Monday, February 19, 2007

BOOK ME & NEW LOOK

Welcome to the new look of the Hardcore Zen Blog! It took me ages and ages and ages to get this to look right. I'm still not entirely satisfied with it. But I'm sick of typing HTML code. I had to learn to do that for work back about 7-8 years ago when we were starting our webpage. As soon as editing programs came in, I was like, man I ain't never writing no HTML code again. But I did it today. And I remembered well why I vowed never to do it again. It is way worse than Zazen.

ANYWAY. Some of you have been asking if I'll come speak in your neck of the woods. The answer is YES. But, in general I have NO IDEA how to book a speaking gig out there, wherever there happens to be. So here's the deal. If you want me to come to your area, see if you can find a place that'll have me. I have a new book coming out in May. I got a weekly Suicide Girls column viewed by — they tell me — millions of people. Whenever I do a speaking gig, lots of folks show up. Maybe I only get seven people for Zazen on Saturdays, but if folks don't gotta do anything but listen to a talk, they show up. And then they challenge all the stuff I've just said about Zazen, having never actually done any. Weird, huh?

ANYWAY. Just set something up and I'll gladly travel out to wherever and sign books, talk Zen, lead some Zen, whatever. Just write me with the when's, where's and most importantly how's.

23 comments:

Otto Kerner said...

I like the new look. Clouds in a pink sky. Wiggy. But not in a distracting way.

Anonymous said...

Very nice indeed, Brad. I just hope all this fame and fortune isn't going to your head. I can imagine you writing this from your Hollywood Hills mansion, sitting in your throne and laughing manically.

As for the 'your area' thing, I would be intrigued to know if there's any plans of visiting England...

Kozan Bob said...

Damn, now I'm gonna have to change my blog template too; I take it you used the new Blogger thing that makes you use the movable modules? I assume you just saved the html for your links and copied them? Because otherwise it dumps them all. I'm gonna figure this stuff out, yet...

_wesmiller_ said...

very nice. like the new look.

i'd find somewhere to book you, but i live on the buckle of the bible belt. if you'd like to come speak to........well, me......in say.......my dining room. i can probably arrange it.

Anonymous said...

Hi Brad. You may not remember, but I emailed you almost 2 years ago about the "legitimacy" of a local Zen center close to where I live. Turns out I've been going there ever since. If you would like to come to Houston, I can talk to my teacher about inviting you down.

Heather said...

Gorgeous!

Lone Wolf said...

In the words of the great Borat, "very nice."

Anonymous said...

Love this look.

Anonymous said...

Nice picture, but you look like
you're high as a kite. Are you
sure you're following your own
advice regarding drugs? ;)

Anonymous said...

Please don't give me the finger!

Anonymous said...

Nice look - but I'm scared of the gay vampire in the corner :o)

kshingo said...

Love the new look. Very inspiring. And the focus required to write HTML code... well hmm, I see how similar to zazen it can be. In fact, just about everything we are doing can be I think. No separation.

Best wishes,
Kshingo

oxeye said...

yo brad - the new look is pretty tight.. this is the third variation of the spooky bottom lit photo of you i've seen. i like the green ghoulardi/brad with pointing finger best.

Francisca said...

Did you steal my idea for this layout ;)...I like blue clouds better. Would love to hear what you have to say, but I am betting Holland is a bit too far away for ya'...?

Groetjes.

Lone Wolf said...

Brad says "Whenever I do a speaking gig, lots of folks show up. Maybe I only get seven people for Zazen on Saturdays, but if folks don't gotta do anything but listen to a talk, they show up."

That is interesting. Because I'd rather do a three day retreat then attend a lecture. But a lecture would be cool too.

I've contacted a Dharma center for booking something. A lady on the committee said she would bring it up at the next meeting, and I have other places to contact. So I'm trying to make it happen here in Southwest Ohio.

Bang! Bang! Thats from my smokin' guns in my recently added profile pic. Don't you just hate that cheesy smile on my face.

Otto Kerner said...

When anonymous said, "sitting in your throne", it immediately occurred to me that Brad could set up his website to look like this guy's: http://www.tsemtulku.com/rinpoche/lifestory.htm

Think about it, Brad!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Even the Tibetans have
their own Zen Master Rama.

Katie said...

2 questions... first one: I'm a student at Rutgers University in New Jersey (new brunswick)... if i could set something up would you be willing to come out here to speak to a bunch of college kids?

second: As messed up as this may seem, I want to write a research paper on zen (I have to write a paper that has something to do with religion). Any ideas? I need to formulate some kind of argument about zen in the west or zen and some other religion... something specific that i can research and argue in 10 pages... i was thinking maybe the common misconceptions about zen and its philosophy? any suggestions? anyone?

Francisca said...

To Katie (...sorry Brad do not want to mess up your comment-board, but just wanna help out)

Have a look at this article and maybe contact the person who wrote it..?
http://www.tricycle.com/blog/jeff_wilson/3723-1.html

Goodluck.

Katie said...

francisca,

Thanks for the website- it really did help a lot! Apparently a focus on meditation is really uncommon in Japan- interesting. So I think i have my topic- "why has meditation become such a big concern for many western zen converts?" (one of the comments on the article posed this question)should be interesting... The final paper's not actually due until april, so if anyone else has anything to say, including you Brad, I'd love to hear it!

Jared said...

Hey Brad, neat layout! Just wanted to let you know that I agree with you on the drug front, and that I referenced you in a post on my blog (not about drugs). Check it out if you've got the time or inclination.

Reid in Virginia said...

I love the new look. I just want to say that "HARDCORE ZEN" was an INSPIRATION to me as is your website - I read it frequently(your blog/website that is...) Can't wait to read your new book. All the best man!

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