Sunday, November 18, 2007

DAYTON and MY JOB and LOS ANGELES

Yet another in a continuing series of blog postings written at while waiting to board a plane at an airport where they offer free WiFi. Today it's Dayton. I'm against paying for WiFi at airports. I figure for the length of time I'm in one I hardly need to be connected. But if I get it for free I'll take it. Dayton gets props for offering free WiFi, but they get points taken off for blocking the Suicide Girls site. Lots of places do that and it makes no sense to me. But, then again, I am the "Porno Buddhist" according to some.

My grandma's funeral yesterday was uneventful. Just a funeral. A nice Methodist minster named Valerie officiated. She did her job competently and professionally. My dad talked some. I didn't say anything this time. Dad's talk was enough and there wasn't anything I could add.

I'm on my way back to Los Angeles. I'm not sure how long I'll stay in L.A. from here on in. My job with Tsuburaya Productions is, for all intents and purposes, already finished. I'll collect my last paycheck on Dec. 31st. After that I'll no longer be able to afford to live in La La Land. With just over a month left, I haven't made any final decisions about where to go. If anyone wants to offer me a job, I can speak, read and write Japanese and have over a decade of experience in the Japanese and American film and TV business. I'm house-broken and make my bed every morning. People say I rite gud. I will rite stuff for you if you gimme money. I can sweep floors and do windows. I'm an ordained Zen Buddhist priest. My e-mail address is brad.warner@mac.com if you have any serious offers. I have an actual resume I can send. Please don't just yank my chain, though. OK?

As soon as I get to California I'll need to get rid of lots and lots of stuff. I'll probably be dumping it on eBay. I'll put links up here in case anyone wants my junk. I got some good junk.

There are nice things about Los Angeles. Sunshine. The people who come to the Hill Street Center. Warm days in December. Thai food all over the place. Amoeba Records. Los Feliz. India Sweets and Spices. But it's also a place where you have to drive everywhere. It's way too fucking expensive. The rent I pay is absolutely without any doubt criminally high. When I become President of the World I'm imposing the death penalty on landlords who charge that much. Everybody there is far too ambitious. I just don't have that much ambition. I'm very happy with that fact, too. Ambition is a disease. I know some decent people who love Los Angeles and do not appear to be mentally ill. Still, after three years there I just don't get it.

Looks like they're about the start boarding. Bye!

39 comments:

Edward said...

i really think you should start your own monestary or something like that. and i really mean it!

i think it would be great. and there's no doubt that you'll get students. you're like the most famous buddhist ever

Edward said...

most famous living buddhist*

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you're leaving home to come home, while making yourself at home in the airport and blogging home, which is handier than writing home...
Lay priests/monks may end up being more 'true' to Gautama's original sangha than monastic ones.
I've never heard mention of Gautama having a monestary or any set place. It was a a collection of followers---people who literally followed him. They left home, left their families, left their lives as they knew them and set out to find themselves at home where ever they happened to be--true self, at home, truly at home, in this world.

Anonymous said...

If Brad were to start a monestary, relying on his fame to get "suggested donations," I would be disappointed.

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Anonymous said...

Brad said "I am the "Porno Buddhist" according to some (hi, JC!)."

JC? who the heck is JC? and why give a hint but no name? That just makes everyone think it's the tree leaf guy..

Brad also said "The nasty thing that happens in Buddhist bullshit drama is that people go into passive aggressive mode. "Gassho, brother, (I hate your fucking guts)"

Is there a connection here?

Mysterion said...

Brad sed:
"I am the "Porno Buddhist" according to some..."

but you neither the first nor the best, according to Mysterion. ;-)

Ikkyu takes the cake (or sake, as the case may be).

Eccentric by definition, Ikkyu became a legend in popular literature. His handwriting is considered the most radical expression of his era. He claimed to be a child of Tenno Go-Komatsu and a woman at court of lower rank. At the age of six years was consigned to a monastery, to devote himself to the study of classic Chinese and the Buddhist doctrines of Rinzai. For a short period of life left monasteries to get married and have a son, and his poems from that period show a decidedly unconventional behavior.

In 1440, however, he was invited to become the abbot of the soto temple Daitoku-ji. Because of difficult relations with Yōso Sōi, abbot of the monastery (college), he left office with a poem addressed to his antagonist:

Already my feet are bound
with red laces. (red thread)
If one day you want to find me,
Look in the fish stall, the sake stall, or the bordello.

(By progression, meat, drink, and purchased sex were greater transgressions.)

At the age of 81 years he devoted himself to oversee the reconstruction of a great temple and while sitting in meditation there months later, he died.

For more and better information, Google "Red Thread Zen" and read on...

Anonymous said...

Just to correct a spelling:

It's monastery

Anonymous said...

LA stinks. Literally.
Ever think about the gorgeous Pacific NW? It seems like there are a lot of Japanese companies and the like in Seattle, too - should be able to find a jobby job.

Not that I'm advocating for a whole bunch more people to move to Seattle from SoCal - cause I'd like to keep my rent *just under* criminally high, and the freeway is just getting murderous, - but for you Brad, I'll make an exception to my general rule.

dharmatoilet said...

Dear Brad,
It'll be good to have you back at Hill Street. We had a good all day sitting with Kevin yesterday. I hope that you are able to stay in Los Angeles for at least as long as I am. Even though I don't "get it (LA)" either, I'm still lucky enough to find the right people to surround myself with, and best wishes that you are able to find more work and do the same.

-Scott K

Jinzang said...

you're like the most famous [living] buddhist ever

I think that title still belongs to the Dalai Lama. I know who's the most famous dead Buddhist (Buddha). Who's the most famous zombie Buddhist?

Jinzang said...

Any place with good jobs is also going to have high rents. I think that's the fourth law of thermodynamics.

Gerry Gomez said...

Charge mysterion five bucks every time he posts a comment/link here.

You'll never have to work again.

Blake said...

I'll check with the University and see if there's anything available. Lawrence, Kansas isn't too far from home, is it? The rent's cheap and Kansas City is only a 30-minute drive.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the spelling correction. What a waste-of-our-time, know-it-all-post. You must feel great.

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Anonymous said...

Brad said "I am the "Porno Buddhist" according to some (hi, JC!)."

Who is this person JC that Brad is accusing of referring to him as the "Porno Buddhist?

Is he MYSTERION??

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babbles said...

A few years back I was professionally "in-between-things" for about six months; didn't that suck a big one.

Are there any universities/community colleges where you could be some sort of part-time instructor? I am sure some place out there would be interested in having you as a guest lecturer.

Just to have another resource, you may want to try to investigate www.linkedin.com - it may be pointless, but when I was unemployed I was willing to try just about any blasted tool out there.


Mysterion
Everybody is 'out sourcing' under the republicans. Let's outsource republican jobs - vote for democrats!

Seems like a rather silly and short-sighted conclusion. Not intending to support one party or the other here, but I think individual companies evaluate their overhead expenses regardless of what political party is in the White House. The company for whom I work happens to be a product of outsourcing, which is done irrespective of national politics and rather due to cost/benefits.

It just seemed like a rather pointless and irrelevant statement thown out there for seemingly no reason.

Tom said...

"I think that title still belongs to the Dalai Lama. I know who's the most famous dead Buddhist(Buddha).

The Dalai Lama, or maybe Richard Gere

" Who's the most famous zombie Buddhist?"

Maybe Richard Gere.

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Anonymous said...

Anonymous
thank you for correcting my spelling error

>>cowpie

Anonymous said...

thank you for removing and correcting my post. sometimes (most of the time) I'm an idiot and, I'd like to apologize to the person I attacked -the person who was kind enough to point out my error. I'm sorry

Lone Wolf said...

Brad, you should move to Dayton for the free wifi lol.

Did you check the area out, while you were here?

Actually, housing is cheap here in NW Ohio and it's even cheaper in Richmond, IN where I'm moving to in a few weeks (which is right on the border of Ohio). My girlfriend and I just bought a nice house. The mortgage payments are going to run about $575 a month. And, apartments can be rented from $300 to $500 a month.

Earlham college in Richmond, IN, I hear, is one of the top ranking schools to learn Japanese (which I'm currently doing, very difficult class) and has a decent Nihonjin presents in the area.

Plus, Buddhism is growing in this area, but there are no Soto Zen teachers that I know of.

Lone Wolf said...

I mean SW Ohio.

Garrett said...

Hey, it's easy for anyone to feel attacked. No matter if you're sensitive about your ability to spell, hit a softball or win a girl over, your sensitivity is the key. Be kind to eachother because, you'll find, that kindness is what the world requires of you.

Lone Wolf said...

Buddhist zombies huh,,, speaking of religious zombies, I saw an action figure of the Hare Krishna zombie from DAWN OF THE DEAD yesterday. I was tempted to buy it, but I refrained due to the expensive nature of starting such a hobby (though I do have a few action figures like Akira sitting on the crotch rocket).

professor said...

I hear Austin is a nice and relatively cheap place to live. Great music scene, and they could use some Zen I suppose!

HezB said...
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HezB said...

Brad,

You're a *Buddhist* who writes regular articles for a *porno* website...

"Porno Buddhist" seems like a reasonable appraisal of that activity. Do you really have a problem in being a Buddhist associated with porn all of a sudden?... I'm sure you see my point.

"Porno Buddhist" is not an unreasonable representation of your activity on, and for, the Suicide Girls site.

This has nothing to do with my sense of morality. I'm no prude (as prudes generally go). If you evangelized similarly through your own soccer school you might be called the "Footy Buddhist", if you did it through being a pastry chef you might be called the "Dainty Buddhist"... would those titles hurt as much? Why not? Who's the prude?

Regards,

Harry.

Anonymous said...

I know who JC is.

Mysterion said...

babbles said...
just 'cause Mysterion sed:
'Everybody is 'out sourcing' under the republicans. Let's outsource republican jobs - vote for democrats!'

"It just seemed like a rather pointless and irrelevant statement thrown out there for seemingly no reason."

It was neither pointless nor irrelevant. A sense of community (Sangha) is what socialization is all about. That is why families with small children should not own a television. That is why amilies with small children should participate in taking those children on a journey of discovery - to museums, art galleries, concerts, and zoos.

Buddhism also brings a sangha devoid of fear. That snake in the shadow is just a rope and your twisted imagination.

"The self is just a convenient name for a collection of processes. The self is a cause of suffering and fear. In this context the self is likened to mistaking a rope for a snake in the semi-darkness. If we come upon a rope in the darkness, we may assume the rope is in fact a snake and this assumption is a cause of fear. Similarly, in ignorance we take the impersonal, impermanent processes of feelings, perceptions, and so forth to be a self, and as a result we respond to situations with hope and fear." from HERE

The right wingnuts have transformed Amerika into a culture of fear with wedge issues like guns, gods, and gays (and terrorists - whatever they are).

"The demon of worldly desires is always seeking chances to deceiver the mind. If a viper lives in your room and you wish to have a peaceful sleep, you must first chase it out." from HERE

The current class of Republicans seems to be a nest of vipers and should be chased out! I stand for what I wrote.

Cheers,
Chas

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Blake said...

If only you spoke Yiddish... there seems to be a great demand for Yiddish at the University of Kansas...

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joyce said...

"ambition is a diease"

lol love it...good luck on finding a new place to stay and work...i don't have any job offers for you bummer but i'm sure you will be guided where you need to be...peace

Anonymous said...

I went to one of your day long retreats, maybe you and your wife could open a vegetarian restaurant. That soup was muy bien.

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