My So-Called Spiritual Life



You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go.

-- Dr. Seuss

I practice Korean-style Zen at Empty Gate Zen Center.

Here's a video of Zen Master Bon Soeng (Jeff Kitzes), the abbott and guiding teacher of Empty Gate. It's from the PBS show Roadtrip Nation:

A couple more teaching videos: the first is ZM Bon Soeng from one of our weekly Q&A sessions (Aug '09). The second is a collection of interviews and teaching talks from the founder of the school, Zen Master Seung Sahn (Dae Soen Sa Nim):


Finally, a little Zen talk of my own, from Empty Gate’s first public program of 2009. (Many more Zen videos can be found on the frequently-updated emptygatezen YouTube channel.

More Zen stuff:

My blog includes a series of posts I wrote in 2007 to chronicle my decades of exporation in the spiritual/philosophical realm, focusing on what's led to my facinating with Zen, particularly the experience of my first retreat with this practice in 1988. I've entitled this mini-memoir Autobiography of a Boo Boo

My so-called spiritual life has of course included the obligatory psychedelic experiences, which were helpful in inspiring me to explore formal meditation practice since about age 18. I spent 5 years with the Siddha Yoga (SYDA) organization of guru Swami Muktananda and his successor Gurumayi Chidvilasananda. After leaving that group, I began Zen practice with a week-long sitting retreat at the beginning of 1988.

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Here's a wide selection of spiritual and quasi-spiritual sites I've come across. Try whatever you like, as long as you do no harm!