Holy Hell

Holy Hell

I watched the movie HOLY HELL while holed up in Helsinki waiting for my ride up to Lammi for a four-day Zen retreat. Holy Hell tells the story of a cult called Buddhafield led by a guy who went by numerous different names in the course of his career. He starts off as Michel, but […]

Responsibility and Ownership

Responsibility and Ownership

So here I am in London, England! I plan to spend today finding every record and cd shop this city has. I am particularly in search of Pre-Teen Symphonies by The Velvet Crush, the reissue of New River Head by The Bevis Frond, and Season 2 of Space:1999 on Blu Ray. Yesterday in Hebden Bridge, […]

Taking Refuge

Taking Refuge

I’m here in Hebden Bridge, England leading a four day Zen retreat. Right now it’s work period, so I’ve decided my work is to write this blog. Last night someone at the lecture asked about the concept of “taking refuge.” This is a phrase that’s often used by Buddhists today in the West who generally […]

World Peace in Ireland

World Peace in Ireland

Two weekends ago I led a retreat in Belfast, Northern Ireland and this past weekend I led one about two hours’ drive up the road from Dublin in a retreat center called Jampa Ling. Tomorrow night I’ve been invited to attend the opening celebrations to kick off International World Peace Day in Dublin. Peace is good. […]

To the People of the Year 3816 CE

To the People of the Year 3816 CE

Today is my last full day in Northern Ireland. I’m gonna go out and enjoy the day soon. Yesterday I received the T-shirts that Annette Mann put together for this year’s tour and they sure are spiffy! We only made 100 of these because we have no idea if anyone will buy them or not. […]