The Passive Type (2019/02/20 08:00)
Zen as nonintellectual, rather than anti-intellectual. But also non-passive.
You Won't Find It Here (2019/01/23 08:00)
I sometimes feel like books about writing should be prefaced with, "You won't find any 'literature' here."
The Worst Horse (2019/01/07 08:00)
"If you understand Zen as a kind of practice to be a best horse you will have a problem."
Do(ing) The Right Thing (2018/11/02 08:00)
"moral action is also, inevitably, practical action, and immoral action is inevitably impractical..."
Sometimes Nothing Can Be A Real Cool Hand (2018/10/26 05:00)
There's this line about Zen practice that comes up a lot, that it doesn't "give" you anything.
Now Is The Only Moment Of Your Life, And Other Necessary Delusions (2018/09/25 05:00)
It doesn't mean the present moment is the only thing that exists, or that plans are foolish things.
Too Smart For Your Own Good (2018/09/03 08:00)
"Beginner's mind" is not something we can impose on others.
Enlightenment NOW!!! (2018/05/27 05:00)
The desire for something quick is not itself wrong.
This Is What You Want, This Is What You Get (2018/04/18 08:00)
"No man demands what he desires; each man demands what he fancies he can get."
Theorizers Vs. Practitioners (2018/04/01 05:00)
Zen matters when it's practiced; it's getting people to practice that's the hard part.
The Unthinkable Lightness Of Being (2018/03/20 05:00)
On how Zen and Buddhism are not anti-intellectual, but non-intellectual. Big diff there.
The Royal We And The Singular I (2018/02/26 08:00)
On what we do with the discovery that we're not things, but processes.
Beyond Good And Evil, And All That (2017/12/09 08:00)
In re: "Trying to find absolute rights and wrongs is a trick we play on ourselves to feel comfortable."
No Laughing Matter (2017/10/18 08:00)
On the devolution of Zen into a bad joke.
Captains Of Our Souls (2017/10/15 08:00)
“The premise is not ‘I have you what you need, let me give it to you.’ It’s ‘You have what you need and we’ll find it.’”
Watts's It (2017/10/08 07:00)
On reading, at long last, Alan Watts's 'This Is It.'
No Masters Here (2017/09/16 05:00)
There is no such thing as "mastery" of one's art, just improvement in whatever form is possible.
Try A Little Emptiness (2017/09/06 07:00)
Your Motorcycle Ran Over My Dogma (2017/08/20 08:00)
Why 'Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance' made me hold my nose.
Be Ye Not As Doormats (2017/08/18 08:00)
On Buddhism and fascism and pacifism.
But What If The Moment Sucks? (2017/08/09 08:00)
On the problems inherent in "living in the moment".
Shall We Put A Label On That? Dept. (2017/06/25 08:00)
Given my interest in Zen, am I writing "Buddhist fiction"? I'm dubious.
Self Control Dept. (2017/06/14 08:00)
When you assume full and total responsibility for everything that happens to you, even the things you think you can't control, you have a change of perspective.
The Mess-Age Dept. (2017/06/13 08:00)
On the themes I keep coming back to in my work, and how I try to not let that trap me.
It Takes A Worried Man Dept. (2017/06/03 08:00)
On taming my inner fussbudget.
Science fiction, rebooted.
New York City
Other Lives Of The Mind