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 […]

自分の死に時は自分で決める (I Will Decide When It's Time For Me To Die)

自分の死に時は自分で決める (I Will Decide When It’s Time For Me To Die)

I got an email the other day from Eiki Yanagimoto, one of Nishijima Roshi’s closest and most longterm Japanese students. In it he said that Nishijima’s daughter had told him about Nishijima’s last words. A doctor or nurse was attempting to put an oxygen mask on him and Nishijima refused it saying, “自分の死に時は自分で決める” (jibun no […]

Gudo Wafu Nishijima 1919-2014

Gudo Wafu Nishijima 1919-2014

My ordaining teacher, Gudo Wafu Nishijima, died on January 28, 2014. He was 94 years old. Jundo Cohen wrote a short obituary for him on Sweeping Zen. People have been sending me condolence messages ever since I posted this on Facebook yesterday. Most of them say something like “I’m sorry for your loss.” And I appreciate […]

Theology For Atheists

Theology For Atheists

According to Richard Dawkins, “The achievements of theologians don’t do anything, don’t affect anything, don’t mean anything. What makes anyone think that ‘theology’ is a subject at all?” But Oliver Burkeman, a blogger at the UK paper The Guardian, has a different opinion. He recently published a piece entitled The One Theology Book All Atheists […]