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Purely Demonic…



What the fuck does that idiot helmet, clothing, palatial surroundings, and fake asshole spiritual authority have to do with the half-naked man who said “Blessed are the peacemakers“?

And he, the holy Patriarch Kirill, head of the Russian Orthodox Church, so blesses an evil that bombs a maternity hospital in Mariupol in a ‘fraternal’ Orthodox country during Lent:

Fortunately, the brave Ukrainians have saints much more deserving of worship:

As a Buddhist monk, it pains me deeply — on multiple levels — to kiss this icon at her altar of liberation. But such are the times we live in: they urge us into the unholiest of alliances.

When They Wonder


Having finally taken the step to put an online course out into the world, I am sometimes asked how I could charge something for this (the price of the Course is intended to cost less than a three-day meditation retreat. Far less, and with much less climate-wastage than coming for such retreat, in fact.)

This is sometimes what I’d like to answer:



Like anyone, there are things I want to read and consider, and the insidious availability of the smartphone has caused me to also bring it into bed to accomplish this.

Bad habit.

Having finally switched away the smartphone for the beautiful world of a book, I have noticed profound changes in the quality of my sleep. This scientific factoid seems to explain why it has been so truly helpful for me.

It can also be profoundly helpful for you. So, I share it here.

A Donation…


This donation arrived recently from Greece – – natural Greek products from a member of our Greek family, currently based on the island of Amorgos.

Ioannis is particularly excited to receive more healthy, tasty drugs from home.

Zen center life. It’s the BEST.