Thursday, September 20, 2007

IMAGE DOWN

First off it's Brad's new favorite song time! A new feature I plan to update every time I feel like updating it. Hooray!

Today's song is IMAGE DOWN. Here is the original version by the Japanese new wave band Boowy circa 1982. I heard this while shopping in a video store here in Tokyo the other day. And here is a late Nineties cover version by Puffy aka Puffyamiyumi to folks in the US of A. The Puffy version may be the keeper, although the original gets props for being the original. Have fun. I'll take these down soon to save my bandwidth. So those of you reading this in the future (hello, future people!) may find only dead links. Don't write me complaining about it, though. Especially don't write me complaining about it from the Ganymede colonies in the year 3567.

I'm in Tokyo meeting with the company I work for who just got sold. That's going weird as Hell.

Nishijima is alive and well. Very sharp and very much on the ball.

Tomorrow begins the annual 4-day Zen retreat in Shizuoka. That should be fun.

My new column on Suicide Girls has gotten more Diggs than any ever before, although the little Digg indicator at the top disappears every other time I access it. I don't even really get this whole Digg thing. But it seems people either like or are infuriated by it.

I'm staying in a section of Tokyo heavily populated by embassy people. There are little children outside the window talking English. It's strange to hear that over here.

Wish I had more to say. You want some Dharma? Shee-it.

82 comments:

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

Daddy!!
Thanks for the music/tunes ImageDown postcard from Japan!
I wish I was there!
Are they going to give you an application so you can reapply for the job you already have?
Do I get to stay and finish out the school year??!!

(ok,ok to the guy who gets creeped out with the Daddy postings--I'm taking the bow out of my hair and I already put away the jacks and the skip rope--
SO THERE!
nobody ever lets me have any fun.......

Gregor said...

Hey thanks for the tunes, fun!

What was the about dharma? Shit or sit. . . oh I guess both.

Don't forget to wipe.

Lone Wolf said...

Imagine Down Down Down!

Thanks for sharing the tunes Brad.

So, you got any tips that would make my current process of learning Japanese any easier.

There I go again, always wanting to make things easier and faster. Before I know it, I'll be trying to sit Zazen in a chair while eating pizza lol.

Ja Mata!

"old dog" said...

Nice meeting you in Boulder, Brad.

Sorry about the air. We like it. When I go to Sacramento or New Orleans I feel like I'm breathing soup through a sweatsock.

I'd also like to apologize for the weird Boulder people and their weird questions. You probably get a lot of weird questions on your book tour, but some of the Boulder people were really setting off my goofball detector.

Thanks for autographing my books. Now they're worth selling on eBay! No, not really, I'd never part with 'em.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, come on! The Boowy version is so much better. Rougher around the edges, sure, but it's got more emotional content. Not that I have any idea what they're singing about on either version.

I think they took the opening and closing riffs from Phantom of the Opera. That's just great!

Pherdacil said...

Kind of catchy tune.
And fun! Though I like Boowys version better. I fancy the singers voice a lot.
That Puffy is way too girly for me. Why do all(almost) japanese femail singers have to sing like that...

Anonymous said...

Phantom of the opera? sounds more like the beginning of that blondie song one way or another

dan

mysterion's mom said...

"That don’t fly in B-Town?" Wow! That was a swell phrase Brad. But go easy with the groovy slang. I liked your latest SG post but it gets hard to understand what the fuck you young people are talking about sometimes.

Anonymous said...

Yes, what does ' that don't fly in B-town' mean?

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

It was about eleven o'clock in the morning in B-Town, mid September, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my navy-blue hoodie with Godzilla up front, black converse sneakers, Tan shorts and black wool socks with light blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, long haired and very cool, and I didn't care who knew it.. I was on my way to visit Nishijima. He is still very sharp and very much on the ball. But in a few years he too, like Ronald Reagan, would be sleeping the big sleep.

Anonymous said...

ok ok
I re-read the most excellent kick in the patuuts article by our venerable teacher and OF COURSE B-town is referring to the city, Boulder, in which the article was inspired.
my behind is still smarting from the 'reminder' to wake up, and take a seat. The time is now, the place is here, I look around me, is there anyone else he's talking to? No, it's to me!

Thank you

sitting down now, shuting up, not shuting out

>>cowpie

Roman G. said...

Uh, add me to the list of guys who thinks calling Brad "Daddy" is creepy.

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Anonymous said...

"Reality is that which, when you stop
believing in it, doesn't go away."
--Philip K. Dick

dan,

In checking things out that you mentioned
in your long post on WTC janitor William
Rodriguez's changing story, I came across
some other eyewitnesses.

Now I'm asking myself which way is up?

Time to sit down and shut up!

Anonymous said...

So, you got any tips that would make my current process of learning Japanese any easier.

hey lone wolf,

An American I know who makes a living as
a Japanese translator gave the following
answer when I asked him for advice on
learning Japanese.

"Oh, that's easy," he said, "Just get some
copies of the Heisig books and find yourself
a Japanese wife!"

"Remembering the Kanji"

"Remembering the Kana"

がんばって

Erg said...

a BUDDY OF MINE IF FROM jAPAN AND i CAUTION YOU ABOUT LEARNING IT FROM YOUR jAPANESE GIRLFRIEND/WIFE. aLOT OF GUYS DO THIS AND THEY TALK LIKE CHICS, HE SAYS.

other said...

roman - agreed. unless brad is really his/her daddy..

Anonymous said...

tell you what.....
I'll look at why every now and then a 'daddy' comment emerges from my psyche (it just feels fun--just like skipping or getting on a swing set at the beach--just something I haven't done in YEARS but to do it brings back some sense of then, now, also there's a nowness to the now (sorry, sorry, I'm trying to capture this feeling....ok?)
From the psych side, my actual bio dad always was traveling, so there's some recall reverbing there...
and you--maybe looking at your response will point out some things for you?
I tell you how it helps me--I get to express the part of me that wants the 'big people' to have the answers and to make everything 'ok'
putting it out there, in it's all its ludicrousity and once again come to terms with the fact that the dads in Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver weren't any kind of a fully dimentioned representation--it's more a Spanky and Our Gang situation....

gunderloy said...

"tell you how it helps me--I get to express the part of me that wants the 'big people' to have the answers and to make everything 'ok'"

I can't see how this really helps you. the thought that "big people" have all the answers was never real to begin with. it might feel good to think it like thinking it might be nice to eat ice cream for every meal. but doing that will cause you major problems too.

Anonymous said...

you cut the quote off too soon:

"I tell you how it helps me--I get to express the part of me that wants the 'big people' to have the answers and to make everything 'ok'
putting it out there, in it's all its ludicrousity and once again come to terms with the fact that the dads in Father Knows Best or Leave it to Beaver weren't any kind of a fully dimensioned representation-"

they already know this is ludicrous

Fathers. I'd rather yearn for one to come home than wish one would leave---permanently!
We get the one we get.
Best father-healing relationship I ever had was with a great coach: he really brought out the best--had a steel trap mind, had everyone's last personal best filed away and remembered from practice to practice what we had/had not been able to accomplish and held us accountable.
Just having someone pay that much attention, and care enough to remember.
Anyway it was a postive experience, one I'm grateful to have had. I never called him 'Daddy' or anything, though we did say we were all his 'kids'

keishin.ni said...

Well I didn't have to do zazen by alone--we pretty much each had our own entire wall to stare at.
So to all those cabbage patch folks who didn't make it this week....the names have been submitted...you know who you are.

dan said...

conspiracy guy. all that shows is that people were confused on the day. since it is so obvious that rodrguez doesn't know what the hell he's talking about that should strongly suggest that neither do the other people who are in the minority by thinking they witnessed a CD.

your top down video.... so doesn't that completely contradict all these people saying they heard explosions in the BASEMENT? it even says that right after they show the top down video that explosionps were heard in the basement so what the hell does that video have to do with anything? it undermines your own theory.
as far as i can tell that video is of some kind of barn rather than a skyscraper so it's totally irrelevant anyway.

i've really gotta stop replying to you.

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dan said...

An before you decide to post anymore silliness please read
this ALL the way through. No skim reading mind you!

You too jinzang (Dana's posting under the nom de plume James Gully)

Anonymous said...

There is living this life, the mind spinning with lies, the mind technical-climbing the bedrock of truth.
The concept 'truth' is just a concept--with regard to Truth, we could call it a 'lie'
A lie, not known to be a 'lie' can be responded to, reacted to, fully embraced with no hesitation--as if it were true.

In both these places, truth or lies we grope around for what we might find to hold on to. This is like grabbing on to a tree while you and the tree are in 'spin cycle' in a hurricane--neither is rooted.
Truth is living, it keeps evolving, keeps changing--lies decay, crumble, get mossy, disintegrate--and just like truth, change--
there is nothing solid, anywhere--this is the nature of impermanence.
To each of us, at some point, comes the question:
life 'as it is,' things 'as they are' or things the way I want them to be, life as I want it to go...
the one flows
the other is friction

>>cowpie
fiction is friction!!!

Anonymous said...

dan said: doesn't know what the hell he's talking about that should strongly suggest that neither do the other people

Other eyewitnesses went on record before
any documentaries were made, and so far,
they haven't gone on record to change the
reports of their initial observations.

dan said: top down video.... so doesn't that completely contradict all these people saying they heard explosions in the BASEMENT? it even says that right after they show the top down video that explosionps were heard in the basement so what the hell does that video have to do with anything?

The point is that preparatory explosions
were heard before the planes hit and in areas
far below where the planes hit.

"Prior to the final [top-down] demolition sequence, the core supports were cut throughout the Twin Towers, and the basements of the Towers were apparently "hollowed out" so that the Towers could drop into the newly-created holes."

dan said: No skim reading

Pot calling the kettle black.

Since Mackey can't address WTC7 honestly,
his overall reliability is questionable.

dan said:i've really gotta stop replying to you.

Sounds good.

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

I hope we all understand that the homeopathy/911
discussion are only here for the amusement and entertainment of those who come by wanting to know a little more about zazen, having read Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut up.
If it weren't for these discussions and Mysterion's bottomless magician's hat of links to everywhere you can imagine in the cyber universe which he pulls out of his hat with a frequency that all but prohibits anything else emergiing here--well, I guess you'd find ??????
maybe we won't know what you'd find
So, you have to take things into your own hands.
You have questions, or comments you want to make about things zen
then you have to write them, you have to put them down, even though, at first read, it doesn't look like they belong here.
Anyway, I'm encouraging you newer arrivals not to be put off......
WELCOME

>>cowpie

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dan said...

Ok conspiracy guy you win, I give up.

Back to zen.

Zazen is friggin awesome! Do it now!

Thank you

Anonymous said...

this blog was a really a good one, once upon a time.. before it became a promotional tool and an itinerary.

John said...

Nice tune.

I listened to the Puffy version. The keyboard solo is cool, especially the end. And the weird noises after that are great.

I don't speak Japanese so I don't understand the verses, but "Image Down" sounds like it's a poetic version of "not self", right? It's a dharma song!

Anonymous said...

"this blog was a really a good one, once upon a time.. before it became a promotional tool and an itinerary."

You may not have noticed but the awesomeness you miss so much is still readily available through brad's articles for suicide girls. this is just his blog.

dan

Chris said...

Heh Brad,
Great page and great book. Love the chapter on Genjo Koan! Some of us are well into your books here in Belfast, Ireland at Black Mountain Zen Centre. Enjoy your time in Japan.
Chris

Anonymous said...

Dan,

You should know there is silent support here for your efforts to enlighten the conspiracy theorist.

While it's proved futile to try to open his eyes to the silliness of his claims, others get it. Not all others, but enough of them, I'm sure.

R.S.

Anonymous said...

When did these dangerous conspiracy idiots come here? I recall mocking Mysterion myself for some revisionism stuff, but he never did the 9/11 before those weird asses started their job.

On a side note: A Buddhist monk discovered America, Mysterion!!!

--IceBucket

Anonymous said...

"You may not have noticed but the awesomeness you miss so much is still readily available through brad's articles for suicide girls. this is just his blog."

dan - That is my point. There is not much worth reading here right now. This blog once had interesting writing on both ends.. Now, it is pretty much a place for mysterion to put up his endless links and a forum for the 911 nuts. I don't blame Brad or anyone else for the way it turned out. This is just how things evolve. Money is made through the SG writing. This blog is an advert for that.

Mysterion said...
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Mysterion said...

Nancy Yaw Davis
The Zuni Enigma

Did a group of thirteenth-century Japanese journey to the American Southwest, there to merge with the people, language, and religion of the Zuni tribe?

For many years, anthropologists have understood the Zuni in the American Southwest to occupy a special place in Native American culture and ethnography. Their language, religion, and blood type are startlingly different from all other tribes. Most puzzling, the Zuni appear to have much in common with the people of Japan.

In a book with groundbreaking implications, Dr. Nancy Yaw Davis examines the evidence underscoring the Zuni enigma, and suggests the circumstances that may have led Japanese on a religious quest-searching for the legendary "middle world" of Buddhism-across the Pacific and to the American Southwest more than seven hundred years ago.

Nancy Yaw Davis holds an M.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Washington. Author of numerous articles, she has long researched the history and cultures of the native peoples of North America. Her company, Cultural Dynamics, is located in Anchorage, Alaska, where she lives.

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mysterion's mom said...

"Some clown with a funny wig and big red nose."

The sacred clowns of the Hopi have a unique function in their society and the religious right to enact by negative example what should not be done. Humiliation and ridicule are their methods, and no one is immune to their rudeness.

Even more puzzling, the Hopi people appear to have much in common with the people of Tibet. Certain words in the Hopi and Tibetan language have reversed meanings – for instance, the Hopi word for day, “Nyma,” is the Tibetan word for night. The word for Moon in Tibetan, “Dawa,” is the Hopi word for Sun. And if you dug a hole straight down from the Hopi reservation, you would exit in Tibet.

Tibet-Pueblo Connection

"When the iron eagle flies and horses run on wheels, the Tibetan people will be scattered over the earth and the dharma will go to the land of the red man." --Tibetan Prophecy

"When the iron bird flies, the red-robed people of the East who have lost their land will appear, and the two brothers from across the great ocean will be reunited." --Hopi Prophecy]

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Anonymous said...

"Degenerate both in knowledge and in weapons"

Yeah, having the world's biggest nuclear arsenal is definitely makes you 'degenerate in weapons'

Even when it’s pounded to fit and painted to match it still looks like a streetlight


streetlight

Or is it?

And to that one solitary guy who was digging my attempts to keep the truth from being discovered, dam, I mean discredit the conspiracy theorist, this is for you


dan

Anonymous said...

I really need to read my posts before pressing 'publish'

'one solitary'?

d'oh!

dan

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Anonymous said...

" Your streetlight is a squid boat dragging a net. "

lol. if you'd only photoshopped that earlier you could have entered the competition.

dan

Anonymous said...

Maybe I could consider it like this:

This is my last day on earth.
Today I will be taking my last breath.

This is the last time I will come here to this blog.

What do I want to say?

Here, at HCZ blog, I especially want to thank Brad Warner for writing his books, so very very special--
they open doors and windows, they clear out the dust and zen is alive and a living thing, and not a musty artifact.
Brad Warner/Nishijima/Tim McCarthy/Cobun Chino and so on to Dogen/ and so on to Gautama...
The receipe has been handed down: zazen instructions.
If these are my last words on the blog I would say: do not leave this world without knowing who you really are. If there is any part of you that wants to know, give yourself the opportunity.

Pierce through these comments, this misty wall of words here, it's all a lot of cloud cover, morning fog--when it burns off it's as clear as clear can be:
play.

(as far as I know, this is not my last day, these are not my last words--although maybe they should be...)

>>cowpie

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Jules said...

Chas, re: poop thread.

Anonymous said...

I have a theory about the mysterion bot. the last word in the previous post (cowpie) triggered it's random search generator for anything remotely to do with cowpies. then it automatically adds links.

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Anonymous said...

mysterion - wasting your time making fantasy lists of the most destructive and least destructive religions in the world is stupid. I'm not saying you are stupid. I don't know that for sure. I am saying your lists are. I do know that for sure.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous said...
"I do know that for sure."

Interesting. I am not absolutely certain about anything, even 'nothing.'

The ultimate goal is: "There is no goal to be attained, and no one to attain it."
The ultimate truth is: "There is no truth."
The ultimate reality is: "There is no reality."

dan said...

Hey mysterion,

when you get a chance could you do me a big favour and dig up any dirt about 'the secret' and its authors? It saddens me to say that I've just found out that some people I know have started getting into this bullshit and i'd appreciate any ammo I can use to show them what a scam it is.

Thanks

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Mysterion said...

The Secret oh... THAT secret - yeah, right!

The Law of Attraction...

LOL

The Law of Attraction Jerry & Esther Hicks
In the early 1980s, Esther and Jerry Hicks began doing research on metaphysical topics. They read, and were fans of Jane Roberts' Seth Books, which state that "you create your own reality."

Buddha has nutin' to do wit it.

The Secret offers no evidence of any kind: no scientific discussion, no experimentation, but only scattered cherry-picked anecdotes. It’s the worst kind of pseudo-scientific baloney. Die-hard believers, such as Rhonda Byrne, the book’s author, have elevated the Law of Attraction to a whole new metaphysical realm. They’ve stretched valid psychological ideas to cover everything in life, and it just doesn’t make sense.

Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, Jane Roberts (1972, re-issued 1994)

Remember my post about "attribution?" Seth is attribution in SPADES!

Seth is, of course, the Egyptian God of Night that killed Osiris (the father god of day) and made Isis have, by virgin birth, Horus.

"Seth, the reputed forefather of Israel, is only a Jewish travesty of Hermes, the God of Wisdom, called also Thoth, Tat, Seth, Set, and Satan. He is also Typhon -- the same as Apophis, the Dragon slain by Horus; for Typhon was also called Set. He is simply the dark side of Osiris, his brother, as Angra Mainyu is the black shadow of Ahura-mazda."

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Anonymous said...

Perfect, thanks Mysterion!

dan

Anonymous said...

Perfect, thanks Mysterion!

dan

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