Does Life Exist?

Does Life Exist?

I wrote this a couple years ago. For a little while I was trying to turn it into a chapter of Don’t Be a Jerk. It didn’t fit. But here it is for your enjoyment. A lot of us who get into meditation and other similar types of deep inquiry get into it because we […]

Fondling the President's Poodle

Fondling the President’s Poodle

I’m going to San Francisco this weekend! See the end of this article for details! Sometimes get emails asking if there’s some special “Zen” way of dealing with obsessive or recurring thoughts. When I get questions like this, there’s usually no way of knowing exactly who is asking. So I don’t know if I’m corresponding […]

What Kind of Guy Was Dogen?

What Kind of Guy Was Dogen?

My new book, Don’t Be a Jerk, alternates between paraphrases of Dogen’s Shobogenzo, an 800-year old Japanese Buddhist classic, and short chapters about topics related to studying Dogen, the author. I wrote a few chapters that I cut out before publication. They just seemed not to fit somehow. But a couple of them are still […]

SCIENCE AGREES!!!!

SCIENCE AGREES!!!!

Whenever I read a headline that screams about how SCIENCE AGREES with anything Buddhist I cringe. Does this only happen with Buddhism? I guess there must be Fundamentalist Christian websites boldly declaring that science agrees the Earth is just 6000 years old. I doubt there are a lot of other religions out there grabbing up […]

The One Thing

The One Thing

In his essay Bendowa (A Talk About Pursuing the Truth) Dogen says: Zazen, even if it is only one human being sitting for one moment, thus enters into mystical cooperation with all dharmas, and completely penetrates all times; and it therefore performs, within the limitless universe, the eternal work of the Buddha’s guiding influence in […]