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But who needs healthcare when you can enter an AmaZen “mindful practice room,” one of a number of “coffin-sized booths,” in the words of Vice, that Amazon is planning to introduce at its warehouses? There you can watch a video of a baby deer leaping through a field or whatever as you try to stave off intrusive thoughts about, say, your upcoming eviction.

This article by Jessa Crispin reminded me yet again why I dislike meditation separated from religious practice, and why I ask readers not to buy my books on Amazon. (My ebooks aren’t sold there, but I can’t stop them from selling my paperbacks.)

Meditation that isn’t part of a religious practice is a useful tool for making exploited people better able to tolerate their exploitation, and easing whatever consience the exploiters might have. To teach — or, rather, sell — meditation in such a setting is a violation of Buddhist ethics.

I don’t want scabs to read my books, and I’m disgusted by heretics pretending to teach the Buddha Dharma.

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—Barry Graham

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The latest on the Dockyard Press Harbourmaster’s Loug is this poem by Bobby Carlson.

And I have a new one on Buddhistdoor Teahouse.

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Speaking of Gerry Loose, as I was last week, the Dockyard Press Harbourmaster’s Loug has a poem by him.

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My friend Gerry Loose describes himself as “a slow-moving nomad.” He is a trained ecologist, and a Zen Buddhist who has also practiced Tibetan Buddhism, and, for three decades now, one of Scotland’s most admired poets. His latest book, The Unfinished Hut, is his first book of prose rather than poetry — but the prose is also poetry. Somewhere between Matsuo Basho’s Oku no hosomichi and Kamo no Chomei’s Hojoki, it is a journal of hermitage, friendship, death, deep ecology and contemplative practice. Covering 20 years, it is 65 pages long, with plenty of white space, but it is not a small book, and may be his best so far.

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Today is publication day for the French translation of my book on Zen practice, Kill Your Self, published by Pocket as La Vie Apres L'Ego. A deep bow of thanks to Mikael Demets, Charlotte Lefevre, Elise Boulay and Ghizlaine Guevel.

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