Sunday, September 28, 2008

NPR

It's raining here in Tokyo. In about 2 hours I have another meeting with the folks I work for.

I'll be on an NPR radio show called "Day To Day" that's supposed to air on Monday. I'm told it's on in LA from 9-11am on KPCC 89.3fm (though I don't know where in the show it will be.) That is always subject to change, depending on the day's news. You can go to www.npr.org to find out where it'll be on in your area.

36 comments:

Moon Face Buddha said...

Subhuti was Buddha's disciple. He was able to understand the potency of emptiness, the viewpoint that nothing exists except in its relationship of subjectivity and objectivity.

One day Subhuti, in a mood of sublime emptiness, was sitting under a tree. Flowers began to fall about him.

"We are praising you for your discourse on emptiness," the gods whispered to him.

"But I have not spoken of emptiness," said Subhuti.

"You have not spoken of emptiness, we have not heard emptiness," responded the gods. "This is true emptiness." And blossoms showered upon Subhuto as rain.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Brad, please do not neglect these questions

Did not Nishijima, your teacher, accept decades of financial assistance from a corporation in japan, and was provided with real estate and an office, in turn for which he was not expected to do any actual work for the company. He did provide private lessons to the corporate executives. How is that different? Same about Dogen.

Also, what about silly people who just boarded 747 from Europe, burn much fuel, flew to Japan to sit in "real" Zen temple called Tokeiin with "real" Japanese tatami mat and "real" Japan atmosphere to be with "real" Zen Master a few days? I think such people also spend much money because few days will do something to their practicing. No? Otherwise, why not stay in Finland or go to retreat in Europe, we have many. People go to retreat because they think some progress will happen, even in Soto way of no progress. For Zen consumer, fly to Japan/stay in "real" Japanese temple/be with "real" teacher = kind of luxury vacation like trip to Tahiti for other people.

Also, if man from Finland is rich man and had offered brad $50,000 for few days in hotel (zazen, no sex), would brad have turned him down? If no, he is hypocrit. If yes, he is same as genpo.

You say

There's a depth to practice you cannot possibly get any other way than by attending a sesshin.

You find out stuff about yourself a decade in therapy couldn't uncover. It changes your entire outlook on everything.


So, maybe spending time in 3 days private lesson with Zen teacher good too? I mean, at group Sesshin, private interview VERY important. But only a few minutes.

Maybe you discuss this on NPR (whatever that is)?

Cocksucker Wu said...

To Anonymous (if that is your real name?)

"Also, if man from Finland is rich man and had offered brad $50,000 for few days in hotel (zazen, no sex), would brad have turned him down? If no, he is hypocrit. If yes, he is same as genpo."

Perhaps we could test Brad by tying his hands and feet and throwing him in a lake. If he drowns then he's innocent, but if he lives, he's a money grabbing fiend!

Everyone's a winner, either he'll be dead and you wont have to worry about him anymore or else you'll be right and we can all carry you around on our shoulders. Hell, I might even break out 'The Worm'

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=9R0B5XSoZ48

My worm is much more sophisticated than that though...I wear a smoking jacket and read Wilde at the same time.

Anonymous said...

"Mr. Brad, please do not neglect these questions"

Mr Finland, if you want Brad to answer your questions then email him. He doesn't really read these comments. The comments are for the rejects to squawk and complain about various aspects of Brad's personality and conduct that they would like to change.

Anonymous said...

He doesn't really read these comments

Brad just said he has started reading the comments again.


The comments are for the rejects to squawk and complain about various aspects of Brad's personality and conduct that they would like to change.

AND for his blind followers and apologists to rationaize, defend and excuse everything he writes.

six said...

6 !!!

Anonymous said...

Day to Day podcast

At The Moment said...

8! Never too late!

Dogen's ghost said...

Monks must not be scolded and castigated with harsh words; nor should they be held up to scorn by having their faults pointed out. Even if they are evil men, they must not be despised or abused…..Strike those who have to be struck, scold those who have to be scolded, but do not allow yourself to utter words of slander and detraction.

Although you may be correct in your censure of someone, your very correctness does not last long if you use harsh words. A petty person takes offense at the slightest criticism, thinking he has been insulted.

Buddha's ghost said...

Right Speech is abstaining from lying; abstaining from tale-bearing; abstaining from harsh language; abstaining from vain talk.

He unites those that are divided; and those that are united, he encourages. Concord gladdens the truthful one, he delights and rejoices in concord. The truthful one aims for deep concord by his words.

Let no evil words escape from your lips. Remain friendly and full of sympathy, free from any hidden malice.

Penetrate others with dear thoughts that are wide and deep enough. Abstain from vain talk.

Hui Neng's ghost said...

To take refuge in ourself is to be constantly on the alert for our own mistakes, and to refrain from criticism of others' merits or faults.

He who is humble and meek on all occasions and is polite to everybody has thoroughly realized his Essence of Mind, so thoroughly that his Path is free from further obstacles.

Anonymous said...

Drats! Just caught the tail end--heard Noah Levine and then a piece of Sex Pistols
close
so close

Blake said...

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=95172739

The NPR Piece said...

The NPR (National Public Radio) piece is available online at http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=17

-Lauren

Anonymous said...

hmmm.. the house voted down the bail-out package. It looks like the american stock market is crashing. down 725 points. hmmm..

Nishijima's living spirit said...

Don’t discuss failures of Buddhist priests and laymen. As Buddhists we try our best to live and practice the Buddhist life. In doing so we often make mistakes. This is natural. Our mistakes come directly from our efforts. This may sound strange, but it is the fact in our life. So when we see the mistakes of others we should not be critical, for their mistakes are only the product of their efforts in this life.

Anonymous said...

Lehman Brothers bankers will receive $2.5 billion in bonuses after their company went bankrupt last week. No bail-out!

Anonymous said...

bless 'em!

Nishijima's living heir said...

"Don’t discuss failures of Buddhist priests and laymen."

Unless Buddhist priest name is Genpo piece of shit roshi or layman mr. asswipe.

Or unless priest or layman disagree with most honorable Real Buddhism (TM), then such clowns and heretics are fair game.

Anonymous said...

The stupid thing about all these quotes aimed at exposing brad's failings is that they apply just as much to the people posting them as they do to brad. the precepts are not to be used to measure someone elses failings. they're for you. think about that.

anonyghost said...

"The stupid thing about all these quotes aimed at exposing brad's failings is that they apply just as much to the people posting them as they do to brad. the precepts are not to be used to measure someone elses failings. they're for you. think about that."

The stupid thing about anonymous' post above is that in aiming to expose the other posters critiques is that they apply just as much to mr. anonymous as to the other posters.

By this reasoning, Dogen, Buddha and Hui Neng were also breaking the precepts by pointing out that we should not be critical of others' faults.

Besides, who even mentioned Brad at all? Why would you assume these quotes were directed at Brad? Were moon face buddha's quotes frm the buddha also directed at Brad? Why assume, indeed.

None of this has to do with precepts, but with compassion. The words of the emminent teachers apply to us all. If simply quoting these words constitute breaking of precepts or wrong speech then we are in very good company. Think about that.

Jinzang said...

None of this has to do with precepts, but with compassion.

Yeah, the comments on this blog are dripping with compassion.

Quit bullshitting yourself.

Jinzang said...

A Japanese priest liked to gamble with dice. One day he had a losing streak and lost his stake. Walking home from the game, he first felt angry, but consoled himself by thinking, "Those poor fools don't know that someday they must die."

And the moral is, it's easy to quote the scriptures to your own advantage, but hard to apply then to your life.

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

I downloaded the NPR mp3. The punk Buddhist part starts at about 31:55.

Rob

Han Shan's ghost said...

If you treat other people as other, as separate, or as people different from yourself, you will not be inclined to be fair or merciful in your judgment of them. But if you treat other people as if they were just versions of yourself, you will understand their errors and appreciate their qualities

The saints show love and respect to all people, rich or poor, good or bad. The people, seeing such exquisite fairness, respond venerating the saints and trying to emulate them. This, too, is a cycle

A wise person is always kind and considerate. He always sees what’s needed. He lets snow flakes fall on an overheated body. He provides cool water to slake a desperate thirst.

The person who considers himself superior to others constantly renders judgments and perceives differences. He rigidly deals in opposites: good or bad, right or wrong. If he follows his own standards of fairness, he’ll have to reject at least half of creation.

A person who follows the Dharma strives to unify himself with the rest of humanity. He doesn’t discriminate and is indifferent to qualitative distinctions

Anonymous said...

it's easy to quote the scriptures but hard to apply them to your life

oh how very true %-\

ghostbuster said...

"Yeah, the comments on this blog are dripping with compassion.

Quit bullshitting yourself."


Yeah, unlike say...Brad's blog entries, which are dripping with compassion.

Are all these darn ghosts calling Brad a piece of shit, a fraud, a clown, an asswipe, a scam artist?

No. They're being really mean. They're posting quotes from the zen tradition on compassion and right speech. How cruel.

Thank goodness Brad isn't taking genpo or wilber to task by sending them quotes from zen patriarchs or posting such quotes on their websites. That would be inhuman.

Who's bullshitting who?

it's easy to quote the scriptures but hard to apply them to your life

Or your blog.

Jim Haisin's living hair said...

Jinz.. first a naked fat guy and now mikey bee with a gun? what is next?

Anonymous said...

see the trailer for Noah Levine's new movie

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=4091217

not a garage band poser from the suburbs.

Anonymous said...

hey c'mon... zen is everywhere, man.

Koudelka said...
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Koudelka said...

ATTENTION RETARDS: ASK YOURSELVES WHY YOU CARE ABOUT BRAD WARNER SO MUCH.

Also, Jinzang, your user pic is awesome. :D

Anonymous said...

Brad is the Sarah Palin of Zen Masters

Anonymous said...

" ATTENTION RETARDS: ASK YOURSELVES WHY YOU CARE ABOUT BRAD WARNER SO MUCH."

Because they haters.

Marshall said...

I HEARD IT! My GOD man... Day-to-Day and Brad Warner and wrapped with a bow... it was a veritable cornucopia of audible goodness! I'm writing to them as we speak to see about them giving you your own show.

Okay not really... but all the same, I found it just another good reason by which to pay close attention to NPR.

Bravo, mon cher!

Anonymous said...

Cool NL Trailer. You could see him as the new XXX.

If Brad said "Sit down and shut up" you might be tempted to question him. If Noel said it then it might be more "SIR! Yes SIR!"