Tuesday, August 25, 2009

CLEVELAND SCREAMING EUROPEAN PREMIER TOMORROW

Tonight's talk at the Helsinki Zen Center was a smashing success in spite of my total unfamiliarity with the customs of Philip Kapleau Roshi's lineage.

Tomorrow it's three interviews with Finnish punk magazines and then at 6:00 pm a panel discussion with bunches of Buddhists at Balderin sali, Aleksanterinkatu 12, 00710 Helsinki.

Then at 9:00 pm Espoo Cine International Film Festival will show the European premier of my documentary movie "Cleveland's Screaming!" in Tapiola, Espoo. Rock'n'roll in deed!

Wish I could tell you more but I'm about to collapse. Good night!

24 comments:

Who? Me? said...

OOOh hello!

Err...ONE!

Erm... :-)

robjones said...

3 Pilllars, 3 Zines, 3 Chords... excelllent

Hope the gaggle of Buddhists prove entertaining!

Cheers

Anonymous said...

You are an international phenom! That has to be troublesome..

Ice Cream Betches said...

Bigger than the Beatles today, Bigger than Jesus tomorrow.

Mr. Reee said...

When Mark Twain undertook his first speaking tour through California, the promoters would pull whomever they could to offer introductions to the crowd before Twain began to speak.

Among the most notable was that delivered by a big burly miner, formerly of '49, who said:

"Ladies and Gentlemen, I know only two things about this man--the first is that he's never been in jail, and the second is I don't know why."

Here's hoping you find a fine and proper introduction in Europe. :)

amanda said...

Christ. I get exhausted just reading these entries. I hope you find time to sleep someday.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thanks for the refreshing talk yesterday at Helsinki Zen Center! Good luck for the rest of your tour and hope you get some sleep too.

Anonymous said...

Not Chodo Cross said:

Kodo lived lived until 1965, when Gudo was 45 years old. He always refused to ordain Gudo.

He must have had his reasons. Since he's been dead for more than forty years, wondering why is just a loss of time and useless speculation.

WHY DON'T ONE OF YOU ASSHOLES ASK GUDO WHY?

Facts please (from previous thread) said...

Hi asshole - you enqire:

"WHY DON'T ONE OF YOU ASSHOLES ASK GUDO WHY?"

These are my reasons for not asking Gudo much these days -

1) Because Gudo is old; I'm reluctant to trouble him.
2) Because Gudo's English is quite poor; these days he often misunderstands questions put to him, and his answers often fail to address that question and can be hard to understand.

My initial query was to meant clarify the ordination v transmission thing, which I think was confused in the first couple of comments about this. That's been done. I wouldn't ask G why K didn't ordain him...

3) Because that question is more directed at Kodo, and Kodo is long gone.

The more general question (What did ordination/recieving the precepts mean to Kodo and to Gudo at that time?) is unlikely to be answered by Gudo - to my satisfaction - because of reason 2). That question doesn't need to be put to Gudo; I was hoping that someone with knowledge of Kodo's view of the precepts/ordination might have shed some light. (I'm not looking for gossip along the lines of "coz K thought G was a fool").

Those reasons might be asshole reasons, but they're MY reasons ;-)

If it bothers you that we're bothered (I'm not saying it does, or that we are), you can of course do us all a favour and ask him on our behalf.

Hokai said...

Brad, you want rock 'n roll, you get rock 'n roll.

Welcome to the buddhist business.

Cheers from Cologne

Anonymous said...

espoo?

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Anonymous said...

So, Brad, what's your honest opinion
regarding The Three Pillars of Zen?

Is Kapleau a con artist promoting more
bullshit like Genpo or what?

If any book promotes the
BIG-BANG-WOW-KENSHO!!!
approach to Zen, that book is it. In
fact, that book got me started sitting,
but now I feel that I've been the victim
of an old bait-and-switch routine and
am stuck sitting everyday and not quite
sure why I'm doing it. Oh well,
que sera, sera.

Anonymous said...

Get some damn sleep, suger-sheep.

icebucket said...

Bait is needed for something. The fact you realize that it's bait WAS the very sense of the bait. You don't fall the bait anymore, OR DO YOU?

Thank Kapleau for the bait.

Thank the liars.

THANK YOU!


Icebucket

Anonymous said...

Synchronicity and The Third Rule of
Dogen Sangha

OMG bang-on said...

Anonymous said...

So, Brad, what's your honest opinion
regarding The Three Pillars of Zen?

Is Kapleau a con artist promoting more
bullshit like Genpo or what?

If any book promotes the
BIG-BANG-WOW-KENSHO!!!
approach to Zen, that book is it. In
fact, that book got me started sitting,
but now I feel that I've been the victim
of an old bait-and-switch routine and
am stuck sitting everyday and not quite
sure why I'm doing it. Oh well,
que sera, sera.


LOL *exactly*

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Anonymous said...

OMG bang-on

You need to find a girlfriend. Some things in life are more important than Brad's opinion.

pkb said...

"Is Kapleau a con artist promoting more
bullshit like Genpo or what?"


I knew Roshi Kapleau and I can assure you he was no con artist. He sometimes visited a close friend of mine and stayed with his family. The 3 pillars also got me to actually sit zazen whereas many other zen books did not. Sometimes kensho is accompanied by a big emotional reaction and sometimes not. It's not that kensho is a lie or unreal, it's just not over there outside as some experience to be grasped or in the future somewhere. It's all waving yellow leaves before children and pretending it's gold.

Roshi Kapleau was never involved in any of the ethical scandals that have plagued many zen centers. Though I disagreed with him on many points, I never found reason to doubt his integrity or high ethical standards. His lifetstyle was extremely simple (he usually lived at the center in a small room) and all proceeds from his books went to support the Zen Center and it's activities. He passed away a few years ago and was loved dearly by his students.

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I don't know if I am allowed to say something nice about Jundo around here, but he has a real nice vidtalk on life and death today.

Jundo Link

Mr. Reee said...

Nice is always nice.

Leaf Dharma said...

Brad should take vacations more often. When he sits around his computer and blogs about stupid shit the trolls push the comments past 100.

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