Miracles Great and Small

Miracles Great and Small

When I was a first year student at Kent State University in Ohio, I was really interested in finding out what religions were all about. I was raised without one — not as an atheist, just in a family that didn’t care about religion. I wanted to know what religions were and why people believed […]

That's Just the Content of Your Zazen

That’s Just the Content of Your Zazen

FROM THE MAILBAG: Brad, I know you get sick of answering the same questions, but I am sincere with my next few.  I’ve been sitting for about 10 years (as a result of your first book) for the most part without a teacher. I have a teacher, but he is retired now and tough to […]

Is White Buddhism Cultural Appropriation?

Is White Buddhism Cultural Appropriation?

The other day I posted this on Facebook: Buddha isn’t just the historical Buddha (aka Siddhartha or Gotama or Shakyamuni — the guy had a lot of names). We are all Buddhas. It’s just that only a few of us notice it and even fewer of us ever really manifest our own Buddha-ness. So Buddhism […]

What's So Great About the Truth?

What’s So Great About the Truth?

Yesterday I attended the annual Hare Krishna Festival of Chariots on Venice Beach in sunny So Cal. The Festival of Chariots is where the Hare Krishnas drag a bunch of gigantic decorated carts down to the beach and set up a big party with delicious snacks and music and lots of questionable philosophy. Regular readers […]

The Age of Reality

The Age of Reality

Nishijima Roshi: If Buddhism pervades throughout the world, religions will vanish. That is my idea. Religion is a kind of belief, but Buddhism is believing in the fact in front of us. So the attitude is different. I think human history is going to enter into the age of reality. Q: And the age of […]