Zen For Business Samurai

Zen For Business Samurai

During dokusan (private interview) at one of my retreats on this current trip through Europe, someone brought up the historical fact that samurai warriors used to use Zen practice as a way to hone their fighting skills. Later on I started wondering if maybe, in the future, people will look upon the way meditation is […]

Orgasmic Meditation?

Orgasmic Meditation?

I’m on retreat right now and can’t post. But here is an article I wrote a few years ago and never published anywhere until now. It’s kind of long. Sorry. *   *   * You’d think that an organization whose aim is to convince people that masturbation is a religious sacrament would have a […]

Success is Not Success

Success is Not Success

I’m on retreat right now and can’t post. Here’s a fragment of a self help book I started to write but never finished. I was getting sick of being poor and thought, “If Deepak Chopra can make a million from writing shitty, useless self help books, maybe I can make a quarter million writing a […]

Dachau Blues

A few days ago I took a tour of Dachau. This wasn’t one of those outings where a bunch of Zennies go meditate at a concentration camp. I just took the tour that tourists get. They take you on a train and then a bus and they lead you all over the memorial site and then […]

Is Zen Enough?

Is Zen Enough?

I just finished my first European gig of 2015, a three-day non-residential zazen retreat in Munich. The question that kept coming up in different forms during the Q&A sessions and dokusans (private meetings) was “Is Zen enough?” At first the question confused me. Enough for what? It seems that a lot of people expect some […]