Empty Your Tea Cup!

Empty Your Tea Cup! One of my favorite stories concerns a Buddhist scholar and a Zen Master. The scholar had an extensive background in Buddhist Studies and was an expert on the Nirvana Sutra. He came to study with the master and after making the customary bows, asked her to teach him Zen. Then, he […]

Approaching Music With A Beginner’s Mind

Have you ever felt that your practicing has become tedious or boring? Do you feel burned out on playing “the same old songs”? Have you lost your momentum or joy in your practicing? There a solution for you. It’s called “Beginner’s Mind”. The well known and respected zen master, Suzuki Roshi said “In the beginner’s […]

Zen and working as a musician

It is a challenge be a professional artist. Finding good opportunities to perform, collaborating with other artists, navigating competitive and narcissistic personalities, creating a following for your art, all takes work and dedication. What helps keep me on the right path is a small dose of zen. In zen, there is a teaching called the […]