Ep.17: Shozan Jack Haubner – Zen and All the Gold in the World

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Is the world perfect as it is? How does one tell the pain of change from the pain of violence? Are your bowls clean? In this episode, we’re joined by author and Zen monk Shozan Jack Haubner for what ended up being a festival of hardball questions, which he handled graciously.

*** ABOUT JACK ***

Shozan Jack Haubner’s writing has won a Pushcart Prize and been published in The New York Times, Tricycle, The Sun, the Best Buddhist Writing Series, Lion’s Roar and other publications. His first book, “Zen Confidential: Confessions of a Wayward Monk“, was chosen as one of NPR’s Best Books of 2013 and won an Independent Publisher Book Award. His latest book is “Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)“. He is the host of the popular YouTube channel Zen Confidential.

Find out more about Jack’s work at these links:

Patreon: patreon.com/ShozanJackHaubner

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@zenconfidential25

“Zen Confidential” book: https://a.co/d/a7RXtqc

Single White Monk” book: https://a.co/d/3dDVMnV

*** SHOW NOTES ***


0:00:00 INTRO

0:05:57 Jack’s bio


0:11:23 The truth about Jack’s monk name

0:16:06 Is the world perfect as it is?

0:21:06 Can a Zen practice lead to nihilism?

0:27:02 Being attached to the « heaven world »


0:32:02 Is monasticism escapism?

0:39:12 Dedication VS obstination

0:44:07 The container of the monastery

0:53:11 Dominic’s experience with Zen

0:59:32 Bifurcations on the spiritual path

1:02:56 Anti-authorianism VS respect for a teacher

1:06:12 A human then a mystic then a buddhist

1:13:22 Becoming « truly » human and peak experiences

1:18:19 How much time does awakening take?

1:25:20 Sincerity

1:28:14 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 : « It’s all a game »

1:39:06 Wrapping up and goodbyes