The Center of All That

The Center of All That

Think for just a few minutes about the amount of trust and cooperation that had to happen before the thing you’re doing right now could occur. Who made the screen you’re reading this on? Who shipped that device to the store? Who invented it? And who invented the previous machine upon which that inventor based […]

I bought these yesterday in Munich.

Drugs Again Part a Million-and-Seven

Some folks over on my Twitter feed are trying to drag me into yet another useless “discussion” on the question of drugs as Buddhist practice. Which is just d-u-m-b on so many levels. Not the least of which is the fact that the very format of Twitter makes anything like a real discussion completely impossible. […]

I, for one, welcome our new Buddhist overlords.

The Zen Buddhist Who Advises Trump About Nukes

According to the Daily Beast, “Christopher A. Ford, special assistant to the president and National Security Council senior director for weapons of mass destruction and counter-proliferation, who is also a former Navy reserve intelligence officer, a Rhodes scholar and a State Department veteran, was ordained in the Prajna Mountain Order of Soto Zen Buddhism at […]

I Want to Go Home!

I Want to Go Home!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I’m on a tour of Europe and not everywhere I go is equipped with wi-fi. Or else sometimes there is wi-fi, but getting my American laptop to communicate with the foreign signal is a Zen-like exercise in learning to face failure and futility with quiet serenity. And then […]

0DFx performs in front of desecrated Nazi flag. That flag was probably worth more than the sum total of all the money the band ever made.

John Wayne Was Not a Nazi

Lots of people are wrongly called “Nazis” these days. That’s my fault. One of the first things Buddha told his fans was that they should follow the Noble Eightfold Path; Right View, Resolve, Speech, Conduct, Livelihood, Effort, Mindfulness and Samadhi (often translated as Right Meditation). Last Saturday, Emily Eslami gave one of her usual brilliant talks […]