Girl meditating in pose of lotus on beach

Buddhism Without Buddhism

Buddhism is fucked. I apologize to Gudo Nishijima Roshi up in Tsushita Heaven or reincarnated as a random kid in Kentucky or wherever he is these days. He’d be pissed at me if he read that. But it’s my honest assessment. He told me once, “Never blame Buddhism.” The word “blame,” when used by Japanese […]

Thoughts of Ice Cream and Suicide

Thoughts of Ice Cream and Suicide

I got an email recently from a friend who just experienced a major disappointment in her life. The word “disappointment” is a massive understatement, but it’s the only way I can think of to describe it without giving away details that might identify her. Just imagine something so utterly disappointing that you’d seriously contemplate killing […]

What It Means To Be Human

What It Means To Be Human

Before I begin, I’ll remind you that on April 21-23, 2017 we’re having another Zen retreat at Mount Baldy. Zen retreats are a great way to deepen your practice and get beyond our usual ways of relating to ourselves and others. Some of what I’m going to say here might make more sense if you attend […]

Borders, Microscopes, and Extinguishing the Ego

Borders, Microscopes, and Extinguishing the Ego

First I gotta plug our upcoming retreat. On April 21-23, 2017 we’re having another Zen retreat at Mount Baldy. Zen retreats are a great way to deepen your practice and get beyond our usual ways of relating to ourselves and others. I practiced zazen at home by myself for over a decade before I attended […]

Stand Against Suffering

Stand Against Suffering

The video version of this blog is here! Yesterday I read an article published by Lion’s Roar called Stand Against Suffering: An Unprecedented Call to Action by Buddhist Teachers. I found it deeply troubling. It’s an example of a type of article you see a lot these days. It’s one of those pieces specifically designed […]