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 […]

Maybe a “Reminder” is what we really need…

I use to see a counselor on a regular basis. I’ve dealt with depression and anxiety for probably most of my life but, a few years ago things got really bad. I went through some pretty catastrophic life changes and I handled them poorly to say the least, and that’s only if you can say […]

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 […]

I didn’t realize ‘Discipline’ was so polarizing

About five days ago I posted a video on my YouTube Channel called “A Disciplined Liberation“. (I’ll embed the video below as well, You’re welcome, lol.) Obviously, the primary subject matter of the video was the idea of ‘discipline’, especially as it relates to Zen practice, meditation, and the concepts of freedom, realization, awakening, and […]

I think I finally figured out how to blog

I’ve had this blog for nine years now…nine…fucking…years…wow! And, in all that time I think I’ve had absolutely no clue what to do with it. This blog has largely been a dumping ground, a digital vomit bucket. At first it was little more than a place to throw random thoughts. Then it became site of […]

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 […]

Montaigne & Buddhism Part 4: Why Should Buddhists Care?

This is the final part of my Montaigne & Buddhism series. In this concluding video I attempt to answer the question “Why should Buddhists care about Montaigne?”  Below you’ll find a rough transcript. Enjoy! Recently I posted one of the videos from my Montaigne and Buddhism series in a Buddhist Facebook discussion group and the […]

Montaigne & Buddhism Part 3: Anatman/Anatta – ‘No-Self’

This is Part 3 of my Montaigne & Buddhism series. In this video I talk about the similarities between Montaigne’s view of ‘The Self’ and the Buddhist doctrine of Anatman/Anatta.  Below you’ll find a rough transcript. Enjoy! Alan Watts explains that “The doctrine of anitya is” not simply “the…assertion that the world is impermanent,” but also […]

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 2: Impermanence & Anitya/Anicca

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. In part one I discussed Montaigne and ‘meditation’, or more specifically the parallels between Montaigne’s literary approach and the Buddhist ideas of Dhyana/Jhana and Vipassana. You can read part one here […]