Did a Monk Burning Himself Help End the Vietnam War?

Did a Monk Burning Himself Help End the Vietnam War?

Last week, I put up an article on this blog expressing my opinion that Buddhism is not about politics. Individual Buddhists can be as political as they want, I said. But I do not believe that Buddhism itself should be mixed with politics. Every time I post an article saying something like this, someone inevitably responds […]

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Politics: A Buddhist Perspective

A fair number of people ask me about the Buddhist perspective on politics or sometimes about Dogen’s perspective on politics. It’s an intriguing question. In Dogen’s voluminous writings I can only recall seeing a couple of very tangential references to anything one might call “political” (unless you’re one of those people who says everything is […]

Straight Outta Zazen

Straight Outta Zazen

I finally watched Straight Outta Compton last night. I’m not sure how I missed it when it was in theaters. I usually go see just about any music related film that comes out. Could be I was on the road during its theatrical run. But anyhow, here I am, two years too late to the […]

Should Christians Meditate?

Should Christians Meditate?

A guy I went to high school with and who is now a minister at the Church of the Good Shepard, a Methodist church, sent me an article called Apologist Warns Catholics About Dangers of ‘Mindfulness’: An Interview with Susan Brinkmann About Her New Catholic Guide. In the interview, Ms. Brinkmann makes a number of points […]

The Room

The Room

Before I go on, I gotta announce that IT CAME FROM BEYOND ZEN and SEX SIN AND ZEN (as read by me) are now available as audiobooks from Audible.com! Go get ’em! I’ve always liked movies that lots of people consider “bad.” Some of my very favorites in this category include Robot Monster, Troll 2, Teenagers from Outer Space, Godzilla […]