ZEN MIND BEGINNER’S MIND

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.” […]

SPOCK THOUGHTS

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 […]

LOOKS AT BOOKS

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 […]

BABY, I’M BORED

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 […]

CLEVELAND WILL BE SCREAMING SOON!

This morning I put together the latest in a series of rough cuts of my documentary film, Cleveland’s Screaming. If you go to my blog about that (link to your right) you can read a little about it. The process of artistic creation is a little like Zen. Or maybe a lot like it. The […]