Zen as Rebel Artist Training

  Let’s return to process in this post, as these posts seem quite helpful. The Zen folks I admired and respected in the beginning had a big rebelliousness about them, a wildness, like they’d found zen as a tool to channel their wild creative spirit to push themselves toward freedom. They were the ones who…

Describing Traditional Rinzai Koan Training

I spent my twenties in Monasteries in Japan and The United States. Being a Zen monk is kind of like being a primordial energy wizard. Imagine spending twenty-four hours a day focusing on something that most of the world does not know exists. Zazen (Zen Meditation) is a way to tap into this great life energy,…

Standing the in the Dark, Giggling

“Always now – just now – come into being. Always now – just now – give yourself to death. Practicing this is Zen practice.”  Soko Morinaga Everyone wants to figure everything out.  Everyone wants to have the real true thought to explain our lives with meaning.  Most of us want some extreme, an absolute, to…

Video: Life at Sogenji and My Ordination

This video shows a snippet of the life at Sogenji Rinzai Zen Monastery in Okayama, Japan.  It is an unfinished NHK (Japanese Television Station) program, so the editing is not ideal.  It shows a lot of life there, with informal meals, a sense of the work, some footage of the beautiful temple.  It also gives…

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… All my life I had always hoped to be able to get closer to reality.  To really…