Journalist & Teacher
Journalist & Lecturer on Philosophy, Culture, Politics, History.
Freelancer Available For Hire.
Things To Read
A Q and A With Daniel Matt: Demystifying The Zohar
"The Zohar very much encourages creativity and innovations. It’s aware of its own creativity and promotes creativity. It says God is yearning for human innovation, and everyone becomes a jewel in the divine crown and God kisses every one. It’s really a celebration of the human imagination."
The Buddhist Roots of Hathayoga
Fall 2019 Tricycle
Purists discourage mixing traditions, but research reveals that the origins of one of today’s most popular Indian practices aren’t so clear-cut.
Spinoza In Plain English
Follow this link to my commentary on Spinoza's Ethics aimed at the non-specialist. You'll also find a link inside to my general Introduction to Spinoza.
Mother Night: We Are What We Pretend To Be
May 2 2019
If I search my own life for a major instance of Vonneguttian pretend, it would surely be my own participation in an ecosystem-destroying culture. Doing so clearly does not reflect my values, or at least not some of them, ones I happen to cherish. Yet I do it because of other values I hold, like security and pleasure. At the end of the day, which will matter more- my lifelong participation in industrial capitalism, or the private thoughts of my heart?
Wilderness Birthed The Mind
April 21 2019
As the Earth radically changes, what happens to the wisdom that it has to offer us?
"Like Fish In A Pool With Little Water": Who Will Help The Rohingya?
April 2 2019
Conditions deteriorate for Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh’s refugee camps as countries around the globe close their doors.
Leonard Cohen Under A New Light
November 27, 2018
October saw the arrival of two treats for fans of the late Leonard Cohen. The first, Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen, is written by Cohen’s long-term friend and fellow Zen student Eric Lerner. The second, The Flame, is a posthumous collection of Cohen’s poems, late songs, and notebook fragments curated by his son, Adam.
Why the Buddha Would Advocate for Universal Basic Income
OCT 25, 2017
You're probably not asking what the Buddha would have thought about UBI, but maybe you should be.
Putting to Rest the Myth of the Heroic Self
JUL 25, 2017
This is a reflection I wrote about my friend Michael Stone, Jewish Buddhist teacher, after his tragic death.
Journalist and freelance writer
I frequently write on things Buddhist, Jewish, and human. I am the Pacific Correspondent for the Canadian Jewish News and write regularly for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, the Jewish Independent, and The Wisdom Daily. I am a professional lecturer and storyteller in Jewish culture, Eastern philosophy, and other eccentric interests of mine. I am available to give talks and lead workshops. I also am a long time meditation instructor.