Black Freemasonry (Review)

Black Freemasonry: From Prince Hall to the Giants of Jazz Cécile Révauger Inner Traditions, 2016, $29.95 Already the author of several books on Freemasonry in French, University of Bordeaux professor Cécile Révauger turns her attention to the history of Black Freemasonry in the United States. As early as the...

Five Things I Learned from Dogen

By Brad Warner, author of Don’t Be a Jerk [Editor: Brad Warner’s recent book Don’t Be a Jerrk is “a radical and reverent paraphrasing” the classic Zen text the Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) by the thirteenth century master Dogen. Warner’s ‘modernization’ of Dongen’s work into plainspoken language...

Zorba the Buddha, Urban (Review)

Despite the ubiquity of news coverage in the 1980s, the Osho-Rajneesh movement’s experiment in building a spiritual city out the Oregon desert has for the most part receded from the national memory. It is little more than a quirky footnote to the history of Reagan’s American. There remain a...

Eat Sleep Sit by Kaoru Nonomura

Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple Kaoru Nonomura, Juliet Winters Carpenter (translator) Published in English by Kodansha, 2015 At the beginning of a successful career, the author decided to enter a Buddhist monastery. Putting everything else on hold, he entered the priestly training program...

An Esoteric Roundup

In Ashé’s hiatus several remarkable works of modern occult publishing have made their way to my desk. I would be remorsefully remiss if I did not acknowledge, with gratitude, the kindness of the publishers for sending them to the Journal. The Dragon Book of Essex Andrew Chumbley (XOANON, 2014)...