- Meaningless Striving
Each new year, Americans resolve to work harder and be more austere, for no reason. Let's stop torturing ourselves.
- The Day That Yunmen Broke His Foot
The old stories all have the same punchline: the monk was suddenly enlightened. What really happens when we have an experience of insight?
- Rules for Hyenas
If we treat the Zen precepts as a set of rules to obey, that's just conformity. Let's use them instead as a tool for busting the hierarchy!
- The Meteor
What if you knew you had 30 minutes to live? Would you want to be awakened?
- Why did Master Rinzai slap Jo?
A monk asked Master Rinzai about the essence of Buddhism, and Rinzai slapped him. Why?
- The Real Shit Stick
Unmon said that Buddha is a dry shit stick. Why? Where is Buddha in this regular, shitty, unsatisfactory experience?
- Running in Circles
Running a long race, serving a prison term, practicing Zen: I'm trying to learn how people appreciate each moment in an eon.
- Why Generosity Turns To Rage, And What To Do About It
If someone needs more effort than I expected, or if there's no payoff, I can lose my temper. How can I have a Beginner's Mind about generosity?
- Living While Dying Is Tasty
My mother plans to die at 85. What will that final year be like?
- Memorial Day Dharma Talk
My father-in-law is a soldier and my mother is a peace activist. Buddha's Middle Way allows us both to honor veterans and to oppose war.