The Zen of Spock

The Zen of Spock

Following the death of Leonard Nimoy I started re-watching some of the old Star Trek episodes and movies. In fact, I’d actually been re-watching the first season of the original Star Trek for a couple of months before he died. I’ve been a Star Trek fan for as long as I can remember. My dad […]

Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

Using Meditation to Become a Better Person

I recently got an email that went like this: My experience with Buddhism up to this point has left me feeling that, while the teachings are profound and enlightening, there is a lack of concrete instructions as to how to actually end bad behaviors. I understand that meditation helps to clear the mind, that craving comes and goes, that […]

Is "Good Greed" Good?

Is “Good Greed” Good?

Near the beginning of the  Metta Sutra it says, “Let one not take upon oneself the burden of riches” and three lines later it says, “Let one not desire great possessions even for one’s own family.” I had a conversation recently with a guy I’ve known for a while but don’t see very often. He’s very […]

Bhagavan Das (left) with documentary director Jeff Brown.

The Blanket Thing

Before I start, anyone interested in having me do a lecture, retreat or other such event within an easy (4 hours or less) drive of Knoxville, TN around (but not on!) May 15th, please write me at bw@hardcorezen.info. *   *   * In the film I HEART HUCKABEES there is a conversation between Dustin Hoffman […]

Does Enlightenment Make You Morally Perfect?

Does Enlightenment Make You Morally Perfect?

Here’s a question I received via Facebook. QUESTIONER: Hello Mr. Warner. I have a question for you. Even though we are only human, after we get enlightened, is that supposed to change our life? For example, would I still be a Nazi after I get enlightened? ME: Are you a Nazi now? QUESTIONER: No, far from it. I tried to […]