Friday, May 15, 2009

ALL-DAY ZAZEN MAY 16, 2009 -- NO ORYOKI LUNCH! + MAY 17th at 11 AM at DHARMA PUNX in HOLLYWOOD + SAME NIGHT AT MIDNIGHT ON SUICIDE GIRLS RADIO

Just a quick reminder, there will be an all-day Zazen thing this Saturday, May 16th, at Hill Street Center. That's tomorrow for those of you who are calendar challenged. All details are on the links over to your left, so I ain't writin' 'em down again, you lazy good-for-nothings!

There will be no oryoki lunch. This means you do not have to register ahead of time. The point of registering ahead of time was so we could get a head count and make the right number of lunches. But if there's no lunch, there's no need for pre-registering. So to make that easier, here's a formula:

oryoki lunch served = you must pre-register
no oryoki lunch served = you don't have to pre-register

Good? OK!

Bring your own grub (like I'll be doing) or buy something on Main St. around the corner. Some of us will eat together. You don't have to.

I will be there. But I am fucking exhausted from the tour and the last thing I want to do is talk a lot. So we'll have the usual chatting session afterward. But there will be no lecture or dharma talk. In fact I'd prefer not to talk much at all. I'll just nod and go "um-hm" or "uh-ah." So if you're coming, come to sit, not to hear me talk. OK?

Those of you who want to hear me talk should show up the next morning, Sunday May 17th at 11 am at Dharma Punx in Hollywood 4300 Melrose (between Heliotrope and Vermont).

And if you wanna hear me talk even more tune in that same night at Midnight to INDIE 103.1 (on-line only now) for my appearance on the SuicideGirls Radio show. I think I'm on the second hour of the show, and it's available as a podcast after the live broadcast.

31 comments:

Mysterion said...

Bradness sed:
"But there will be no lecture or dharma talk."

Life itself is a dharma talk, if you listen.

Anonymous said...

whatever mysterion.. you should write for Hallmark.

Anonymous said...

"Ther will be no oryoki lunch"

Once again Brad is rejecting core zen principles and practices in faeor of doing things his own way. Does he not see how incredibly childish and selfish it is to not feed people who sit with him? Egotist bastard.

"There will be no dharma talk"

Brad obviously believes his mere presence is enough to effect supreme enlightenment. He claims to be a teacher and now refuses to even teach. WTF is up with that? Crooked fraud.

Alphazen said...

Another great article Brad! You rock! That was so deep and helpful. Thankyou. I really enjoyed listening to you cough when I saw you at your last appearance. You're the greatest zen teacher in the universe dude. Ignore all the deluded haters here. All the psts here are crap anyway, except mine.

May I have a lock of you hair?

Alphonzen said...

haha, very funny, unenlightened troll.

whats the longest that you have done zazen, eh? I bet you can't make it past 2 days without complaining of pain. Loser.

PA said...

hehe, I like that formula! As if people can't work it out anyway!
Brad likes to be sarcastic. Get it?

PhilBob-SquareHead said...

Disappear for a few months...lo and behold, the same old bullshit. Brad, don't fool yourself, get a fuckin' job.
After defending you for a couple a years on this blog, I finally wake up and see thru your B.S.
I'm afraid you've been blinded by "flowers in space".
And by the way, in response to your last entry, Van Gogh didn't achieve fame or wealth 'til after he was dead. Just "art" for "art's" sake. A lust for life?

Anonymous said...

Dear PhilBob -

I guess you mean a 'proper' job; a dull job; a regular job; a 9-5 job...Not a self-employed, interesting, unpredictable job, with irregular hours.

Why is that, then? What's so good, so noble, so moral about this proper "fucking job" of which you speak? I don't see your point. Sounds like puritanism to me.

Alphonzen said...

Sarcasm and jokes aside...

wow just wow. The sort of stuff Im reading here.

Am I the only one here that doesn't have a problem with Brad?

Despite meditating for so many years, people are still seeing people as "other" and feel the need to defend or attack this "other"

Brad is not the "other", he is your own reflection.

(Im not defending Brad because of his opinions. Opinions suck ass. But there is an integrity in Brad that deserves respect.)

Anonymous said...

Alphonzen, your thoughts on Brad's integrity are based on his writing. I don't see how you can come to that conclusion...the same goes for people who bitch about his lack of integrity.

If you don't like his style of teaching, fine, find a teacher with a style you do like and post comments on their blog. It is a bit unfair to use his own blog as a platform to attack him (criticism is fine, being an ass isn't).

But that's the internet I guess.

Alphonzen said...

"Alphonzen, your thoughts on Brad's integrity are based on his writing. I don't see how you can come to that conclusion"

Forget about the integrity part- its just a word or an opinion. The rest of my post was more important.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
(quoting Brad)
"Ther will be no oryoki lunch"
(and)
"Once again Brad is rejecting core zen principles and practices in faeor..."

Did you mean: "Faeroes?"

Faeroes means "sheep islands."

Is Bread being Sheepish? Like Agnus Dei?

Some elevation of Brad's status there, Anonymous Anonymous.

Buddhism was there when the "Christ" Jesus was only a corporal.

Betazen said...

"Am I the only one here that doesn't have a problem with Brad?

Despite meditating for so many years, people are still seeing people as "other" and feel the need to defend or attack this "other""

Yea bro, I know what you mean. Those stupid deluded people still see people as "other". I'm glad I'm not deluded like they are. Unenlightened people think they are separate. What a bunch of fools. I know we are one. They need to get a clue. We are all one and if you can't grasp that you're just a dick.

Taking Woodstock said...

"a generation of people who weren't fat, who weren't staring at themselves in the mirror all the time, and not shaving everything off down there..."

Tavvi said...

Umm, pretty sure anon at 11:42 was taking the piss and making fun of people who criticize Brad. I'd have thought that would be obvious...

Alphonzen said...

Betazen, hey there brother from another mother.

There is not one person in the universe that is enlightened. If anything, the truth is known only when the whole notion of a person is questioned.

spot on said...

If you say so, alpozen.

alan said...

Anon at 11:42

At last an Anon that has made me laugh.

Thank you.

PhilBob-SquareHead said...

"Yea bro, I know what you mean. Those stupid deluded people still see people as "other". I'm glad I'm not deluded like they are. Unenlightened people think they are separate. What a bunch of fools. I know we are one. They need to get a clue. We are all one and if you can't grasp that you're just a dick."

Dope-smokin' went out with the Jefferson Airplane, dude

Is it me? said...

Philbob -

Please tell me you know that Betazen's comment, which you just quoted, is a heavily sarcastic charicature of young Alphonzen's very un-self-aware position...

Alphonzen said...

Alphonzen is completely self-aware.

SO self aware in fact, that unenlightened fools such as yourself will become enlightened in my very presence.

Anonymous said...

OK alphonso, we get it. You're being ironic, and none of us, including you, know shit. At least that's the face-saving ploy you're now holding your tediously non-existent self together with. Now what? More attention seeking self-validation - just like the rest of us?

Alphonzen said...

Its Alphonzen.

Rich said...

I think the problem here is that Brad does a great job getting people interested and trying and talking about zen but then they get angry at him when they feel alone and unsupported in their practice and he is unavailable to help them and they don't have found another teacher to help them. There are online communities such as Treeleaf with real teachers and if there is a teacher in your area give them an opportunity to teach you.

Mysterion said...

Blogger Rich said...
"...they get angry at him when they feel alone..."

one is only alone in illusion.

fortunately, our view of reality is becoming even more more warped.

one cannot exist in space-time that one understands.

Tavvi said...

I wonder if Mysterion is such a pain in the ass at McDonalds?

"Do you want to supersize that for only 37 cents sir?"

"What is this supersize you speak of? Time and space are illusions and the whole idea of 'super' lies in dualistic thinking" *scribbles down wikipedia reference and hands it to clerk* "Learn to throw off your conditioning."

"It means you get a bigger soda and more fries."

"Oh. Yeah, let's do that."

Mysterion said...

OpenID Tavvi said...
"I wonder if Mysterion is such a pain in the ass at McDonalds?"

I do not go to McDonalds - ever.

In my opinion, McDonalds feeds off of the poor not vice-versa.

Anonymous said...

"I do not go to McDonalds - ever.

In my opinion, McDonalds feeds off of the poor not vice-versa."

Yeah Tavvi, you delusional dualistic fool.

Rich said...

I go to Mcdonald's frequently. My favorites are the fruit yogurt parfait, the side salad, the ice cream sundae.

Myst. sed
"one is only alone in illusion"

could one be alone in reality?

danny hutton (not) said...

one is the loneliest number that you'll ever do...two can be as sad as one cause its the loneliest number since the number one...

RUMi said...

Poem on Separation by Rumi

Seeking the Source

a voice out of this world
calls on our souls
not to wait any more
get ready to move
to the original home

your real home
your real birth place
is up here with the heavens
let your soul take a flight
like a happy phoenix

you've been tied up
your feet in the mud
your body roped to a log
break loose your ties
get ready for the final flight

make your last journey
from this strange world
soar for the heights
where there is no more
separation of you and your home

God has created
your wings not to be dormant
as long as you are alive
you must try more and more
to use your wings to show you're alive

these wings of yours
are filled with quests and hopes
if they are not used
they will wither away
they will soon decay

you may not like
what i'm going to tell you
you are stuck
now you must seek
nothing but the source