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Video: Russell Simmons & Rick Rubin On the Birth of Def Jam

On this VERY SPECIAL EPISODE of Noisey’s ‘Back & Forth’ interview series, Zen masters Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discuss the early days of Def Jam, which is celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary this year. In this clip, they talk about trying to capture the vibe of the clubs on early Rap records, the conception of […]

Derek Fisher's First Season with NY Knicks Will Reflect Directly on Phil Jackson

As the New York Knicks embark upon the first full season of Phil Jackson's reign as president of basketball operations, they'll have a permanent reminder of the Zen Master's presence stalking the sidelines. New head coach Derek Fisher...Show More Summary

Trepidations about mysticism

When Thomas Merton said that the writings of even Christian mystics were regarded with trepidation in Catholic contemplative monasteries (cf. Mystics and Zen Masters, p. vii) he was, in a subtle way, suggesting to the reader that the West has...

Breaking Down NY Knicks' Point Guard Position for 2014-15 Season

Phil Jackson's redevelopment of the New York Knicks is fully underway as the team prepares for the Zen Master's first full season as president. A look at the team's point guard position confirms New York's evolution under Jackson's reign. As recently as June, the Knicks were widely perceived to be stuck with their putrid scenario at the point. Show More Summary

How to Survive Air Travel Like a Zen Master

This is how you survive the airport: Arrive early. Arrive early? Sounds simple. It is—let me show you. Arrive so early that a friend will text you, What R U sixty years old? No, you're not sixty, you're much older, because the wisdom of the early arrival seems to have eluded even most sixty-year-old travelers. Read more...

Time your Mac life according to the Zen masters with Zen Clock [Sponsored post]

This post is brought to you by Alamex Ltd, creator of Zen Clock. Are you busy on your Mac all the time? Does that little clock in the top right hand corner of your screen govern your life, at least … Read more ›

Realizing the mind that is bodhi

It seems that Bodhicitta is seldom seen much less discussed in the literature of Zen. Certainly, Zen master Ho-tse Shen-hui (684–758) spoke about it when he said: “Since you have already come to this ordination platform to study the perfection...

Video Interlude : Watch Hong Kong Diners Fete elBulli's Ferran Adrià

As part of a tour for his elBulli catalog, Zen koan master Ferran Adrià has acted as the guest of honor during several dinners thrown in part by publisher Phaidon. Here's a video recap of a recent event in...

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Searching for competent teachers

2 months agoReligion / Buddhism : The Zennist

Most of us if our life depended up it could not name sixty Western Zen masters let alone claim to have met all of them. But a Chinese seeker of competent Zen masters did just this. His name was Ta-sui...

Phil Jackson Writes That Kobe Bryant Drove Away Dwight Howard

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson continues to churn out prose for his latest book, Eleven Rings. In a newly-released excerpt of the autobiographical tome, The Zen Master opens up […] The post Phil Jackson Writes That Kobe Bryant Drove Away Dwight Howard appeared first on SLAMonline.

Phi Jackson Confirms D12 Left Lakers Because of Kobe

Thank you, Phil Jackson. Thank you. The Zen Master has cleared up one of the most not-so-mysterious mysteries in the NBA: Dwight Howard did, in fact, leave the Los Angeles Lakers for the Houston Rockets because of Kobe Bryant. Mind-melting stuff, I know. We already knew, for the most part. But there’s something about Jackson […]

Phil Jackson details how his talks with Lakers unraveled in autobiography update

This is the first part of an exclusive excerpt from Phil Jackson’s newly updated autobiography, in which the Zen Master dishes on Jeanie, Jerry and his time in L.A with the Lakers.

Is Phil Jackson Already an Elite NBA Executive?

Phil Jackson has gone through the later stages of his NBA career with the "Zen Master" moniker attached to him at the hip, but it's time to add a new descriptive phrase—elite NBA executive. At some point, he might end up with a list of nicknames and titles as long as Daenerys Targaryen's, and he'll deserve every one of them. Show More Summary

Report Card Grades for NY Knicks' 2014 Offseason so Far

The last time that Phil Jackson was a member of the New York Knicks, he was not known for being a "Zen Master" or for having more championship rings than fingers. As a player in the 1960s and '70s "Action Jackson" was known for his incredibly...Show More Summary

Phil Jackson Posts Funny Tweet After Pau Gasol Signs with Bulls

Phil Jackson has his own brand of humor and isn't afraid to show it off on Twitter. After learning of Pau Gasol's signing with the Chicago Bulls, the Zen Master tweeted this photo: The photo is from June 30, 2014 when lightning struck three of Chicago's tallest buildings at the exact same moment. Show More Summary

NBA Rumors: Latest on Free Agents Carmelo Anthony, Paul Pierce and More

At some point in his cerebral wanderings, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has probably read the absurdist tragicomedy Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. In that play, Godot never shows up. Currently, New York's Zen Master is...Show More Summary

A different beginner's mind

3 months agoReligion / Buddhism : The Zennist

Chinese Zen master Guo Jun said that the beginner’s mind is like a vessel that is dirty. No matter what we pour into this dirty vessel; no matter how nutritious it is, it becomes contaminated. Zen Buddhism, and with that,...

Lawrence: Finally, Nets not Kidd-ing around with hire of Lionel Hollins

Nobody knows how Derek Fisher will work out for Phil Jackson, not even the Zen Master. You can say the same for Steve Kerr out in Golden State.

The Zen of treehouses: Japan's treehouse master Takashi Kobayashi

For this prolific treehouse builder, treehouses are a way to bring the interconnection of nature back to people, "free from all systems or ideology."

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