Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nishijima Sensei's Health, Tassajara and c.

Lots of people are asking me about how Nishijima Sensei is doing. For those who don't know, he posted a message on his blog saying he was going to the hospital and would not be posting for a while.

I'm as much in the dark as anyone else about this. Apparently not even his Japanese students have a clue. The only person I know of who would know is his daughter. But I don't even know her name, nor have I ever met her. She doesn't much care for her dad's Zen activities anyway and isn't likely to take kindly to calls from strangers about him even if I could find her. So I'm just sitting tight hoping somebody will contact me.

Also, I noticed a few people don't seem to get that my most recent post on Suicide Girls listed only Zen centers I'd had personal contact with. It's not intended as a comprehensive list. I'm reluctant to recommend any place I haven't actually been to or at least know the person who runs it. Which doesn't mean places I don't know that well are bad or anything. I just don't know them. For example, my guess is that lots of the places run by Kobun Chino's dharma heirs -- like Jikoji near Santa Cruz -- are very good. But I've never gone to any of them.

Also, I'm going to be staying at Tassajara for two weeks in early April, trying out one of their work practice periods. Go to their website for info on that. It sounds like a fun and relatively painless way to see Tassajara as it actually functions. There's no Internet service up there. But maybe I can find a way to write blog entires on paper and mail them to someone in the surface world to type up and post.

Gotta go.

14 comments:

a said...

Thanks Brad, keep kicking ass.

Anonymous said...

You made it clear in your post you were making a list of zen places you'd been to, or people you'd met in one place who were the head of another zen place.

I'm glad you are out there and sharing what you've met along the way, not just sticking home to the same ol' schtik.

Can't help but notice you've got similar messages in a lot of places--SG, MySpace, here, -- and not too much happening with Porno Buddhist. I'd like a change of name anyway. Like the precept number for the one which is 'don't desire too much' (number 9, number 9, number 9 or whatever number it is).
Anyway I hope you continue it.
Thank you for keeping us posted about Nishijima Sensei's health.

Kozan Bob said...

c?

Blake said...

Like the precept number for the one which is 'don't desire too much' (number 9, number 9, number 9 or whatever number it is).

What about Client Number 9. Oh wait... Spitzer already has that name (badump chink).

Seriously, my prayers are with Nishijima. Also, I didn't find your SG blog ambiguous. And anyone who thinks that you know every single Zen group out there? Wow, man... wow...

Jinzang said...

The c stands for cetera, as in et cetera.

sprint said...

"There's no Internet service up there."

Cell Phone? Satellite Phone? LOL

DRIVING PRECAUTIONS
For the last 14 miles, Tassajara Road is a winding dirt road with sheer drop-offs and a steep, narrow descent over the last five miles.

Make sure your car is in good working order, paying special attention to brakes...

As you begin your descent over the last five miles, shift into the lowest possible gear and PUMP your brakes as needed. DO NOT apply steady pressure to your brakes or they will overheat. If your brakes begin to overheat or feel mushy, pull over immediately and allow them to cool for at least 20 minutes before continuing.

HINT: the last 14 miles can take 3/4 of an hour.

Anonymous said...

The Japanese nun from Ichikawa would know about Nishijima's health.

Jinzang said...
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wash & dry said...

I hope they dry her brain after they wash it.

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Peter said...
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Anonymous said...

I kind of LIKE that Nishijima's daughter doesn't dig her Dad's 'hobby' of being a Zen Buddhist priest--to me it indicates Nishijima's family life was pretty 'normal' whatever that means.

I hope he is doing well, and I hope his daughter is doing well.

Mysterion said...
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Link dethoth said...

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