Practical Tips: Does It Have a Direction?

  I’ve been in a few workshops again recently, and it is very common to have one or two people having really intense internal issues.  The workshops often bring these issues out more intensely than in our normal life.  And this is a real gift.  Often the language used to describe working with this type…

Zen as Primordial Dance Training

  Zen for me was like encountering some carnal primordial dance training.  The whole life was a choreographed dance.  We came to the training, confused, awkward, couldn’t get ourselves going in one direction. We were scattered, lost.  And then we’d see someone wash their bowls, and it was like the world turned to flame.  To…

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…

Marvelous Activity

Many people come to me asking about how to feel good in their bodies.  They have a hard time finding joy in their bodies.  Nothing helps.  For me, the secret to finding real joy and harmony in our bodies is to be fascinated with them, fascinated with life.  This is a big process which will…