Sunday, November 24, 2013

"Zen Predator..." radio discussion Tuesday

On Tuesday, Nov. 26, public radio here in the U.S. is planning to interview three men with varying degrees of Zen Buddhist understanding. 

Mark Oppenheimer is a religion columnist for the New York Times and the author of "The Zen Predator of the Upper East Side." Jay Michaelson is a teacher, and the author of  "Evolving Dharma: Buddhism and the Next Generation of Enlightenment." Brian Victoria is a Zen monk and author of "Zen at War" Victoria is also, for my money, a thinker of credible substance.

The three men will appear on The Colin McEnroe Show between 1:25 and 1:40 p.m. EST. The show itself begins at 1:00 p.m. EST. The springboard for the conversation, I presume, will be Oppenheimer's ebook/essay/indictment of Eido Tai Shimano, a man who had serial sexual relationships -- many of them manipulative if not abusive -- with some of his female followers.

Sorry, I am no computer genius: This seems as close as I can get to a direct link to the show... which theoretically will be available when the show is actually on. If the web site is to be believed, the program is also rebroadcast at 8 p.m. the same evening.

With any luck WNPR will prove itself more professional than Buddhist Geeks, which promised an interview with Oppenheimer a week or so ago only to renege/reschedule without bothering to announce it on its web site.


  1. Too bad it is three men, albeit bright and knowledgeable men. I think some rather qualified women would have some interesting points to make.

  2. Point taken.

    The producers contact information:

    Chion Wolf - - 860 275 7292
    Betsy Kaplan - - 860 978 1795

    To call in or comment during the live broadcast call 860-275-7266
    or email or
    Twitter @wnprcolin.

  3. Apt point, Grace. Could we make the same suggestion where women-only gather to discuss problems relating to both sexes?

  4. Sometimes women gather and sometimes men gather and that is also appropriately gender segregated. This was not meant to be a male only gathering, or a discussion of male issues, or female issues. It is a discussion on power abuse and ended up with three intelligent and competent men. Could women or a woman have been found? Yes, and Betsy Kaplan tried to do so, and in her own words (after I contacted her) "I should have searched harder for a woman." To affect the power dynamic under discussion, women need to speak up also. Perhaps we can have an impact on the objectification of women by becoming the subjects in the discussion, not the objects.

  5. Grace -- I absolutely agreed with your suggestion and was disappointed that the only call-in woman they dug up was pretty vapid. Christ I get sick of people ignoring the subject by saying it'll all come out in the wash. I too wrote to Kaplan, but ... well, it's history now.

    On the program itself, I also felt sorry for Brian, who seemed to have been dragged in by the heels. Maybe they thought his name would lend heft and gravitas ... as much as I love Brian, I thought it was a dumb move. If he wasn't sitting there thinking, "Oh for heaven's sake ... I could have been sleeping!" I'd be surprised.