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Am I a Zen Priest?

Am I a Zen Priest?

I got an email that went like this: I ordained this summer, going through Shukke Tokudo. According to my teacher I can therefore refer to myself as an official Zen priest. However, I’ve also encountered other Zen priests both outside and inside of the Soto tradition who claim that such an ordination does not mean […]

Panpsychism? Didn't Even Know Him!

Panpsychism? Didn’t Even Know Him!

I’d like to talk to you about panpsychism and how it is related and not related to Buddhism. First, what’s panpsychism?  Several people sent me this article from Scientific American called “Does Consciousness Pervade the Universe?” by Gareth Cook. It was posted to Scientific American on January 14, 2020 so it’s pretty new.  It says, […]

Practicing in Times of War

Practicing in Times of War

I was asked by one of my supporters on Patreon to write something about “how students can remain committed to the precepts and teachings in a politically charged environment.” With all of the stuff going on in Iran right now, this seems like a good time to do that. I was in Japan when the […]