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What It Means To Be Human

What It Means To Be Human

Before I begin, I’ll remind you that on April 21-23, 2017 we’re having another Zen retreat at Mount Baldy. Zen retreats are a great way to deepen your practice and get beyond our usual ways of relating to ourselves and others. Some of what I’m going to say here might make more sense if you attend […]

Borders, Microscopes, and Extinguishing the Ego

Borders, Microscopes, and Extinguishing the Ego

First I gotta plug our upcoming retreat. On April 21-23, 2017 we’re having another Zen retreat at Mount Baldy. Zen retreats are a great way to deepen your practice and get beyond our usual ways of relating to ourselves and others. I practiced zazen at home by myself for over a decade before I attended […]

Stand Against Suffering

Stand Against Suffering

The video version of this blog is here! Yesterday I read an article published by Lion’s Roar called Stand Against Suffering: An Unprecedented Call to Action by Buddhist Teachers. I found it deeply troubling. It’s an example of a type of article you see a lot these days. It’s one of those pieces specifically designed […]

Monks Need Soldiers

Monks Need Soldiers

Right at the beginning I want to say that this is an article in support of fairness and inclusivity. Please bear that in mind. I am fully in favor of fairness. I am fully in favor of inclusivity. Fairness and inclusivity are not natural, however. They are artificial human constructs. Nature is not fair and […]

Achieving a Positive Mindset

Achieving a Positive Mindset

Someone asked me: Based on your experience, what is the most effective way to achieve a positive mindset? My life became much better after I stopped trying to achieve a positive mindset. I teach Zen meditation. One of the most difficult parts of this practice for people to understand is that we are not trying […]