Psychedelic Zen?

Psychedelic Zen?

The fifth Buddhist Precept is usually translated as “Don’t live by selling liquor.” The word “intoxicants” is often substituted for “liquor.” The general understanding is that it was never intended to be restricted to alcohol alone. Bodhidharma’s version goes, “Self-nature is mysterious and profound. In the midst of immaculate dharma, not giving birth to ignorance […]

Meditation for Success?

Meditation for Success?

Many of the most successful CEOs in the world use meditation to give them an edge. That’s what the card that appears at the beginning of a Huffington Post video/article on meditation titled Top CEOs Reveal The Most Important Habit For Success tells me. “Russell Simmons calls meditation ‘the core of my existence’,” it whispers […]

Zen for Aliens

Zen for Aliens

I’m a science fiction fan. I’m one of those guys who can tell you why Star Wars is not science fiction but Star Trek is. I can even argue why the original Star Trek is more truly science fiction than Next Generation, which often ignored the sci-fi stuff to become even more of soap opera […]

Why I Do Zazen

Why I Do Zazen

I’m flying on a big iron bird through the sky. Below me is Lake Michigan. I’ll be in New York City in an hour and a half. I’m on my way for a series of talks and public appearances (see the list below). In fact, there’s one more public appearance on Monday that’s not even […]

Does Life Exist?

Does Life Exist?

I wrote this a couple years ago. For a little while I was trying to turn it into a chapter of Don’t Be a Jerk. It didn’t fit. But here it is for your enjoyment. A lot of us who get into meditation and other similar types of deep inquiry get into it because we […]