My Christmas Sucked

My Christmas sucked ass. Well, not entirely. There were some bright spots in the debacle that I endured over the Christmas 2015 holiday week. But mostly it sucked. Maybe one of these days I’ll tell you all about it. Maybe not. Trust me, though. It was epic in its suck. Often in old Zen books […]

No Speaking of Past Regrets

No Speaking of Past Regrets

A thousand years ago, when I first started studying Zen, I came across a set of precepts that included one that went, “No speaking of past regrets.” I have a very clear and distinct memory of reading this. I even remember it being part of a list in which each precept was explained. But, in […]

God Is The Ultimate Terrorist!

God Is The Ultimate Terrorist!

Last night I watched the 2014 movie Left Behind starring Nicholas Cage. The film is based on a mega-successful series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins about the so-called Rapture and what happens to those who Jesus has left behind. According to their website over 63 million copies have been sold. The […]

Perfect Happiness Forever

Perfect Happiness Forever

I posted on Facebook asking people what they’d like me to write about. Here is one of the comments I received. Please write about the belief that once you reach enlightenment you won’t experience any more depression, anxiety… or if you are really enlightened you should not feel depression, etc. When I first started doing […]

Good Times Bad Times

Good Times Bad Times

From the mail bag: Hi Brad. Yesterday I allowed myself to get hung up over not having the job I want or the money I want and convinced myself what a total failure I was. During zazen that morning I had a wonderful experience which only pisses me off even more when I allowed my […]