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Giving Thanks

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the USA. For those of you reading this in other countries, Thanksgiving is a harvest festival that supposedly commemorates a day of cooperation between European settlers and native people. No comment on how things went after that. Anyway, it’s traditional to say things you’re thankful for on Thanksgiving Day. So here […]

The Zen of Parenting

The Zen of Parenting

One of the most interesting questions regarding maintaining a meditation practice in the midst of living an ordinary life is the matter of how to practice if you have children. The classic books about meditation tend not to address this subject because they were generally written by celibate monks who, even when they did try […]

Abortion and Zen

Abortion and Zen

There’s a tweet storm raging about abortion and I accidentally got involved. Some science fiction writer posted what he said was an unbeatable argument that would destroy the Pro-Life crowd forever. I read it, thought it was dopey, and moved on. Then George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, reposted it. I responded to Takei’s post, […]

In It to Win It

In It to Win It

Once when I was talking to my friend Gesshin, she used the phrase “in it to win it” to describe the attitude she tried to take on life in general. I think the phrase perfectly encapsulates the Buddhist approach to living. I’m not sure where the phrase “in it to win it” originated. But it’s […]

CAGE MATCH TONITE: Soto vs. Rinzai

CAGE MATCH TONITE: Soto vs. Rinzai

I’m doing an on-stage discussion tonight at 7:30 at Against the Stream Hollywood (4300 Melrose Ave.) with Shozan Jack Haubner, author of the books Single White Monk and Zen Confidential. I met Shozan at Mount Baldy Zen Center where he was a monk for a very long time. He was one of the people tasked […]