Enlightenment and Losing Your Virginity

Enlightenment and Losing Your Virginity

On Sunday I led a workshop at the Austin Zen Center. I had a swell time. During the workshop the group and I became involved in an interesting discussion about enlightenment. I didn’t record my talk. I never record the best ones. But I’m going to try to write from memory some of what I […]

God Wants You to Vote Against Donald Trump

God Wants You to Vote Against Donald Trump

SETI stands for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. For over one hundred years now, people have been searching for signs that there are other intelligent life forms on other planets. As soon as we discovered that we could transmit information electronically across vast distances first via radio, then television and other means, we’ve wondered if […]

Seveneves

Seveneves

I recently read a novel I really liked and I thought I’d share it with you. It’s not a Zen book. It’s science fiction, which is way more fun to read than books about Zen. The book is called Seveneves and it was written by Neal Stephenson. It came out in May, 2015. That’s almost […]

Envy, Kurt Cobain and Thich Nhat Hanh

Envy, Kurt Cobain and Thich Nhat Hanh

As social animals, we humans invest a lot in trying to guess what other humans are thinking. It’s a survival skill. We depend on each other for so much that we absolutely have to be able to figure out what’s going on in each other’s heads. When we see another person do a thing, we […]

Fear and Loathing in Nirvana

Fear and Loathing in Nirvana

If Jesus returned today he wouldn’t burst through the clouds on four flaming horses wielding a mighty sword to smite the wicked and whisk the righteous away to Paradise Everlasting. No. He’d have a booth at the Conscious Life Expo at the Hilton near LAX airport, between a guy who promises to recharge your chakras […]