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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!

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Two

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part Two

August 16, 2021

At last! Here is part two of my paraphrase and commentary on Dogen's essay "Bussho" or "Buddha Nature." The commentary is far more extensive this time so the episode is twice as long as part one! Dogen discusses the deep meaning of Buddha Nature and I get into some of what I think Dogen means. What is Buddha Nature, anyhow?

Dream (for Franz)

Dream (for Franz)

August 13, 2021

The second episode of my series about Buddha Nature isn't ready yet. So I'm putting up the audio from the video tribute I made for my friend Franz Kummer in Germany who passed away a few weeks ago. He was good guy.

Buddha Nature A Brief Synopsis

Buddha Nature A Brief Synopsis

August 11, 2021

I'll be back soon with more of my in-depth analysis of Dogen's essay about Buddha Nature. But here's the audio of a brief video I did on the subject. It may serve as a good introduction to the subject.

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part One

Dogen on Buddha Nature Part One

August 9, 2021

This is part one of my podcast about Dogen's essay Bussho or "Buddha Nature" from Shobogenzo. I paraphrased the essay in the style of my Dogen paraphrases from my books Don't Be a Jerk and It Came From Beyond Zen, then I commented on it. Enjoy!

When Buddhism Goes Bad

When Buddhism Goes Bad

August 6, 2021

Sometimes scary things happen during meditation. Sometimes it can be really, really scary. Let's talk about that.

An Experience of Enlightenment

An Experience of Enlightenment

August 4, 2021

My reaction to a story about an enlightenment experience.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

August 2, 2021

It's one of the most popular Buddhist books in the world, but up until a few months ago I had never read it. Now I have. Here are my thoughts about the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Some of My Favorite Zen Books

Some of My Favorite Zen Books

July 30, 2021

If you always wondered what my favorite Zen books are, well, here are some of them! 

Polishing a Tile to Make a Mirror

Polishing a Tile to Make a Mirror

July 28, 2021

Zazen is supposed to be a practice without a goal. What does that mean?

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