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Buddha Didn't Have This to Meditate About

Buddha Didn’t Have This to Meditate About

First of all I want to thank Colin. I don’t really know Colin. I don’t even know his last name. But Colin, whoever you are, you made it possible for me to meet one of my long-time idols. On Saturday night I was at the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival at the Bell House in Brooklyn […]

Interview With a Buddhist Nun

I met Gesshin (月心) Greenwood at Tassajara Zen monastery this Summer. She is an American-born Buddhist nun who currently lives in Kyoto, Japan. She trained in two very intense training monasteries in Japan and knows first hand what it’s like to do that sort of rigorous practice. Her current teacher is Shundo Aoyama, the author […]

Going Mad With Wild Rock Tunes

Going Mad With Wild Rock Tunes

A few days ago a guy named Tharinda Lasitha  posted a tweet on my Twitter account that said “Dear Brad, this is for you” and had a link. When I clicked on the link I found the essay I have reproduced below. I was just told that I “always post things that people send (me) […]

Monks and Laypeople, War and Peace

Monks and Laypeople, War and Peace

In an essay called Living With Dogen, Dogen scholar Carl Bielefeldt says, “For most Buddhists throughout history, the serious practice of Buddhism has been a kind of ‘spectator sport’: a few people do it; the rest of us watch.” This is what you find throughout most of Asia. In Japan people at my workplace found […]

Staying Hungry

Staying Hungry

Tonight at 6:45pm I’m speaking at Austin Zen Center. Apparently the event is full. But lots of times people who sign up don’t actually show up. So there’s still hope… Also SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP is now available as an audiobook from audible.com and amazon.com so get yours today!You can ride around in your […]