Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk who has written two books and a number of essays for The Sun, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, Lion's Roar and the New York Times, and the Best Buddhist Writing series.
Subscribe in iTunesPlease Support The Show with a DonationShozan Jack is a fascinating guy. He grew up in a Catholic home, studied philosophy, has been a stand-up comedian and has authored two books and many essays. He's got the gift of striking your funny bone in one sentence and then in the very next sentence, striking the center of your heart and mind in a profound way. In this episode, which is part 2 of a two-part interview, you'll hear him talk about his experience living as a monk inside of a Buddhist monastery, being a monk alongside Leonard Cohen, dealing with a sex scandal at his monastery, and what it has been like to transition into living his life back in the world and the many teachings with great wisdom along the way. -------------Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk whose essays have appeared in The Sun, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and the New York Times, as well as in the Best Buddhist Writing series. The winner of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, he is also the author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk.His latest book is called: Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)In This Interview, Shozan Jack Haubner and I Discuss...The Wolf ParableHis new book, Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)How Leonard Cohen spent his time as a Buddhist monk in the monasteryThe union of contrary thingsHis take on Leonard Cohen's last albumThe opposite of despair for Leonard Cohen isn't happiness, it's clarityThe sex scandal involving his teacherHis experience leaving the monasteryWhat's next for him in his lifeHis conversation with a Christian priest about fighting demonsSuffering = pain + resistanceLetting feelings come and goHe calls himself the "middle manager of the middle way"The middle way involves dissolving the distance between self and other, in complete giving, in either receiving or initiating.Also, the middle way is not picking one thing OR anotherThe importance of walking your path when it comes to learningHis experience taking AyahuascaPlease Support The Show with a Donation
Shozan Jack is a fascinating guy. He grew up in a Catholic home, studied philosophy, has been a stand-up comedian, has authored two books and many essays, was a screenwriter and poet and currently lives as a Zen monk and priest. He's got the gift of striking your funny bone in one sentence and then in the very next sentence, striking the center of your heart and mind in a profound way. In this episode, which is part one of a two-part interview, you'll hear him explain the Buddhist concept of "no-self" in such a way that it finally makes sense, hear how even Zen monks chase success and yes - his experience with an opium high and being given a death sentence (spoiler alert: he's still alive). Shozan Jack Haubner is the pen name of a Zen monk whose essays have appeared in The Sun, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and the New York Times, as well as in the Best Buddhist Writing series. The winner of a 2012 Pushcart Prize, he is also the author of Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk.His latest book is called: Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)In This Interview, Shozan Jack Haubner and I Discuss...The Wolf ParableHis new book, Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)How it's not about good and evil but rather, where do each come from?The idea of no selfWho am I vs. Where am I?That the self is not fixed and it's not solidThe self is porous, co-dependent arising through relationships with our surroundingsThat the worship of success thwarts true fulfillment"No attachment to an outcome"An opium high and a death sentencePlease Support The Show with a Donation
  This week on The One You Feed we have Shozan Jack Haubner. Shozan Jack Haubner is the author of the wonderful memoir Zen Confidential: Confessions of A Wayward Monk. We loved this book. It was poignant, insightful and absolutely hilarious. With a foreword written by, Leonard Cohen (The Guest We Want The Most), we should have known it would be great. Jack has also won a Pushcart Prize and been featured in the Best Buddhist Writing Series. His humorous essays have appeared in Tricycle, Utne Reader, BuddhaDharma, Huffington Post, Shambhala Sun, Spirituality & Health, and the Sun. A former screenwriter and standup comic, he moved to a Zen Buddhist monastery in the early aughts. He was drawn to the rigors of Zen practice, the deep insight of the tradition, and the fact that Zen monks do not have to refrain from cursing or drinking alcohol. A year into his life as a full-time Zen monk he discovered that Buddhism is fundamentally about "no self." He is still wondering if an exception can be made in his case.  In This Interview Jack and I Discuss... The One You Feed parable. His interpretation of The Middle Way in Buddhism. Our shadow side. How the problem and the solution are one. How the people in our lives are not a hindrance to awakening, they are our teachers. The role of humor in living a good life. How we turn ourselves into constant self improvement projects and the problems with that. How meditation helps us to know ourselves better. The life lessons of working in a monastery kitchen. Shozan Jack Haubner Links Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk Shozan Jack Haubner Twitter  Shozan Jack Haubner Shambala page    
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