Episode 265 :: Tim Macejak :: Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend

| December 18, 2016 | 2 Comments

Tim Macejak

Tim Macejak joins us to speak about his book Zen Unleashed: Everyday Buddhist Wisdom from Man’s Best Friend.

A few of you may know that I’ve had dogs and various other creatures in my immediate family, but mostly dogs. You may have even heard me make reference to them being my best teachers, in patience, in kindness, in being present, in love. As it turns out there is some synchronicity with their fine example, and Buddhism.

Tim Macejak began practicing Zen in the early 1980’s and has alternated between formal practice at Zen Centers and an informal at-home practice. He currently is co-leader of a Buddhist meditation group at the Anamosa Men’s Reformatory (a state penitentiary), and a member of the Cedar Rapids Zen Center. He is an employee of the United States Postal Service and a dog lover. He lives in Anamosa, Iowa, with his wife Teresa. Sheila currently resides at her home in Iowa. Like most dogs, she lives by Buddhist principles, being in the now. When she’s not napping, Sheila enjoys taking car rides, playing Frisbee, and barking at people and things. As part of her Buddhist practice, Sheila is no longer chasing large farm equipment, and appears to be making an effort to be friendlier with the cat next door. This is hit and miss though.

So, sit back, relax, and have a nice Black Dog Ale.


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Ted Meissner

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Ted Meissner is the host of the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science. He has been a meditator since the early 90’s, has been interviewed for Books and Ideas, Mindful Lives, and The Whole Leader podcasts, spoken about mindfulness with various groups including Harvard Humanist Hub, and has written for Elephant Journal and The International Journal of Whole Person Care. He is the Executive Director of the Secular Buddhist Association, host of the SBA’s official podcast The Secular Buddhist, and is on the Advisory Board for the Spiritual Naturalist Society. Ted’s background is in the Zen and Theravada traditions, he is a regular speaker on interfaith panel discussions, and is interested in examining the evolution of contemplative practice in contemporary culture. Ted teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care & Society, where he is the Manager of Online Programming and Community Development.

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  1. steve mareno says:

    Thanks for the podcast Tim. If I’m not mistaken, chasing large farm equipment is Rinzai, while being friendly w/ cats is Soto. So it’s good to see Sheila is comfortable practicing in both lineages.

    I vividly remember in Shunryu Susuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind he states that sometimes the disciple bows to the teacher (he says master, but I am not going w/ that word), sometimes the teacher bows to the disciple, and sometimes we bow to cats and dogs. He understood their innate Buddhaness. My cats were my greatest teachers, and I miss them very much.

    • laughingvulcan says:

      A very astute observation, Steve. I had never considered that chasing large farm equipment might arise out of a Rinzai practice, but when I mentioned this to Sheila, she ran and got me a dog-toy, as if to cheer me up for my lack of insight. Apparently, she had realized this long ago.

      And I agree, sometimes we bow to cats and dogs, and sometimes they to us. We’re all in this crazy practice together. Gassho, Steve.

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