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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 […]

Authentic Life

Authentic Life

Before I start I want to thank all my regular donors for donating. THANK YOU! I have now added a MICRO SUBSCRIPTION BUTTON. I get a lot of hits on this blog and if a significant number of you nice folks pitched in as little as a dollar or two a month it would make […]

Interview with David Giffels

This morning I interviewed David Giffels, author of The Hard Way On Purpose, which is a wonderful book about Akron, Ohio as well as about life in general. The New York Times loved it and so did I. David and I first met when he was in a band called The Difficult who used to […]

The Enlightenment Drug

The Enlightenment Drug

The following is partially based on questions I received via email. I’ll put the questions in italics so you can tell which is which. Let’s say that one day science arrives at a full understanding of the brain mechanisms behind satori or “enlightenment” experiences, and then develops a chemical that people could take to have […]

Rubber City Zen Center / Smog City Zen Center (name TBD)

Rubber City Zen Center / Smog City Zen Center (name TBD)

I have my very tentative schedule for Europe. It is as follows: Oct. 3-5 (possibly Oct 1-5) Finland all events to be determined Oct. 8 Lecture in Munich, Germany Oct. 9-11 Retreat in Munich, Germany Oct. 12-17 Retreat at Benediktushof near Würzburg, Germany Oc 18-20 Possibly in Bonn, Germany (not confirmed) Oct 24 Lecture in […]