Sunday, June 22, 2008

NEW SUICIDE GIRLS ARTICLE

My new Suicide Girls article will be up as of 6AM Pacific Time Monday June 23rd. This would have been my mother's 67th birthday if she were alive. But that isn't what I wrote about. I won't be able to post the link, though, until I return from Tassajara in two weeks. So maybe some clever person can post the link in the comments section of this posting. Also, on June 25th my interview with Randy Blythe of Lamb Of God goes up. So maybe someone will post that link as well.

I looked over a couple of the over 300 posts to my previous thing. Jesus God in Heaven! You people really do need to get yourselves a hobby! For the record, I do not think prison rape is funny. Nor do I think that prisoners are not human beings. In fact, when I made the comment, the idea that Bruno The Snake (who is fictional, I should add) might have raped me did not even enter my mind. Some will call me disingenuous. But believe it or not, folks, I am not disingenuous. I am actually stupid. Talk to people who know me. They'll tell you. Smoggy Rob, Mary Grace, tell them! In any case, I'm sorry the comment upset people so much. But would you have even been able to address the topic had I not written what I did?

The sesshin in Berkeley was very nice, thank you. I have to get up at 5 AM tomorrow to drive for three hours. So forgive me for being brief (that's what she said).

.... It's 4:34 AM. I can't sleep anymore. So I'm going to leave even earlier. But about that sesshin and the new SG article — as the sesshin progressed I was feeling more and more the feelings I expressed in that piece. I hated it. The ceremonial aspects of the thing were so forced and so contrived and everyone there was so into all that silliness. I just wanted out.

The sesshin culminated in a shusho (head monk) ceremony. Go look it up, I haven't got time to explain. This was the worst. After four and a half days of ceremonial nonsense, this was the most nonsensical ceremony yet. Before it started I heard some people gabbing about how beautiful and moving it would be, and beaming glowing love beams at the woman who was to be head monk. I wanted to puke.

But you know something? It was a beautiful and moving ceremony. I was glad to have been there. And, Geri, I don't know you at all. But I know you'll be a great teacher. You told the truth up there. That's such a rare and valuable thing.

And with that I'm off to Tassajara. There are fires on three sides of the place and they're already preparing for evacuation should the closest fire start to threaten the monastery. But the person I'm going to see up there is very dear to me and I'm not going to be deterred.

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Turn The Page said...

New Page !!!

Jinzang said...

WHY doesn't BRAD tell the TRUTH?

Brad's busy. Why don't you tell us instead.

Turtles All the Way Down said...

The
Rug
Under
The
Hologram

Bruno The Snake said...

Obviously, the faster we process information, the more rich and complex our models or glosses — our reality-tunnels — will become. Resistance to new information, however, has a strong neurological foundation in all animals, as indicated by studies of imprinting and conditioning. Most animals, including most domesticated primates (humans) show a truly staggering ability to "ignore" certain kinds of information — that which does not "fit" their imprinted/conditioned reality-tunnel. We generally call this "conservatism" or "stupidity", but it appears in all parts of the political spectrum, and in learned societies as well as in the Ku Klux Klan.

Robert Anton Wilson, Quantum Psychology

how to m said...

You can't teach an old dog new tricks!

Lisa_morganson said...

As a student of Zen you have: no-self — since there is no “you” — it’s just an idea. I believe zen meditation, which involves a process of emptying oneself of logic and reason, is a ploy by Satan to deceive the devotee into preparing himself as fertile ground for demon possession.
I believe this concept of Nirvana is a deception hatched by Satan and his fellow demonic spirits
My best friend (who was also the resident reincarnation of Satan) was seduced into this zen stuff years ago. She became hopelessly insane. The problem with being insane is the annoyance it can sometime cause sane people who love them. A demon who emulates Belthazor named Sikes, is out to take Brad's soul. Budhists are slowly going insane. Meditation is an error that delivers you into the hands of demons and poisonous snakes. The Buddha employed demons to work for him.
As the filth and decay of a dead dog or dead snake is burned away, you will one day find freedom.
Relax, you're all demons.

NellaLou said...

Belief in a Satan type being is relevant principally to the Christian religion. Therefore the above comment is...irrelevant.
And besides we are not demons. We are Borg.

Anonymous said...

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gziz said...

the demon who emulates Belthazor named Sikes is not Brad. He only wants to provide some anonymity for his vitriol.

Insane Zen Demon-host said...

Me, insane?

Hail Eris! Hail Cthulhu! Ftagn! Io Io Io :)

Jinzang said...

A demon who emulates Belthazor named Sikes ...

This is from a television show. Better trolls, please.

Anonymous said...

This is from a television show. Better trolls, please.

Thank goodness for Sangha!

213. said...

213!

A demon who emulates Belthazor named Sikes said...

666!!!

most beautiful writing said...

The Master said to me: All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists. This Mind, which is without beginning, is unborn and indestructible. It is not green nor yellow, and has neither form nor appearance. It does not belong to the categories of things which exist or do not exist, nor can it be thought of in terms of new or old. It is neither long nor short, big nor small, for it transcends all limits, measure, names, traces and comparisons. It is that which you see before you - begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error. It is like the boundless void which cannot be fathomed or measured. The One Mind alone is the Buddha, and there is no distinction between the Buddha and sentient things, but that sentient beings are attached to forms and so seek externally for Buddhahood. By their very seeking they lose it, for that is using the Buddha to seek for the Buddha and using mind to grasp Mind. Even though they do their utmost for a full aeon, they will not be able to attain it. They do not know that, if they put a stop to conceptual thought and forget their anxiety, the Buddha will appear before them, for this Mind is the Buddha and the Buddha is all living beings. It is not the less for being manifested in ordinary beings, nor is it greater for being manifest in the Buddhas.

sikes said...

Dogen WAS an occultist he wrote books about conjuring DEMONS AND THE DEVIL with SATANIC RITUALS..and he WAS A MASON he also wrote "Lost keys of freemasonry" ...Dogen was a MASON!

There are Cabalistic grades within Freemasonry. Sexual slaves were used by the higher and more occult Masonic rites in the 19th century. Your minds can’t break loose of the power of the lie.

Mysterion said...

Big Sur

Let's hope for the best.

Cheers,
Chas

Al Pike said...

sikes needs to read:

"The Mythology of the Secret Societies" by Roberts.

Bibliography

sikes - 'they' really are after you.

Others - that snake? It's only a rope in the shadows. That Mason? He's about 72 years old and needs to either get a newer suit or have the old one dry cleaned and repaired.

z0tl said...

the lone gunmen 6 months prior to 9/11...

tyler durden is a baby, who knew wtc conspiracies are still out there, just like the truth in xfiles...

Wake Up and Smell the Dharma! said...

The Master said to me...

Most beautiful writing! It's good to hear someone talking about Zen.

Harry said...

201!

"for a materialist there is only truth. for an idealist there is no truth. for a buddhist there is zazen."

most beautiful writing said...

The above passage was from "The Zen Teachings of Huang Po," ed by John Blofeld.

Anonymous said...

Even when stupid or crazy, people writing about their hopes and their fears and their hate, that is talking buddhism. a person cutting and pasting a passage from huang po, no matter how beautiful, is decidedly not.

Anonymous said...

ya silly pup! Just enjoy it, or not :-)

Anonymous said...

Don't get me wrong. I'm grateful to whomever posted the huang po passage. very enjoyable. like looking at a reproduction of the mona lisa again. I just prefer the spontaneously composed words of living beings.

Anonymous said...

Like this?

I agree, knowing when my mind is liking or not liking something is incredibly valuable because then I can be careful to look for what my mind wants to do in response to that liking or disliking and if I know that what it wants to do is harmful, or might be a cause of confusion then I can try to be still.

Wake Up and Smell the Dharma! said...

Even when stupid or crazy, people writing about their hopes and their fears and their hate, that is talking buddhism. a person cutting and pasting a passage from huang po, no matter how beautiful, is decidedly not.

I think you're talking about what you like and dislike. The world is full of people talking about their hopes, fears and hates, and while it is all ultimately what we call 'buddha' it isn't all likely to lead us out of suffering and delusion. So, I don't think you can meaningfully say that everything is Buddhism.

beautiful writing said...

But really, this writing is so incredible. Look at these two lines:

All the Buddhas and all sentient beings are nothing but the One Mind, beside which nothing exists.

It is that which you see before you - begin to reason about it and you at once fall into error.

Now, see before you. Do what the line says. Notice the reasoning that may occur. Return to seeing before you...

It's so beautiful!

experiential writing said...

...or I should say, for me, the writing is so *experiential*. It refers me almost immediately to my present experience. Just like the Thich Naht Hanh saying on the magnet on my fridge: "breathing in, I abide in *this* moment."

IT IS THAT WHICH YOU SEE BEFORE YOU said...

230 !!!

Jinzang said...

The Dhammapada sez:

"A single word full of meaning, hearing which one becomes at peace, is better than a thousand words which are empty of meaning."

Anonymous said...

"... a thousand words which are empty of meaning."

Here's a thousand words for you:

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How I Became A 9/11/01 "Conspiracy Nutcase"

I am writing this article in my capacity as the secretary for the Boston 911 Truth Committee. However, I am also writing with my professional role as a licensed psychotherapist in mind. In that latter role I have served as an in-patient family therapist for drug addicted youth with the Phoenix House Foundation, an outpatient therapist for patients transitioning back into our community from nearby Bournewood Psychiatric Hospital and, for the past 15 years, as a private practice clinician at my office in Newton Massachusetts. It is both from this professional perspective, and from the point of view of being a belated "convert" to the 911 Truth Movement as well, that I have contemplated, with interest and concern, the tendency of many media spokespeople to characterize 911 Truth Activists as "Conspiracy Nutcases" who merely seek to confirm their preconceived paranoid conclusions.

Not long after 9/11/01 one of my therapy clients came to me nearly in tears saying that she had discovered the attacks of that day were, in her words, "an inside job". Naturally, I assumed my client was suffering from delusional paranoid thinking. I attempted to calm her down and to reassure her that her fears couldn't possibly be true. By 9/11/03, however, I was apologizing to this client for my ill informed and presumptuous response to her concerns. And by 9/11/04, I was actively participating in the development of the 911 Truth Movement.

As a family therapist I have seen first-hand how powerful is the tendency toward denial when a client must come to terms with the reality that an emotionally or physically abusive parent has betrayed their trust through verbal abuse or physical assault. It hurts, and it is terrifying to confront such betrayal. But the walk along the winding path of emotional healing, which can potentially lead to forgiveness and reconciliation, can not begin until that pain is faced and the attendant anger, fear and sadness fully felt.

Our highest government servants are to all of us Americans, in an unconscious fashion, much like national "parent figures". We look to them to keep us safe and provide for our collective needs, similar to the way a child looks to her or his parents to provide safety and support. So from a psychotherapy perspective, it is not at all surprising that any American would find it difficult to face and confront the possibility of acts of national betrayal and murderous treason by our leaders. For me, the evolving realization that we may have been betrayed by those entrusted with responsibility for our protection was a slow and frightening process - the exact opposite of a leap to preconceived ideas I yearned to prove true.

Unlike the eager conspiracy theorists imagined by some in the press, my slowly evolving realizations - that the formal 911 Commission Report was essentially false at its worst and deliberately misleading at its best - did not at all confirm the world view I wished to uphold. Nonetheless, as the damning evidence of lies and distortions became increasingly clear and the scientific evidence mounted, I was eventually forced to confront the dark truth behind the attacks of that day. I believe this process of confronting a painful truth of national betrayal on 9/11/01- a truth that I initially denied - was for me very similar to the process my psychotherapy clients have gone through when addressing childhood wounds. I also believe our collective natural yearning to entrust our safety to our political leaders, and our understandable fear of being in opposition to these powerful parent figures, is a significant factor, though an essentially unconscious one, in our reluctance to confront our leaders and demand the Truth.

The truly paranoid mind tends to label and caricature people rather then enter into dialog and debate. It is interesting to note, then, the way in which writers in the popular press go about discounting the concerns of the 911 Truth Movement. I have observed that these writers generally "debunk" the 911 Truth Movement as a whole by attacking the more peripheral issues raised by the movement while avoiding dialog on - or the offering of concrete evidence as rebuttal to - the central issues raised by the movement's researchers. For example, Popular Mechanics published an article which attempts to debunk issues raised by the 911 Truth Movement. One can review this article in full via this link: http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military_law/1227842.html . However, 911 Truth researchers challenge both the logic and veracity of many elements of both this Popular Mechanics article and the findings of the 9/11 Commission Report as well.

An articulate reply to the Popular Mechanics article, written by Jim Hoffman, can be found at http://911research.wtc7.net/essays/gopm/index.html and a more detailed analysis is available by reading Prof. David Ray Griffin's book "Debunking 911 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics" available at http://www.amazon.com/Debunking-11-Mechanics-Defenders-Conspiracy/dp/156656686X . Similarly, a concise critical analysis of the work of the 911 Commission is available at http://911research.wtc7.net/post911/commission/report.html and a more detailed analysis can be explored in "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions And Distortions", also by Prof. Griffin and available at http://www.amazon.com/11-Commission-Report-Omissions-Distortions/dp/1566565847 . But sadly this effort at dialogue and debate offered in good faith by the 911 Truth Movement is generally met with an unresponsive silence from the 911 Truth "debunkers". So who is it in this attempt to explore the truth of 9/11/01 that is functioning in an irrational or paranoid way?

Authentic dialog has at least two essential components. The first is making an effort to find common ground. Where do we have some degree of agreement that can serve as a jumping off point for exploring our points of disagreement? With this in mind, a careful review of Dr Steven Jones' paper, "Fourteen Points of Agreement with Official Government Reports on the World Trade Center Destruction" is in order. This paper was recently published in the respected "Open Civil Engineering Journal" and can be downloaded at http://www.bentham-open.org/pages/content.php?TOCIEJ/2008/00000002/00000001/35TOCIEJ.SGM . A second element of authentic dialog is a willingness to respond to reasonable questions raised by individuals who have an obvious personal stake in finding answers to their questions. With this in mind, I would encourage the reader to link to a list of questions raised by family members of those who were murdered on 9/11/01 via "The Family Steering Committee for the 9/11 Commission" at http://www.911independentcommission.org/questions.html . These question were not responded to by the commission. This You Tube brief video highlights some of the most significant among these questions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vt2-E0VyLL0 .

I do understand that there is a great deal of both well intended misinformation and deliberate disinformation available on the internet with regards to the events of 9/11/01. I believe, however, that anyone wishing to more fully understand these events, and the concerns of the 911 Truth Movement that have arisen from these events, will find the resources listed below to be highly reliable. I invite those who are drawn to support the formal US government supported interpretation of the events 9/11/01 to explore these resources and to enter into dialogue about your perspective with me and others in the 911 Truth Movement.

Christopher Gruener

Secretary for the Boston 911 Truth Committee
Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Massachusetts Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Lic. #646)
Massachusetts Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Lic. #1286)

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The Count said...

1063 words actually.

Wake Up and Smell the Dharma! said...

But really, this writing is so incredible.

Agreed. You just don't get that sort of insight or beauty from KERRANG or Popular Mechanics or from talking to the guy who sits next to me at work. So what if its old?

Anonymous said...

christopher gruener

Anonymous said...

...this is the correct link:

http://www.bentham.org/open/tociej/openaccess2.htm

Anonymous said...

the guy that sits next to me a work is a teacher.

238 said...

238 !!!

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