Hardcore Zen
The Grand Canyon and Enlightenment

The Grand Canyon and Enlightenment

January 21, 2022

Here's a talk I gave in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 about the Grand Canyon and Enlightenment.

Good Zazen vs. Bad Zazen

Good Zazen vs. Bad Zazen

January 10, 2022

In this Q&A session from 2019 in Finland I talk about what it means to be a Zen teacher and then we get into the subject of "good zazen" vs. "bad zazen."

No Self in a Bar in Texas

No Self in a Bar in Texas

December 17, 2021

In 2016 I spoke in a bar in Texas about the concept of "No Self" as expressed in Dogen's most famous essay Genjo Koan (The Realized Universe). Here's the recording!

The Heart Sutra and Hitler‘s Golden Elevator

The Heart Sutra and Hitler‘s Golden Elevator

December 10, 2021

Here's a talk I did in 2015 at Felsentor, a Zen monastery in Switzerland that was established by a dharma heir of Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, my first Zen teacher's teacher. It's about the Heart Sutra but I also talk about some other stuff including Hitler's golden elevator. Enjoy!

Are We Wasting Our Time

Are We Wasting Our Time

December 3, 2021

In today's podcast I ask a group of Germans at a Zen retreat "Are we wasting our time doing this?" I also present a long quote from Kobun Chino Otogawa Roshi, one of the greatest contemporary Zen teachers.

Did Dogen Believe in Reincarnation and Does It Matter If He Did?

Did Dogen Believe in Reincarnation and Does It Matter If He Did?

November 26, 2021

Lots of people ask what Zen teaches about life after death. Here is my really long answer!

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Six

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Six

November 19, 2021

The explosive conclusion of my series of commentaries on Dogen's essay Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas!

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Five

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Five

November 12, 2021

What do Buddhists do when they have a "bad hair day"? Here is Zen Master Dogen's answer! Plus an explanation of the universe as it really is.

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Four

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Four

November 5, 2021

Part Four (4! Count 'em!) of my commentary on Dogen's essay Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas. In this one I say some weird stuff about astrology and astronomy.

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Three

Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas Part Three

October 29, 2021

Part Three of my translation and commentary on Dogen's essay Yui Butsu Yo Butsu, aka Buddhas Alone Together With Buddhas.

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