Some thoughts after jukai

Jukai is the Japanese word for the zen ceremony of “taking the precepts”. Basically you vow to take sixteen precepts seriously in your life after some time meditating with each of them. And on the surface they’re kind of weird

Highly recommended. The trailer does it no justice, but here it is anyway:

Contrapoints. Yes yes, 1000 times yes. Also been watching a lot of Hainbach recently. Both recommended.

Great little article about the ineffectiveness of fighting systems of power (in this case climate change) with consumer choices. “Steeped in a culture telling us to think of ourselves as consumers instead of citizens, as self-reliant instead of interdependent, is

Unpacking Portland Maine Business Lobby’s Opposition to Universal Paid Sick Leave from Jai Kang.

To those who are still confused about white supremacy here’s a woman speaking about in front of a weird barn wall:

Here is a nice little article at No Zen in the West about the tension between the personal and communal aspects of buddhist practice and how they play into the political sphere. I’ve observed a dangerous inclination for some zen

This is a great conversation with angel Kyodo williams, author, activist, and the second of only four (!) black female zen priests in the soto lineage.