THE ABUSE OF POWER IN ZEN

Getting back to the questions posed by the good people of St. Paul to your’s truly… Question one reads: What are the most important ways to guard against abuse of power in the relationships that must develop between a teacher & students or within other sangha relationships? A good question, it is, and a very […]

IF IT’S LAY PRACTICE, HOWCUM I NEVER GET LAID?

I was in St. Paul, Minnesota a couple weeks ago talking at the Clouds In Water Zen Center. They invited me because their previous “guiding teacher” was a naughty boy and got caught with his robes around his ankles when he was supposed to be being all spiritual. Tsk, tsk, tsk. The folks there are […]

GUDO’S ANSWERS

Recently a guy named Gustav sent Gudo Nishijima a list of questions. He sent his answers out to several of his students. I thought you might enjoy seeing them. I have not rewritten these at all, so the funny grammar is still as I received it. Enjoy. 1. What is gained in Zazen? What we […]

THINKING NOT THINKING

So I’m sitting there this morning, doing my regular Zazen as usual and it just kinda hits me; this whole “thinking not thinking” thing. For those of you who don’t know, there’s a famous Zen story. Dude goes up to a Zen Master and asks, “What are you thinking sitting there?” Zen Master says, “Thinking […]