Friday, August 10, 2007

GREAT SCOTT! GREAT SKY!!!

OK. kids. I'm off to the Great Sky sesshin somewhere way the hell out in Minnesota. I won't be in the reach of Internets or 9/11 conspiracy theorists for a week. So y'all enjoy yourselves! On Saturday the 18th there's s'posta be an interview with me on a show called Coffee, Cigarettes and Gnosis. So go there and see if it really shows up. The list of forthcoming appearances is below. Also note that on Sept. 12th I'm doing some kinda TV show called Elevision in downtown Boulder and they want folks to show up by 7 to be in the audience. It's at Trilogy, 2017 13th St. in downtown Boulder.

Show up at all of the appearances you lazy bums!

That's it. I'm outta here till I'm back....

93 comments:

Mysterion said...

LOL

Lazy? Well a 350 mile drive isn't LAZY. And a 3,000 mile drive for others may be a reach. And we're your CLOSE fans.

Brad, Brad, Brad...

Misugori onegaishimasu

p.s. did you get the laminated Haiku?

Brad said...

That was you with the laminated haiku. Yes I got it. Thank you very much. It's a beautiful thing.

Anonymous said...

Mysterion's got it first again, damn it! Now Master Brad loves him the most!

I've got to send him some even more impressive present, some ultra-rare 1870s Dinosaur book or some bucket Sid Viscious once had vomitted in.

You remind me to return to Sesshin soon, all this Hardcore Zen Blog comment delusion makes my head hurt and my nose bleed.

--IceBucket

Smoggyrob said...

Wondrous art, haiku
Simple and yet so profound
I didn't get one

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keishin.ni said...

From discussion earlier today at sitting with regard to phrase 'two arrows meeting in mid-air'

It comes from a phrase used in a poem, Ts'an T'ung Ch'i' written by Shih T'ou

3 different translations follow:

The Oneness of Relative and Absolute
(The Ts'an T'ung Ch'i')
by Shih T'ou

The Great Sage of India conveyed
True Mind from West to East.
Among human beings are wise ones and fools
But in Truth there are no Patriarchs,
      north or south.
From the clear, bright subtle Source
Tributary streams flow through the darkness.
Attaching to things is delusion
And meeting the Absolute is not yet
      enlightenment.
Within and without relate, yet are independent,
Working in different ways, but together.
Form differs in substance and appearance.
Sounds distinguish pleasure from pain.
In darkness, high and middle merge;
But in light all things are revealed.
The four elements return to the Source
Like a child to its mother.
Fire's hot, wind moves,
Water's wet, earth's hard.
Eyes see, ears hear,
Nose smells, tongue tastes salt and sour.
Each is independent
While in accord with its relations.
The root gives rise to many leaves
Yet root and branch return to One.
High and low are relative.
In light there is darkness
Confronted, it cannot be fathomed.
Within darkness there is light
One-sided, it cannot be found.
Light and darkness are paired
Like a foot before and a foot behind
      when walking
Each thing has intrinsic value
Related to other things by function and place.
Absolute and ordinary life fit together
Like a box and its cover.
Absolute works with relative
Like two arrows meeting in mid-air.
Hear and know the Great Reality.
Do not judge by your own standards.
Overlooking the Way right before you
How can you see it where you're walking?
Enlightened, the Path is neither near nor far.
Deluded, you are mountains and rivers away
With respect I say to you who seek the goal
Do not waste a moment, night or day.

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The Ts'an T'ung Ch'i'
A Buddhist Poem by Shih T'ou [700-790]
(translation by Peter Morrell)
 
1. The genius of mind of the Great Sage of India [Buddha] came East [to China] from the West [India] in secret.
2. Man fundamentally is both clever and stupid but in the Way there is no Northern or Southern teacher.
3. The Mysterious Source [Buddha Nature] is bright, clear and pure but the branching streams flow on in darkness invisible to the mind's eye.
4. Clinging to transient phenomena is the primary illusion, yet even to be bound to Buddhist principles is not Enlightenment.
5. The Outer [Objective] and Inner [Subjective] components of the universe are inter-related and yet independent of one another.
6. They relate and work together despite their differences in function and position.
7. The outer form of things blinds us to their true nature, just as sounds may cause joy or sorrow in different people.
8. But the Dark [true nature] unites all teachings, and the Light [true nature] distinguishes clear and obscure scriptures.
9. The Four Elements return to their Source like a child reaching its mother
10. Fire is hot, wind moves to and fro, water is wet and the earth is firm and strong.
11. The eyes see colours and the ears hear sounds, the nose smells scents and the tongue tastes salty or sour.
12. Yet in all this diversity of form [outer] there is unity of essence [inner] just as many leaves spread from the same root.
13. Root and branch [cause and effect] must derive from the permanent reality. Though we say honourable and humble they are just words with no meanings.
14. At its heart the light [outer] is dark [inner], but do not seek this darkness.
15. At its heart the dark [inner] is light [outer], but do not seek this light.
16. The light [outer] and the dark [inner] form a pair, like one foot ahead and one behind when walking.
17. The myriad things [of the universe] have their own intrinsic values and keep their own functions and positions.
18. Transient phenomena and the permanent fit together like a box and its lid; the Absolute and the Relative operate like two arrows meeting point-to-point in mid-air.
19. Reading these words you must have reached the permanent, so do not set up rules and standards to judge life.
20. Though you do not see the Way, you are already on it. Going by foot or horse [ordinary life] you can know the Way.
21. When you walk on the Way it is neither near nor far, but if you are deluded in heart then you are certainly mountains and rivers away from it.
22. With respect I say to you, reflect [meditate] on purity and seek a true Master; if you want to attain Enlightenment, then do not waste your time in vain.

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The Identity of Relative and Absolute

The mind of the Great Sage of India was intimately conveyed from West to East. Among human beings are wise ones and fools But in the Way there is no northern and southern Ancestor. The subtle source is clear and bright; the tributary streams flow through the darkness. To be attached to things is illusion; to encounter the absolute is not yet enlightenment. Each and all the subjective and objective spheres are related, and at the same time independent. Related and yet working differently. Though each keeps its own place, form makes the character and appearance different. Sounds distinguish comfort and discomfort. The dark makes all words one; the brightness distinguishes good and bad phrases. The four elements return to their own nature as a child to its mother. Fire is hot, wind moves, water is wet, earth hard. Eyes see, ears hear, nose smells, tongue tastes the salt and sour. Each is independent of the other. Cause and effect must return to the great reality. The words high and low are used relatively. Within light there is darkness, but do not try to understand that darkness. Within darkness there is light, but do not look for that light Light and darkness are a pair like the foot before and the foot behind in walking. Each thing has its own intrinsic value and is related to everything else in function and position. Ordinary life fits the absolute as a box and its lid. The absolute works together with the relative like two arrows meeting in mid air. Reading words you should grasp the great reality. Do not judge by any standards. If you do not see the Way, You do not see it even as you walk on it. When you walk the Way it is not near, it is not far., If you are deluded, you are mountains and rivers away from it. I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened Do not waste your time by night or day!

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Anonymous said...

Scholars of the world unite at Hardcore Zen blog comment pages. Do you really think is appropriate? Then again, is the swearing and insulting appropriate? I don't know...

I still somehow feel you guys are really dripping of "truth" and actually believing and thinking that. Makes me feel very uncomfortable.

--IceBucket

Anonymous said...

monkish sage with his ink brush
sagacious monkey with his laptop
it's absolutely relative

come here to learn something and it's all fumin' fun
come here to fun around and someone's tryin' ta learn ya somethin'
with a kick to the chops or a hot link to obscurity

I swear it's dukka dukka everywhere

But what if it's really not?
What if it's a pot luck party and everyone brought their own odd dishes made from what ever was on hand in their pantry at the time?

What if it's panning for gold and there's valuable little glints among all the sand.

You get to decide for yourself how much of what you pile onto your own personal plate,
and you get to decide how much of this swishing the water around you want to to, all stooped over for hours
before you decide to:



(fill in the blank)



>>cowpie

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Rubiolio said...

You think self can control self?
Hahaha! Just watch.

Joe Lawrence said...

Hey, dude. I just wanted to say that your book hardcore Zen really had an effect on me. Thanks.
I had never read a book on buddism before, and I'm so glad that your view was my first exposure to it.
Anyway, I find myself re-evaluating my day to day thoughts, feelings, and actions, as a result of the new perspective that you've shown me. Just wanted to say thanks for starting me on what seems like it might be a long journey toward inner peace.
P.S. Don't worry, I'm not about to join a monestary because I read your book. If I did that, i think I would be missing one of the main points of your book on how religion is viewed, and how belief can be dangerous.
I just wanted to say thanks, because I intend to further explore "the Zen thing", and see what it's all about.
P.S.S. Remember the band "flipper"?

Mysterion said...

After Hardcore Zen, try "Sit Down and Shut Up."

There are few books in this generation that are as effective at 'in your face ZEN' as Brad's first two.

I hope it's the first two from a trilogy of trilogies.

3 x 3 for Brad.

"old dog" said...

"Then again, is the swearing and insulting appropriate? I don't know..."

I think it's very appropriate, for some audiences. But not for others. If it offends you and you don't like it, go read from a more "traditional" teacher. Brad speaks to the modern American. His viewpoint is needed in this world. Time and place to strip away the pretense of politeness.

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Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

We pestered Yuka enough this Saturday that we /will/ be sitting zazen at the Hill Street Center next Saturday. In place of Brad's talk, we'll add extra kinhin and zazen periods.

Brad's out of contact, so the webpage will continue to read "August 18, 2007 CANCELLED!!! Don't come!" That's a delusion.

So next Saturday the 18th, if you have the time and inclination, try some Diet Hardcore Zen -- a third more enlightenment and 100% Brad-free.

See you there,

Rob

Anonymous said...

smoggyrob:
thank you for your persuasive powers and posting a cabbage you are not.

Anonymous said...

Mysterion, my dearest, I wouldn't object but you can tell what I mean. I still think that you are a great guy. No worries.

I admit, I have troubles with people who pose too enlightened to me.

I recall meeting with a certified Zen monk and he was telling how arrogant I were, because I made a couple of statements like "I don't think it's good for people to..." and similar.

That was by that guy who constantly was offending me with "the truth" and "real teacher".

Strangely enough, he received transmission by his first teacher before he died...

So don't get me started. :)

--IceBucket

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to get the most current SG article Brad wrote (Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen: Retreat!!) to come up where it can be read?
Usually it can't be accessed for several days (I thought this was a subscriber vs. non subscriber thing, that subscriber's got first dibs and then us lowlies could. But now I wonder...
And Daddy's away on retreat and can't fix it...
Waaaaaaaaaannhhh

Anonymous said...

take it easy mysterion.. brad will be back shortly. I don't think he has posted a SG piece since porno buddhist.

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gunderloy said...

don't have regrets mysterion.. life is too short. either post less, or live with what you post darling.

Anonymous said...

"I think it's very appropriate, for some audiences. But not for others. If it offends you and you don't like it, go read from a more "traditional" teacher."

I am not even slightly offended by Brad as I am actually younger than he is and used to different stuff. Actually, I was questioning the scholars here and contrasting it to the swearing that we all love so much.

@Mysterion:
Exactly, it's a pity I miss the best/worst of Mysterion's mental outflow. Don't judge your statements yourself, the stuff you wrote write be of interest anyway unless it's just another link about history revisionism.

--IceBucket

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Mysterion said...

Webster's words (in the introduction):
"Further, many words and phrases are so offensive, especially to females, as to create a reluctance in young persons to attend Bible classes and schools, in which they are required to read passages which cannot be repeated without a blush; and containing words which, on other occasions, a child could not utter without rebuke."

Anonymous said...

Aaahhh
Mysterion,
you are such a laden tree of knowledge!
(I know you don't need any encouragement--
but there, I've said it)

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Anonymous said...

Don't SCARE me, when you do STUFF like that.

Your are good with Japanese Haikus, but can you decipher THIS?

--IceBucket

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Mysterion said...

And the translation....
The original is Norwegian.

Dressed in black in ravens clothes
full of hate and despise
full of poison and blood
from a lair of snakes

You were chosen without urge
my mystic, my pupil,
wrapped in a bird's body
you were sent out and up

I am your mystic teacher
your school is forest
our teachings are fire
our curriculum is a game

Mysterion

You are sent as a raven
into the mystery
a name is sacrificed to you
and you are baptized in wine

Full to the brim of evil and bird-blood
on wings over a bottomless sea
with sharpened beak and pointed claw
you, tactlessly, warn of death

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A RIDDLE SOLVED. (Coventry Patmore)
Kind souls, you wonder why, love you,
When you, you wonder why, love none.
We love, Fool, for the good we do,
Not that which unto us is done!
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Anonymous said...

its the Mysterion and IceBucket Show!

-anony mouse

Mysterion said...

The Raven ;-) harkens back to flood myths. Noah released a raven and a 2 doves. Ut-Napishtim released a dove, a swallow, and a raven.

Yui Butsu yo Butsu
(Only Buddha knows Buddha)

How do you free yourself from the cycles of birth and death?

153 Looking for the maker of this tabernacle,10 I shall have to run through a course of many births, so long as I do not find him; and painful is birth again and again. 154 But now, [Mara] maker of the tabernacle, you have been seen; you shall not make up this tabernacle again. All your rafters are broken, your ridge-pole is sundered; the mind, approaching the Eternal has attained to the extinction of all desires.

From the Dhammapada, "the path of dharma."

(All, we may be helping Brad write Brad's next next book)
As contributing authors, we will not receive complimentary copies of that book. ROFLMFAO

Anonymous said...

anony-mouse - I am starting to wonder if they are not one and the same person.. and not in the buddhist sense.

Anonymous said...

anonymous: that's what i was thinking when i posted it.

- anony mouse

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Anonymous said...

mysterion - is mysterion your real name? it sounds kind of new age..

Anonymous said...

wwwAAAAAAAAAAANNHHH!
I still can't get at Daddy's latest written article for SG (Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen: Retreat!!).
He wrote it and posted it there last Saturday and here it is Thursday and I still can't read it
Waaanhh Waaanhh Waannhh

Doesn't anybody know how to do it?

Where's Daddy?

Hasn't he finished his Big Sit yet?

Aren't there any other grown ups who can do it--get it to appear in the public section of SG for us non-paying Brad-avids.

Please.....

Anonymous said...

Mysterion, I will be in SF next week before that infamous Burning Man attendance (yes, I promised it to a friend). I consider visiting SFZC, but I am not sure yet. As a European, I usually do not attend Zazen in California, I regret.

We can for sure meet for a coffee if you like to.

I was heading for some Brad Warner coincendence but he is touring on the wrong side of the nation during my stay.

Strange you asked me for Alan Moore. I do like (or love as Americans would phrase it) Alan Moore, even the "weird" stuff like Promethea, but Watchmen remains the story with most impacet ever told to me during my youth. Reminds me to read it again on my flight next week, thanks!

I severely avoid Alan Moore movie adaptions since "League" and "From Hell" even I heard "V" is supposed to be acceptable.

--IceBucket

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

One more reminder -- we're sitting zazen at the Hill Street Center tomorrow (Saturday). Pay no attention to the webpage that says it's canceled.

So grab your zafu and come on down to Santa Monica. Did I mention we have snacks?

Looking forward to sitting with you,

Rob

Mysterion said...

Anonymous said...
mysterion - is mysterion your real name? it sounds kind of new age.

No, Mysterion is a name I use to alert the group that I live a plan.

The language of the Church changed from Greek to Latin in the 3rd or 4th century. The Greek word mysterion was sometimes mistranslated to the Latin word sacramentum (secret ceremony), which it is NOT. MYSTERION is Greek for "plan." The mysterious plan for 'our salvation' is clearly stated on lines 153 and 154 of the Dhammapada, "the path of dharma."

There are no secrets, no secret ceremonies, no secret words, no 'new world order' - save for corporatism.

I apologize if my answer seems 'academic,' but your question was worthy of a clear answer. My given name is Charles (Ocha-ryu = Tea in [birds] nest). It would be a VERY long story - related to "The Son of Godzilla," but my Japanese nickname is Mondaijii - 'Son of Problem' (not problem child) used with some degree of warmth. I have a very skeptical mind owing to all the BULLSHIT the local "Blundering Barbarians" (read Xtian cults) tried to shove off on me as a youth. Thus, as a student of Buddhism, if I had a problem with a passage, concept, or explanation, I would say "Dai Mondai!" (Big Problem). This would not stop the class, but alert the master that a deeper delving into the matter was at and. And I would stay and study long after the other students went to their beer-drinking ceremonies.

Zen is toward the Mahayana (compassion) end of the bookshelf. I am much more Theravada (toward the scholarship end of the bookshelf). But Buddhists can be Buddhists, even in sanghas. It is a very WIDE bookshelf.

Cheers,
Chas

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Koudelka said...

>>Mysterion

Is there a difference between buddhists and normal people?

Mysterion said...

Koudelka said...
>>Mysterion
Is there a difference between buddhists and normal people?

Brad and I had a discussion of this off line. I do not speak for Brad.

Speaking for me: There is no difference between Buddhists and people (normal or abnormal).

Buddhists do NOT take converts ;-) All people, it turns out, are born Budhi. It is merely the cultural baggage that is heaped upon us in our youth (and later) that prevents us from growing undeformed to find our natural way. One is not born Hindu, Shinto, Jew, Xtian, or Islamic. That is cultural baggage. When we are born, we literally 'wake up.' Then, layer upon layer of 'the veil' is progressively placed opon our eyes until we are almost completely blind.

Meditation, over time, removes one veil, then another. I was looking for a really revealing academic study on the matter (and will post it later). To cut to the chase - People who meditate are happier.

That is -my- opinion (supported by decades of study).

Anonymous said...

even happier when unhappy--this is true

Jules said...

No, Mysterion is a name I use to alert the group that I live a plan.

The language of the Church changed from Greek to Latin in the 3rd or 4th century. The Greek word mysterion was sometimes mistranslated to the Latin word sacramentum (secret ceremony), which it is NOT. MYSTERION is Greek for "plan."


That's actually kinda cool. Up until now, because of the name Mysterion, I kind of pictured you more like this guy.

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Koudelka said...

>>Mysterion

Is life serious?

Koudelka said...

Also,

Is it ok to hate people?

Koudelka said...

Also also,

Are you enlightened?

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad
i'm better than you.

i'm so glad
i'm better than you are.

-mike gira

Mysterion said...

Koudelka said...
1) Is life serious?
2) Is it ok to hate people?
3) Are you enlightened?

1) You can answer that best for yourself. I do not think one should take 'life' 100% seriously. Life is life, we all get many and in one of them you should avoid increasing the suffering of others.

2) I can't tell you how to act or what to do. Hate is ultimately an inward-directed emotion which is self-destructive in the psychological sense. Sometimes you hear; "Hate the crime, but not the criminal." I disagree. Hate neither the crime nor the criminal. I am NOT saying LOVE the crime or criminal, I am saying make no effort toward committing a crime or becoming a criminal - but HATE? Never!

3) No, far far from it. Just look at the steamer trunks of baggage I tote from place to place! One of my favorite 'sayings of Buddha' is:

A follower ask Buddha how he arrived at Budhi and he said, holding out his hand: If I held the ashes of my many cycles through birth and death, they would be a mountain high.

Think peace.

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David said...

hey Brad

I think it's the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

David

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Anonymous said...

Mysterion, are you one of the real beliefers in "rebirth"? Personal rebirth? YOU coming back?

I strikes me, because I always felt this for me as some symbol for certain ways how life and people function, but not the personal recreation of... of... of what actually?

Who or what is actually getting reborn? The identity? The habits? The "personality"? The memory? The ourcome of your deeds? The emotions you created in other people?

How much of that is really a "personal" substance? How much of that belongs to my cultural environment and my relationships? How much of that is my history and not general history?

I do not claim to have answers, it's just thoughts I had.

Check your blog, I commented there. Yes, I did.

--IceBucket

Mysterion said...

rebirth and reincarnation...

I don't believe it, but I do THINK it is worth thinking about.

Greek paliggenesia or palingenesia from palin = back +
noun genesis = origin
in turn from ginomai = cause ["gen"-erate] to begin existence.
It clearly means literally a birth again (or at least start all over).

It is a rather universal concept.

Some recent studies provide some support for the idea. The lunatic fringe sells books.

But then, in the time of Freud and Jung, Zen Buddhism WAS the lunatic fringe. And quite unlike the opinions of Freud (joy) and Jung (young) Zen IS beneficial to the western mind. It's just not beneficial to old threadbare western dogma.

I somewhat view the body as a candle that runs out of fuel. That 'lust for life' is the flame which CAN be transfered to a new candle as the old one flickers its last. As memories are just mapped structures in the old brain and the old brain dies, memories also die. Past-life regression is a kind of parlor game in my thinking. Everyone seems to have been a King, Queen, or saint. Somehow, there are no former chin-wipers from the vomitorium.

All that exists is a collective agreement on 'here' and 'now.' The universe exists only because we observe it (quantum mechanics). We are trapped in time travel with time incrementing (at least at the moment).

We do not manage to die until we extinguish that 'lust' (desire) for life. Thus the goal of our lives is to achieve a true death (nirvana) and not another rebirth be seeing Mara [temptation] as the builder of this tabernacle.

This merely is MY opinion, nothing more.

Sorry, but another story:

A Tenor came onto the stage and sang his heart out.

The audience applauded to excess.

Having no encore, the tenor sang the same aria again.

The audience applauded to excess.

Again, the tenor sang the same aria.

The audience applauded to excess.

"What do you want?" ask the tenor.

A voice in the dark, at the back of the theatre shouted: "Sing it until you sing it RIGHT!"

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Jinzang said...

Sing it until you sing it RIGHT!"

In this case there is no right or wrong. Too many people look over their shoulders, wondering what everyone else thinks. The comedy or tragedy of it all is almost everybody else is doing the same.

A friend of my father's once told me turning sixty was liberating because she no longer felt the need to worry about other peoples' opinions.

Jinzang said...

I think it's the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

Sounds more like a colossal headache to me. I remember when my Kung Fu teacher was made successor in his style and all the petty jealousies it unleashed. I don't understand why Brad didn't run the other way.

And one more thing Traleg Rinpoche once said. You have to always think of yourself as a humble student, because if you take any other attitude, you're finished and whatever you say isn't worth a damn.

Mysterion said...

Zen and ritualization. Brad and I spoke in passing...

"I take refuge in Gautama,
I take refuge in the Dharma,
I take refuge in the sangha."

is the institutionalized or 'refuge' version of:

"I find comfort in that Gautama lived,
I find comfort in that Gautama taught (Dharma is 'path' and not 'law'), and
I find comfort in the _community_ where the teaching of Gautama is preserved."

Notice, when you swim upstream, things are less dogmatic. And Buddha is NOT yet deified, he is still Gautama.

If you find that chanting discomforting, don't do it. If you find the statue to be a bit of idolitry, then look at it as a distorted photograph and 'just say thanks.' (Domo, nei)

GASSHO is ritualized as a gesture - palms together - in 'prayer.' In fact, it predates Gautama is is merely a polite greeting of recognition - namaste. It means "we are of one name." (All men/beings are brothers/siblings).

Jules said...

Mysterion wrote: Notice, when you swim upstream, things are less dogmatic. And Buddha is NOT yet deified, he is still Gautama.

In at least a few traditions (the three Ch'an-rooted traditions I am familiar with) it's "I take refuge in the Buddha." 'Course Buddha was never "deified" in any of them, so Gautama and Buddha are generally considered interchangable anyway.

namaste. It means "we are of one name." (All men/beings are brothers/siblings).

I thought it meant, "I recognize the holiness in you" or more literally, "I bow to you."

Namaste.

Mysterion said...

namaste (the Hindu version) is “I salute the god in you.”

But it is one of those pesky proto-Indo-European words. In earlier Pali Sanskrit Namah means "I trust, or acknowledge [unspoken]"

However, in the absence of a google source, I will say name and namah have the same ancient cognitive root. Ste is cement or a bond. Thus "we are of one name."

That gets ritualized into ""we are of one [named] god."

My days of hanging out with 'cunning linguists' are long past. Yes, they were a conservative lot that, like Noah "titty" Webster, would blush for weeks after I said: "That Heffer is a little broad across the beam." (Translation: "She has a wide ass.")

Of course I would scheme for weeks to turn a phrase for the benefit of rosey cheeks.

Anyway, we rarely get answers but often find better questions to ask.

Cheers, <-- I salute you
Chas

God with a capital g said...

myterion - do not erase anymore of your posts! wait at least one week to make sure I get a chance to read them all. I can get busy.. - God

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Anonymous said...

Minor spelling/grammar correction from a native speaker:


"Was ist los?"

"Alles was nicht fest ist."


It's actually a horrible pun my grandfather used to mock me.

--IceBucket

David said...

Jinzang said...

I think it's the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

Sounds more like a colossal headache to me.


--yea, that makes sense to me, Jinzang.

but there is also a huge amount of potential in my opinion...

and it strikes me as an honor...


d

Jinzang said...

However, in the absence of a google source, I will say name and namah have the same ancient cognitive root

I don't have a citation, but the roots are different, Namas means to pay respect to.

Jinzang said...

but there is also a huge amount of potential in my opinion...and it strikes me as an honor...

Well, I'm a lazy coward. I'm sure Brad will make a go of it. Not sure where he wants to go, though.

Mysterion said...

Brad has potential, publicity, and personality. I agree he is a good choice for leader of SGI - for this generation.

Shojin Ryori is vegetarian

It is only because I think chickens might grow in trees and fish might grow in bushes that I consume them. Besides, we go for 'free range' chickens and wild ocean fish. I seriously doubt that Brad eats either.

In Shin Temples, you can even get beef over rice! Perhaps it was the karma of the sacred cow to die in this way.

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone,

So, when I got to the Hill Street Center this morning and opened up, there was no one else there. I considered my options and decided to set up the altar and sit alone. While I was setting up four others showed up. I'm so very fond of our little sangha. Good folk.

It turns out Diet Hardcore Zen tastes a lot like Regular Hardcore Zen, but with a grape-y aftertaste.

Rob

keishin.ni said...

Smoggyrob
thank you
I didn't make it to Vista, hope to make it to Pet Stove tonight. It depends on the foot.

Anonymous said...

Finally!!!
We get to read the Retreat article on SG.
Very good article. Written before he left.
Written before he sat this time, based on other sittings.
It is curious to me. That first sesshin is quite something, huge, in fact. But going back for a second, for a third for a subsequent, is almost harder in some ways.
Even though the benefit is undisputable--who would--why? Though I have to admit once a year sounds about right to me.

calvin2222 said...

Brad
sorry to break in on conversation, 1000 pardons...but i wanted to relate something to you.

i just sent this to a friend....

whilst i am thinking about and i wanted to share this with you.
in Hardcore Z, Brad is talking about our cultures facination
with celebrity....and his observation that celebrities have
found something fundamentally true by practicing their craft,
art, or athletic ability. He talks about coming off stage w/ a buzz.
From page 104.....

'but the level of a person's celebrity status has no bearing on how truely balanced they are in their lives. Yet pretty much all of the world's famous people are famous because they have pursued some kind of artistic or athletic endeavor to the point where when they do their thing, they exhibit some truely remarkable signs of the balanced state revered in Buddhism'

I have understood this and actually felt it at times since the late 1970's. For the longest, i had no idea what it was, and since i started studying Buddhism, i recognised it, although i wasn't sure...in that i had never
heard anyone else talk about it, nor had i had verification from an
outside source. I remember talking to sangha people about this...and
being made to feel that i was so off the mark, and it was MY ego talking;
which to me at the time seemed reasonable. But, i knew i was experiencing something different from my everyday, walking around. going to the grocery store existence.

when i read this passage last nite, i had to stop and think...it was like 'eureka' just for a moment. Mostly in simple recognition.

very interesting....
thanks again for loaning the book

bravo!

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

I had a little trouble, but eventually found the Retreat SG post here.

Keishin, traffic and parking means we all missed the movie -- I'm sorry we got split up. I didn't realize until too late that we didn't have your cell number.

For anyone interested and in LA, two of our group are in a band called Pet Stove and are playing tonight (Sunday) at the Airliner at 2419 N. Broadway LA, CA 90031. The show's at 8 PM, costs $8, and the Airliner is 21 and over. You can check them out at myspace/petstove.

Rob

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Koudelka said...

"(and generally poor-posture folks like me)"

Gotta love that false humility.

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Anonymous said...

this is why i like posting anonymously...i cant delete my posts!!! once i hit the "publish" button, its said and done, and there is no retracting, backtracking whatever.

-anony mouse

David said...

Jinzang said...

"
Well, I'm a lazy coward. I'm sure Brad will make a go of it. Not sure where he wants to go, though.
"

And I'm a naive youth (though it's reaching past that point these days).

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Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

Well, I just got back from seeing Pet Stove, and they rocked! Kind of a girl group sound (their two vocalists are female, and babes at that) with a hard edge. I couldn't make out the lyrics, but the music and the song titles were great: "I Hate You And Want You To Die" and "Parking In My Neighborhood Is Like A Chastity Belt To Me."

I asked about the band name, and the bassist told me that when they were coming up with a name, one of them had a tiny accordion that, when folded up, looked like a tiny stove. Not "the size you'd cook a pet in" but "the size your pet would use." Then he gave me that bullshit answer that "it can mean anything you want it to." Freakin' musicians.

Rock on,

Rob

keishin.ni said...

Pet Stove is Hot!!

Anonymous said...

Strange, I remember the title as "I hate you and I don't want you to die"

Anonymous said...

Strange, I remember the title as "I hate you and I don't want you to die"

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Mysterion said...

You are all far too young to remember "The Lone Ranger," especially on radio.

Tonto (stupid) and Kemo Sabe (Shit Head).
"Tonto" is Tex/Mex Spanish for "stupid." When John Todd was first called 'Tonto' on the radio, he as-libbed "If you say so, Kemo Sabe." The name stuck.

"Kemo Sabe" means "shit head" in the Seneca Iroquois dialect.

Life is better than drama.

Anonymous said...

LOL

anony mouse