Monday, January 14, 2008

BACK FROM FRISCO

I'm back from San Francisco and down in Los Angeles again. Long time readers will note that the links to the weekly Zen classes at Hill Street Center and the all-day Zazen have finally been updated, for the first time since August. Sorry about that. I'll try to be better.

Just to reiterate what's there, there will be a Zen class next Saturday, the 19th of January and I'll be there. The all-day sitting for January will be on the 26th. YOU MUST RESERVE AHEAD OF TIME TO ATTEND THAT. Please, please, please do reserve a spot. It's really difficult to do the meal service if people just show up without reserving first.

I'm without a home internet connection now and will be doing my writing and posting from libraries and coffee shops until I get that rectified. If I get it rectified. We'll see how freeloading off of coffee shops and libraries goes.

And what the fuck's going on in the comments section of this blog? It just seems totally random. Barak Obama and the Masons? I'm sorry. I can't figure it out. Anyway, whatever.

75 comments:

mysteriondan said...

"And what the fuck's going on in the comments section of this blog? It just seems totally random. Barak Obama and the Masons? I'm sorry. I can't figure it out. Anyway, whatever."

I feel the same way about the thoughts section of my brain.

Jordan said...

"I feel the same way about the thoughts section of my brain."

That made my afternoon.
thank you

Jules said...

Maybe you have some Illuminatus! fans in the wings. Or maybe they're genuine tinfoil-hatters. Or maybe both.

Batten the hatches and load the blunderbusses, Jebediah! The sasquatches are spinnin' up their flying saucers to come get us!

mysteriondan said...

That was cool Jules. I especially liked this refection..

"Is", "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.

Anonymous said...

Left to themselves, comments almost always go native; just like that 3 week old sandwich you forget was in the bottom of your bag.

Mysterion said...
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Mysterion said...

Brad:

Get the $10 a month aDSL from AT&T.

HERE is the service plan.

Blake said...

Obama is the keeper of the Holy Grail. Everyone knows this!

Or is it a pimp cup? I'm not sure I know the difference...

Anonymous said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

I read this posted on a discussion board.

Is this correct?

Anonymous said...

Obama is a very talented speaker and has lots of charisma and so does Al Sharpton, Jimmy Swaggert, Farrakhan, Hitler. Jimmy Carter was barely audible and in my humble opinion a great individual and a good president. George W. can barely string together a sentence and so the story goes. Words have no truth. We cant forget that we are in a despicable war and just pulling out is a very complicated matter. I feel we need someone with great global political experience. Words like hope and inspiration mean and do very little except excite the brain with disillusionment. I hold all candidates hard against the wall. At this point they are all used car salesmen's. Desperately seeking popularity which has nothing to with the cost of tea in China. I give them no chances. We cant afford chance. Hopefully a rich independent will jump in to try to keep them honest. Honest as can be.

"Believing in hope" is like saying "if it doesn't fit you must acquit".

Jinzang said...

Back in 2000 I attended the rededication of the Hahnemann monument and at the reception afterwards a woman bent my ear about how President Clinton was the secret head of the Masons. She did not seem to think this was a good thing.

The graphic artist who used to work on our web site (Hi Matt!) also did a short film on the history of the Masons for them. He got to see the inside of the Masonic temple in DC and told me some very interesting stories. But if I were to repeat them here, they would sneak up on me in the dead of night and cut my tongue out.

Jinzang said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

It's a sign you should call 911. Don't try to control your breath. For that matter, don't try to control your mind. Let it go where it wants. Just pay attention to it.

Anonymous said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

I've read that same quote from someone who was student of Master Gudo Nishijima.

I've been curious since.

Anonymous said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0S20qWBSlZ0

From Akron

Jinzang said...

At one time the Buddha was dwelling in the Jeta grove together with a gathering of monks and bodhisattvas. At that time the Venerable Ananda reverently stood at one side of the Buddha and requested he teach about the Freemasons. Then Buddha spoke and said, "What the fuck's wrong with you Ananda? Anyway, whatever." Thus gladdened by the Enlightened One's speech, all the monks and bodhisattvas praised the words of the Blessed One.

PhilBob-SquareHead said...

Hey Brad,
Didja catch Rocky Erickson on Austin City Limits over the weekend?
Here's a link with a video and an interview:

http://www.pbs.org/klru/austin/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=152&Itemid=637

PhilBob-SquareHead said...

Sorry,

"ROKY"

John said...

Jinzang said...
At one time the Buddha was dwelling in the Jeta grove together with a gathering of monks and bodhisattvas. At that time the Venerable Ananda reverently stood at one side of the Buddha and requested he teach about the Freemasons. Then Buddha spoke and said, "What the fuck's wrong with you Ananda? Anyway, whatever." Thus gladdened by the Enlightened One's speech, all the monks and bodhisattvas praised the words of the Blessed One.


best
post
ever.

mysteriondan said...

what a bunch of crap jinzang.. comparing brad to the buddha. it's almost stupid. almost.

Mysterion said...
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Gerry Gomez said...

"And what the fuck's going on in the comments section of this blog?"

Comment Addiction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tY7ZZLmjKRo&feature=related

Matt said...

sez my girlfriend (who doesn't read this blog but happened to be looking over my shoulder at the comments): "What the hell???"

anonymouse said...

just...one more..just ONE MOrE!

just one more...FIX!

dan said...

"Back in 2000 I attended the rededication of the Hahnemann monument and at the reception afterwards a woman bent my ear about how President Clinton was the secret head of the Masons. She did not seem to think this was a good thing."

What? You mean there was a crazy woo woo lady talking bollocks at a reception honouring this guy?:

Delusional


It's almost as suprising that people with nose rings and attitude problems are often found at punk gigs.

Anonymous said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

mysterium tremendum said...

Zazen Breathing

http://books.google.com/books?id=sYxszufGBs4C&pg=PA41&lpg=PA41&dq=breaths+per+minute+zazen&source=web&ots=kcjtClcBYk&sig=st_7MRM8G8T2FRs5dn_EDu_QfFc

Jinzang said...
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HezB said...

"2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen"

That statement is obviously part of an intricate and pervasive International Jewish Conspiracy.

Regards,

Harry.

Jinzang said...

What? You mean there was a crazy woo woo lady talking bollocks at a reception.

You'll find crazy everywhere. Haven't you heard? Paranoid is the new black.

Anonymous said...

Real Zen freaks only breathe twice or three times PER DAY. They skip it if they are on holiday.

The truth?

L. Ron Hubbard always imagined himself a great man of history. "All men are your slaves," he once wrote in a diary entry unearthed during a 1984 lawsuit. He reportedly once claimed to have written a manuscript that contained such brutal truths that anyone who read it went insane or committed suicide. He fancied himself a nuclear physicist, never mind his lack of training, and posited that fallout from Cold War nuclear tests were interfering with Scientology therapies.

American horses do not go through any kind of withdrawal period and are often purchased straight from a previous owner through an auction by a killer buyer. That killer buyer supplies the horses to the horse meat plants within days. The horses are often killed within hours or at least the same day.

With only 64% of the population having access to improved water supply, Africa has the lowest proportional coverage of any region of the world. The situation is much worse in rural areas, where coverage is only 50% compared with 86% in urban areas. Yet more than half of the urban dwellers have inadequate provision if the definition is a house connection or yard tap.
The continent is home to 27% of the world’s population that is without access to improved water supply.

courtesy flush said...

Back to the breathing question:

Maybe someone could get to 2-3 breaths eventually. But like 99% of the world, I'd be carried out on a stretcher if I tried to limit oxygen like that.

I figure the extreme feats of zazen reflect the yoga influence. People can achieve amazing things after years of yoga practice-- but nobody expects to get there in two weeks.

IMHO don't worry about holding your breath as slow as someone else. Who cares? Maybe they're a marathoner with a killer VO2 max who takes fewer breaths anyway. Or maybe they're so obsessed with timing their breath that they're a big ball of anxiety. Or maybe they're asleep.

Anonymous said...

It feels like a collective spin-out in here.

Is 2-3 breaths a minute healthy?

HezB said...
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HezB said...

To stray on-topic for a moment:

I mean, I don't know why the teacher said that thing about three breaths per m. Its not a very practical piece of advice and it could distract from the matter-at-hand, which was/ is *objectless*, goalless 'just sitting'.

I think it came to him from a fellow mason via Obama (who is nearly black you know... shhhhhhhhh...)

Obama/ Osama: you see what I mean, don't you ;-/

Regards,

Harry.

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

How long can one go without breathing?

HezB said...

The only being I've met who liked to breathe like that had a hole in his back.

Regards,

H.

HezB said...

... a breathing hole, I hasten to add.

H.

AwakeALLnight said...

By the way, a UFO Report versus a flying cabbage.

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

Try:

BARE FEET

Or:

WRONG WAY

Better yet:

SOLUTION

IceBucket said...

What's happening here?

It's hard to comment something sensible if Brad starts about ranting his own blog. Self-referential extreme.

I can also give you conspiracy BS:
http://www.threeworldwars.com/

--IceBucket

Mysterion said...

Normal respiration rates for an adult person at rest range from 15 to 20 breaths per minute.

Respiration rates (at rest) over 25 breaths per minute or under 12 (yoga = 10) are cause for concern.

Having said that, I still think there are mitigating factors - like the depth of breathing. Whoever said 2 or 3 breaths is 'good Zen' needs to be hit in the head woth tofu...

Anonymous said...

Chuck Norris.

esmerelda_verde said...

My pet turtles take one or two breaths per hour are they enlightened of just lazy?

Seriously, it is the yoga connection, they have a ton of complicated breathing meditations. I have done some, you get kinda light headed after a while. The turtles are pretty bad at yoga.

Anonymous said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

I saw this posted also on treeleaf. I believe it was Jundo

Anonymous said...

I'm in love with esmerelda_verde

courtesy flush said...

chuck norris! f'n sweeeeet!

Mysterion said...

I still think... Whoever said 2 or 3 breaths is 'good Zen' needs to be 'Hit in the head with a corner of tofu..."

"Tofu no kado ni atama wo butsukete shinde shimae!"

Anonymous said...

Jundo said ;2 or 3 breaths per minute is a sign of a very balanced Zazen

"Very Balanced" are very operative words. He did not say "Good"

theLoneRanger said...

Esmerelda Verde takes my breath away.

domina said...

Communism, fascism, and Freemasons stand on the tenets of Darwinism which is nothing but atheism. Obama's membership in this secret society is connected to a worldwide fascist athiest conspiracy. You can find proof of this in the British Museum of Natural History.

We're not talking theory here, but FACT! Asian crime lords hold the keys and foil hats to our future as a free society. The Chinese secret societies meanwhile, are watching carefully for any sign of new attempts to spread democracy.

There is worldwide conspiracy in the internet. Proof! Freemasons support Obama. Fact! Japanese zen buddhisism is also connected to this movement to dislodge free, god-loving democracy in our nation. Stand up for your country. Stand against Obama and Freemasonaryism.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, conspiracies everywhere
you turn. Who makes this stuff up?

Fox News

et al.

etc.

TheloneRanger said...

Does a dog smell his shit after her shits.

Conspiracy +this All you time wasters.

Where's your heart?

HZM said...

you're banned ranger! two shits in one post. come back in one month.

Nancy said...

Brad - Might be time to bail on California. The state has already hit the wall. With an economy as large as Italy, Cali is looking at a $14 billion deficit in 2009 after a $3 billion shortfall in 2008. Arnold has called for slashing prison staffs by 6,000, including 2,000 guards, early release of 22,000 into your neighborhood, closing four dozen state parks and a 10 percent across-the-board cut in all state agencies. The Democratic legislature (most of them as crazy as mysterion) is demanding more tax hikes, which would drive more taxpayers into other states. Brad, get the hell out of there while you still can!

Anonymous said...

What is it with all this
conspiracy nonsense?

A few US officials and their
allies would never conduct
a false-flag attack or
engage in deception
in order to wage war,
except for maybe a few
minor, isolated incidents...

Operation Northwoods

Gulf of Tonkin

USS Liberty

Iran-Contra

...

9/11

Strait of Hormuz

And the hits just
keep on coming...

Stay tuned.

Blake said...

Have you guys heard of the Dow Jones Dharma Funds? I've heard of Vice Funds, but Dharma Funds? Very curious. I wonder if it's just another way to make a buck off of the Dharmic traditions.

Check out my blog if you want links to the stories.

dood said...

2 or 3 breaths per minute!

i did this once in Kundalini Yoga - i could feel brain juices flowing - i shiteth you not!

this kind of yoga is great but you need a lot of time to get there gradually...

i can't say if its good or bad but, hey, like, anyway, whatever...

take care,
dood

dood said...

"Stand up for your country."

how about sit down for your country?

zing!

Anonymous said...

"How long can one go without breathing?"

Forever, provided that living isn't required!

gardner_in_la said...

Nancy said...
"Brad - Might be time to bail on California. The state has already hit the wall."

That is sound advice.

The economy is so bad, the illegals are crossing over to Mexico.

Jules said...

How appropriate to have the "Zen Master Mind Machine" advertisement on the same page as all this useless crap about breathing.

Anonymous said...

Red Hot Chili Peppers suck. Talk about big Ego small penis. Breath

Anonymous said...

http://www.audiodharma.org/mp3files/2002-02-04_MelWeitsman_BeginnersMind.mp3

You rock Jules. not

benfranklin said...

Jules said...
"How appropriate... on the same page as all this useless crap about breathing."

useless crap about breathing is called farting

Anonymous said...

What are the best pants for Zazen. At home I use pajama bottoms. At the Zendo I notice that when wearing some pants my feet and legs fall a sleep and I can't even get up for kinhin. I just sort of roll around like a retard. Like a bug on it's back trying to get right side up

Ratboy said...

"What are the best pants for Zazen."

I like some form of cotton trousers the best, it lets your skin breathe. Jogging pants are good if your group allows them. Avoid jeans or polyester. A cotton sitting robe / kimono works great too. (you can buy these on the net)

Anonymous said...

http://www.lamathunderbolt.com/

Anonymous said...

Can someone please tell me that Lama Thunderbolt is a mockumentary?

Anonymous said...

I think the makers think that it's real

Anonymous said...

A Fresh New Face in the World of Kooks

So, there are a lot of them out there. We all see them and sometimes we laugh, sometimes we become discouraged or bummed out, and at other times we just have to ask, “What?”

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce my new favorite kook, nutjob, whacko. Lama Thunderbolt, aka Lama Nakpa Dorje, aka Max Christensen, aka something unintelligible from the trailer to his “documentary”.

First we should talk about the things that make Lama Thunderbolt great:

1. He claims to have been struck by lightning, however, this was no ordinary strike, this “thunderbolt” fused Lama Thunderbolts “third eye” open, allowing him to see the spiritual energies of the universe at all times and to harness them for his amazing displays of power and wizardry.

2. He has an awesome hat.

3. The doctored photos on his site show him with mystical glowing eyes and a halo over his wobbly toddler head. (he was kinda cute then before the madness set in, or was it the enlightenment?)

4. He has an excellent cast of cronies. Not only are they wonderful actors (sarcasm) but they also appear to really be getting off when Lama Thunderbolt “brings the thunder” (I couldn’t help myself).

5. If he was joking it would be really funny.

Now lets talk about the bad stuff.

1. He isn’t joking.

The fact that Lama Thunderbolt isnt a spoof leads to a whole truckload of the bad. Its easy for us to shrug it off and say “if people really fall for that they deserve it.” But at the same time we have to look at the large number of people who are really looking for magic in their lives, looking for something to show them that there is a world out there that is fantastic and wonderful and full of power and potential. Many people have grown so desperate for a new way to see the world that they roll out the carpet for frauds and charlatans like Lama Thunderbolt, and it would seem that he is more than willing to take advantage of their naivity, desperation, and worst of all their hope.

So we can watch the trailer and look at the silly picture and laugh but we also have to remember that there are real people out there who are giving people like this their money, time, and devotion. And all the malicious kooks out there like Lama Thunderbolt are laughing all the way to the bank with the hopes of sincere people in their pockets.

So before this gets too serious here is the link to the trailer already.

enjoy.

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