Before we get started, I wanted to let all three of you who might be contemplating coming to the weekly Zazen class in Santa Monica about our upcoming schedule. First off, there WILL be Zazen classes on August 26th and on September 9th. I’ll be there on Aug. 26th and Kevin Bortolin, a fellow student […]


For those who keep asking me, “What books should I read, O Master?” but who have not read Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, and for those who keep asking, “I have no teacher, whatever shall I do?” I present this excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki’s classic. It’s on page 72 and the chapter is called “Right Attitude.” […]


I’m down in Dallas visiting my parents. Since my dad & I always liked watching Star Trek together, when we were in a video shop down here I bought a copy of the director’s edition DVD of Star Trek: The Motion Picture (ST:TMP) used for eight bucks. Now I know that ST:TMP is the most […]


I decided I was being a bit curmudgeonly about what “spiritual type” books I’ve read. When I first started getting into Zen stuff, I went through a few years where I did read a number of those kinds of books. It’s been a long while since I’ve really read much in the way of Buddhist […]


Today’s Los Angeles Times has a cover story called “Underwhelmed by It All: A Multi-tasking Generation is Not Easily Entertained.” The article, which you can read on-line by clicking the title to this article, takes about three pages to inform us that, in spite of unprecedented access to nearly limitless forms of entertainment a mere […]