On "the world of demons" in Buddhist study, and other things in it that are routinely misunderstood.
On how Zen and Buddhism are not anti-intellectual, but non-intellectual. Big diff there.
And you're not your desires, either.
Why "teaching" creativity may be a misnomer at best and a waste at worst.
I'll tell me what to really think.
Warning: Navel-gazing within!
Writing: the work that validates itself. (But who really believes that?)
Writing: there's a best way, a right way, and in the end, your way.
Does success make it impossible to speak truth to power?
On the self that plays tricks on the self by being the self, or something.
Last ride on the suffering train, I swear!
Don't just do something, sit there!
The systematic study of most any spiritual path (in my case, Zen) leads you, if you're lucky, to confront the incarnate meaning of the clichés thrown around by people who have at best read a few books about it. "All...
The artist isn't a guru, a god, or sometimes even a good guy.
Labels, like "Buddhist" or "science fiction", are both a boon and a bane. We know this, but what do we really do about it?
What is it that a book does better than a movie? Especially when it's SF?
We are, I think, finally beginning to see the full flowering of a literature of true native Western Buddhism. By this I mean works written by Buddhists who are Westerners first and foremost, and whose understanding of both Western life...
Sometimes wanting to be a writer is the worst way to be a writer.
Ambitious attempt to place the Buddha in, and outside of, his historical context as a thinker and philosopher.
Brad Warner explains one of Zen's more difficult texts with verve and unpretentious charm.
Zen explained by a former punk rocker. No, really. And explained very well, too.
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