Too Busy to Meditate?

Also published The Tattooed Buddha There are a few things people often say in casual conversation when they find out that I meditate. I want to be very clear, this is what gets said in general conversation, not in a teaching context. “That’s so cool. I wish I could calm my mind down, but I […]

Another Way of Doing Things?

I went to St. Louis to sight-see with my girlfriend last year. It’s only a few hours away, really. It was the city my father came from. It’s the city where I was born. We moved when I was still very young, before I was old enough to start school. I went there to try […]

Kansas City Meditation Mob 8/5/17

I led a livestream meditation event at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in the Chinese temple room. You can watch it here.     If you like what you see here or it brings you some benefit, please consider leaving a donation. Even a dollar or two would be really awesome. Donate

Something is Wrong Here

We can sense a lack in our lives. We can sense it intuitively. Something is wrong. We often don’t know what’s going on, but we tend to feel like something is missing. We suffer, we experience pain and loss. Everything we need to handle what’s going on is right here, we just often fail to […]

Basic Goodness

  I like the Buddhist idea of Basic Goodness. It’s a term that was coined by Chogyam Trungpa, who was trying to present Buddhist teachings in a way that would resonate with westerners. It represents the same thing, essentially, as the Buddha Nature concept. It’s about our true nature, who we really are. The teaching […]

When the Practice Doesn’t Fit — The Tattooed Buddha

  There’s a saying in the zen tradition that if you start to slouch, your mind starts to wander. I have found that to be true, but I haven’t heard anything about your hands feeling uncomfortable and the mind wandering. I think the same principle does apply. In the Zen tradition it’s often said that […]

Freedom in Emptiness

Once we realize the truth of emptiness and interconnectedness, we are free. The path is sometimes called ‘liberation’ and that is the reason why. There is freedom in the path. We can meet the world without such strong expectations. We can face the world without making enemies out of it all the time. In this way […]

The only Zen you can find… |Patheos

“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig This is about Enlightenment. To come to Enlightenment we have to see our true nature. Our true nature is Enlightenment. Enlightenment isn’t something far away that we’re chasing. We have innate wakefulness and […]

Anxiety and Baggage | Patheos

“We cause all sorts of problems in our lives because of basic sense of dissatisfaction and anxiety that we carry with us. Often we do all sorts of things that bring more pain and suffering into our lives. Sometimes we can just tend to make ourselves more and more unhappy.”   Read More: Anxiety and […]

The Passing of Michael Stone

Michael Stone was a pretty famous Buddhist teacher from Canada. I’m not going to lie to you and say I was a fan, as people often do when celebrities die. I had heard his name, but I didn’t really know anything about him, to be quite honest. I know that he taught Buddhism and Yoga. […]