What is a Racist?

What is a Racist?

I found the case of Rachel Dolezal, the former head of the Spokane, Washington branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) who allowed people to believe she was Black for many years when she was actually White very interesting on a personal level. The photo I have used to illustrate […]

Retreat With Me

Retreat With Me

Lots of people write me emails asking if I’ll be leading any retreats. I’m guessing they’re missing the list of upcoming events at the bottom of every article I put up here as well as the events page. So for those of you who haven’t noticed the lists or that page, or who need more […]

BAD NEWS: Buddhism is Not a Religion, Here's Why

BAD NEWS: Buddhism is Not a Religion, Here’s Why

Last week a whole bunch of my Buddhist friends shared an article they were very excited about called It Needs Saying: Buddhism is Not a Philosophy, Science, Psychotherapy or Culture. It is a Religion by David Brazier. It turns out one of the major reasons David Brazier feels this needs saying is because he just […]

Instant Enlightenment and Instant Madness

Instant Enlightenment and Instant Madness

I’ve written a few pieces on this blog about the problems with schemes that promise you a so-called “enlightenment experience” fast. Mostly I’ve tended to focus on Genpo Roshi’s bogus Big Mindâ„¢ nonsense. But there are plenty more where that came from. I Googled the words “enlightenment fast” and this is what came up: Here’s a webpage […]

What's the Deal With Zen Ceremonies?

What’s the Deal With Zen Ceremonies?

In his book An Introduction to Zen Buddhism, DT Suzuki said, “Zen … is not a religion in the sense that the term is popularly understood; for Zen has no God to worship, no ceremonial rites to observe, no future abode to which the dead are destined, and, last of all, Zen has no soul whose […]