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The Right Way to Meditate

The Right Way to Meditate

My friend Matt in Manchester sent me the following email: I am reading Sam Harris’s new book ‘Waking Up‘ and in the chapter entitled Meditation (page 138) he talks about the practice of Dzogchen in relation to Zen practice he says ‘Dzogchen is not vague or paradoxical.It is not like Zen,wherein a person can spend […]

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 […]