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Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part One

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part One

October 15, 2021

My paraphrase of Dogen's essay "Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas" in the style of the Dogen paraphrases I did for my books Don't Be a Jerk and It Came From Beyond Zen.

Buddhist Ordinations and Institutions

Buddhist Ordinations and Institutions

October 8, 2021

Here's a talk I gave in Lammi, Finland in 2019 on the subject of Buddhist ordination and Buddhist institutions. 

One Bright Pearl in Finland

One Bright Pearl in Finland

October 1, 2021

Here's a talk I gave on September 3, 2021 in Lammi, Finland while on my recent European tour. The subject is a koan called One Bright Pearl as well as the teachings of Zen Master Huangpo, who is also known as Obaku. 

Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Three

Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Three

September 21, 2021

The thrilling conclusion of my three-part talk about Hyakujo's Fox at Benediktushof Retreat Center in Germany in September, 2021. The Q&A gets a little funny in this one, but it's sort of interesting too.

Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Two

Hyakujo‘s Fox Part Two

September 18, 2021

Here is the second part of my series of lectures about the old Chinese Zen teaching story, Hyakujo's Fox. This talk took place in September, 2021 at the Benediktushof Retreat Center in Germany.

Hyakujo‘s fox Part One

Hyakujo‘s fox Part One

September 15, 2021

Here is part one of a three part lecture I did at the Benediktushof Retreat Center in Germany. I'm discussing Hyakujo's Fox, a very old Zen famous koan (teaching story). Parts two and three will follow shortly. 

Aliens, Socks, and Sweat in Finland

Aliens, Socks, and Sweat in Finland

September 5, 2021

Here's a recording of a discussion I had on September 4, 2021 with the group at my recent retreat in Lammi, Finland. We talked about aliens, socks, and sweat — three vital topics in Zen Buddhism!

Getting Rid ofWhat Does Not Originally Belong to Us

Getting Rid ofWhat Does Not Originally Belong to Us

August 31, 2021

Nishijima Roshi said that zazen is getting rid of what doesn't originally belong to us. It's kind of an interesting to say.

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Three

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Three

August 23, 2021

Here is the final part of my paraphrase and commentary on Dogen's essay Bussho (Buddha Nature). In this episode, Dogen says, "Grasses, trees, and even land are mind itself. Because they are mind, they are living beings and they have Buddha Nature. The sun, the moon, and the stars are mind itself. Because they are mind, they are living beings and they have Buddha Nature." Pretty interesting stuff!

Hacking Enlightenment?

Hacking Enlightenment?

August 20, 2021

Years ago I made a joke commercial about a machine called The Enlightenizer that gets you enlightened in minutes. Now someone has created the Enlightenizer for real!

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