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Identity Politics and Zen

Identity Politics and Zen

A Zen Master once said, “When you eat breakfast you become a breakfast eater, when you take a shit you become a shitter.” Identity is a topic of great concern in Zen Buddhist philosophy. One way of understanding the Zen take on things is that it often boils all of our problems in life down […]

Do You Want to Solve the Problem or Do You Want to Be Right ?

Do You Want to Solve the Problem or Do You Want to Be Right ?

Often when I look at politics, and in particular the way people argue about political matters on social media or in YouTube videos and suchlike, I think, “Do you want to be right, or do you want to solve the problem?” The folks I’m looking at are usually deeply concerned with some issue — like […]

Life is Analog, not Digital

Life is Analog, not Digital

  We have a strong tendency to try to eliminate nuance. Things are one way or they are the other. There is no in between. This is a real problem right now in Western society, particularly in the United States. I’ve been reading Stephen Batchelor’s excellent new book After Buddhism and I came across this […]

Jack the Cat claims my lap as part of his territory

Securing Our Borders

According to an article titled The Personality of Political Correctness by Scott Barry Kaufman on the Scientific American website, “The thinking of Jacques Derrida has been particularly influential on university campuses in America. Derrida criticized the psychological process of categorization, suggesting that making any divisions is itself an act of motivated exclusion, serving the interests […]

I Vow Not to Destabilize Society

I Vow Not to Destabilize Society

Starting soon, Angel City Zen Center will have a monthly Full Moon Ceremony. This is basically a Jukai ceremony, except rather than individuals taking the precepts, the entire community renews their commitment to them together. In both Jukai and the Full Moon Ceremony, participants make a public vow to devote themselves to Buddha, Dharma, and […]