Interview with David Giffels

This morning I interviewed David Giffels, author of The Hard Way On Purpose, which is a wonderful book about Akron, Ohio as well as about life in general. The New York Times loved it and so did I. David and I first met when he was in a band called The Difficult who used to […]

The Enlightenment Drug

The Enlightenment Drug

The following is partially based on questions I received via email. I’ll put the questions in italics so you can tell which is which. Let’s say that one day science arrives at a full understanding of the brain mechanisms behind satori or “enlightenment” experiences, and then develops a chemical that people could take to have […]

Rubber City Zen Center / Smog City Zen Center (name TBD)

Rubber City Zen Center / Smog City Zen Center (name TBD)

I have my very tentative schedule for Europe. It is as follows: Oct. 3-5 (possibly Oct 1-5) Finland all events to be determined Oct. 8 Lecture in Munich, Germany Oct. 9-11 Retreat in Munich, Germany Oct. 12-17 Retreat at Benediktushof near Würzburg, Germany Oc 18-20 Possibly in Bonn, Germany (not confirmed) Oct 24 Lecture in […]

Me and Akria Ifukube circa 1998


I went and saw the new Godzilla movie last night in 3D at the IMAX theater in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I figure if you’re gonna go see Godzilla, do it right. I loved it. I was cautiously optimistic about this film. I’d heard good things about it, but the 1998 American-made Godzilla movie directed by Roland […]

"Two Kinds of Anger" or "Jesus F. Christ Part 2"

“Two Kinds of Anger” or “Jesus F. Christ Part 2″

Before I begin, I’d like to invite everyone in the tri-state area to the screening of Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen tomorrow (Wednesday May 21, 2014) at 6:30pm at Drexel University in their URBN Annex screening room. That’s at 3401 Filbert St (corner of 34th and Filbert Street) on the West side of Philadelphia, PA. The Facebook event […]