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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 […]

The Zen of Fripp

The Zen of Fripp

Before I got into Zen, there were a few people outside the world of Zen who influenced my worldview in deep and significant ways. A lot of my understanding of Zen comes not from within the Zen tradition, but from these outsiders. The main ones would be novelists Kurt Vonnegut and Philip K Dick, and […]

Doing It In Public

Doing It In Public

For the past 13 years I’ve been doing my Zen practice in a very public way. In at least one of my books I likened what I do to being a porn actor, in the sense that I am doing what is usually an extremely personal and private thing in front of the public as […]