Books Read 2018

Alright, I’m going to let my nerd flag fly right out the gate. I’m an avid reader. I read a lot, I mean A LOT. That fact, in and of itself, may not sound particularly nerdy but, wait there’s more. Every year I set a reading goal, and throughout the year I track and catalog […]

Zen Teachers?

  So, I’ve been doing a lot thinking about Zen teachers, about what it means to have a teacher, about what a zen teacher even is, and about what it means to be a zen student, especially in our particular, modern, Western context or situation. So, let’s talk about that right now! I guess you […]

Notes on Democracy?

What we are currently witnessing is not democracy… It is the illusion of choice, the coercion of choice – a false choice forced from a false dilemma habitually patterned by the extremes of bifurcated partisan politicization… It is nothing short of outright deception and manipulation. We are now nothing more than marrionettes operating under the […]

Nature, Nihilism, Nationalism, Morality,and the Existence of Superiority….

Most of the time I find social media, especially Facebook, insufferable and I grow increasingly impatient with the incessant stream of inconsequential fodder posted under the pretenses of ‘content’. Yet, as many times as I’ve wanted to pull the plug, and as close as I’ve come to hitting that deactivate button the one thing that keeps me clinging to […]

What’s the Difference Between God, the Devil, and a President?

In two words….Absolutely Nothing! All are fictious offices/positions of illusory and ineffectual power, each perpetuated to create a false sense of cosmic/social stability and order. In the event that something goes right, we have someone to thank, praise, and worship. In times of crisis, cautastrophe, distress, trauma, and turmoil, we have someone to blame and […]

What to do When Something You Love is Part of the Problem?

The past year and a half of my life has been tumultuous at best. It has been the epitome of what Shakespeare defined as the “winter of our discontent”. It has been a time marked almost exclusively by loss and misfortune. I’ve lost my job,having been laid off twice. I’ve lost my home. I’ve lost […]

Night Shift

Here’s another poem I’ve been working on. It still needs work but, let me know what you think.   With each new day I awake to the dawning of a brand new yesterday. Tomorrow never arrives. No hope on the horizon, just the eternal recurrence of all that has already been. I am haunted by […]

A Centerless Mandala…

There is no quiet at my center. There is no calm at my core. There is no peace in my being.  I am inundated by anguish and turmoil. Chaos permeates to the very marrow of my bones and it cannot be silenced… In the tumult of where I am found there is no space, no […]

Experiential Alterity…

  In the forward to his book, As a Man Thinketh, James Allen writes that the objective of the text is to “stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that – ‘They themselves are the makers of themselves’ by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage” (5). Allen goes on to say […]

Is Saturday Forgotten on Sunday?

  Holy Saturday is too often passed over far too quickly on the way to resurrection Sunday. It is a day that fully inhabits the death of God, a day that is utterly saturated with complete and total absence of the divine. If the cry from the cross marks the kenotic self-emptying moment in which […]