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Deadpool is the Donald Trump of Superhero Movies

Deadpool is the Donald Trump of Superhero Movies

I saw the movie Deadpool yesterday and I hated it. Throughout the film I felt alternately annoyed, bored and sad. I think I might have cracked a smile two or three times at some of the dialogue, but otherwise it was just relentlessly depressing. I disliked every single character. I didn’t care what happened to […]

Romance, Monasticism and Thich Naht Hanh

Romance, Monasticism and Thich Naht Hanh

So I got an email this morning from Lion’s Roar magazine. Part of the subject line was “Thich Nhat Hanh on ‘Growing Together’.” I clicked on that title in the email and it took me to the article itself. It’s an introduction Mr. Hanh wrote for a book titled Love’s Garden: A Mindful Guide to […]

This photo was taken at one of our retreats at Mt Baldy Zen Center.

Retreats Are Important

One of the earliest Buddhist practices was what we now call in English a “retreat” or, if you’re from the San Francisco Zen Center or one of its offshoots, a “practice period.” In Japanese it’s called ango, which means “peaceful residing.” This is where you set aside a certain period of your life to devote […]

Life Does Not Work Like That.

Life Does Not Work Like That.

I just got the very first copy of my forthcoming book Don’t Be A Jerk. It’s helping with my postpartum depression. I have postpartum depression because I just finished writing an entirely different new book. You read that correctly, friends. Before my upcoming book has even been released to the public, I have already finished the […]

Hitler, Dogen and Contradictions

Hitler, Dogen and Contradictions

I’ve been reading a lot about Adolf Hitler lately. I’m not turning into a neo-Nazi or anything like that. There’s actually a good reason I’ve been reading about Hitler, which I’ll talk about in public soon enough. Suffice it to say, I’ve become a little bit of a Hitler buff. I actually have an opinion […]