Here’s an audio file of my talk at Dharma Field in Minneapolis last Sunday, December 6, 2009. 12/6/09 Dharma Field Those of you who’ve heard my talks before will recognize that the first 15 minutes are a variation on my standard introductory stump speech. This is the autobiographical how-I-got-into-Zen thing I do a lot. But […]

Happy B-day, Nishijima Roshi & Macalester College Today at 4:45

Nishijima Roshi turned 90 on November 29th! The photo to your left is from the party held for him by students of Dogen Sangha in Tokyo, who meet each Saturday at Tokyo University’s Young Buddhists Association. I guess 90 is pretty young! At the bottom of this post is a video made for his b-day […]

JUKAI and Why I No Longer Do It…

I promised an piece about jukai, so here it is. I’ve written extensively about jukai in all of my books. The longest bits about it are in Hardcore Zen, in which I talk about the jukai ceremonies I went through (three of them!) and in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, where I talk […]


[youtube=]You asked for it! You got it! New videos of the comedy team of Brad and Skylar! For those of you who don’t tune in regularly, Skylar is my niece, the daughter of my younger sister. A couple years ago Skylar did an interview with me that she posted on YouTube, which still gets more […]


OK. My sister and her kids are due here any minute. So this will very likely be my last post for a while. So far, so good on the first 20 hrs. or so of having the comments section back. I was intrigued by one of the first ones to appear. An anonymous commenter said:Brad, […]