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Abortion and Zen

Abortion and Zen

There’s a tweet storm raging about abortion and I accidentally got involved. Some science fiction writer posted what he said was an unbeatable argument that would destroy the Pro-Life crowd forever. I read it, thought it was dopey, and moved on. Then George Takei, Star Trek’s Mr. Sulu, reposted it. I responded to Takei’s post, […]

In It to Win It

In It to Win It

Once when I was talking to my friend Gesshin, she used the phrase “in it to win it” to describe the attitude she tried to take on life in general. I think the phrase perfectly encapsulates the Buddhist approach to living. I’m not sure where the phrase “in it to win it” originated. But it’s […]

CAGE MATCH TONITE: Soto vs. Rinzai

CAGE MATCH TONITE: Soto vs. Rinzai

I’m doing an on-stage discussion tonight at 7:30 at Against the Stream Hollywood (4300 Melrose Ave.) with Shozan Jack Haubner, author of the books Single White Monk and Zen Confidential. I met Shozan at Mount Baldy Zen Center where he was a monk for a very long time. He was one of the people tasked […]

Producer Harvey Weinstein attends the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit Tribute to Quentin Tarantino, at the Museum of Modern Art on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Harvey Weinstein and Making the World a Better Place

All over the Interwebs, folks are calling out Hollywood’s terrible treatment of women in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal. Of course, this sort of thing has been part of the film industry ever since the film industry began. But maybe it’ll finally start to change. The Internet as a whole seems to […]

Chimpanzees with Nukes and Uzis

Chimpanzees with Nukes and Uzis

Another mass shooting has occurred in the USA. This one happened in Las Vegas. 59 people were killed and hundreds were injured. It’s the worst mass shooting in American history. I don’t expect even this will change America’s absurd gun laws. For whatever it’s worth, I’ve been in favor of repealing the Second Amendment since […]