Why Los Angeles? (Angel City Zen Center series)

Why Los Angeles? (Angel City Zen Center series)

I didn’t like Los Angeles when I first arrived here. The circumstances were less than ideal. I’d been working for Tsuburaya Productions, makers of the Ultraman TV shows and movies, in Japan for ten years and the company was in a state of turmoil. A family business since 1963, by 2004 the family was a […]

Space, Time and Who Gives a Flying Fig?

Space, Time and Who Gives a Flying Fig?

Today a friend of mine posted an article about how there really is no time. It’s a pretty good article, although the source it comes from is a bit questionable. Other articles they have posted include pieces on some fat flush drink flushes fat away, and the 7 most effective ways to induce an out-of-body experience. […]

What is Zen Anyway?

What is Zen Anyway?

Lots of people commented on my previous post that Ryushin Sensei was asked to leave Zen Mountain Monastery not because everyone at ZMM is a prude but because his conduct violated the monastic code. I wasn’t trying to address that aspect in my previous piece, but rather the way in which people uninvolved in ZMM’s business […]

Ryushin Sensei

The Scarlet Letter “Z” for “Zen”

I find it odd that I am sitting here at my kitchen table on a sunny Wednesday morning in Los Angeles working very hard to compose a response to something that, to me, hardly even merits a casual glance. A guy who calls himself Ryushin Sensei has stepped down as abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery […]

On Grace Schireson's Open Letter

On Grace Schireson’s Open Letter

Grace Schireson doesn’t like me. I think we should get that out of the way right at the top of this page. She read bits and pieces of my book Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate and decided I was a sexual predator in Zen robes, and even worse than some of the other […]