Monday, May 28, 2007

ME ON BUDDHIST GEEKS

Yup. I'm up on Buddhist Geeks. Just go to www.buddhistgeeks.com. I get interviewed by Gwen Bell, who showed up at one of my retreats in Shizuoka a couple years ago. I did this interview maybe a month ago. Now here it is!

Starting this weekend I'll be all over creation. Here is the list yet again:

I'll be profiled in the June issue of LA YOGA magazine. So look for that next month.

AND, an excerpt from SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP! will appear in WHOLE LIFE TIMES magazine in June as in CONSCIOUS CHOICE magazine in Chicago and Seattle, and COMMON GROUND magazine in San Francisco.

Here's where I'll be at:

Barnes & Noble Desert Ridge - 21001 N. Tatum Blvd. - Phoenix, AZ on Sunday June 3, 2007 at 1 pm

Changing Hands Bookstore - 6428 South McClintock Dr. - Tempe, AZ - on Monday June 4, 2007 at 7 pm

AND I'll be all over the San Francisco Bay Area the following week. Here's what's lined up so far:

Tuesday June 12th at 6PM at the VIRGIN MEGASTORE in San Francisco
Thursday June 14th, 7PM at GATEWAYS in Santa Cruz
Friday June 15th After Dinner Talk at the SAN FRANCISCO ZEN CENTER Talk at 7:30 PM, Dinner at 6:30 PM
Saturday June 16th 7 PM at COPPERFIELD'S BOOKS 140 Kentucky St., Petaluma, CA 94952
Sunday June 17th at San Quentin Prison (this isn't open to the public, but all inmates reading this are invited!)

AND on Wednesday July 25th, 2007, my movie CLEVELAND'S SCREAMING! will have its world premier at the EGYPTIAN THEATER in Hollywood. So mark your calendars!

101 comments:

Anonymous said...

2 posts in a row with the same plugs, Brad?

Samantha said...

Listening to the podcast right now.. enjoying it very much, thank you.

Anonymous said...

who not just give it away? gain $75 and lose an opportunity to practice generosity.

Anonymous said...

well anon, then why don't you give some of your stuff away as a chance to practice generousity? and next time you buy something from the store pay double for it just to be generous. also cut out all non essential items like more than one set of clothes and any food or drink that isnt rice bananas or water and give all of the saved money to charity. also quit your job and devote your whole life to helping other people. i don;t mean 'spiritually' helping them (what does spiritually mean anyway) i mean actually helping them with treal problems

$75 is pretty generous for a friggin apple computer.

Koudelka said...

>>anonymous
Yeah! He's clearly rich from that phat niche-book cheese that's rolling in.

Because other people's economic decisions have nothing to do with your perception of their morality?

Because having 75$ would be awesome? DURRR.

Anonymous said...

>well anon, then why don't you give some of your stuff away as a chance to practice generousity?

happening

>and next time you buy something from the store pay double for it just to be generous.

great idea! I haven't done that.

>also cut out all non essential items like more than one set of clothes

happening

>and any food or drink that isnt rice bananas or water

happening - rice, beans, vegetables, water

and give all of the saved money to charity.

at the moment that beyond rent and food is paying debts, then it will go toward charity. come to think of it, that's probably where Brad will put his $75.

>also quit your job and devote your whole life to helping other people.

the life experience as devoted to helping all sentient beings is happenning. it happens 'at my job'.

>i don;t mean 'spiritually' helping them (what does spiritually mean anyway) i mean actually helping them with treal problems

yes, it happens in real interactions with issues that are real to the suffering.

think about giving stuff away more often!

Anonymous said...

After Brad becomes a famous hollywood celebrity, we will all be wishing we had bought this computer to sell on eBAY for $100.

magik said...
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magik said...

There are quite a few jealous zennies out here. Thats sad. We should be grateful that Brad is doing what he does. For many of us wouldn't have come to buddhism without his efforts.

Of course, I know somebody is going to reply with "OMG, MAGIK WANTS TO ERECT A STATUE 4 BRAD WARNER, LETS ALL CAST A SHAMEFUL EYE ON MAGIK, HES OBVIOUSLY LOOKIN 4 GOOD KAMA, LOL"

Or something like that. Its funny how these internet peeps try to second guess everything.

Koudelka said...

OMG, MAGIK WANTS TO ERECT A STATUE 4 BRAD WARNER, LETS ALL CAST A SHAMEFUL EYE ON MAGIK, HES OBVIOUSLY LOOKIN 4 GOOD KAMA, LOL

Anonymous said...

well anon, then why don't you give some of your stuff away as a chance to practice generousity?

happening

>and next time you buy something from the store pay double for it just to be generous.

great idea! I haven't done that.

>also cut out all non essential items like more than one set of clothes

happening

>and any food or drink that isnt rice bananas or water

happening - rice, beans, vegetables, water

and give all of the saved money to charity.

at the moment that beyond rent and food is paying debts, then it will go toward charity. come to think of it, that's probably where Brad will put his $75.

>also quit your job and devote your whole life to helping other people.

the life experience as devoted to helping all sentient beings is happenning. it happens 'at my job'.


anon

if that is really true then we should all (including brad) salute you. That is very admirable. :)

dan

(i've forgotten my password or its been hacked and changed)

Anonymous said...

in fact, that is the truest description of what a buddhist should do.

forget all the 'i'm realising that there is no self and i'm really introspective and aware about the nature of conciousness' crap

we can all learn a lot from that anon.

dan

(again)

Anonymous said...

what is your job just out of interest?

dan

Anonymous said...

dan,

it's true! constantly apply the teachings. review each day and find your 'edges' and dare yourself to work them just a bit more. in the end it seems to come down to mindfulness of pleasant/unpleasant/neutral feelings without reactivity - same as in the sitting part, but in daily life. Sivananda's writing was inspirational for me.

That's it - this karmic flower has blossomed. Best wishes everyone!

Anonymous said...

job: I had an expensive education and art/intranet related jobs before my mind opened up. then I couldn't work for awhile while I readjusted. Then I worked as a salesman in a department store. Then as a temp office worker. At they last temp job they had a need for intranet help, now I am back doing that. After hours I am preparing an art based mindfulness program to bring to kids living in homeless shelters. What I learn while making this intranet will be used to create a system to distribute this program on the web.

The fundamental job is mindfulness. Then, it helps to just ride your karma (past motive forces) as skillfully (carefully & gradually) as possible to route help to everyone. Mindfulness grows gradually as well as effective output in the world.

Koudelka said...

I feel sick.

Jules said...

There's this person I know who has her whole house decorated in pastel, and is always smiling even when she's really really pissed off (sometimes you can hear her teeth grating). It's like she walks around in an invisible straightjacket of little "must be nice" rules that she knitted all by herself with tips from Martha Stewart. She's not a very happy person, though she spends a lot of energy trying to give people the impression that everything's all "fluffy bunnies and dandelions" in her little world. She spends a lot of her time obsessing over propriety and etiquette and what other people should and should not be doing.

After spending some time with her, I usually feel tense and uncomfortable. Listening to some nice, fast, loud, energetic music usually brings me back to a sense of freedom and good spirits.

It's all about balance.

For example:

Violent Pornography
by System of a Down

Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody fucks.
Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody sucks.
Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody cries,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody dies.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and SODOMY!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!

It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and SODOMY!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!

Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody sucks.
Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody fucks.

Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody dies.
Everybody, everybody,
everybody livin' now,
Everybody, everybody,
everybody cries.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you it's Nabisco,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know,
Bet you didn't know.

It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and SODOMY!
The kinda shit you get on your TV!

It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and SODOMY!
The kinda shit thats on your TV!

It's a violent pornography!
Choking chicks and SODOMY!
The kinda shit thats on your TV!

It's on the TV.
It's on your TV.
Turn off your TV.

Can you say brainwashing?
It's a non-stop disco.

Jared said...

Giving away everything you own so that you're without possessions makes you a Samana. But giving away everything you own so that you can understand that the "ten thousand things" (Yeah Brad, I went there :-D ) are yours and yours alone makes you a Buddhist. I believe that it's all about our intention. Giving all your shit away doesn't mean anything unless you understand both that it was never your shit to begin with and that it, along with everything else, remains your shit.

But that's just my two cents, which I am giving to you. Generous, aren't I? 98 more and you can get a cheeseburger at MacDonalds :-)

Anonymous said...

Jules, I just cut a woman friend out of my life who is similar to the woman you mentioned. It got too spooky and draining for me after a while...

Jared said...

So, I feel like I can hardly ever write anything without sounding like a preachy dickhead. Just know that that isn't how I mean it!

Jinzang said...

The only person whose life you can change is your own. Arguing with other people to try to change their behavior is a waste of time and energy IMHO. Just be a good person yourself in a quiet way and let your example do the talking for you.

And meditating every day helps a lot too.

aumeye said...

Jared ~ You are, in my humble opinion, clearly a cool person.

keishin.ni said...

better title for Buddhist Geek interview, part 1 might have been 'do it because it's boring' although I must confess I have never been bored (not since I was 7 or so). I've been sleepy, I've been full of self-entertaining ideas, but not bored. I would succeed oftentime in doing a reasonable imitation of sitting. It took a long time before I would get flickers--momentary--of what now develops into a more steady, more sustained living flame of JUST sitting. I never put two and two together, but in the interview you explain the just-as-important even functioning of the body (in correct posture) as the disposition of the mind and that when both are evenly functioning then: shikantaza! (I always expect a door to open in a wall when I say that word).
Very interesting to learn of your travels as a child and the learn that you lived in Kenya!
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Where's the post about how the guy commenting wasn't you? You should probably keep a little disclaimer post around jsut in case anyone missed that and starts thinking that Evil Brad's comments were your own.

Anonymous said...

Jinzang...duh...

other said...

jinzang - I think if it is possible to change yourself, then it would be also possible to change others. the separation between people isn't real anyway, right? why else would people like brad keep writing stuff all the time, besides trying to sell his old junk..

you seem to believe it is possible to change your own life. But I'm not so sure. can I ask you why you think that is possible?

Anonymous said...

"I am preparing an art based mindfulness program to bring to kids living in homeless shelters."

What's that?

Anonymous said...

Giving all your shit away doesn't mean anything unless you understand both that it was never your shit to begin with and that it, along with everything else, remains your shit.

Surely it means something to the people you give it to? why does some kind of metaphysical understanding about the nature of ownership have any bearing on the meaningfulness/worthiness of an act of charity?

Anonymous said...

Giving all your shit away doesn't mean anything unless you understand both that it was never your shit to begin with and that it, along with everything else, remains your shit.

Surely it means something to the people you give it to? why does some kind of metaphysical understanding about the nature of ownership have any bearing on the meaningfulness/worthiness of an act of charity?

Anonymous said...

that was me (dan) btw. sorry for postin as anon.

Anonymous said...

1.This Precious Opportunity

Here, now, I have a chance to make something of my life.
I have health.
I have energy.
I have the ability to think and feel freely.
I have enough food and enough money to meet my needs.
I live in a country that is free of war, and many of the other difficulties people can face.
I’m not trapped in a negative state of mind like madness, craving, hatred or depression.
All of these things can change, but while I have these advantages I have a great opportunity.

I have had the great good fortune to meet the Dharma.
The Buddha taught it.
It has been practised down the generations.
Thanks to my teachers it has come to my country and into my life in a form I can understand and accept.
I’ve had the good fortune to meet an effective sangha, whose members offer me guidance and friendship.
All these conditions have made the Dharma a presence in my life, and made its practice possible for me.

Am I making use of the opportunity this offers?
How much time I waste!
How much of my life passes in unawareness!
How strongly my habits constrain me!
I would be foolish to waste this chance.
So let me commit myself to practising as fully as I can.

2. Reflection on Death

One day I will die.
I cannot avoid it. It comes to everyone, and it will come to me.
Everyone who has lived in the past has aged and died, and those living now are ageing and will die too.
Think of the millions of people who have lived in the past. Where are they now?
I see myself ageing. Day by day, year by year my body grow older, as I can clearly see.
The causes of life are unstable and impermanent, and when they run out my death will come.
I will have to face death and meet it, the end of my life.
I am life a fish caught in a net.
I am like a prisoner condemned to execution.
I am like an animal in a slaughterhouse.
In my fantasies I am exempted from the general truth of death.
But that is a delusion, and death will come to me, even me, as well.

The time of my death is uncertain.
Even if I live a full span, that is just a few decades.
But death could come at any moment — in a few years, or a few weeks, or even today.
There are many causes of death in addition to old age: illness, accident, disaster and violence.
Every day people die in these ways, all of them having expected to live longer.
Therefore death is a presence that should be borne in mind.
My plans should always be provisional; I should not put things off, and live free from regrets and obligations.

Everyone I know will die as well.
One by one we will be taken by death.
All my friends, all my family, everyone I know, everyone I love, everyone who loves me.
In a hundred years we will all be gone.

To face death I will need courage, forbearance, contentment and a clear conscience.
I need to be free of regrets, and that means using my time wisely.
All that will matter at the time of death is spiritual practice.
What will matter is what I have become in myself, the qualities of my mind, and the sense of having lived a worthwhile life through helping others.

So I should live with awareness of the inevitability of death and of its imminence.
And I must make good use of my time through practising the Dharma.

3. Karma

Everywhere I look in the universe I see things arising and passing away in dependence upon conditions.
From galaxies and stars to micro-organisms, this pattern holds true.
Things aren’t random — they have causes and effects.

This is also true of my life.
What I am today is the product of many influences: my family, culture, education and relationships.
It’s also the product of choices I’ve made, of how I’ve acted, of my mental states and habits.
There are many things I cannot alter, and these I must accept.
But I can change those conditions that spring from my mind.
I can change how I think, I can affect how I feel.
Meditation and Dharma practice give me ways to do so.

I know that skilful actions have brought me happiness and fulfilment and have benefited others.
When I’ve been kind or generous I’ve seen others benefit, and it has given me happiness.
I know that my unskilful actions have harmed others, and harmed me too.
When I have been unkind I have seen the pain I have caused.
Those actions have reinforced negative states of mind that make me unhappy, and I’ve felt remorse and regret.

Therefore I should cultivate positive states, practice skilful actions and avoid unskilful ones.
This means practising the Dharma, which offers a sure path to establishing positive conditions.
To this path I commit myself.

4. The Defects of Samsara

Suffering is part of my life.
Everything I experience is tinged with incompleteness.
I cannot escape unsatisfactoriness.
My life involves stress, striving and struggle.
The same is true of others.
Almost everyone I know is searching for something their lives do not give them.
Everywhere I see this.

People’s lives include many other kinds of suffering.
There is illness and physical pain: that goes with having a body.
There is the mental anguish of depression, fear, madness and many other afflictions. The possibility of such experience goes with having a mind.
All this is within the spectrum of experience I occupy.
This is human life, and these things can happen to me.

When I consider my experience I see that it’s in continual flux.
My body changes continually, a mass of processes that never settle.
My mind is an endless stream of thoughts, one after another.
Similarly, people change, situations alter, nothing endures.
The whole world is like this.
Nothing is solid, or final; nothing can be fully relied upon.
Consider this present moment, and you see this is true.
Look around and you see it is true everywhere.
I want the world to be substantial and knowable, but it isn’t.
This causes me to suffer.

These are the defects of samsara.
It’s futile to expect the world to make me happy: that expectation is the very source of my suffering.
I must change the way I see the world, and live on the basis of reality, not illusion.
The Dharma offers a way to do this.
It gives a path away from being trapped in samsara.
Therefore let me commit myself to practising the Dharma.

gunderloy said...

I pass on reading most posts by anonymous. I might be missing some good stuff but it saves time.

Jinzang said...

Jinzang...duh...

I see a lot of people spend a lot of time telling other people how to live their lives. If it's so obvious that this is a waste, why is it so common?

Anonymous said...

Which anonymous do you avoid? :)
We are many, we are legion, resistance is futile.

Anonymous said...

sup /b/

drunken monkey said...

Woohoo! Sit down and shut up comes out in England tommorrow!

keishin.ni said...

anonymous @ 6:37am
thank you for ringing the gong
just because we have opened our eyes from slumber doesn't mean we are awake
running on habitual patterning is not awake, it's more like sleep walking
To sample being mindful, even (especially while) engaged in ordinary daily routine activities sometimes (for example) I will brush my teeth with my left hand instead of my right. When I go back to using my right hand, I notice more of everything.
Thank you again for being such an early riser today!

Jared said...

Anon-who-quoted-me,

You bring up a very good point. I shouldn't have said that it doesn't mean ANYTHING, because you are right, it does mean something to those that we give to, perhaps more than we will ever know. Generosity is a great thing. But the very idea of wanting to rid ourselves of all possessions implies that we own them. A lot of the time Buddhism, at least to me, seems to be about helping us understand so that we can better help others. Understanding the source of our desire to be without material goods can have so many benefits. Many more, I think, than just the monetary or material gain of someone in need. It's a sticky sticky tree to climb!

Jared said...

"I think if it is possible to change yourself, then it would be also possible to change others. the separation between people isn't real anyway, right? why else would people like brad keep writing stuff all the time, besides trying to sell his old junk.."

Just like Brad has a habit of saying, just because we are all part of the same universe doesn't mean we can read eachother's thoughts or anything like that. My Dad always says that the only person you can ever change is yourself, and you'll just waste your time trying to change people. I think that when people like Brad write, they are writing to influence, not to change. We cannot possibly change the way someone thinks or feels. They are the only one who can. We can only give them our position and reasoning. Anyone who has been in a heated argument would agree, I'm sure...

Anonymous said...

Jinzang said: "I see a lot of people spend a lot of time telling other people how to live their lives. If it's so obvious that this is a waste, why is it so common?"

So what? What difference does it make, and whose business is it? Not yours, mine, or anyone's.

Jinzang said...

I think if it is possible to change yourself, then it would be also possible to change others. the separation between people isn't real anyway, right? why else would people like brad keep writing stuff all the time, besides trying to sell his old junk..

Most people have a hard time accepting criticism. I know I do. Advice usually comes in the form "what you're doing now is wrong and here's what you need to do instead." Most people can't hear anything after the word "wrong." They shut down and get defensive. That's why I think showing a good example, which isn't threatening, works better than advice.

you seem to believe it is possible to change your own life. But I'm not so sure. can I ask you why you think that is possible?

If you buy a pair of shoes that pinch, you're going to run out and get another. It's really that simple. The problem is that people are proud and have an exaggerated sense of their own capability. They say, I'm not going to eat junk food any more, but then the donuts are passed around at work and they have one. Not ever again, not even once is a hard standard to live up to.

Jinzang said...
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other said...

"The problem is that people are proud and have an exaggerated sense of their own capability. They say, I'm not going to eat junk food any more, but then the donuts are passed around at work and they have one. Not ever again, not even once is a hard standard to live up to."

Yes.. People have an exaggerated views of many things in their lives.. not just their capabilities.

Koudelka said...

>>keishin.ni
I'M GONNA HURL.

Anonymous said...

keishin.ni - koudelka is too fond of his right hand to try something like that..

keishin.ni said...

koudelka: thank you, could you be more specific?
Just what are you hurling?
I'm new at some things, but have some experience at others. I wish to be respectful of everyone out here on this dance floor--perhaps mine is a somewhat awkward style in the flow of things, but I'll find my way. If what I say upsets you--then when you see I've posted something, just skip over it and don't even bother upsetting yourself needlessly by reading it, or make sure your wastebasket is handy.
again, thank you koudelka

Anonymous said...

" keishin.ni
I'M GONNA HURL. "

that's cos of all the enlightenment

Koudelka said...
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Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
Actually I've been trying to switch it up recently, so more the left. Sometimes I like to use both.

>>keishin.ni
Dude don't fetishize this shit, zen and buddhism are transparent. Use the vernacular of the times and drop the mystical-sounding stuff, this isn't a damn cosmic soap opera.

Also, passive-aggressive and obsequious tones don't mix well.

Anonymous said...

koudelka - your single-mindedness, mean-spiritedness, impatience with those who do not express their ideas as you do, think as you do, feel as you do, and, especially, your persistent arrogance is astonishing and unfortunate.

Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
Yeah, you're right. I should settle for false bullshit more often. My bad.

other said...

my false bullshit is truer than your false bullshit.

Koudelka said...

>>other
OH MY HOW PENETRATINGLY ZEN OF YOU.

Anonymous said...

I'm with other.

Anonymous said...

koudelka, I think you missed the point. Entirely.

Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
How am I not myself?

keishin.ni said...

koudelka
It's all a cosmic soap opera!
Just imagine your aunt or great aunt on this blog. That's me: an old fart. My style is old fart: Mine is a transparent old fart zen. What do you and I share in common: this life/this blog.
I only know a few things:
When something IS to be said, I say it.
Sometimes when I Think something needs to be said, I say it.
Sometimes I am so fully held in this awesome, complete silence...
Mostly I just need to remind myself to sit down and shut up.

Koudelka said...

>>keishin.ni
I apologize for being mean, you're not what I thought you were. <3

keishin.ni said...

koudelka
Thank you, I accept your apology. When I walked into this bar and ordered a sarsparilla I shoulda knowed there might be some flack.
It's very ok.

other said...

k - not trying to sound penetrating zen here.. but no one ever is who we think they are. especially on the internet. I'm your mom if you haven't guessed by now. :)

Tin Man said...

And I was the Tin Man !

Anonymous said...

I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
Lennon/McCartney

Jules said...

It's a non-stop disco
Bet you didn't know

Anonymous said...

>>keishin.ni
I apologize for being mean, you're not what I thought you were. <

what? kouldelka was wrong about something?

Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
UNPOSSIBLE. PIME TARADOX!

Anonymous said...

I need attention from the absent angry father!

keishin.ni said...

Now that koudelka and I are friends (yes, koudelka, I am your friend) let me turn my attention to doughnuts (a favorite mantra)
There are many strategies, some more skillful than others when encountering doughnuts.
Limited contact:
Stay as far away from doughnuts as possible. Do not look directly at doughnuts, bend down to inspect shoes. When doughnut box comes to you, leave the room.
Minimal contact:
Take a doughnut to give away. I have come to appreciate this more and more: I get to 'have my doughnut and not eat it too."
Full contact:
take and eat doughnut along with everyone else: like a fast food oryoki--everyone's taste buds on the same page: We are all one happy doughnut filled mouth Ahhhh doughnuts!
Go for doughnut surprise:
Do not make up your mind in advance what you will do--when doughnuts appear--surprise yourself in that very moment.

Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
Me too oh my god why wont he come home. :'(

Jared said...

Sarsparilla?!? Doesn't anybody appreciate a good Mint Julep anymore??

Anonymous said...

There is more than one anonymous; for example, I'm the "wise-ass Brooklyn chick" anonymous. :D

Koudelka said...

>>^^Anonymous^^
I am arrogant and misguided Brooklyn boy, nice to meet you. :D

Anonymous said...

I am the Anonymous Who Bites His Toenails.

Dr. Love said...

>>I need attention from the absent angry father!

Yep, I've got a button labelled AAF. Also one called "Criticized and Unforgiveable" and another called "F.U. for seeing my Shame".

Imperatrix said...

Hi, Koudelka! This wise-ass Brooklyn chick says it's good to meet you. I've got great amounts of arrogance and misguidedness in me as well. How about that; there's omeone else like me! I always thought I was an alien or something, all alone in this sappy, sensitive world...! :D

Lone Wolf said...

Mother's son turned to "zombie" by Buddhist Guru named Edo.

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=3,4190,0,0,1,0

Not sure how to do the underline word link. If someone could explain that again, I will give it another try.

Lone Wolf said...

Jules - I'm quite fond of "Violent Pornography".

Anonymous said...

brad: nanoo nanoo wherever you are. been reading thru your latest nugget again and i gotta say that i really dig your stance on personal responsibility, ya know, YOU being the only one who can think, and tie your own shoes and shit for YOURsELF. tricksy zen students trying to throw thier own "enlightenment-for-ack-of-a-better-word" on somebody else because its easier to rely on somebody anybody else's including boring ol' siddartha guatama buddha rama rama's "enlightenment-for-lack-of-a-better-word"
yes yes, that was also your fundamental message from the first book " question authority, even your own" yeah what is authority really? i was buggin one of my buddhist friends back in the day (5-6years ago) about buddhism, and she lent me a copy of her"buddhist bible" her words not mine. so i crack it open and can you guess what the first words were in this book? buddhas last words as as he was dying he supposedly told his disciples (i dunno, i wasnt there)"be a light unto yourselves," trust no mans' words or texts but figure out for yourselves directly, observe for yourselves directly the most Simplest of Basic facts, you are YOU are the only one who can do so for yourself. nothing magical, just REALLY simple. but not to get off on a tangent, you know you got your tricksy little zen students wanting to throw that responsibility off on a quote unquote zen or whatever kinda master, and they dont even realize that's what they're doing. so on behalf of all tricksy little zen students everywhere, thanks for the reminder.

jules: speaking of reminders, i love that song. even dusted off my copy (thanx to you) and put back into " heavy rotation " . or the last day or so.

BTW, that's "mezmerize/hypnotize" by system of a down everybody. dig it.

-bluewolf

Anonymous said...

p.s. Truth is the only "authority" really. time to go sit down and shit up some more..... (ha-HA!)

-bluewolf

Koudelka said...

>>lone_wolf
I can sympathize with that woman, my little brother and I became interested in Buddhism together three years back. I was sorta like "holy shit what the fuck happened to my life, I have no idea what's wrong, I need to fix shit." and he was "I want to get involved in holy shit."

He dropped out of college and for a little while he lived in my house because he was driving my parents crazy with dogma and alex grey pictures. After moving back in with them, he drove them nuts again and they kicked him out for good.

Now he just wanders around my neighborhood, he honestly thinks that he's *the* resurrection of buddha, and spouts dogma and sanskrit phrases at people. And he wont leave my friends alone either.

He gives this url to everyone he meets:
http://www.tathagata.co.uk/

That dude is fucking whack.

Koudelka said...

Just as a note, he's not homeless or anything. He convinced one of his disciples(this 40 year old dude) to let him live in his house.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like your brother has some mental/emotional pain that he has disconnected from and is attached to certain ideas and practices as a way to protect himself from feeling that pain by remaining caught up in 'perpetual seeking/fixing'. It can be very difficult to 're-connect' with the pain because the disconnect is subconscious and typically occurs while the brain is developing in childhood. It's deep shit. Would you say that your parents are 'unskillful' in the ways that they express anger or sadness?

Anonymous said...

all psychology aside... I do believe that moment to moment awareness (hardcore zen) can certainly 'heal all wounds' by simply knowing what is exisiting. But in some cases where a person is kind of mentally ill, it might help to find some more conventional therapies to help ground them (i.e. exercise, eating well, taking a walk and talking, etc.)

other said...

koudelka - hope your bro gets his shit together.. Edo Shonnin sounds like a real dick but who knows.. And it is unclear from the story whether rita van gordon is a nice woman or a major pain in the ass. But her last few comments in the story suggests her son might be better off with without her too. When she said, "The last time I saw William, before the court case, he tried to hypnotize me. He kept saying: 'Look into my eyes.' I snapped back - as I used to do when he was three, and being naughty: 'Just stop that, William.' And he did. "That gives me hope. He is still my boy." the hair on the back of my neck stood up.

Anonymous said...

"it might help to find some more conventional therapies to help ground them (i.e. exercise, eating well, taking a walk and talking, etc.) "

you say that as if these 'therapies' weren't just a basic requirement to being a human being. everybody should be doing that stuff

magik said...

Im angry! Amazon said that they would dispatch sit down and shut up in 4-20 days. I can't wait that long! Im ordering it from a dealer on ebay now. I NEED TO GET ENLIGHTENED WHILST IM STILL ALIVE.

Anonymous said...

majik - if you can't wait 4-20 days, you might be better off spending your money on comic books.

Anonymous said...

Your little brother may be tripping on something, in addition to dogma--could he be coming down with a medical condition of some sort, such as bipolar?

This is strictly personal bias, but Alex Grey's artwork might be a poor choice for someone who is already hyperstimulated.

Take a look at AG's pictures. They are vivid, full of a very restless energy.

They might be a good choice for persons who are sluggish and need a boost of energy, but for someone already tense, I could see AG's pictures adding to restlessness, making an already agitated mind even more agitated--not a good foundation for Dharma practice.

Koudelka said...

>>Anonymous
While I don't really know what "skillful" means in this context, my parents certainly suck at putting themselves aside when dealing with him.

>>Anonymous
Afaik, his acid/weed, etc.. days are done. He's a true believer now, not requiring these things anymore. O_o

keishin.ni said...

Little brother needs a thorough medical physical exam/evluation and possible psych eval. There are some psych conditions which can arise at this age. In the interim, while trying to locate the source of symptoms, utilizing simple common sense areas to balance the body and its functioning: food/exercise/sleep. Its good to make notes of everythiing--even any 'self medication' all of this is exceeding helpful to an md trying to figure out the pieces of the puzzle.
Also giving structure to the day: needing to be at certain place/certain time to do a certain task--this can be very helpful.
It is no small feat to leave mom and dad (really really leave) and try to find one's own way in this world. I hope your little brother finds the right circumstances, the right people to help him.

keishin.ni said...

earlier someone mentioned change and whether it is possible Just what is it I want to know.
My potted plants change constantly. There is continual process going on I don't know if this is change--it is process just being exactly what it is--process.
Having a mind this is part of the process called being human. This mind gets me in trouble and yet it is with this very same troubled mind that I take off one by one the mental constraints that stunt and bind mind. I've wormed my way this far along in life and as I start to unbind mind I find that these constraints somehow have been 'protecting' me, even now as they appear to get in my way. Am I changing? Am I all along just being process called human? Isn't zen a way to cultivate the fruiting of this process called human? Isn't realization the fruit of the mind/body process called 'human'?
I'll have that mint julep now--with a doughnut please, and GO DUCKS!

Anonymous said...

"suck at putting themselves aside"

good luck working with all that. all I really know is my own situation. Sometimes I give my little brother strong advice, like when he wanted to move to a tiny town and live with a girl who he met in a chat room. Most of the time I just listen to him express his latest fascinations (we all have them) - really just to give him that chance to have someone pay 100% attention to him - acknowledge his presence and all. After a couple hours he calms down a bit and we both become a bit more relaxed. These are silent lulls in the conversation and then I'll say "so how are you doing lately?". It's a screwy world right now I think. In my family I observe multiple generations of detachment and alienation covered up by all sorts of nervous behavior. People are going to the grave without ever getting a chance to get under the hardened layer of fear, shame and anger, back to their fleshy gunky inner selves. I call it the 20th Century Flu because I think there's a wave of fear and clenching that began with all the upheaval (rapid 'modernization', depression, wars etc.) in the early part of the last century and continues straight up to today.

Nowadays you gotta write: apologies in advance to anyone offended by these words. This is just me talking about my little view on my little life. Theres room for us both and everything we think can exist at the same time. I'm not offended because 99% of us have got a touch of flu in one way or another. I'm in a meditation hall and someone coughs - what, am I going to be pissed at them for that?

Anonymous said...

I assume 'Edo Shonnin' and Edo Shonin of http://www.pineforest.org.uk/id17.html are one and the same person.

It is a shame that someone like Edo Shonin seems to have been able to gain access to Plum Village to scout for vulenerable and confused people to latch on to.

Anonymous said...

http://www.buddhistchannel.tv/index.php?id=22,4212,0,0,1,0

This article has a couple of links to E-Sanga threads where 'Edo Shonin' is discussed. It seems that nobody has been able to trace any legitimate teahers for Edo Shonin.

Jared said...

Having every legit teacher there ever was can hardly keep you from being a nutjob/asshole.

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Lone Wolf said...

Koudelka-

I'm sorry to hear about your brother going off the deep end. I myself was pretty spaced out on the dharma. At one point, I was not taking care of my life at all, just wanting enlightment.I gave away a bunch kick ass stuff (which I regret). It took an incident during a retreat I was at to shatter my romantic fanatsy about the Dharma. Now, I'm in college and working to develop my life, and try to sit Zazen everyday (though I've been slacking lately, truth be told).

There seem to be alot of pitfalls people can fall into if their not careful when they first study Buddhism. Having Buddhist teachers like Brad to tell you how it is without all the bullshit is very helpful. It's just to bad that most people are attracted to the trippy stuff. I was too, until no matter what kind of meditation experience you have, you will always have to come back down to reality and wash the dishes and clean up the dog's poo. I think Brad might have been attracted to the trippy stuff at first also.

Just my thoughts.

Koudelka said...

>>lone wolf
Yeah man, I hear ya on the trippy stuff. I was seriously a complete "enlightened" tool for a good year before I realized that I was actually the walking dead. That part of HCZ that you mentioned is what really made me appreciate the book, and made me realize that this was about curing my douchebaggery rather than trying to trip myself out.

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d.b. westlen said...

truth is I don't understand Buddhism, I guess you can say I'm searching for a religion right now, but truly i don't get it. At first I thought it was weird because I thought the people just took shit without taking a stand cause they believed in karma and enlightenment, but then I went over it and started to study it a little.
Personally, I just thought it was a fad at one point, a way of not believeing in a god but a mystical force that comes with your decision skills, but then to me it just became this science of allowing yourself to not feel what hurts but releasing yourself to this higher atmosphere by giving and showing the best of yourself (like charity or being the upperman in a situation)......

I seriously have no clue.A little help please??? But what is there to know when there is nothing to know?
I guess so people are more understanding then others.