffington Post video/article on meditation titled Top CEOs Reveal The Most Important Habit For Success tells me. “Russell Simmons calls meditation ‘the core of my existence’,” it whispers […]