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The Way of Receiving and Using the Self (aka Jijuyo Zanmai or Jijuyu Zanmai)

The Way of Receiving and Using the Self (aka Jijuyo Zanmai or Jijuyu Zanmai)

The Way of Receiving and Using the Self (Jijuyo Zanmai or Jijuyu Zanmai) is one of Dogen’s most important works. It’s the second section of an essay called Bendowa, which means something like A Talk About Practicing the Way (of Zazen). On my current tour of Europe, I have decided that every talk I do […]

The Ego Tunnel

The Ego Tunnel

I’ve been reading a book called The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger. I heard about this book when I randomly looked for podcasts about science and philosophy to accompany a session on the elliptical machines at my local 24 Hour Fitness center. The podcast I chose featured Mr. Metzinger talking about his book. He said […]

Scientology and the Prison of Intestinal Distress

Scientology and the Prison of Intestinal Distress

I arrived in Helsinki, Finland yesterday (Monday May 21) at around 4:30 in the afternoon. On Sunday I got on an Air France flight bound for Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris that departed from LAX at 3:15pm. I changed planes in Paris for a Finnair flight to Helsinki. All told, I was in the […]

Thoughts and Prayers

Thoughts and Prayers

First off, I’m sorry I have not been updating this blog lately. I’ve been working on a new book and I wanted to get a first draft done before leaving for Europe this weekend. Speaking of Europe, I’ll be in Europe for a month starting next week. The dates are listed below as well as […]