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 of Eihei-ji, Japan’s most famous Soto […]

NOLA Zazen

by Sven Davisson The Zendo near our house in Maine the sound of the han echoes off trees and hill and large rock where Gato-Roshi’s ashes lie. The songs of birds chattering and trilling to each other the mournful coo-ah coo of a pair of doves and the cutting craw of a crow the lone […]

An Asceticism of Being

Foucault & the Epistemology of Self, Post Modernity by Sven Davisson From the Archives Ashé Journal #1, 2002. I pay homage to the guru, the divine friend, Mahatma Guru Shri Paramahansa Shivaji, Osho, Baba-ji The mental focus of the past several decades, in the West, has been marked by a heightened quest for essence, sometimes […]

Buddhist Influence on Aleister Crowley

by Dead Jellyfish From the Archives Ashé Journal #3.1, 2004. “Do what thou wilt is the whole of the Law, there is no Law beyond do what thou wilt.” In examining the doctrines and teachings of the majority of modern occult traditions one finds themes relating to Aleister Crowley recurring quite frequently. These schools of […]