This week we talk to Shozan Jack Haubner
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 Parable
- His 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 monastery
- The union of contrary things
- His take on Leonard Cohen’s last album
- The opposite of despair for Leonard Cohen isn’t happiness, it’s clarity
- The sex scandal involving his teacher
- His experience leaving the monastery
- What’s next for him in his life
- His conversation with a Christian priest about fighting demons
- Suffering = pain + resistance
- Letting feelings come and go
- He 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 another
- The importance of walking your path when it comes to learning
- His experience taking Ayahuasca
Shozan Jack Haubner Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs