CONSCIENTIOUS SELFISHNESS

I’ve been thinking about compassion lately. People keep asking me about it because Buddhist teachers are supposed to talk about compassion all the time. But I hate talking about things I’m supposed to talk about. Whenever some idea starts wending its way through a culture it very quickly turns into a cliche and dies. Compassion […]

USE YOUR ILLUSIONS

I know I promised an article about jukai, the precepts ceremony. But someone wrote in with this question and I’d like to try and answer it: How does one reinvigorate one’s practice after losing the illusions that brought one to practice in the first place? That’s where I’m at now. I originally practiced hoping to […]

TRANSMISSION and HAYATA

Man! I woke up at ten o’clock this morning. I don’t think I’ve woken up that late since I was like 25. I used to be a late sleeper when I was a rock musician. You have to be when you get back at 4 AM from a gig. But these days even on the […]

I HAVE NOT RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT OF DOGEN SANGHA

As I’m certain most readers of this blog are aware, Mr. James Cohen (aka Jundo), President of Treeleaf Zendo, has recently uploaded a number of comments to this blog regarding my status as president of Dogen Sangha International. These comments appear in the post below this one entitled “Bye Bye Tokio.” There are only two […]

BYE BYE TOKIO!

My World Domination Tour 2009 is officially done (though it looks like I’ll have some Canadian dates to announce in November). The retreat at Tokei-in temple in Shizuoka, Japan ended yesterday. It was real and it was fun and it was real fun. We had 14 people at the beginning and ended with 16. This […]