Me and my son.

My name is William Banks. I am a Babylon Dog, a new world bohemian, an unapologetic madman, a vigilant vagabond in an otherwise negligent world.

A little bit about myself, in no particular order, and by no means exhaustive:

I am an autodidact polyphile. I am a vegetarian. I am a nephalist. I am a barefoot distance runner. I am a Buddhist. I am a meditator. I am a student of Jack Kerouac. I am a voracious reader. I am a heretic. I am a bicyclist. I am a nutrition coach. I am a student of Thich Nhat Hanh. I am a mentor. I am a peace advocate. I am a naturalist. I am against capital punishment. I am a haijin. I am a student of Sufism. I believe in radical gratitude. I believe in radical forgiveness. I believe in radical generosity. I am a student of Jesus. I am a veteran. I support gay marriage. I support gun ownership. I am an aesthete. I practice and teach Bhakti Yoga. I am a father. I am a husband. I am a recovering alcoholic. I am a recovering pill addict. I am a student of Rumi. I am a member of the American Legion. I am distrustful of lawyers. I have no faith at all in school teachers.

A Babylon Dog is someone who is outside the rigid strictures of conformity. Someone who is unplugged from the billboards, marketing, mass hysteria, easy cynicism; who is no longer living life in constant crisis-mode; who is outside the drama and garbage of social media, FaceBook, Twitter; who is no longer sucking at the teats of Internet headlines, Fox News, CNN, CNBC; who is free from all and everything of this failed system of decadent bullshit. He is like the dog that forages at the outskirts and in the back alleys of a blown out bombed city after a war, not overly concerned about the structures that have collapsed for others. He writes for his own pleasure, writing a blog even if no one at all bothers to read it.

– Copyright 2014, William Banks. All rights reserved. Any duplication of this material by any means whatsoever, printed, written, electronic, etc. is strictly prohibited without prior written consent.


25 thoughts on “About

  1. As someone making early steps in the Beat world of Kerouac, I’m super glad to have stumbled upon your blog!

    • babylondogs says:

      This is awesome! I’m glad you’ve discovered the Beats. It was Kerouac who opened me up to trust my thoughts, words, voice. I’m sure you will be inspired by him (as well as Ginsberg, Burroughs, Corso, Bukowski, Snyder) as much as I have been. I love knowing others have stumbled upon the journey into the Beatniks and their philosophy. Welcome!

  2. CultFit says:

    I can’t begin to thank you enough for stopping over and following my humble blog-o-thing! I wish you the very best, not only today but well into the future. Be inspired and please take care.

  3. bejamin4 says:

    That’s a really cool about page and you have some really wonderful poems here from what I’ve read so far. Keep doing what you’re doing.

  4. rachaelvdm says:

    Just read through a chunk of your poems- I really like them! Looking forward to more.

  5. FullEmpty says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Looking forward to your insightful posts!

    • babylondogs says:

      I like your blog because it seems to be very spot on. I’ve grown tired of the Zen Success blogs. A lot of writers equate Zen with personal improvement and goal achievement. Yours is very authentic. Thank you.

      • FullEmpty says:

        Absolutely, Spiritual Success seems such an empty theme! Thanks for the supportive comments. Hope we can stay in touch over blogging 🙂

  6. Alis Jusic says:

    Did you read the Mesnevi?

    • babylondogs says:

      Regarding Sufism? I am not a direct student of any Sufi teacher, I am merely a lover of Sufism, Persian poetry, Rumi, Hafez, Kabir. I actually practice what I’ve been able to learn from their writings. If you’re asking about the Sufi comment I made, yes. Mesnevi, mostly.

      • Alis Jusic says:

        I’m a muslim so I’m pretty familiar with the Rumi, sufism (there is a lot of them in Bosnia). Anyhow, it’s nice to see some western folks get interested in our tradition. Wish you a productive trip in all that knowledge.

      • babylondogs says:

        I actually started studying Sufism when I studied the Five Pillars of Islam. I have always loved Islam. I sometimes get a few looks, but I read an English translation of the Qur’an quite often. I go somewhere for coffee and sit back for hours. It opened me up to a completely fresh way of looking at life. I experience God everywhere I go.

      • Alis Jusic says:

        It would be awesome if you somehow learn arabic language, then you see how many dimensions one word can have. Watch this if you have an extra time 🙂

      • babylondogs says:

        Fantastic! I just watched it. I will watch it a few more times. Thank you.

  7. Steve Notice says:

    Thanks for following my blog, I’ll do likewise. Your son is lucky to have you to free his mind early in his life 🙂

  8. Luke Otley says:

    Hey Babylon Dog,

    I find your blog refreshing, and your poetry real (I guess you’ll know what I mean by that). I’m 22, and consider my generation to be an important one, as the last that grew up without the internet and social media (We did get dial-up when I was around 11). I left my home country of the UK for New Zealand after I graduated (English) in an attempt to escape from something I couldn’t define. I’ve spent the last year out here and I think I’ve kind of got a grasp on what sends me into depressive thoughts so often. I appreciate your work. I have read I think 6 kerouac novel/ellas, but there is literature on your list that I haven’t been exposed to and am eager to try.

    Thank you, and keep up the good work.

    Luke Otley

    • babylondogs says:

      Luke, that is one of the most sincere comments I have ever received. Thank you, sincerely. Some of what I write is far off center; some is totally out there. So thanks for putting up with it.

  9. Relinquished Reversal says:

    I sent you an email.

  10. theval2000 says:

    Hi William! Thank you for following my page 🙂 Your poems are always good and always surprise me 🙂 🙂

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Our Journey

Before going any further, you should get a few certain books. You probably already read them, but they are so important you should keep them around as resource material. And if you're anything like me, you have worn them out by reading them numerous times. It's time for new copies.

By Jack Kerouac: Book of Haikus, Dharma Bums, Good Blonde and Others.
By Rumi: The Essential Rumi, The Book of Love, The Big Red Book. (All translated by Coleman Barks).
By Thich Nhat Hanh: Be Free Where You Are, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Peace is Every Step, The World We Have, True Love.
By Anthony de Mello: Awareness, The Way to Love.
By Others: Pleasures of the Damned (Charles Bukowski).


© William Banks and “Babylon Dogs” 2014. All content of this blog and website, unless specifically noted otherwise, is protected under U.S. copyright. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material in whole or part without express written permission from this blog’s owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to William Banks as author and “Babylon Dogs” as source with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


This list is a partial one and is updated daily.


Thich Nhat Hanh
Be Free Where You Are
Peace is Every Step
The Miracle of Mindfulness
The World We Have
True Love
Zen Keys
Anthony de Mello
The Way to Love
Rediscovering Life
Thomas Moore
Care of the Soul
The Re-Enchantment of Everyday Life
The Soul of Sex
Eastern Wisdom
Dhammapada, Buddha
The Heart Sutra, Buddha
Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind, S. Suzuki
The Bhagavad Gita
Tao Te Ching
The Shambhala Principle
The Art of War
The I Ching
Zen Buddhism
The Way of the Bodhisattva
How to be Compassionate
The Three Pillars of Zen
An Invitation to Practice Zen, Low
A First Zen Reader, Leggett
Western Wisdom
The Imitation of Christ, T. a Kempis
The Epistle of James
Works of Love
Dark Night of the Soul
The Qur’an
Socrates Café
A People’s History of Christianity
Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer
Wisdom from the Monastery
The Jesuit Guide, Martin
The Essential Wisdom of the Saints, Gangi
Mindfulness, Langer
Born to Run, Christopher McDougall
Barefoot Running, Mike Sandler
The Barefoot Running Book, Jason Robillard
Eat and Run, Scott Jurek
Running with the Mind of Meditation
Barefoot Running Step by Step, Ken Saxton
Why We Run
The Haiku Handbook
Book of Haikus, Kerouac
The Haiku Anthology, Cor Van den Heu
Haiku Moment
Haiku, 4 Vols. Blyth
Essential Sufism
The Essential Rumi
The Prophet
A Year with Hafiz
Jack Kerouac
Book of Haikus (see Haiku section)
Dharma Bums
Windblown World
On the Road
Doctor Sax
Desolation Angels
Good Blonde & Others
Allen Ginsberg
Deliberate Prose
Charles Bukowski
The Pleasures of the Damned
South of No North
Contrary to Popular Belief
Inside a Dog
The Secret History of the World
Pronoia, Brezny
New Seeds of Contemplation, Merton
1984, Orwell
Animal Farm, Orwell
Spontaneous Healing, Weil
In Tune with the Infinite, Trine
The Masonic Myth
Secret Societies, Barrett
A Concise Biography of Adolph Hitler
Thee 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People
Civil Disobedience
On Killing
The Inferno
Paradise Lost
Don Quixote
The Metamorphosis
Seven Stories
Catcher in the Rye
The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Gifts of the Crow
The Collected Poems of A. E. Housman
Billy Collins
William Shakespeare
William Wordsworth
Geography of Poets, Field
Eat and Run, Jurek
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