Banks, Bonus Tax & Zen

Business Buddha - Chris Scott

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." - F Scott Fitzgerald

Slumdog Millionaire Zen

Slumdog Millionaire Oscar

"Unending, inseparable, unborn," said Danny Boyle in his acceptance speech for Best Director at this year’s Oscars when talking about Mumbai. If you’d blinked you may well have missed it.

Paul McKenna and the Zen Master

Paul McKenna

Zen masters throughout history are known for breaking with convention, and Zen Master DenisGenpo Roshi, a practitioner for almost 40 years, is no exception. He'll be coming to London this weekend as part of the Big Mind, Big Heart Weekend Workshop with guest Paul McKenna.

Monk and the Master: Part 1 - Zen Shopping

Starry Night - Lina Garzon

In the run-up to Christmas, there is no one better to advise us on shopping than Zen Master Genpo Roshi, author of Big Mind, Big Heart: Finding Your Way, and pioneer of the Big Mind Process, a mix Eastern Zen with Western psychology. But first as usual, the Monk.

Zen, Buffet, Green, and the Crunch

The Transcendent

'Life is suffering' is the first noble truth in Buddhism, but it’s a slightly misleading translation of the word 'dukkha' in Sanskrit, which might be better translated as 'stuck-ness'. Imagine a wheel stuck, with an axle that cannot rotate. That’s the state of mind the Buddha was referring to.

Everything Changes But You, Monk

Take That - Everything Changes

So sang Take That back in the mid-90s. But the sad fact is Take That were wrong (on a number of levels, depending on your view of boy bands). You've got to go with George Harrison instead when it comes to making sense of the credit crunch. All things must pass.

You, Me, the Buddhas and Bruce Lee


One of the first people to bring Eastern ideas West in the form of stunning entertainment was Bruce Lee. There probably isn’t a child of the '70s or '80s who hasn’t indulged in a bit of pretend Kung fu and the mind blowing noises he used to make dispatching the enemy.

Monk and the Office Rottweiler

Brindle - Gary Scott

One day after listening to a sermon on endless compassion, a monk walked home from his teacher's house. In high spirits, he saw a stray dog and bent down to stroke it. The dog bit off his finger.