Zen for Aliens

Zen for Aliens

I’m a science fiction fan. I’m one of those guys who can tell you why Star Wars is not science fiction but Star Trek is. I can even argue why the original Star Trek is more truly science fiction than Next Generation, which often ignored the sci-fi stuff to become even more of soap opera […]

Why I Do Zazen

Why I Do Zazen

I’m flying on a big iron bird through the sky. Below me is Lake Michigan. I’ll be in New York City in an hour and a half. I’m on my way for a series of talks and public appearances (see the list below). In fact, there’s one more public appearance on Monday that’s not even […]

Does Life Exist?

Does Life Exist?

I wrote this a couple years ago. For a little while I was trying to turn it into a chapter of Don’t Be a Jerk. It didn’t fit. But here it is for your enjoyment. A lot of us who get into meditation and other similar types of deep inquiry get into it because we […]

Fondling the President's Poodle

Fondling the President’s Poodle

I’m going to San Francisco this weekend! See the end of this article for details! Sometimes get emails asking if there’s some special “Zen” way of dealing with obsessive or recurring thoughts. When I get questions like this, there’s usually no way of knowing exactly who is asking. So I don’t know if I’m corresponding […]

What Kind of Guy Was Dogen?

What Kind of Guy Was Dogen?

My new book, Don’t Be a Jerk, alternates between paraphrases of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, an 800-year old Japanese Buddhist classic, and short chapters about topics related to studying Dogen, the author. I wrote a few chapters that I cut out before publication. They just seemed not to fit somehow. But a couple of them are still […]