Won't Get Fooled Again (One Bright Pearl)

Won’t Get Fooled Again (One Bright Pearl)

The following is an excerpt from my book Don’t Be a Jerk. I feel like it’s appropriate right about now. I’m planning to make a video today explaining why. *   *   * Dogen writes (more or less): Before he was a Zen Master, Gensa Shibi was a fisherman. But when he was thirty years old he decided […]

Guided Meditation for Anxious People

Guided Meditation for Anxious People

I just wrote this script for the very first guided mediation I’ve ever attempted to create. I’ll be recording it in the next few hours. But, since this might be an urgent need for some people, I am providing the script in written form right now. Here it is: Guided meditation is not part of […]

The Sad Tale of How My Zen Teacher Failed to See Me

The Sad Tale of How My Zen Teacher Failed to See Me

I want to study the doctrine of non-self. But first, I want you to listen to all my personal details.  I said this (more or less) to all of my Zen teachers. They listened politely while I talked and talked and talked about my life story. Maybe they’d nod, or shake their heads, or go, […]

30 Questions With Nishijima Roshi

30 Questions With Nishijima Roshi

In a recent video I read aloud an email that I received in 2006 from my teacher, Gudo Nishijima Roshi. Some folks wanted to see it written out. So I dug out the email and here it is. On the video I corrected some of Nishijima Roshi’s grammar as I read the email. But I […]

How Can I Get My Friends and Family Into Zen?

How Can I Get My Friends and Family Into Zen?

One of my most frequently asked questions goes something like this: Zen practice has been really good for me. But my husband / wife / brother / sister / uncle / best friend / worst enemy … etc. is struggling with a lot of problems. How can I introduce her/him to Zen practice? My honest […]