New YouTube Video!

Hey Friends!! Recently Jim Martin from The Unusual Buddha was a guest on the podcast, and I was smart enough to film video as well as record audio. Last week I released the podcast episode, and this week I finally finished editing the video. So I’m really excited to share it with you! Jim is […]

New Episode – More About Sadness…

https://anchor.fm/duanetoops/embed/episodes/Episode-6—More-About-Sadness-e3i1o9 Hey friends, I posted a new podcast episode on Monday. If you haven’t had a chance to give it a listen, I would really appreciate it if you did! Really hope you guys like it! Below you’ll find links to all the books and content I referenced, as well as all the gear I […]

Authority?

Hey I’m glad you’re here. So, last week I posted a video called “Tradition?“. In that video we tried to talk a little bit about what it means to be faithful to tradition, what it means to honor tradition, and what it means to betray tradition or to rebel against tradition. We talked about how […]

Tradition?

Hey, I’m glad you’re here. So as I continue delve deeper into learning about Buddhism and the Zen tradition, I’ve found myself thinking more and more about ‘tradition’ – what it means to be faithful to tradition and what it means to betray tradition, what it means to be aligned with tradition and what it […]

What I Should’ve Said About the Sangha…

So last week I posted a video titled “My Sangha“, it was all about what it means to take refuge in the Sangha if you’re in an area without a temple or Zen center, or if you just don’t have the availability to regularly participate in a local Sangha. Yet, for all that I did […]

Meditation & Discomfort…

Whether you’ve been mediating for a couple weeks or several years, chances are at some point in your practice you’ve been confronted with some kind of discomfort, whether physical, emotional, or psychological. So let’s talk about that right now… I recently posted a video titled “I Suck at Meditating” in that video I outlined some […]

Montaigne & Buddhism Part 2 (Video)

This is the second part in my Montaigne and Buddhism series, excerpted from a paper I wrote for a graduate course I’ve recently completed. Here, we take a look at Montaigne and the ideas of ‘Impermanence’ and Anitya/Anicca. Enjoy! Montaigne & Buddhism Part 1 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ugn9r… Montaigne & Buddhism Part 2 Blog post: https://duanetoops.wordpress.com/2018… Montaigne […]

Montaigne & Buddhism, Part 1: Dhyana & Vipassana

  For a Western European writer steeped within the Renaissance era, Montaigne’s approach and content seems uncannily Eastern, or, more specifically, the content of his writing seems to be uniquely Buddhist. One can only speculate as to whether or not Montaigne was familiar with Buddhist philosophy. It seems to be an unavoidable truth that there […]

Montaigne & the Instability of the Self (Video)

A few weeks ago I posted a blog on the same topic and with the same title. It was a paper written for a graduate course, in which I attempted to highlight Montaigne’s ideas about the ‘Self’. Here, I just wanted to try and make a quick video providing an overview of the paper and […]

Suffering and the ‘Self’

As the title of the video suggests, I’m discussing Buddhist ideas of Suffering and the ‘Self’, or more specifically the illusion of the ‘Self’. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula – https://smile.amazon.com/What-Buddha-… Waking up by Sam Harris – https://smile.amazon.com/Waking-Up-Sp… The Self Illusion by Bruce Hood – https://smile.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_… Why Buddhism is True by Robert Wright […]