Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #277 - 18NOV17

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week we feature a pre-recorded conversation with Shozan Jack Haubner, author of the recently published book Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in that Order). The Shambhala publisher information describes the book like this:

    Think the life of a Zen monk is all serenity, peace, and austerity? Think again. Here, Shozan Jack Haubner gives an often-hilarious, always-candid account of what it’s really like behind those monastery walls. Haubner’s adventures include memories of his dysfunctional Midwestern family that drove him ultimately to declare, “I think I should be a monk!” to a madcap account of the night he got stoned and snuck out of the monastery, alongside more sobering accounts such as his life-threatening brush with illness, the profound impact of a dear friend’s death, and reflections on the controversy that rocked his Zen community. That he finds timeless wisdom in both the tragic and the absurd is a tribute to Haubner's gifts as a writer and humorist, and to his clear insights into the nature of self and what the practice of Zen is all about.

    A former monk in the Rinzai Zen tradition, Shozan Jack Haubner is also the author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk, published by Shambhala. His writings have earned him a Pushcart Prize, and his essays have appeared in periodicals including Buddhadharma, Tricycle, and The Sun.

More information about Shozan Jack Haubner's work can be found at:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Mystical Positivist - Radio Show #276 - 11NOV17

The Mystical Positivist is now a weekly radio show on KOWS-LP 107.3 FM, Occidental, CA. Listen live on Saturday evenings from 4:00 - 6:00pm, PST, via the web at KOWS Live Stream.
This week's podcast features:
  • This week on the show we speak by telephone with Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen priest and dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage. He is a professional musician, and also teaches mindfulness in a wide variety of secular contexts, including police and corporate training, correctional facilities, and addiction recovery and wellness groups. He is based at the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center in Minneapolis, and travels to teach across the United States. He is the author of Inside the Grass Hut: Living Shitou’s Classic Zen Poem, and more recently Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara: A Practitioner’s Guide, the subject of our discussion today
More information about Ben Connelly's work can be found at: