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 […]

Bodhidharma

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I have no idea what Zen is or how it should be done. I don’t know what a Zen priest is or how you should ordain one. I don’t know what it means to be a “Zen master” or even a Zen teacher. I can’t assess the relative value of one way of practicing over […]

Holy Hell

Holy Hell

I watched the movie HOLY HELL while holed up in Helsinki waiting for my ride up to Lammi for a four-day Zen retreat. Holy Hell tells the story of a cult called Buddhafield led by a guy who went by numerous different names in the course of his career. He starts off as Michel, but […]

Responsibility and Ownership

Responsibility and Ownership

So here I am in London, England! I plan to spend today finding every record and cd shop this city has. I am particularly in search of Pre-Teen Symphonies by The Velvet Crush, the reissue of New River Head by The Bevis Frond, and Season 2 of Space:1999 on Blu Ray. Yesterday in Hebden Bridge, […]

Taking Refuge

Taking Refuge

I’m here in Hebden Bridge, England leading a four day Zen retreat. Right now it’s work period, so I’ve decided my work is to write this blog. Last night someone at the lecture asked about the concept of “taking refuge.” This is a phrase that’s often used by Buddhists today in the West who generally […]