Focusing on Nothingness and Apatosauruses

Focusing on Nothingness and Apatosauruses

Here’s a variation on my most frequently asked question. It’s a pretty good version, so I’m answering it on the blog: “When sitting zazen, if thoughts come to you and you begin to focus on them instead of ‘nothingness’, how do you deal? Do you ever let thoughts take full shape and form or do […]

We'd Rather Zap Ourselves Than Face Ourselves

We’d Rather Zap Ourselves Than Face Ourselves

Before I start, my very first on-line retreat at Tricycle.com is going on right now. Check it out! Several people, including the lovely Whitney, have forwarded me different versions of an article that says we’d rather administer electric shocks to ourselves than sit quietly with our own thoughts. The first one I saw was from […]

A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

A Catholic Mass But No Mass of Catholics

First off, I’m leading an on-line retreat through Tricycle magazine this month. This is my first try at something like this. There will be four installments and the first one (or maybe two) is free. So take a look and see what you think. Yesterday I attended my first ever Catholic Mass at the Cathedral […]

Shobogenzo Reviews

Shobogenzo Reviews

I’m working on a new book about an old book, Dogen’s great masterwork Shobogenzo. This is why I haven’t been posting a whole lot here lately. Doing this new book has gotten me more into studying Dogen and the Shobogenzo than I have been in a long time. So, since sometimes people ask me to […]

Zen Freak Outs!

Zen Freak Outs!

A few people have forwarded me an article from the Atlantic called Dark Night of the Soul. Pirooz Kalayeh, the director of Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen (you can download and watch it now!) was especially concerned when he read it. “Is this true?” he asked. “Has anything like this ever happened to you?” I told him […]