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I KNOW NOTHING!

I KNOW NOTHING!

I love collecting weird bits of cultural ephemera on my international trips. One of the oddest and most entertaining things I picked up this year is the DVD set of the German version of Hogan’s Heroes. For those of you who weren’t raised on a steady diet of junk TV and don’t remember Hogan’s Heroes, […]

The Iron Butterfly of Zen

The Iron Butterfly of Zen

A guy I met in Berlin last week told me he was in a band a few years ago that got a gig opening for a European tour by Iron Butterfly. You remember Iron Butterfly, don’t you? Their big hit was the 17 minute proto-prog-rock opus Inna Gadda Da Vida. Other minor hits included Flowers […]

Bodhidharma

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I have no idea what Zen is or how it should be done. I don’t know what a Zen priest is or how you should ordain one. I don’t know what it means to be a “Zen master” or even a Zen teacher. I can’t assess the relative value of one way of practicing over […]

Holy Hell

Holy Hell

I watched the movie HOLY HELL while holed up in Helsinki waiting for my ride up to Lammi for a four-day Zen retreat. Holy Hell tells the story of a cult called Buddhafield led by a guy who went by numerous different names in the course of his career. He starts off as Michel, but […]