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Silence is Always Available

I will lead Zazen tomorrow at 10 am (Sat. 9/29) at Hill Street Center 237 Hill St. Santa Monica, CA 90405. Come 10 min early for instructions if needed. We do this every week. And every week you, dear reader, fail to show up. What have we got to do to entice you? How about […]

Amanda Palmer

Tonight I’ll again be leading a Zen Meditation class at 7:15 pm at Yogavidala 4640 Franklin Avenue LA 90027 corner of Vermont & Franklin in Los Feliz (behind 7-11). This will happen every Wednesday! Be there and be Zen! —– I saw Amanda Palmer last night. It was the most amazing rock and roll show […]

"Monasticism? Didn't Even KNOW Him!" or "Does Monastic Practice Teach Discipline of Obedience?"

“Monasticism? Didn’t Even KNOW Him!” or “Does Monastic Practice Teach Discipline of Obedience?”

Dogen wrote a piece for Shobogenzo called Shukke Kudoku or “In Praise of Home Leaving.” It’s probably the best example of what has become one of the most problematic aspects of Dogen’s writings for Western lay Buddhist followers of the Soto tradition. This is the chapter in which he most emphatically states that the only […]

Bring Me My Robe Back Please Holokai Brown

Bring Me My Robe Back Please Holokai Brown

I’ll be leading a Zen Meditation class every Wednesday evening at 7:15 pm at Yogavidala 4640 Franklin Avenue LA 90027 corner of Vermont & Franklin in Los Feliz (behind 7-11). Starts tomorrow! Be there! A couple days ago I returned to Los Angeles from my month-long stay at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery. While I was […]

Interview on The Beer O'Clock

Interview on The Beer O’Clock

Here’s the transcript of an interview I did for a radio show in Montreal called The Beer O’Clock in July, 2005. The interviewer was Thibault du Chene. It’s been a few years. But I still like this interview. Thibault: So tonight our guest is Brad Warner. Brad Warner is a punk rocker, Monster Movie makerand […]