Going Clear

Going Clear

Yesterday I took the #2 bus up Sunset to the Arclight theater in Hollywood to see the documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief*. There are already numerous articles on the movie all over the Interwebs. The most succinct one I’ve found is on the Los Angeles Magazine website. Salon.com also has a […]

Lawyers, Guns and Money

Lawyers, Guns and Money

So I’ve been reading Zen Buddhism: A History by Heinrich Dumoulin. This is the classic text on the history of Zen from its beginnings in India to its flowering in Japan. I’ve bought this two volume set several times over the years, always failing to read it. My pattern is that I keep the books for about […]

An Honest Liar

An Honest Liar

On Friday my friend Bryan Clark told me about a film called An Honest Liar and I took him up on his invitation to go see it. I’m glad I did. It’s a really good film. It’s a documentary about the Amazing Randi. James Randi is a Canadian magician who made a cause of exposing […]

The Zen of Spock

The Zen of Spock

Following the death of Leonard Nimoy I started re-watching some of the old Star Trek episodes and movies. In fact, I’d actually been re-watching the first season of the original Star Trek for a couple of months before he died. I’ve been a Star Trek fan for as long as I can remember. My dad […]

Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

I recently got an email that went like this: My experience with Buddhism up to this point has left me feeling that, while the teachings are profound and enlightening, there is a lack of concrete instructions as to how to actually end bad behaviors. I understand that meditation helps to clear the mind, that craving comes and goes, that […]