Hello Friends, I am fundraising to cover my costs for my trip to teach with Lama Rod Owens at Brooklyn Zen Center at the beginning of November (See link here) as well as to get to Belfast Northern Ireland in December. If you can donate that would be great. You can either use my donation […]Continue reading
Dharma Talk: white man’s Accountability on Stolen Land
Below is a Dharma Talk given at Access to Zen on October 8, 2018. Titled white man’s Accountability on Stolen LandContinue reading
Dharma Talk: Practice Beyond Meditation
A Dharma Talk given at Gay Buddhist Fellowship on August 12,2018Continue reading
An old talk from 2012 on SexContinue reading
This One Time at Radical Dharma Camp
I have been speaking and teaching for years about the practice of Radical Dharma. Not simply as a book, but as a guide to practice and life that brings forth the truth of oppression, power, privilege, and unconscious bias. It also offers a way to liberation and love that in my experience is deep, wide […]Continue reading
Happy Birthday To Me
Today is my birthday. In ancient times Zen monks would mark this day by writing a “death poem”. A death poem is one that tends to offer a reflection on death that is often coupled with a meaningful observation on life. Given my own history, I think I have a different view. I have now […]Continue reading
The cost of whiteness?
If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. – Aboriginal activists group, Queensland, 1970s I believe that my liberation as a disabled, queer, poor person is directly tied to the liberation of […]Continue reading
The other day I found myself in discussion with a group of smart folks in which a dialogue developed around “speaking up” and particularly around repeatedly bringing something up. This brought up for me, yet again, an ongoing question that I often notice come up, particularly, when I am in conflict with other folks I […]Continue reading
“Right Livelihood is concerned with ensuring that one earns one’s living in a righteous way. For a lay disciple the Buddha teaches that wealth should be gained in accordance with certain standards. One should acquire it only be legal means, not illegally; one should acquire it peacefully, without coercion or violence; one should acquire it […]Continue reading
Year End Things..
I think being accountable and transparent is an important part of being ethical and devoted to healing. So much of my life and livelihood is supported by so many in such varieties of ways, that I am certain to not be able to speak to them all here. After all, causes and conditions are innumerable […]Continue reading