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On this day, January 28th in 2014, my teacher, Gudo Wafu Nishijima Roshi died at age 94. My friend Rob reminded me of this, so I thought I’d try to do something to commemorate him. About a month ago I did a talk at the Angel City Zen Center about Nishijima Roshi’s life. You can listen […]
In the movie Repo Man, the character Bud, played by the late great Harry Dean Stanton, says, “An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.” I love Repo Man. It’s one of my all-time favorite films. It may even beat out Godzilla Vs. Monster […]
Over the weekend, two people looked at each other for a few minutes and the Internet erupted in a fest of crazy. I sensed that this story was probably a nothing-burger from the get-go. And yet I wasted I don’t know how many hours of my short and precious earthly existence trying to figure out what […]
I got a question in the comments to the video version of yesterday’s blog post. Here it is: I’m confused. I was waiting for you to explain how to do everything as an act of free giving, but the explanation never came. Here’s my answer. I think we each have to find our own way […]
“Earning a living and doing productive work are originally nothing other than free giving,” Dogen Zenji says in an essay called Four Elements of a Bodhisattva’s Social Relations. This essay can be found on-line in book three of the Nishijima/Cross translation of Shobogenzo, or in volume one of the Kazuaki Tanahashi et al translation. Hubert Nearman’s […]