The bus stop in front of the library in downtown Akron. I have waited for busses at this very spot!

Bob Casale

I just returned from a five-day Zen sesshin with Kazuaki Tanahashi at the Upaya Zen Center. But before I talk about that, I’d like to talk about Bob Casale. I learned of Bob Casale’s untimely death at age 61 while I was on that sesshin. It happened the day before the sesshin began and I […]

Dogen's Circle of the Way

Dogen’s Circle of the Way

Tomorrow begins my retreat at Upaya Zen Center with Kazuaki Tanahashi. The retreat is titled Dogen’s Circle of the Way. Before Kaz invited me to lead this retreat with him I had not been very familiar with the phrase “Circle of the Way.” I’d probably heard it around Tassajara but I’d never paid the phrase […]

Can You Meditate Too Much?

Can You Meditate Too Much?

Next week, February 18-23 I’ll be hosting a retreat with Kazuaki Tanahashi  at Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico! GO! This coming Saturday (Feb. 15, 2014) my talk at Hill Street Center will be Spreecast live. You’ll be able to interact with the group and ask questions! Do it! Just go to the link I provided above at 11 AM […]

Buddhist Movie Promotion

Buddhist Movie Promotion

A couple days ago I wrote a piece intended to be sent to people promoting the screenings of Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen. I thought it might be interesting to regular readers of this blog. It’s written in third person as if I am not Brad Warner. So you’ll have to deal with that. Here goes: […]

Creation Vs. Evolution Debate

Creation Vs. Evolution Debate

So I kept seeing posts on Facebok about some debate about Creation Science vs. Evolution between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ken Ham, founder and president of the Creation Science Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Usually this kind of stuff is only of passing interest to me. But I had to start packing for my […]