Form is Emptiness

Form is Emptiness

During the discussion of the Heart Sutra yesterday at the retreat I’m leading in Benediktushof, I started talking about how the idea that form is emptiness is very much related to some of the stuff people have discovered recently in the world of science. A long time ago people figured out that all matter is […]

Zen and the Art of Rock Guitar

Zen and the Art of Rock Guitar

In high school I knew a guy named Dave. Dave was a great guitar player even when he was 15. I remember seeing him play Eddie Van Halen’s solo guitar piece “Eruption” when Van Halen’s first album was still fresh and nobody knew that he played the really fast part by using his right hand on […]

Dogen's Cookbook

Dogen’s Cookbook

I don’t usually write out my talks. But the one I gave at Benediktushof retreat center in Holzkirchen, Germany this year needed to go through a translator so I wrote it out before giving it. It’s based on a chapter from the forthcoming follow-up to my current book Don’t Be a Jerk. Because it was […]

I KNOW NOTHING!

I KNOW NOTHING!

I love collecting weird bits of cultural ephemera on my international trips. One of the oddest and most entertaining things I picked up this year is the DVD set of the German version of Hogan’s Heroes. For those of you who weren’t raised on a steady diet of junk TV and don’t remember Hogan’s Heroes, […]

The Iron Butterfly of Zen

The Iron Butterfly of Zen

A guy I met in Berlin last week told me he was in a band a few years ago that got a gig opening for a European tour by Iron Butterfly. You remember Iron Butterfly, don’t you? Their big hit was the 17 minute proto-prog-rock opus Inna Gadda Da Vida. Other minor hits included Flowers […]