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About

I’m new at this.

Not blogging. Zen. But like I found a few years ago, when you’re learning something that seems drastically new, the best way to keep yourself learning is to blog about it as you go. So that’s what I’m doing.

I’ve had a passing interest in world religions for a while now and have done a fair amount of reading about Buddhism. Earlier this year, I read Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen just because the idea of a book about Zen, monster movies, and punk seemed like it had to provide a unique perspective on things. Sure enough, it did, but it also made me realize that Zen Buddhism isn’t about the myriad “Zen and the Art of…” books that have become almost cliche. What Warner said in his book made me think, “Oh man… this is exactly what I’ve been feeling.” Here was a religion that didn’t care about itself. A religion that encourages you to question authority, including itself. A religion that doesn’t discount science and actually encourages scientific inquiry. A religion that actually really takes the sentience and suffering of others into account. In other words, there are no hypocritical pig roasts at Zen gatherings (or at least, I hope there aren’t).

I’m not quite sure what this blog will be just yet. Probably excerpts from books or web sites that speak to me the most. Probably some commentary of my own about my experiences what I’m learning. Whatever the case, there’s one thing I want any readers that stumble upon this to keep in mind: things change. What I write today I might totally disagree with or see differently tomorrow. Question what you read here. Question me. Question Zen.

2 comments

  1. […] In lieu of a thorough introductory post, I’m going to point to my about page. My next two (repurposed) posts will serve as an introduction of sorts as well. […]


  2. […] In lieu of a thorough introductory post, I’m going to point to my about page. My next two (repurposed) posts will serve as an introduction of sorts as well. […]



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