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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 […]

HOUSTON and SHYNESS

HOUSTON and SHYNESS

Hello from Houston, Texas. I just arrived here. Tomorrow I will lead a day-long zazen thing starting at 9:30am and ending at 3:00pm at the Houston Zen Center, 1605 Heights Blvd. Houston, TX 77008. You should be there. Tomorrow I will be in my element. People will be here specifically to see and talk to me. I’ll […]

I’m Scared of Black Poeple. Does That Make Me a Racist?

I’m Scared of Black Poeple. Does That Make Me a Racist?

The following is an article I wrote for Suicide Girls in 2011 and then never posted. In light of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, it seems relevant. I no longer live in Brooklyn, but I was fine there. *   *   * I grew up partly in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya. From ages 7 to 11, […]

Saint Lennon

Saint Lennon

John Lennon’s killer came up for parole once again recently and was denied. Whenever this guy comes up for parole and it hits the news a whole bunch of people say things like, “If Lennon were alive, he’d probably forgive his killer.” But that does not ring true to me at all. John Lennon was not a […]