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I Don’t Give a Damn About My Bad Reputation

Reputation is a funny thing. In my career here in Zen Land, I’ve adopted the policy that it’s better if people think you’re worse than you really are and then get surprised when you’re nice than it is to have people think you’re saintly and then get shocked and outraged when they find out you’re […]

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

Someone wrote me saying he understands why I’ve given up blogging to concentrate on touring. I thought that was interesting. Does a half a week without a new post here constitute “giving up?” For the record, I have not given up this blog. But I am right now simultaneously traveling a lot and trying to […]

OHAIYO, OHIO!

OHAIYO, OHIO!

Ohaiyo means “good morning” in Japanese. But you knew that. And I’m in Ohio. But maybe you knew that too. Tonight (Sunday March 10, 2013) at 7pm I will be speaking at the Akron Shambhala Center located at 133 Portage Trail Suite 202 Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221. On Friday Zero Defex played an excellent set […]

Birthday!

Birthday!

Happy birthday to me! I have completed yet another trip around the sun. And my friend Randy Blythe is free. So that’s good news! That’s my friend Blixa’s birthday photo sent to me by his mom this morning. I got rid of a lot of my extra monster junk a year ago and Blixa ended […]

JOSHUTOWN?

JOSHUTOWN?

As regular readers know, I have been struggling for quite some time to properly express what I feel concerning the stuff surrounding Joshu Sasaki Roshi and the allegations that he sexually abused a number of his students. It’s not the allegations that concern me. I’m not interested in trying to dig into what happened. Other […]