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Dogen For Punks

Dogen For Punks

(The following is a modified version of a speech I gave at the Dogen Tanslators Forum in San Francisco on November 5, 2010. It ran on Elephant Journal a while ago but not on this blog until now.) This summer at Tassajara Zen monastery I met Kazuaki Tanahashi, the translator of a number of books […]

What Would That Guy Have Been Like Without the Meditation?

What Would That Guy Have Been Like Without the Meditation?

In the previous installment I wrote about spiritual teachers who went bad and asked, “If all that monastic training didn’t even teach him it’s wrong to screw somebody else’s wife, which is something most people without such monastic training know, then what good is it?” Often when someone starts talking this way I think, “Yeah, […]

So That’s What Zen Buddhism is About?

In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the three wise men from the east who came to Judea to worship Jesus Christ at his birth mistakenly arrive at the wrong house. There they attempt to worship the baby Brian much to his mother Mandy’s consternation. At one point Mandy says, “So you’re astrologers are you? What […]

Sexism and Religion

Sexism and Religion

Sexism is stupid. But sexism bolstered by religion is double stupid. Which is why it’s hilarious that people who bolster their sexism with religious dogma seem to feel that this makes them intelligent and their sexism justified. I know you believe God wrote that book you’re quoting. But he didn’t. End of argument. Two things […]

"Hate Rock" and (completely unrelated) My 2012 European Tour

“Hate Rock” and (completely unrelated) My 2012 European Tour

People have been asking me for my thoughts about the shooting at the sikh temple outside of Milwaukee. It’s hard to say much except to once again state that there are too damned many guns in the United States. But I’ve already given that rant. Lots of people are speculating that the shooter probably believed […]