Archive of all blog posts tagged 'Zen'

2019


Self-Work In Progress (2019/07/24 05:00)
If you don't work on yourself, it makes the job of others defining you against your will easier for them.

Constructive Loafing (2019/07/23 05:00)
On Zen as the "do-nothing" philosophy (which it isn't).

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."

2018


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.

Narcissism And No-Self (2018/10/09 08:00)
On a Zen concept vs a psychological one.

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.

Spotless Mirrors, And All That (2018/05/31 08:00)
The editing and rewriting process for any of my books always exposes me to the same dilemmas.

Owning Your Boredom (2018/05/30 08:00)
A redux of the old question: what's so bad about being bored?

Enlightenment NOW!!! (2018/05/27 05:00)
The desire for something quick is not itself wrong.

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.

2017


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."

The Nose On Your Face (And Everyone Else's) (2017/11/24 05:00)
On training yourself to see the obvious things.

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".


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