NO FRANKENSTEIN CASTLE

I did not go to Frankenstein Castle today 🙁 But I did go to every record store in Frankfurt. Found the CD edition of Zappa’s 200 Motels. It came out in ’97, but for reasons that escape me I never bought it. Now it’s out of print. So it was a lucky find. The Zen […]

HAMBURG, PREFERENCE and DOGEN SANGHA

I’m back from Hamburg. Eberhard Kuegler took me on a tour of the Reepabahn where we found a whole bunch of famous Beatle sites. It was the 49th anniversary of the day The Beatles played their first ever show in Hamburg at the Indra club. The Indra is still there, but was closed that day. […]

ACHTUNG! ICH BIN IN DEUTSCHLAND!

I arrived this morning at 9:30 in Frankfurt, Germany after eight days in the back woods of Minnesota. The photo I put up here is the view I saw for most of those eight days. Literally. The schedule included nine 40-minute periods of zazen per day, beginning at 5 AM and ending at 8:50 PM. […]

ON MY WAY TO THE EDGE OF CIVILIZATION

I’m sitting at Chicago O’Hare Airport waiting for a flight to the edge of civilization. Actually it’s a flight to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where I will be picked up and driven to the edge of civilization. Tomorrow is the first day of the 2009 Great Sky Sesshin in Hokyoji monastery near Echizen, Minnesota. For the next […]

DROP THE A-BOMB ON ME!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHmJ5J21U0A]I just got off the phone with Mickey X-Nelson, drummer of Zero Defex (0DFx). He reminded me that today is the 64th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. I’d completely forgotten! I’m leaving tomorrow to start my next world tour, so I don’t have time to pay proper tribute. I’ll just leave you with this […]