Zorba the Buddha (Review)

Zorba the Buddha

Zorba the Buddha

My review of Hugh Urban’s Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement is now up at Ashé Journal.

Despite the ubiquity of news coverage in the 1980s, the Osho-Rajneesh movement’s experiment in building a spiritual city out the Oregon desert has for the most part receded from the national memory. It is little more than a quirky footnote to the history of Reagan’s American. There remain a few old enough to remember (when nudged) that guy with all the Rolls Royces. This despite the fact that at the time the creation of Rajneeshpuram (and later the “takeover” of the town of Antelope) was one of the most covered national news stories of its day and the creation of the Oregon commune one of the greatest social experiments of its kind in the history of the United States.

Though the movement attracted a degree scholarship during its early phase in India and initially after coming to America, since the dissolution of the Oregon commune there has been scant academic attention paid to the movement. One exception being Lewis F. Carter’s book Charisma and Control in Rajneeshpram: The Role of Shared Values in the Creation of a Community, published in 1990 less than five years after last the Rolls left the Bhagwan’s city on a hill. Carter’s book deals almost exclusively with the development and eventual demise of the Oregon commune and its legal aftermath. There has been no book length scholarly examinations of the movement as a whole from Acharya Rajneesh’s earliest years in Bombay to its later transformations and the movements relation to the larger spiritual and global landscapes of the late twentieth century. That is until now with the University of California publication of Hugh Urban’s Zorba the Buddha: Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement.

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Eat Sleep Sit review

Eat Sleep Sit, Kaoru Nonomura

Eat Sleep Sit, Kaoru Nonomura

I have a short review of Nonomura’s Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple is now up at:

Ashé Journal

At the beginning of a successful career, the author decided to enter a Buddhist monastery. Putting everything else on hold, he entered the priestly training program of Eihei-ji, Japan’s most famous Soto Zen monastery. Founded in the 13th century by master Dogen, Eihei-ji is Soto Zen’s main training temple and is renowned for its difficulty and rigorousness…

NOLA Zazen

NOLA Zazen

The Zendo near our house in Maine
the sound of the han echoes off trees and hill
and large rock where Gato-Roshi’s ashes lie.

The songs of birds chattering and trilling to each other
the mournful coo-ah coo of a pair of doves
and the cutting craw of a crow
the lone doe siding her way silently
through the remnants of harvest
the resonant tonal croak of a bull frog in the pond
the strike of an early rising carpenter’s hammer.

Here, the morning framed
by the warning of heavy equipment backing up
the rhythm of a train behind the house
broken by the sharp sound of poorly lubricated iron
wheels’ screech on rail as it makes the turn
edging by the decommissioned naval station
the backhoe digging through gravel and river silt
repairing the gas lines beneath the street
the occasional siren from the substation
at the end of the next block
workers’ voices raised over the noise of machines
five horns of a tug in the canal
and the answering clanging bell
as the drawbridge goes up
a car with bad muffler and loose belt waiting.

Behind the sound of rock on steal,
the sounds of two birds singing
a dog barks
another answers
a feral rooster crows WAKE UP

New Orleans 10.6.15

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Star Set Matrix Now Available

starsetcoverThere are no imperatives. Nothing is forbidden. Whatever is possible is permitted. —Llee Heflin

The magical essays contained in this collection were written over a twenty year period. They center around the image of spiritual entity Set, from early Egypt through the Gnostic to the medieval Seth. Building on Llee Heflin’s groundbreaking magical experiments, the title essay brings the QBLH into the New Aeon. Each is a glimpse into the magical explorations of The Brotherhood Of Seth.

Rebel Satori’s website

Powell’s Books


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Magickal Essays forthcoming in 2014



Rebel Satori has announced their 2014 list of forthcoming titles. This selection includes a collection of magickal essays The Star Set Matrix & Other Magickal Essays. This collection brings together pieces that I have penned over the years—many unpublished until now. The collection includes the title piece a practical extrapolation of Llee Heflin’s “Diamonds of CHAOS”. Also included on some musings on Egyptian and Gnostic Set/Seth that appeared in the zine mektoub.

Also on the list are new titles by Craig Gidney, Wayne Gregory, Kyler James and (yes, finally) the much anticipated reissue of Kevin Killian’s Shy. Also in the mix is a long-term project No Sh•t! Liberation in the hands of generation why by Swami Prem Arun.

New Orleans Reading, May 16

Queer Poets and Prose-ets Put Out

7 – 8 pm Sat. night at FAB – Faubourg Marigny Art & Books, 600 Frenchmen Street at Chartres Street – 8 Blocks Downriver from Jackson Square, Open Everyday Noon till 10PM, 504.947.3700

The most ecstatically inspired saints and the lowliest down-and-dirty sinners share their best stuff at the funky not-to-be-missed FAB, a queer gathering place, museum, gallery and bookstore. Featured Readers include Lethe Press’ Steve Berman and Rebel Satori authors Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé and Trebor Healey, along with poets Kyle Conner and Steven Reigns. Bring a poem to share!

The Gnostic No. 1

My essay on William S. Burroughs is reprinted in the premiere edition of The Gnostic: A Journal of Gnosticism, Western Esotericism and Spirituality, edited by Andrew Philip Smith and just released by Bardic Press, Dublin.

Also included in this issue are: An interview with Alan Moore, a complete translation of the Gospel of Judas, Time Freke and the second coming, Sethian Gnosticism, Philip K. Dick…

Buy The Gnostic 1 from Amazon.com

Ashé #7.2 Now Available

Fall is the time when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. It is the time when the dead walk among the living and pagan beasts are blurs in the shadows. The final harvest done, the fields are given over to the faery.

This issue of Ashe Journal brings together celebrations of the wild and pagan energies of this time featuring the poetry of Skadi meic Beorh, David Finn, Robert Walker, Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhran, Diana R. Thompson, David Finn, Lupercus Pagani and Jess Mann.

Also featured in issue #7.2 are a history of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence by Sister Soami; an essay on becoming yourself through your dreams by Dr. Jerrid P. Freeman and Angela Passarelli; new writing from Raymond Yeo and Sud Ram; and book reviews.

Check out the new issue of Ashé Journal.

Selections available online:

Print edition available from the Press’s online store and Amazon.com

Ashé Journal #7.1 Now Available

Ashé Journal 7.1

ISBN: 978-0-9790838-4-6
Paperback, 120 pages, 6×9, $12.95


Features an examination of the Buddhist influence on the artwork of Sylvain Bouthillette by Peter Dubé; new fiction from Riley McLeod; The Sutra of Immeasurable Life and Wisdom translated by Brendan Connell; excerpts from Brad Warner’s Sit Down and Shut Up; and writing from Darin Beasley, Tim Holmes, Iamba, Thomas Fuchs, Girish Menezes, Charles Suhor, Bob Makransky, Stephen Killeen, Toni Fergusson and Farrell Davisson; artwork by Garin Horner; plus books reviews.

With the release of 7.1 come some exciting changes in the direction of the journal. We have decided to expand the Ashé project by increasing our focus distribution of the print edition. In order to make this feasible, the Journal will be issued biannually around the spring and vernal equinoxes. The full table of contents and selected samples of each issue will be presented online immediately. The release of the full online edition will be embargoed for approximately twelve months.

The full print edition is available through your local bookseller or directly from Rebel Satori Press at http://www.rebelsatori.com/shop/


Many people have asked about journal subscriptions over the past several years. Now, with the move toward full print runs, we are introducing a subscription service.

Introductory subscription rates are $16.00/ year (2 issues) within the USA. That’s over 60% off the cover price and 20% off regular subscription rate.

Subscription information is available on the journal’s website. International readers should contact the journal for a custom quote.

Queer Surrealism

Just out from Rebel Satori Press…

Dreams, desire, darkened streets and the sudden miracles that appear there, the deep places of the mind. Two groups made these the heart of a radical project of liberation: queers and surrealism.

Better than many others, queers understand the power of these dark areas. The rich, complicated culture we’ve created for ourselves is constantly ready to allow us to follow our dreams and fantasies, carried by the surging waves of sexuality into some pretty and magical places. It’s just as clear that the surrealists were chasing similar adventures as far back as the ‘Twenties and ‘Thirties. Given the similarity of their motivations, why have the two so often been in violent opposition to each other?

Madder Love is an anthology of cutting-edge writing that wants to look at that a little closer. It opens up the surreal possibilities of queer literature while simultaneously displacing the historic homophobia of Surrealism.

From dream states to erotic obsessions, from the muttering of the unconscious to parallel worlds (and the weirder cracks in this one) Madder Love tackles why surrealism can be so queer, and why being queer can be so surreal.

Contributions from Will Aitken, Stephen Beachy, Jeffery Beam, Stephen Boyer, Tom Cardamone, Sven Davisson, Peter Dubé, Craig L. Gidney, Nicholas Alexander Hayes, Trebor Healey, Kevin Killian, Shaun Levin and Rob Stephenson help make the case.

Peter Dubé is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), the novel Hovering World (DC Books 2002) and At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short fiction (DC Books, 2007). In addition to writing fiction, he is a widely published cultural critic with essays on books and the visual arts appearing in journals such as CV Photo, ESSE and Spirale, and in exhibition publications for various galleries, among them SKOL, Mercer Union and the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery of Concordia University. Peter lives and works in Montreal.

Queer Men and the Precincts of Surrealism

Peter Dubé, Editor
ISBN 978-0-9790838-2-2, May 2008
Paperback, $14.95, 146 pages, 5.5 x 8.25.


Ashé 6.2 Now Available

Ashe 6.2 CoverThe new issue of Ashé Journal is now online and available.

This special full color art issue features the work of Antonio Roybal, Nemo, Ben Baldwin, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Darrell Black, Tantra Bensko, Janice Lincoln and A.R. Teest. Opening the issue is a essay “Eternity in Ephemerality: An Enduring Enigma” by Patrick Jemmer, Ph.D. and Rachel Jemmer, HND.

multiple-author San Francisco event

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–To launch the release of the amazing new novellas Some Phantom/No Time Flat by author Stephen Beachy and the collection The Starry Dynamo by author Sven Davisson, Three Roads Press/Suspect Thoughts Press and Rebel Satori Press are proud to announce the following multiple-author San Francisco event August 31, 2007.

Friday, August 31, 8:00
Stephen Beachy (Some Phantom/No Time Flat)
with Sven Davisson (The Starry Dynamo)
Dog Eared Books
900 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Phone: 415-282-1901

Some Phantom/No Time Flat
by Stephen Beachy
Fiction, 5×8, 240 pages, $16.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9771582-7-0
Three Roads Press, an imprint of Suspect Thoughts Press

“Henry Miller said that the moment you have an original thought, you cease to be an American. Some Phantom and No Time Flat are great unAmerican novellas.” -Thorn Kief Hillsbery

In Some Phantom an unnamed woman arrives in a strange city, fleeing a violent relationship in her past. Taking a job with disturbed children, her own mental stability becomes more and more precarious. A marriage of The Turn of the Screw and Herk Harvey’s Carnival of Souls, Some Phantom poses questions about the line between madness and memory, fantasy and abuse, questions elaborated on in No Time Flat. No Time Flat follows Wade, a young boy who grows up on the American plains in an isolated existence with his elderly parents, as he makes his way through a childhood of playground shootings and mysterious strangers. Becoming a wanderer himself, Wade inhabits a sparse American landscape of fleeting connections, missing children, and possible crimes.

Stephen Beachy is the author of two novels, The Whistling Song and Distortion. His fiction has appeared in Best Gay American Fiction, BOMB, The Chicago Review, Blithe House Quarterly and elsewhere, and his nonfiction and critical essays have appeared in such places as New York Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Raised by Mennonites “somewhere in the Midwest,” he now lives in California, where he teaches at the University of San Francisco.

The Starry Dynamo
by Sven Davisson
Spirituality/Queer Theory, 6×9, 264 pages, $14.95
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790838-0-8
Rebel Satori Press

“The bastard lovechild of William Burroughs and Alistair Crowley-or was he spawned of an orgy involving Rashneesh, Pan, Ginsberg, Foucault and a dozen or so of Burroughs North African wildboys?-Davisson’s vision is a rich distillation of subversive thought.” -Trebor Healey

Spanning over fifteen years of work, The Starry Dynamo presents an eclectic evolution of material running the gamut from the erotic to the divine and the erotically divine to the divinely erotic. The work moves from charged and, at times, provocative fiction and prose-poetry to scholarly and thought-provoking essays on spirituality and philosophy.

Sven Davisson is the founding editor of Ashé! Journal of Experimental Spirituality. A rebel-publishing pioneer, Davisson edited the small, yet groundbreaking, zine mektoub from 1989-1995. During that time, he also received a degree in Queer Theory from Hampshire College and studied photography with Jerome Leibling (of the New York Photo League). In addition to Ashé, his work has appeared in Abrasax: Journal of Magick & Decadence, sneerzine, The New Aeon, mektoub, Lambda Book Report and Velvet Mafia as well as the collection I Do/I Don’t: Queers On Marriage.

“With its wide-open definition of the word queer and fearless publishing choices that ricochet from risky to risqué, San Francisco’s Suspect Thoughts Press has made the book world a more interesting place to inhabit. Suspect Thoughts has swiftly become the hot press for connoisseurs of transgressive, intelligent literature.” -SF Bay Guardian

Ashé Issue 6.1 Now Available

The Spring 2007 issue of Ashe Journal is now available:www.ashejournal.com

This issue features the a lead article by David R. Cole, Ph.D. on Techno-shamanism and Educational Research; fiction by Brendan Connell, Tristram Burden and Christopher Woods; an examination of struggles over sexuality, filth and salvation by Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons; poetry by David Finn, Tim Holmes, Matt Mallon, Andrew T. Cutler, Laurie Corzett, Johnathan Sampson; plus reviews and more.

The issues features the artwork, cover design and artist statement of Jason Kraley.


Ashé Issue 5.4 Now Available

The winter issue of Ashé Journal (#5.4) is now live and online. This special issue is guest edited by Jay Michaelson, editor of Zeek: A Journal of Jewish Thought and Culture.


Jewish spirituality in the last several decades has undergone multiple revolutions. The liberation movements of the 1960s, encounters with non-Western religious traditions and the cosmopolitanism of the Internet have all left their mark, and have created new forms of Jewishness. Today there are feminist Jews and queer Jews; Jufis, BuJus, and HinJus; meditating Jews and psychedelic shamanic Jews; and even a few traditional Jews scratching their skullcapped heads and wondering what it all means.

Thank God for Ashé, because within the established Jewish community, many of the voices represented here would be considered threatening or foreign. I edit a progressive Jewish magazine, which features cultural and spiritual writing, but we’re still sometimes expected to conform to expectations of what “Jewish” is supposed to mean. It’s been truly liberating to curate an issue of Ashé, where the boundaries are more permeable. Here are pot-smoking Hasidim, Jewish priestesses, horny tourists and political poets. A former dean of a rabbinical school, now praising the Golden Calf. A Poet Laureate… of Queens. And, on the cover, Allen Ginsberg meeting Kabbalah: the Hebrew means “Serpent / Messiah,” and plays off the antinomian Kabbalistic observations that the two words share the same numeric value; the drawing personally inscribed in a book for Ashé’s founder, Sven Davisson.

These are the words and images of a Jewish culture beginning to emerge, a new spirituality that, born from the creators of boundary, now seeks the Boundless.

The issue includes the work of Tom Bland, Mordecai Drache, Susan H. Case, Jill Hammer, Rahel Chalfi, Rabbi Ohad Ezrachi, Jacob Staub, Jay Michaelson, Ruth Knafo Setton, Yoseph Leib, Hal Sirowitz and Sven Davisson; and artwork by Darryl Zudeck, Stan Goldberg, Ken Vollario, Orly Cogan, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Rebecca Jay, Bara Sapir and Allen Ginsberg.

Ashé Journal #5.3 Now Available

Issue 5.3The Fall ’06 Issue of Ashé Journal (#5.3) is now available:


Articles include:

Earth and Sky Gods of India and Greece: Finding the Feminine in Masculine Myths by Dirk Dunbar, Ph.D.

All Things Are Like This
by the 13th century Master Dogen Zenji, founder of the Soto school of Japanese Zen
Commentary on the Tibetan Book of the Dead
by Brendan Connell
A World Divided
by Zen Master Gudo W. Nishijima
The Savage Buddha: Notes on Gautama & the K?p?lika-vrata by Sritantra

Cultural Engineering With Eyes Wide Shut? Playback/Feedback Magicks And The Archaeology Of The Now by Tristram Burden
Teachings by Shakyamuni Buddha and Nissim Amon

Artist Portfolio: Ernest Williamson III
Astroplankton Break Dance
New literary fiction by Sarah Knorr

and Poetry by David Keali’i

plus reviews of Tibetan Magic and Mysticism, Enlightened Courage, The Hundred Verses of Advice, The Complete Magician’s Tables, and Pan’s Road

Ashé Issue 5.1 Available

5.1 CoverThe Winter/Spring 2006 issue is now online, www.ashejournal.com.

This issue of the Journal includes a selection of spiritual fiction…

Spray Can Mimesis (representation or imitation of the real world in art and literature). New fiction from Jay Michaelson, Farrell Davisson, Craig Gindey and others.

Plus reviews of the magick of Jack Parsons, Love’s Rite, Kabbalistic Tarot, Oracles of the Dead, God, Jr., The Bull of Ombos, Baba: The Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Yogi.

Ashé Issue 4.3 Available

4.3 CoverThe Fall 2005 issue is now online, www.ashejournal.com.

This issue of the Journal focuses on Gnosticism…

historical to post-modern…

Burroughs to Velentinus.

Contributors include: Alamantra, Catt Shiflett, Jonathan Sellers, Eric Lerner, Anne McGuire, Jeremy Puma and Sven Davisson; plus books reviews and more.

Plus reviews of The Gospel of Thomas (recent editions), The Secret Mark, Gnostic Philosophy, The Discovery of the Nag Hammadi Texts, Join My Cult, The Magical Dilemma of Victor Neuberg, The Seven Point Mind-Training, Balancing the Mind, The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage

Ashé Journal #4.2

4.2 CoverThe editors of Ashé Journal are pleased to announce the publication of the Summer 2005 issue (4.2), www.ashejournal.com

The issue includes selections from the five finalist for the 2005 Ashé Journal Book Awards:
Novice to Master, Soko Morinaga
The Shamanic Way of the Bee, Simon Buxton
Queering Creole Spiritual Traditions, Randy P. Conner & David Hatfield Sparks
The Center of the Sunlit Sky, Karl Brunnholzl
Jesus & the Shamanic Tradition of Same-Sex Love, Will Roscoe

Also included in this issue are The Magick of Saints by Adekun, Stories of Hindu Devilry by Mogg Morgan, The Artist and the Tidal Wave by John Goldhammer, poetry by horehound stillpoint and Patrick Frank, as well as reviews of Tritiya-Prakriti, Clay’s Way, The Pseudonomicon, and others.