Thursday, September 06, 2007

BUDDHIST CHANNEL

Yo. This morning I did an interview... another iterview for the CBC up in Canadia! Them Canadians love that Zen stuff. That ain't up yet. But what is up yet is this interview I did for Buddhist Channel.

That's gotta be the worst picture anyone's ever taken of me. The interview was done by Gary Gach, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism in my friend Frank's apartment in San Francisco, right near the world famous City Lights bookstore and Fisherman's Wharf. There are a lot of hills in San Francisco. Did you know that?

Enjoy it while it's hot.

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why hello dere an howdy Meester Brad!
Have you attended any Kerouac events, it being anniversary of On The Road and all?

cowpie

Mysterion said...

Gyomay M. Kubose wasnt a Zen teacher. He was Pure Land, but he did zazen.

Jodo Shu (Pure Land) or Jodo Shinshu (New Pure Land)?

Cheers,
Chas

p.s. City Lights first published 'Yokahama, California.'

Anonymous said...

(cont. from last comments) i'd prefer to live in extreme peace rather than extreme war.

I think the problem with people finding the middle way is that often we are so imbalanced that what we consider to be the balance is still on one side of the extreme just slightly further away from where we are now.

like when druggy people say taking loads of drugs is an extreme. taking no drugs is an extreme. therefore we should do them in moderation.

in fact taking any drugs is an extreme and taking no drugs is the balance but from the point of view of someone who is heavily into drugs, doing drugs in moderation must seem like where the balance is.

Anonymous said...

....." he usually manages to land like a cat on all four feet and move on. The net effect of the book is, to this reader, like an implacable zone of utter stillness amid a crazy factory of noise."

keep landing on those feetsies (not on the feces)

Jinzang said...

Occasionally i put something up on the blog that I type up and send, but generally I work on it. It takes forever. I always think it's going to take an hour but then nine hours later I'm still looking at it.

I used to be amazed at how fast the homeopathic author Julian Winston could write. He would just bat out a thousand words and it would be full of typos, sure, but it would be clear and incisive. Then I started writing my own weblog and found the secret of writing well, like the secret of playing music well, is just practice. You've got to stop thinking of it as writing, which is something between you and the computer, and start thinking of it as conversing. Once you do that, the knots untie and what was fiendishly difficult becomes easy.

Anonymous said...

so much for homeopathy.. 59 years old.

Anonymous said...

so much for homeopathy.. 59 years old.

Anonymous said...

That's right, we never know when we will be taking the Big Dirt Nap

Therefore, the verse of The Identity of the Relative and Absolute (Sekito Kisen)
closes with:

"I respectfully say to those who wish to be enlightened:
Do not waste your time by night or day!"

HezB said...

A ban on war wouldn't work, unless you had a global police force willing to enforce the ban with... the threat of a pillow fight?

Idealism is all well and good on paper, let's not loose sight of the real world with all this paper.

Brad looks like someone who has taken lots of drugs in the Buddhist Channel picture.

"Taking any drugs is extreme"... seems quite extreme. I don't follow that or think that it's wise or reasonable; define "drugs".

I'll be toasting you tonight as I relax with my friends over a vodka tonic.

Regards,

Harry.

Anonymous said...

I used to be amazed at how fast the homeopathic author Julian Winston could write.

Well obviously when what you're writing is absolute bollocks then it's easy to write fast.

Anonymous said...

"Taking any drugs is extreme"... seems quite extreme. I don't follow that or think that it's wise or reasonable; define "drugs".

sorry i meant drugs drugs. you know like alcohol,weed,acid, herion meth.

that kind of thing

obviously its not thta black and white cos they give you in heroin if u in pain in hospital. but talking about things in black and white terms sure makes them easier to understand.

HezB said...

Tom Cruise, and the Taliban, would love you.

As far as Buddhism goes, the precept on refraining from alcohol is viewed, and held, quite sensibly and reasonably by many. And then its viewed as the sort of rule you lay down for bold children by others... there you go, 'Liberation' my ass.

I think its good to bear in mind just what the precepts are meant to promote, so that we don't inadvertently err to the extreme of Buddhist Talibanism.

I think 'easy understandings' of people and situations are fine once we are willing to drop them like a stone.

Regards,

H.

Anonymous said...

sorry hezb, i was just trolling you. i'll stop now.

HezB said...

A nice troll: how refreshing!

Regards,

Harry.

dood said...

Brad -

Nice interview - and the picture will help keep the groupies away...

Kerouac Alley? Don't trip over the empty wine boxes!

Take care,
DO

Mysterion said...
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HezB said...

God, I think I prefer you when you work in your 'mysterious ways'.

Regards,

Harry.

Anonymous said...

"Although chicken is a staple at Shinshu, we very rarely eat mammalian flesh foods and never pork, lamb, exotic animals, dogs, or cats. THAT is considered 'keeping the precepts.' Middle way, thoughtful lifestyle, little waste. The problem with beef is that it takes 17 pounds of protein in feed and 1,000 gallons of water for 1 pound of beef. And beef herds are really bad for the earth - the expansion of the Sahara Desert is primarily due to herding. Therefor 'mad cow disease' is not a problem - it is a nice solution. "

ok now this is a good example of what was trying to illustrate badly with the drugs argument.

eating chicken is bad for exactly the same reasons you cited as eating cows. i.e. bad for environment and an inefficient way of producing protein.

also if cows are so bad for the environment why do you completely ignore the issue of milk and cheese?

veganism seems like an extreme to most people where as eating chicken seems like the middle ground.

actually eating chicken is just less extreme than eating red meat and vegetarianism is less extreme than eating chickens.

but i still think the middle ground is veganism. At least in the current global climate it is. Maybe back in the day when there weren't so many people around then it was less of a big deal but now with such massive pressure on resources there really is no ethical excuse for eating (particularly red) meat. not to mention its just plain bad for you.

the opposite end of the extreme would be something like fruitarianism or that thing when you can only eat food that's fallen off trees or died of natural causes.

for the record i'm not a vegan though in the same way that i take the train to work instead of cycling but that doesn't mean that what i'm saying isn't true.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous said...
"also if cows are so bad for the environment why do you completely ignore the issue of milk and cheese?"

Oh! Sorry, neither milk nor cheese have been a part of my diet for YEARS. Dairy products didn't even come to mind. We drink soy milk.

Now, Mara is calling me to have the flesh of the lamb boiled in the milk of its mother for lunch...

Besides the beef, the rice is bad for the earth!

Cheers,
Chas

aumeye said...

No preaching or judging, just ... Vegans and Vegetarians really turn me on.

Blake said...

Rice releases methane into the atmosphere.

Everything is bad for the environment. Even the environment. I mean, we wouldn't have erosion if it weren't for the rain.

I'm a vegetarian and I eat as low impact as possible. My first stop when I want food is my garden. Second is the farmer's market. Third is Whole Foods or Wild Oats. Fourth is a Hy-Vee (where there's a helpful smile in every isle!).

Rarely do I have to make it to the fourth step.

Mysterion said...
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Jinzang said...

Julian Winston is one of my heroes. Cancer took him away too soon and he is sorely missed. Homeopathy does not have a sure fire cure for cancer. Does conventional medicine? If not, then what is your point?

Whether you consider homeopathy nonsense or not (and I do not) writing can be hard work. Julian made it look easy and he's a real inspiration to me.

Jinzang said...

Vegans and Vegetarians really turn me on.

Vegans are sexy? Really? Too bad Perl doesn't turn you on.

Anonymous said...

Julian Winston is one of my heroes. Cancer took him away too soon and he is sorely missed. Homeopathy does not have a sure fire cure for cancer. Does conventional medicine? If not, then what is your point?


well actually conventionaly medicine or as it is correctly called, Evidence Based Medicine, does have treatments that have been shown to work for the prevention and treatment of cancer such as surgery to remove polyps and early stage tumours, chemotherapy and various drugs.

pick another one. how about HIV? does EDM have a cure? not yet but they're getting closer and they have a zillion things that keep you alive for a long time making this diseases manageable.

what does homeopathy have? zilch. there is nothing to homeopathy. it's all just a bunch of pseudo scientific nonsense theory the basis of which defies the laws of physics and chemistry. the end result is a bunch of starch pills that are no different from starch pills.

it has failed every single controlled experiment ever done on it.

the only thing we have homeopathy to thank for is that it was in an effort to debunk it that controlled double blind studies were inveneted specifically in order to show that homeopathy doesn't work.


a question for you jinzang, what do you think would happen to me if ate an entire packet of homeopathic sleeping pills? or an entire packet of homeopathic anything?

Anonymous said...

that above comment was me by the way.

dan


i have trouble signing in sometimes.

Anonymous said...

homeopaths say that if a substace is more diluted then it gets more potent because of something called water memory. assuming this is true can you explain why homeopaths shouldn't just put their homeopthic treatments for the world's diseases into the sea thus making every source of water (eventually)a homeopthic cure for everything?

or maybe they should just put the water in small jars and sell it for ludicrous prices?

hmmmm

I know in america people try to pretend that the reason why homeopths aren't recognised by the real doctors who have to go to med school and learn stuff is because of some 'conspiracy' which aims to well i never really saw it. but 'big pharma' is often mentioned.

the problem is taht in the UK the NHs provides free healthcare to all so there is absolutely no reason why the NHS wouldn't use a treatment if it had been shown to work. theyd don't use it though. doctors in the UK dont prescribe homeopthic drugs because there's no good evidence that they work. if there was evidence that they worked doctors would prescribe them.

once something has been shown to work it stops being called 'alternative medicine' and becomes 'medicine'

dan

aumeye said...

Too bad Perl doesn't turn you on.

Why do you assume it doesn't?

Anonymous said...

for anyone who didn't know or was unsure just how stupid homeopathy is:

http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=2785985155605802136&q=James+Randi

it would be funny if it wasn't so tragic

dan

Jinzang said...

controlled double blind studies were inveneted specifically in order to show that homeopathy doesn't work.

This isn't true. You should get your facts straight before you post, because I know that you don't intend to mislead people. You should read a history of homeopathy, since you seem so interested in the subject. Like, maybe, Julian Winston's The Faces of Homeopathy.

Jinzang said...

Why do you assume it doesn't?

You're right, I don't know you at all and I shouldn't make assumptions. I was joking, of course.

Jinzang said...

More misinformation to clear up. Sorry, Brad, for hijacking your comments section.

it has failed every single controlled experiment ever done on it.

Not true. You should get better acquainted with the research.

a bunch of starch pills

Sugar pills. If you don't even know that ...

why homeopths aren't recognised by the real doctors who have to go to med school and learn stuff is because of some 'conspiracy'

Many homeopaths are "real doctors" (have MD degrees.) The oldest national medical society in the United States is the American Institute of Homeopathy, four years older than the AMA.

why the NHS wouldn't use a treatment if it had been shown to work. they don't use it though.

There are four homeopathic hospitals in the British NHS, There's a big political row now, the opponents of homeopathy are trying to de-fund them, over the loud protests of their patients.

Look, I'm like a guy in a restaurant peacefully eating my meal when you come over and start yelling at me, telling me how unhealthy it is. Is that polite behavior? Is that how a Zen Buddhist should act?

Anonymous said...

The other anonymous spouted "in fact taking any drugs is an extreme and taking no drugs is the balance but from the point of view of someone who is heavily into drugs, doing drugs in moderation must seem like where the balance is."

And where did this "fact" come from?

Anonymous said...

"Evidence Based Medicine"

With Big Pharma creating drugs to cure the illnesses they created the idea of EBM is now an oxymoron.

Feeling unhappy? You MUST be depressed..take this pill, because EBM says you should.

dan said...

" Over 150 clinical trials* have failed to show that homeopathy
works. Some small-scale studies have yielded positive results,
but this is due to poor methodologies or random effects. When
all the evidence from many trials is pooled together, homeopathy
is no better than a placebo.
A recent Lancet paper1 compared 110 homeopathy trials with
110 conventional medicine trials. The authors found that the
higher quality trials offered strong evidence that conventional
medicines work and no evidence that homeopathic preparations
work. In other words, the better the research, the less effective
homeopathy appears. Over a dozen similar analyses have arrived
at the same conclusion: that homeopathy does not perform any
better than placebos."

http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/pdf/SenseAboutHomeopathy.pdf

"Many homeopaths are "real doctors" (have MD degrees.) The oldest national medical society in the United States is the American Institute of Homeopathy, four years older than the AMA."

from the NHS website:

"Around 200 randomised controlled trials evaluating homeopathy have been conducted, and there are also several reviews of these trials. Despite the available research, it has proven difficult to produce clear clinical evidence that homeopathy works. Many studies suggest that any effectiveness that homeopathy may have is due to the placebo effect, where the act of receiving treatment is more effective than the treatment itself."


"There are four homeopathic hospitals in the British NHS, There's a big political row now, the opponents of homeopathy are trying to de-fund them, over the loud protests of their patients."

there is not ' a big political row'. what happened was that due to the LACK OF EVIDENCE that homeopathy works any better than a placebo it was decided that funding would be cut off (thank god). this has already happened and will not be reversed. a motion has been signed by 200 MP's saying they thing homoepthy's good. But a motion has no power to change the law. all this shows is that 200 MP's no nothing about science.

in my mind you are a guy in a restaurant munching on a shit sandwich thinking that it's fine cheese or something. i consider it very important to try as best as i can to stop you eating that shit sandwich.


"controlled double blind studies were inveneted specifically in order to show that homeopathy doesn't work.

This isn't true"

can't find my source right now. will find it later.


you never answered my question about the sea and the other question about what would happen if i ate an entire packet of homeopathic sleeping pills.


also i have seen homeopathic pills that were made out of starch and others can be made out of lactose. a placebo can be made of anything really.


which homeopaths are real doctors? names?

which (properly) controlled double blind studies show that homeopathy is any better than a placebo?

dan said...

"all this shows is that 200 MP's no nothing about science. "

it also shows that i cant spell when i'm tired.

Anonymous said...

This is the real nail in the coffion for homeopathy apologists.

If they are so sure homeopathy works then why don't they sue james randi for defamation for him calling homeopaths frauds?

they don't because they know damn well that their 'evidence' for homeopathy working would never stand up in court therefore it is not defamation to attack homeopaths or homeopathy.


and of course there's that other 'small' problem that anyone who can prove that homeopathy works will win $1 million from randi himself.

if you are so sure homeopathy works jinzang then why dont you apply for the challenege?

and don't tell me it's not about the money because you could donate the money to charity. don't tell me the challenge is a hoax because that IS defamtion and it is provable in court that it is defamtion.

so why don't you apply? if homeopathy works it will be an easy 1 million right?


http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/horizon/2002/homeopathy.shtml

"Although many researchers now offered proof that the effects of homeopathy can be measured, none have yet applied for James Randi's million dollar prize. For the first time in the programme's history, Horizon decided to conduct their own scientific experiment.

The programme gathered a team of scientists from among the most respected institutes in the country. The Vice-President of the Royal Society, Professor John Enderby oversaw the experiment, and James Randi flew in from the United States to watch.

As with Benveniste's original experiment, Randi insisted that strict precautions be taken to ensure that none of the experimenters knew whether they were dealing with homeopathic solutions, or with pure water Two independent scientists performed tests to see whether their samples produced a biological effect. Only when the experiment was over was it revealed which samples were real.

To Randi's relief, the experiment was a total failure. The scientists were no better at deciding which samples were homeopathic than pure chance would have been."

dan

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