Bob Dylan, Folk Songs, Koans, and the Transmission of Art

Today I was listening to Bob Dylan’s lecture to the Nobel foundation (it is a requirement for all winners to give a lecture), hearing him talk about his formative time as an artist, playing music in small venues and on the streets to tiny crowds.  That time shaped his artistic vision, and I was struck…

Breaking Through: Sublime and Natural

Lately, quite a few zen practitioners have asked me about breakthrough.  Is it real?  Is it possible? Does anyone really break through?  What does it mean?  I am writing this post to inspire those who have heard about breakthrough and find it mysterious and seemingly impossible.  I am here to put my two cents in….

Tips for wild energy

I have been in lots of workshops lately involving energy work, and in every workshop there are a couple of people going through some intense energetic issues. There are many forms that these issues take.  From shaking, to headaches, ears ringing, incredible anxiousness, or spontaneous uncontrollable movements.  I usually try to assure them that things…

The Second Breath

After my last post, people have asked me to describe more deeply about my process.  People want a how to, but I think it is better to inspire people to find their own process.  Well, here goes… Let me first note that I am not writing about Buddhist Experiences or even enlightenment experiences.  These are…

Birthing True Wisdom

“Our bodies already know how to birth true wisdom” Shodo Harada Lately I have had a lot of clients come into my office who are talking about walking right, sitting right, squatting right.  I have a different view of movement and embodiment.  I hope it will be informative. Instead of looking outside for the right…