Thursday, May 21, 2009

MASTER YOUR ENERGY MASTER YOUR LIFE

Sorry for 2 posts in one day, but this just came up.

Here's your chance! Tomorrow, May 22nd, 2009, at 8 AM Pacific Time, I will be interviewed on a show called Master Your Energy, Master Your Life. It is a call-in show and the host, Sheevaun Moran, has asked me to post the phone number on this blog so that readers thereof (that's you) can call in and ask me stuff live on the air. Here is the number:

1.866.472.5795

I just had a look at her website and I'm hoping maybe she'll teach me her technique for overcoming financial blocks -- perhaps by getting every one of her listeners to buy my books!

Man, they oughta give me a radio show!

Oh well. I master my life by not trying to master my life. That way I always feel successful about it! If your goal is not to achieve your goals you'll come out a winner every time!

40 comments:

Mysterion said...

ROFLMAO

I'll call and ask about Karma and Gaia.

Chris said...

Can you tell me how to get enlightenment!?

just kidding.

Is there any sort of subject that the questions are supposed to pertain to (what I mean by that, would it be appropriate to ask you something about your book)?

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

Chris, Brad doesn't read the comments reliably enough for you to expect an answer. I'd try his email, doubtboy mac com. Brad can take a long time to answer emails. And some emails (names withheld) become fodder for blog posts. By the way, I have magic Buddha powers and the answer to your question is, "kinda'."

Rob

Jinzang said...

Can you tell me how to get enlightenment!?

Sit down and shut up.

deucebag said...

Dear Smoggyrob,


You keep telling us that Brad doesn't read the comments and brad keeps making you a liar. Get over it. He reads them but doesn't want us to know it. Ego too fragile. Save your usual crap about he sometimes reads them but usually not. He can't stay away. Just like you and Alphalfaboy can't help defending anything he says or does.

Anonymous said...

Tantric affirmations might help unblock your financial chakras. Visualize yourself as a financial success every morning. Good Luck.

Mysterion said...

Is Kundalini something like vermicelli utopia?

obviously kidding (for the dense amongst us...)

Chakra that up to experience...

Don't forget "The The Ancient Path of the Colon Blast: Hydrotherapy (Enema)."

A virtual wal-mart of alternative weirdness.

Jinzang said...
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Jinzang said...

Smoggyrob: Brad doesn't read the comments reliably enough for you to expect an answer.

deucebag: You keep telling us that Brad doesn't read the comments and brad keeps making you a liar.

You need to work on your reading comprehension.

Jinzang said...

And since (almost) nobody ever says anything nice about Brad in the comments, I really appreciate what he's done to get a new generation of Americans interested in Zen.

Anonymous said...

Jinzang, I really appreciate your kind words about Brad on a blog where almost nobody ever uses kind and loving words about anyone. I also think you really look good since you lost all that weight.

Anonymous said...

New generation of americans? Dude, punk is already ancient and so is Brad. But I'll say something nice. Brad writes great books.
Love and Kisses###
Mike

lisa said...

I enjoyed the show, hokey as the atmosphere was. I belong to a Tibetan Vajrayana/Dzogchen lineage, and whereas I'm not about to switch to Zen, I've found much that's been helpful to my practice in Brad's books. He's a breath of fresh air!

delictoaquinas said...

Jinzang
Warner has gotten some people who might not have been inititally interested in Buddhism practicing, and good for him on that. As another practitioner of Ti-bet-an Buddhism like yourself and Lisa, I appreciate anyone who gets information on practice-based Buddhism out to the public. However, like a lot of westerners who helped import Buddhism from Asia (Christmas Humphries, Paul Carus, the Theosophists, and Alan Watts all come to mind) I'd argue that Warner is somewhat clueless about Buddhism in some important respects, and for people who are serious about it, he's probably just a stepping stone to more grounded, seious teachers.

Anonymous said...

Delictoaquinas, Brad is Not your stepping stone!

Anonymous said...

I'd say Brad is an ADVANCED teacher because he describes how the practice actually integrates in one's life.

lisa said...

I've been practicing for 20 years and find Brad to be quite profound in his straightforwardness. He's saying that sitting is the base for all Buddhist practice, and awareness grows out of that. Not a stepping stone, but the ongoing path.

Anonymous said...

Dude, I can't believe you put a phone number up on this blog. You have stones!

Mysterion said...

OMG

I just took the Evelyn Wood speed enlightenment course and doubled the speed at which I am traveling toward enlightenment. At this rate, I'll make it in 15 generations!

And, I also got a speeding ticket for going 41 in a 25 MPH zone for no extra charge!

Stupid way said...

delictoaquinas - at the risk of piling in on your no doubt sincere contribution, and I mean this in a loving way (do I? it's important to be honest) -

Some of us are finding that a simple (but ineffable) form of Buddhism, centred around just sitting, and an understanding of the real significance of 'only here and now' is true, and works for us. Others, maybe you, are finding truth in a Buddhism full of "clues". I'm trying not to lend credibility to my belief that you're all wrong/missing out/mistaking fingers for the moon and so on, although that's difficult. Perhaps you could do the same.

Stupid way said...

PS -

Read any Dogen lately?

Mumon said...

Here's the question I'd ask if I got on:

Should people get "what they want?"

Anonymous said...

Obama continues to
suck Cheney's syphilitic cock.
Thanks, Obama voters!

CasqueHead said...

Why is Brad participating in this newageoprahsecretwhatthebleepypseudoscienceinfomercialbabble? It seems like the sort of thing he would want to avoid. Am I wrong on this?

Mysterion said...

Blogger CasqueHead said...
"Why is Brad participating in this newageoprahsecretwhatthebleepypseudoscienceinfomercialbabble? It seems like the sort of thing he would want to avoid. Am I wrong on this?"

1) I am not Brad.
2) Experience is experience.
3) It is a channel of communication through which Zen can be transmitted.
4) There is a 'no judgment' element to being asked to participate in which one goes and speaks without endorsing 'zaibatsu.'

Anonymous said...

Why is Brad participating in this newageoprahsecretwhatthebleepypseudoscienceinfomercialbabble? It seems like the sort of thing he would want to avoid. Am I wrong on this?

No, dude, you're right.
Same reaction here...

WTF, Brad? Are you that desperate
to sell books? If so, then you
should not have given up your
day job. It appears that you are
selling out -- not very punk, and
definitely not hardcore.

T'is a shame.

Say it ain't so.

Mysterion said...

Red hat, Yellow hat...

HatsBlack Hat"The great master Ji Kwan also asked me about the different colours of hats that are worn by the masters of different Tibetan Buddhist schools. He was making a big fuss about yellow hat, red hat and black hat and he asked if there was anyone wearing white hat. I laughed and said, "Why not?" I pointed to my hat and said, "I am wearing blue hat." And he laughed. I explained to him that most of these different colours of hats, different stories and funny gossips were created by foreign media and the book writers who could be taking biased information or misleading information from whatever sources they chose to believe in and there are a lot of fabrications and manipulations. These people didn't know about the significance of the hats and the inner realisation of the different lineages. So they could only tell by the external appearances, calling the different schools by colours of hats, such as Yellow Hat School, Red Hat School, which I read a number of times even in famous travel books printed by Lonely Planet and others, some even have our lineage's name spelled wrongly as "Brukpa" and for some strange reasons, everyone is quoting this book and that book and this writer and that writer, without asking us the people who are wearing the hats, were our lineages ever known by the colours of our hats, were our lineages ever known by the different colours of our robes, how did our names come about, etc? So some smart people misuse this wrong information to their full advantage. Sometimes I get so tired of listening to this and also tired of explaining. I had asked a group of my friends and students to write to the various websites to correct these wrong facts whenever they come across, instead I was told that they were insulted because there was no reference to books and videos and whoever outsiders giving the wrong information. This is very unfair to the different lineages and their masters. This really will result in the degeneration of Buddhist lineages." source

delictoaquinas said...

Stupid way

Between what the Buddha said his dharma was, and what Warner says it is, I'll take the Buddha's word.

And while sitting has its place, I think it can also be gravely overvalued and misapplied.

As for the issue of Warner doing a new-agey personal power show, it does seem odd. My first impulse is admittedly to say that he'll trade favors and give passes in a cynical way, but there is often more to such situations than meets the eye. At any rate, I hope the newfound ecumenical spirit will make his followers a little less apt to dismiss every other form of Buddhism as somehow not "real".

Stupid way said...

delictoaquinas said:

"At any rate, I hope the newfound ecumenical spirit will make his followers a little less apt to dismiss every other form of Buddhism as somehow not "real".

Exactly my point, dharma-bro. Try following your own advice.

Stupid way said...

anon @9.33pm said:

"WTF, Brad? Are you that desperate
to sell books? If so, then you
should not have given up your
day job. It appears that you are
selling out -- not very punk, and
definitely not hardcore.

T'is a shame.

Say it ain't so."

So a Buddhist teacher, given an opportunity to teach the dharma, should turn it down if the views/approach/style of his/her hosts differs from his/her own.

That would be a shame.
Say it ain't so.

Mumon said...

I don't fault Warner for doing this at all.

But should people get what they want?

Seems to me that might lead to dukkha when "want" is the only criterion.

Too bad I'll have to get my driver's license renewed.

I wanted to hear this...

Mumon said...

Brad, you've mistaken being mired in paradox for success, by the way.

Smoggyrob said...

Hi everyone:

I just listened to the Moran interview. It seemed much like other interviews Brad's done, with perhaps a bit more of the interviewer's take on things. The music blew. As for, "should we get what we want?", does it matter? As Brad said, even if we do it's never really what we expect.

If anyone's in town and interested, we're sitting at Hill Street Center at 10:00 am this morning.

Rob

Mumon said...

Smoggyrob...

Warner's got a good point.

delictoaquinas said...

Stupid way

Well, there's a difference between dismissing pretty much every other Buddhist tradition besides one's own, or noting that a particular teacher seems to lack some fundamental knowledge, not that Warner or a large chunk of his fan base are shy about doing either.

As for whether a teacher should appear on a show the premise of which seems anathema to their teachings, I'd say there's nothing inherently wrong with that. But again, given Warner's propensity for attacking others who have done similar things, there's nothing wrong with raising an eyebrow.

Stupid way said...

delictoaquinas -

Of course I understand what you're saying about Brad. But his attitude to other 'schools' - which I don't think he spends quite as much time indulging as you suggest (Genpo excepted) - is just an expression of who he is, IMO. Of course. I don't think it invalidates HIS 'school' of Buddhism.

Far as his 'lack of knowledge' about Buddhism goes, I really don't think it matters. He's no Richard Gombrich or Paul Williams but...since when did the dharma depend on letters and learning? I know such things are highly valued, even at the expense of sitting/meditation, in the Tibetan tradition - as you implied yourself - but this has never been the case in zen.

floating_abu said...

Can you tell me how to get enlightenment!?
Practice, practice, practice - and don't give up.

floating_abu said...

Ditto - thanks, Brad. And good travels.

Abu

pkb said...

"Far as his 'lack of knowledge' about Buddhism goes, I really don't think it matters. He's no Richard Gombrich or Paul Williams but...since when did the dharma depend on letters and learning? I know such things are highly valued, even at the expense of sitting/meditation, in the Tibetan tradition - as you implied yourself - but this has never been the case in zen."Stupid Way,
(love the name) While Zen is beyond words and letters it does not folow that being 'beyond' means dispensing with or disregarding. It is not 'just sitting'. People can just sit, in the physical right posture sense, and never get any insight, relieve their own suffering or even scratch the actualixation of the buddha way.

If you don't read the zen patriarchs then you wouldn't know that nearly all of them are extrememly familiar with the buddhist sutras and can quote them at will while also being steeped in the records of previous chan / zen masters. Even Master Dogen regarded the reading of the records of the patriarchs as extremely important.

After years of focusing on just sitting, my own practice was helped immeasurable when I decided to make a serious effort at reading the traditional sutras and even more so by reading the records of the patriarchs.

Brad has spoken of reading DT Suzuki recently. While he's ok for introductory information, if he hasn't yet, Brad would be much better served by reading the records of the various chinese chan patriarchs, imo. If it were all about sitting, the Buddha could have just given instructions for posture and kept his mouth shut instead of outlining the 4 noble truthes and 8 fold path, not to mentiont he rest of the teachings. Believe what you like, but there is much more to Buddhism (and Zen) than just sitting. in the correct posture. It is the same with morality and ethics. Zen is also said to be 'beyond right and wrong', but this doesn't mean one can dispense with the precepts or ethical behaviour while sitting and expect to ever 'get it'.

Delictaquinas, I agree. All excellent points. I also think it is great for Brad to go on any type of program (and write for SG) as long as he doesn't compromise the dharma to please his sponsors.

Stupid way said...

Well, I agree too, pkb. There is more to Buddhism than just sitting. Brad would agree to. So would his teacher, Gudo (= "Stupid way") Nishijima. From what I know of Gudo's teaching, from another of his students, you can be reassured that there is much importance given to the Buddhist philosophy and writng in Brad's lineage. But there's SO much of it, of course, that it's necessary to be selective.

If I had to chose between meditation and some erudition OR erudition and some meditation, there's no doubt in my mind that the former is likely to be more beneficial. Remember, delictoaquinas said "And while sitting has its place, I think it can also be gravely overvalued". I'm not sure that Gotama would agree.

I'm not talking either/or here. And I don't think you are. Re Brad: my point is that his inability to recall (eg) the 8-fold path in the right order, or his misrepresentation of the historical place of 'non-attachment' in the buddhist tradition, while making a valid point about it, doesn't invalidate his teaching, or his practice.