You don't have to stand on your head for my talk, but you can!

You don’t have to stand on your head for my talk, but you can!

On Friday October 25 at 7pm I’ll be speaking at Merchant City Yoga in Glasgow, Scotland.

The following day I will host an all-day sitting with dokusan (personal consultation) for all participants who are interested.

The info is at:


This will be my last event in the UK for 2013. I may be back next year, but I’m not sure yet.

The first evening will be an “in conversation” talk with TV psychologist Dr Cynthia McVey. We did this last year and it was really interesting. Whenever I do these “in conversation” events it brings out what people in the locale where I’m speaking are most interested in. I like that. It’s much better than me just talking at everyone, not knowing if I’m hitting ion subjects they’re interested in or not.

That’s what I did with John Robb in Manchester last week and it was a lot of fun. I hope you’ll join us for one or both of these events in Glasgow!

My time in the UK this year is almost through. I have talks in London and Oxford coming up. But the talk in London is now sold out! And the one in Oxford is restricted to students of Oxford University. So come on up to Glasgow if you want to see me this year.

The tour has been loads of fun and loads of work. The retreat I just did in Hebden Bridge was lovely (loov-lay!). 20-some people joined me for a night and a day and a morning of sitting practice. I talked with everyone who signed up for dokusan. What can I tell you? It was very interesting in its boring-ness. That’s how Zen is. Full of contradictions.

I need to get ready for my trip down to London in a few minutes. So I’ll write more later.

And don’t for get about our upcoming 3-day grope-free Zen retreat at Mt Baldy Zen Center!

– November 8-10 Zen and Yoga Retreat at Mount Baldy Zen Center in Southern California (1 & 1/2 hours east of Los Angeles)

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I am entirely self-financed. I don’t have an organization backing me on these trips, my publishers certainly are not paying for them, and lots of times it’s hard just to meet travel expenses. So your donations really, really, really help! Thank you!

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  1. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 22, 2013 at 4:27 am |

    Geoff Dyer’s comments on Oxford (Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi, great, entertaining novel for you reader-types out there):

    “There was, allegedly, a vibrant intellectual life going on somewhere in town, presumably behind the walls of the venerable old colleges, but I never penetrated that scene and ended up languishing on the acid and vegan fringes of society.” p 226


  2. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 22, 2013 at 9:12 am |

    Great tune, thanks JE!

    “I’m grateful this old road’s a friend of mine”-


  3. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 22, 2013 at 10:57 am |

    Wow, that was a gem Mark! Here’s Lucinda’s song about Blaze Foley (Kat and I do a mean version of this one)…


  4. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
  5. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 22, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  6. Alan Sailer
    Alan Sailer October 23, 2013 at 9:01 am |

    This blog reads a lot like a zen version of “High Fidelity”. No wonder I can’t keep up.


  7. Fred
    Fred October 24, 2013 at 10:56 am |
  8. Fred
    Fred October 27, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
  9. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm |

    Thanks Fred, Saw him 3 times: the Transformer tour, circa Berlin, and later, The Blue Mask, the latter in a small bar, v. intimate.

    I can’t even bring myself to post a vid.

    Rest In Peace Lou.

  10. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 27, 2013 at 9:51 pm |

    My favorite, probably because I never listened to much of his stuff:


  11. Fred
    Fred October 28, 2013 at 10:06 am |

    I use to listen to Heroin before I went out running. The last part had an edge
    to it that elicited an emotional state that I wanted to be in when running hard
    on the edge of redlining.

    I guess that Lou’s life was like that oscillating between smack and speed.


  12. Fred
    Fred October 28, 2013 at 10:19 am |

    She doesn’t realize the song is about doing heroin:


  13. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 30, 2013 at 9:15 am |

    “But now, with the development of new technology, Google Analytics can 
    track mobile applications, cloud­ connected point -of-sale systems, CRM systems, video game consoles, and even home appliances,
    like your refrigerator. “

  14. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 30, 2013 at 9:17 am |

    try again…

    “But now, with the development of new technology, Google 
    Analytics can track mobile applications, cloud ­connected 
    point-­of-sale systems, CRM systems, video game consoles, 
    and even home appliances, like your refrigerator. ”

    talk into the refrigerator, Max.

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