Yup. That’s right! All y’all out Nebrasky way can come by Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska tomorrow at 7:00 PM and see a lecture by li’l ol’ me (please note the time, I was wrong yesterday. It’s 7). There’s a bit more info if you click on the title of this article or on the word “link” below. Although I’m not sure how they got the idea that I studied under Kodo Sawaki at the turn of the century then played bass with a punk band. I must’ve been the oldest guy in the scene! Anyhow, I’ve only ever met Kodo Sawaki thru Nishijima, in the sense that whenever you meet a Zen teacher you’re meeting their entire lineage.
I just turned in what I consider to be the final edited version of my next book to New World Library (NWL). This means I wrote it, an editor changed it, another editor changed it some more, yet another editor changed it even more than that, it came back to me, I changed a few things back to the way they were and then sent it back. Reading it again after like 3 months of not seeing it I was happy it did not suck. It’s a bit more in depth than Hardcore Zen (HCZ). I think what you’ll get is a truer version of what I was going for in HCZ.
I have no idea in the world when the book will actually be published. But once I find out, I’ll post something here. I sure hope it doesn’t take a year more. I’m working on book number three as well as finishing up my rewrite of Nishijima’s translation of Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Song of the Middle Way (abreviated MMK after its Sanskrit title). MMK will be a tremendous book. But I think it may be destined for a certain degree of obscurity. Though I’ll certainly send it to some publishers, my guess is it will end up being self-published by Nishijima’s print-on-demand publishing house, Dogen Sangha Books. In any case, I’ll make a note of it here whatever happens.
Gotta go pack!