Perception, Consciousness and Self

Perception, Consciousness and Self

Here’s a question I got by email: “Is it fair to say that perception is consciousness? If the I is just the I reaction to stimulus then without perception there is no I.” This is one of those questions people in my line of work often get. We try our best to answer them. But […]

Guns, Anger and Zen

Guns, Anger and Zen

On August 7, 2011 a deranged asshole with a gun killed eight members of the family of a close friend of mine, including her 11 year-old nephew. Like most such perpetrators in America, he had acquired the gun easily, cheaply, and legally. I have been appalled by the pathetic state of our gun laws since […]

Angel City Zen Center

Ever since my teacher, the late Gudo Wafu Nishijima made me the head of the Buddhist order he established in Japan, it has been my dream to establish a center in the tradition I learned from him. This is a unique and powerful stream of Zen practice, one that truly represents the Middle Way that […]

Corporate Mindfulness is Bullshit

Corporate Mindfulness is Bullshit

I couldn’t say it better than this article from Salon, Corporate Mindfulness is Bullshit: Zen or No Zen, You’re Working Harder and Getting Paid Less.       I’ve got a new book coming out soon! Stay up to date on its release schedule, my live appearances and more by signing up for our mailing […]

Secure Your Mask Before Helping Others

Secure Your Mask Before Helping Others

I’m on retreat right now and can’t post. Here’s a rerun of an article I wrote for Suicide Girls dated August 8, 2011 *   *   * A few people have responded to my blog by comparing me to this or that teacher and saying those guys are much better because they encourage their […]