Thursday, September 16, 2010

I'm Back!

I'm baaaack!

Last night I did my first book signing for Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between (get yours now). I was at East/West Books in Mountain View, California.

Tomorrow night (Sept. 17th) at 7 pm I will be at Copperfield's Books in Petaluma, California.

On September 20th at 7 pm I'll be at Diesel Books in Oakland.

I'll also be on Henry Tannenbaum's show on San Francisco's KRON channel 4 on Sunday morning (Sept. 19th) at around 9 am.

Then I'm flying back to Milwaukee, where my car is parked, and driving to Akron, Ohio for rehearsals for Zero Defex's performance at a show called The Debacle on Saturday September 25th at Kent Stage in Kent, Ohio. The show starts at 8pm. We go on pretty late, around midnight.

Following that I'll be talking at the Cleveland Buddhist Temple on Wednesday September 29th at 7 pm.

Then it's on to New York for a book signing on October 15th at 7 pm.

This will be followed by a weekend non-residential zen retreat on Oct. 16th and 17th.

In November I'll be participating in a Dogen Translators Forum held at the San Francisco Zen Center November 5-7.

I'll also announce some Montreal gigs in October or November once the dust settles up there. And a couple events in and around Los Angeles in November.

All of this mad flurry of activity comes just as I get out of a month long stay at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery in the middle of the Ventana Wilderness Area near Carmel Valley, California.

As you can see from the photo posted above, I got myself a haircut while I was out there. I've been into punkrock for 20-some years and this is my very first mohawk. I also somehow lost 10 pounds even while living on what seemed like a steady diet of the world's most delicious bread and cakes. Tassajara is famous for its baked goods, and rightly so.

I was initially asked to come to Tassajara to give a couple of talks to students there during the final week of their annual summer guest season. Tassajara mainly functions as a Zen monastery. But it was originally a hot springs resort and every summer they open up the resort for about three months to paying guests. There is no paid staff as such. All the guest relations and suchlike are handled by Zen students. These students follow a regular Zen schedule in the mornings and evenings and spend most of the rest of their days working the jobs necessary to keep the resort running. This includes room cleaning, bed making, cooking, dining room duties, keeping the pool and bath house running, washing dishes and so forth.

When I got the invitation I looked at my schedule and noticed I had about a month free. So I asked my friend Greg Fain, the tanto (head of practice) at Tassajara, if I could just come for the whole month and be a student. He made some inquiries and found out there was space, so the deal was done. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But it felt like I needed this.

Y'see, folks, I'd been traveling around the world for the three or four months prior to going to Tassajara. I was the toast of all Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with rabid fans clawing their way to see me in Helsinki, Belfast, Warsaw, Toulouse, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Shizuoka and elsewhere. People were stopping me on the street in Austin, Texas and Tokyo, Japan to tell me how much my books had meant to them. When paying by credit card for a used book in Knoxville, Tennessee the clerk said, "I thought I recognized you!" I'm starting to suspect that when I sometimes get stared at in restaurants and other public spaces maybe it's not because I have a booger hanging out of my nose, but could in fact be because not everyone who recognizes me feels comfortable coming up and saying "hi" (it's always OK with me, by the way, as long as people are respectful).

It's weird.

Plus the life I was living was drawing me further and further away from my Zen practice. It's hard to sit twice a day when you're zipping around from place to place faster than a speeding bullet all the time, meeting people, hanging out, seeing the sights, getting fed and all the rest.

How come all this is happening and I'm still poor as shit?

But I digress. I felt like I needed the rigorous schedule, the ridiculous rules and the hard work Tassajara requires of its students to get back on track. We'll see whether it worked or not.

I was assigned to the dining room where I was something like a waiter most of the time. There are no menus at Tassajara. The meals are the same for everyone. So there was no ordering involved and, unfortunately, no tips to be had. But I poured coffee, opened wine bottles (it's all BYOB there, no alcohol is sold or served), bussed dishes, brewed coffee, scraped compost into buckets and did most of the stuff waiters do. That was on days when I wasn't assigned to be a dish washer.

I have to admit, my first few days on the job I was all like, "Don't these people know who I am? I am one of the most important voices in Buddhism today! Refill your coffee? HA! You should be so lucky as to get your coffee refilled by a star of my caliber!"

I'm exaggerating, but not by much. And there were a few guests who did recognize me. But by and large the guests at Tassajara aren't my target audience. I was more often spotted by students. That was OK, though, because it doesn't take long to get over being starstruck by a guy who you see hauling stinky buckets of compost and cleaning encrusted crud off the samovar.

As Greg said just now when I read him some of this, "It's a great way to study the self." It sure was. Gives you perspective, perhaps even "too much perspective" as Spinal Tap said. But it was really good.

I had a few adventures. Like when I went out for what was supposed to be a three hour hike with three other people. We ended up losing our bearings in the woods and had to spend the night at a campsite we found, completely unprepared. I had on a t-shirt and jeans. It gets down into the 40s Fahrenheit at night out there in the mountains. No sleeping bag, no jacket. I had a towel wrapped around my shoulders to try and stave off some of the cold. Oh and we'd walked through the creek for much of the way and were soaking wet.

I met some amazing people. Formed a punk rock band. Re-learned stuff I'd forgotten. Officiated a well-being ceremony for Nina Hartley's mom. Dressed up in my robes just about every single day. Got my first mohawk. Learned some new jokes (Q: What has two knees and swims in the ocean? A: A two-knee fish!). It was totally worth it and I'd do it again anytime the staff there will put up with me.

I'll write up more of my overall impressions of the place in the coming weeks.

See ya at the book signings!

64 comments:

Seagal Rinpoche said...

Not always so.

OsamaVanHalen said...

So?

Harry said...

Hey, I like that you M-hawk is more 'Thompson Twins' than 'Beckham'. How I long for them to be uncool again... :-(

Regards,

H.

OsamaVanHalen said...

Thompson Twins, wow, that brings back memories. Come to think of it, Brad's new haircut also reminds me of the guitar player for Bow Wow Wow. Maybe the non-spiky mohawk is finally due for a comeback.

Harry said...

...BTW, there are 'Sex in the Sinny' book reviews all over the Buddhismist Blagosphere (check out the one on Wild Fox Zen if you don't want to feel good about yourself).

...oh, and we caused the Jinzanger to take an overdose: He swallowed 1500 times the RDA of his Homeopathic medicine. He is now fine after recovering from his untimely 'death' which scientists say was due entirely to the placebo effect.

Regards,

Harry.

john e mumbles said...

...And Harry is still the resident Blog Bully...

Harry said...

Take a little white sufi satori mint and lie down for a while, Johnny. It's all getting on top of you again, luv.

Regards,

Hully.

Awakened Yeti said...

When we walk and talk about it
Talk together, I feel fine
When we walk and talk about it
Talk together, walk in line
We walk together, talk about it
Talk together, I feel fine
We talk about it, walk together
Talk together, walk in line

"I guess I'm alright"
"Oh, yeh, alright, alright"
"You know I'm ok"
"Ok, alright, alright"
"Oh, yeh, it's alright"
"Alright, alright, alright"
"I'm ok, it's alright, I feel fine, it's ok, it's alright, in fact it's fine"

Mumon said...

Mohawks don't match me. They don't match 3 year old boys either. Neither do mullets.

But to each his own...would that I had the time soon to do such things.

proulx michel said...

No way I could get a mohawk. Unless I did it in reverse (no hair on top and two spikes on each side...)

Seven!Death to you all!

Anonymous said...

Dusts settles in Montreal? What happened in Montreal?

You should let your hair cut morph into a Mullett.

Anonymous said...

Hahaha, just like a bad case of herpes... you're never quite gone long enough and when you come back you look worse than before!

Anonymous said...

Oh, and welcome back... ;)

Itinerant Gamer said...

hey welcome back Brad! I always seem to leave whatever city you're about to speak at. Looking forward to seeing you in Cleveland, as I have just moved here! :)

Matt

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Harry said...

...Actually, Johnny e, you maestropathic mystic you, there is a valid point here methinks underneath all the terrible, blasphemous things I'm saying against the weighty stone tablets of a grown man's belief in little white balls of sugar and those blasted evil scientists everywhere who want to kill us all stone dead.

In certain circles it would be pretty fine to burn a Koran, or a Holy Bible, to wipe our ass with the sutras, or doodle a pic of the prophet Mohamed... but don't you dare blaspheme against the ultimate, white, middle-class religion of 'Alternative Healthism'!

What is this all about? I've watched it come (a good bit later than on the other side of the pond of course) from minority alternative obscurity to widely accepted norm in the space of about two decades.

I met someone, a seemingly reasonable and quite nice person, who said that her job was to be an advocate, a sort of lobbyist I suppose, in the area of Alternative Medicine in the US. I asked her is she lobbied for it or against it... it was like I had asked her if the sky was blue or yellow such was the level of... well, faith and assumption. She was a lobbyist very much for it.

I pointed out that the whole area is completely unregulated in this country, and that, in my own experience (and that of others I know) there are snake oil sales men out there turning a nice profit due to peoples' 'faith' in the sector, due to their growing distrust of conventional medicine, and due to all the fuzzy areas that exist around an unregulated and un-tried-and-tested free for all. The conversation stopped there needless to say.

The guy I went to one time (a magic white tablet guy) was just a quack. It didn't work, and he misdiagnosed me... and cost me about 200Euro for 15 mins work and some magic candy. Now, I'm not saying that's the whole story, but, when I say to my missus that it seems to me to be a load of old pooh, she, and some of her friends, get all pissed of with me and start telling these stories of how the pills helped a friend, or a friend of a friend and all that...

Is the mythic aspects of Alternative Medicine fulfilling some very primal need in the human consciousness?

Several people I know are big on Reiki BTW (you know, the ancient spiritual practice invented in 1922 by a BUDDHIST)... all I can confirm for sure (from my own observations and experiences of 'treatment') is that it helps cure middle aged and upper middle aged women from boredom and an excess of disposable cash.

Regards,

Harry.

Hokai said...

Welcome back to your fan-block. Man, you,ve been away too long. See,what has happened in the meantime. All children flipping around. Jinzang left the room, Harry becomes a little bit more sarcastic than before,Seagal Rinpoche, your alter ego, was on holiday and left us totaly uncontrolled. But there's hope: Seagal hits the Nr. 1, you found yourself again and do an iro for the first time and maybe you get yourself a tattoo to show the Master-Blaster-Gang how cool you are and they're not. But I think it's more fun to be funky than established and if you don't take drugs or drink alcohol for the next,say, 40 years there'll be a good chance to take the long run like the Rolling Stones or Deep Purple for example. And if you'll have written your 45th book about Dogen as the very first Punk-rocker under the sun ( sorry for the blasphemy, you will fade away
and make the great universe book-signing-tour(dates announced on your life-blog: " See ya on Sirius...")
I'm looking forward to your next post and one express request: please call up jinzang and get him back, because we all miss him badly.
Thank God I'm a Buddhist.
Bows,
Gerald

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Hokai said...

Harry, I agree with you totally,

homoepathy is totally crap.

I know these friend of a friend storys as well and when I critized some of the adepts, its like I called the pope a satan. Funny, how much people wanted to be seen on the whole instead of seeing themself as the whole. "Take these sugar-pills 5 times a day and you will be totally yourselve."
Blind by science,
Gerald

Anonymous said...

Hi Brad,
wonderful that you are back to normal world! You did a great job serving coffee and all this stuff. First I thought this Tassajara is a strange place, like a recreation hotel all inclusive. But following the daily service in the morning and evening it turned out to become a nice, wonderful, long to remember sesshin for me. All this vegetarian meals had been so delicious and our group for calligraphy had so nice participants. Do you remember the woman who was so glad to be introduced to you? To this famous Brad Warner???
Have a good time,
Regina

Blake said...

Welcome back!

Hokai said...

Regina,
there's allways a little puff of an ego-fart in the room, when you left it!
Sorry to say this to you. Allways want to be a good girl.
Manjusri is a demon, I'm not,
yours
Gerald

Anonymous Bob said...

Brad: Extremely cool haircut! The hair artist captured the bad toupee look exactly! It's a beauty.

john e mumbles said...

To The Regarder: Too bad you don't just leave homeopathetic doses of your thoughts here instead of long-winded harryangues (some say drunken, but who really gives a fuck?).

You and Hokai just don't BELIEVE hard enough.

There's an echo in here...

And Brad: I had a mohawk in 1982, this proves I am more punk rock than you. You're so 2000 and Late.

Harry said...

John-a-thon,

Come, come my dear e-man, have a big frothy pint of my... erm... Harryopathetic-ness and leave off the bitter little white pils of your own shelf righteousnesses. Poor bystanding Gerald McHokai is not really implicated in my axis of evilfulness.

We're all on something, Baby!

RE and RE-RE-GARDS,

Harry.

john e mumbles said...

Jezzus Harry, (Maybe if you'd shave we wouldn't have to call you that.) But I bet you've heard all of 'em: Harry Ass, Harry Booger, Harry "nads, Harry Motherfucker, etc.

You are the only one so far that has kissed Bradbutt about his new "book." And warned him off the negative Wild Fox Zen review. What is it, are you such a blatant Starfucker? And you're defending Hokai because he always defers to your "opinions" right? It's like a chain reaction of namby pambys.

Maybe if you try harder you can have this comment area all to yourself. Alpha and Omega. It can be your new frat. Of one.

Regard This.

john e mumbles said...

Aw shucks, I'm just funnin' ya, bro. Bored, WTF.
Seeing how nasty I can get. Its good therapy.

Feel better now.

I'll go take my Sufi pills now, and be quiet...

Wheeee!

Harry said...

That's it, Johnny Boy, you've 'transcended reason' a foot too far now and have gone and dided it. The Koran is now officially off Oprah's holy book BBQists shitlist: I'm a-burnin' pure Rumi from now on in... ~:-(

I always knew you honky Sufis would never accept me, Hokai's and Brad's polygamous rumpfun antics. I'm really hurt (and it wasn't the two guys this time, I'm used to that now).

So, do you want to talk about sex and gay people?

Kisses & Regards (and more?),

Harokai.

john e mumbles said...

"honky" ???

Bwahahahahaha!!!!

Optimus Prime said...

Brad's gone for month, Seagal rinpoche is gone for a month. First day Brad comes back...............................Seagal Rinpoche comes back.
Coincidence?
I think not.
Now we know the Seagal's true identity.
Brad you are so awesome now as a New Orleans cop. How do you manage all of that and movies too in your spare time?

Mr. Reee said...

Have you noticed you never see Brad Warner and Seagal Rinpoche in the same room at the same time?

Very suspicious.

Where's Inspector Lewis?

Anonymous said...

Montreal? what happened in montreal? Dust settles?

I prefer the Mullet hair cut. I think brads hair do looks gay.

Awakened Yeti said...

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence.

On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: "Fix those lamps."

The second pupil was surprised to hear th first one talk. "We are not supposed to say a word," he remarked.

"You two are stupid. Why did you talk?" asked the third.

"I am the only one who has not talked," concluded the fourth pupil.

dsla said...

Understanding Shobogenzo

OMG: Dogen's Concept of God

Dave said...

Good to have you back brother.

Anonymous said...

Brother? Dude.....

anon #108 said...

Thanks for the talks, dsla.

Ran - was that you I heard enquiring of Warner Sensei at Tassajara? That would account for your recent absence from this blog. Am I right? Am I?

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad, nice to hear you're back! While you were gone I sent you an email, but I got what looked like an automated reply that told you were away on the 15th. Perhaps your email program malfunctioned or something, sending that after you came back instead of right away as it's supposed to?

Just to let you know, so that not everyone who mailed you when you were away at Tassaraja got "I'm gone"-reply while you were there.

Do I need to resend it or will you be going through the emails at some point when you've got time?

108 the merciless said...

"Brad's gone for month, Seagal rinpoche is gone for a month. First day Brad comes back...............................Seagal Rinpoche comes back.

Now we know the Seagal's true identity."

Haha.. Wrong! Seagal and Brad shared a cabin at Tasajara, that's all. Nothing much happened.. at least nothing consensual. Seagal's a big guy with big needs. He wanted Brad to cut his hair a certain way and call him Daddy. That was the extent of it.

In other words said...

Gautama Buddha recognizes that the Whole World are just the Truth.

Therefore we can think that at that time Gautama Buddha recognized clearly that this World is just "the Real World, which are Mountains, Rivers, Grass, and Trees, themselves.

In other words, this World is just Mountains, Rivers, Grass, and Trees, and so forth, and those are just things and phenomena.

In the other words there is possibility that this world is just what we are looking at them as they are, might be Reality itself.

In other words we have some kind of possibility, that we, Human Beings, have possibility that we are just living in Reality itself actually.

z said...

Welcome back. You're not getting rich because you're too honest. Start telling people you can sell them enlightenment and you'll never fly coach again.

Anonymous said...

Garcon! More Coffee!

Alexa said...

Nice to get to meet you. It was an enjoyable event and thanks for the triceratops.

Anonymous said...

For a good discussion of the Buddha's comments on the "God" concept check out:
2007-10-25 #6 God & Buddhanature 57:15
A study of the Buddha's understanding of God (Brahma) as found in texts of the Pali Canon. The Buddha was an ironic ATHEIST, who did not take a fanatic position against God. This is followed by a reflection on the idea of BUDDHANATURE, starting with its origins in the Pali Canon and seeing how it evolves in later Buddhist thought in ways that both complement and contradict the early tradition.
Spirit Rock Meditation Center: Meditation and Study Retreat



http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/169/?p=3&q=



much respect

gassho

Mark Foote said...

Good morning, Brad,

Great to meet you last night. Forgot to invite you to my favorite bar; if you have nothing to do tonight, c'mon out to the First Edition in Petaluma. There will be beer, a D.J., and records played. There are some fine local women who love to dance. I'll buy you a beer. Vanja can't make it, but I'll doubtless be up on the floor myself, and my good friend Lisa will be there to show us all how it's done. If you can't get home, I can put you up where I live; I'm within walking distance of the bar.

Everybody, c'mon out! Ha ha!

Harry, it's one of those underground lines, comes out in California near Petaluma; just give a call from the station. Seagal, get your robes out here! Anonymous, you know who you are...

See you there,

Mark

Vicki said...

Welcome back Brad!

In other words said...

"Why is it useful for the Autonomic Nervous System only can be useful, even though it is usually unrecognizable? I think that in the case of the Autonomic Nervous System the miscellaneous things and phenomena can be known relying upon the function of the Autonomic Nervous System itseif. Even the function of the Autonomic Nervous System is not so clear, relying upon the function of the Autonomic Nervous System, fortunately we can find so many valuable functions of the Autonomic Nervous System actually, and so we can expect that we, Human Being, will be able to find so miscellaneous and so gaugeous facts in the Universe in future relying upon the Autonomic Nervous System."

anon #108 said...
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anon #108 said...

In other words? [from HERE].


How are we to usefully understand our ANS, which, although fundamental to our being, functions beyond our conscious control? I believe that many different aspects of human experience and behaviour might be understood by studying the functioning of the ANS. Even though we do not yet fully comprehend its workings, it may be that by studying our ANS we human beings will gain great insights into the beautiful mystery of the relationship between ourselves and the Universe.

I'm often very confused by what Gudo writes on his blog these days. But it's usually rewarding to try to work it out. Feel free to ignore, rip apart or affirm.

anon #108 said...

Gudo may (also?) be pointing out that our understanding (in this case, of the ANS) is a function of the ANS itself...

Mark Foote said...

I think it's possible to fill in some of the details. It's a tripartite: the motion of bones and joints that results from the changes in fluid volume in the cranial-sacral system (about 10-14 times a minute, per Upledger), this roughly corresponds to PNS; activity related to the movement of breath, this roughly corresponds with SNS; and the place of occurrence of consciousness, the two aspects of the autonomic nervous system I believe coordinate through the sense of place as consciousness occurs. Helpful, perhaps, to have studied some form of the arts to realize the connection between balance and the sense of place as consciousness occurs.

It don't mean squat if it don't sit, stand, walk, and talk. Without the exercise of volition.

CynicalBoy said...

Guru on world tour
Waiter at Trashy-hara
Guru with haircut

Mysterion said...

Blogger proulx michel said...
"No way I could get a mohawk. Unless I did it in reverse (no hair on top and two spikes on each side...)"

when I go to the barber and ask for a discount (owing to limited hair on top) I get:

"Discount? Discount? I have to go buy a hunting license to go after what little hair you have!"

Welcome back, Brad. See you on College Ave.

Also, good on you for the Dogen Translators gig at SFZC. You will, no doubt, meet these folks again.

Awakened Yeti said...

functioning of the cardiac and pulmonary apparatus is not volitional

its autonomic

Mysterion said...

For general information, here is the Rooms and Rates info.

And no, Tassajara does not pay it's own way (it runs at a net loss).

If you have more dollars than sense, donate here (bottom of the page).

Mysterion said...

regarding the mysterious Autonomic Nervous System:

"There are two major components of the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic systems." more

A review of Meditation in general. ("Some types of meditation might work by affecting the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This system regulates many organs and muscles, controlling functions such as heartbeat, sweating, breathing, and digestion...")

"It is thought that some types of meditation might work by reducing activity in the sympathetic nervous system and increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system."

Point of balance? I suppose.

Awakened Yeti said...

leaves and sleeves and sieves
trees unneeded by the breeze
cascading with truncated cadence
of space encased in circadian
radiance spurred under trance
formation seeking the ally
amongst dusty valleys ringing
in the wings of moths
scrawled on ragged cloth
sustained and entrained
or strained with shame
no blame

cast in bone
honed with stone and shone
in the ponds of moonlit
shades poured from
bucket brigades of bamboo
warriors splintered in terminal
slices of pie spliced with time
and grated with heavenly traces
in the secret places
open wide

sky horses sprayed air
in windy caves spiraling
towards destinations unseen
unheard galloping through
prescient invention
gemstone intention
suspect admission
revealing true essence
unsealing due loose cents
with fury

Anonymous said...

great podcast talks, thank you
OMG: Dogen's Concept of God
Understanding the Shobogenzo

Dogen's fourfold philosophical system,goes back to the Buddha and Nagarjuna:
"'Everything exists': That is one extreme. 'Everything doesn't exist': That is a second extreme. Avoiding these two extremes, the Tathagata teaches the Dhamma via the middle..."
Nāgārjuna differentiates between saṃvṛti (conventionally true) and paramārtha (ultimately true) teachings, but he never declares any conceptually formulated doctrines to fall in this latter category; for him, even śūnyatā is śūnyatā; even emptiness is empty. For him, ultimately,

nivṛttam abhidhātavyaṃ nivṛtte cittagocare|
anutpannāniruddhā hi nirvāṇam iva dharmatā||
The designable is ceased when the range of thought is ceased,
For phenomenality is like nirvana, unarisen and unstopped.
This was famously rendered in his tetralemma with the logical propositions:

X (affirmation)
non-X (negation)
X and non-X (both)
neither X nor non-X (neither)
Nagarjuna also taught the idea of relativity; in the Ratnāvalī, he gives the example that shortness exists only in relation to the idea of length. The determination of a thing or object is only possible in relation to other things or objects, especially by way of contrast. He held that the relationship between the ideas of "short" and "long" is not due to intrinsic nature (svabhāva). This idea is also found in the Pali Nikāyas and Chinese Āgamas, in which the idea of relativity is expressed similarly: "That which is the element of light ... is seen to exist on account of [in relation to] darkness; that which is the element of good is seen to exist on account of bad; that which is the element of space is seen to exist on account of form."

The Five Ranks, by Chinese Soto (Caodong) master Tung-shan (Tozan), are fundamental to Soto and Rinzai Zen teaching, expressing the fundamental non-dualism of Buddhist teaching, which rejects the duality of dualism and non-dualism. The ranks are based on a translation of five stanzas from a poem attributed to Tung-shan, who may have received it from his master before him:

1.The Apparent within the Real/The Actual within the Ideal
2.The Real within the Apparent/The Ideal within the Actual
3.The Coming from within the Real
4.The Arrival at Mutual Integration
5.Unity Attained

So, understanding Dogen's fourfold system he uses in the Shobogenzo is not only fundamental to understanding the Shobogenzo, but to understanding the whole of Buddhism.

Anonymous said...

moreover, this is Middle Way is expressed in The Sandōkai (參同契) is a poem by the eighth Chinese Zen ancestor Shitou Xiqian (Sekito Kisen, 700–790) and a fundamental text of the Soto school of Zen, chanted daily in temples throughout the world.

English translations of the title, some more and some less literal, include "Merging of Difference and Unity", "Merging of Difference and Equality", "Agreement of Difference and Unity", "Harmony of Difference and Sameness", "Harmonious Song of Difference and Sameness", "Identity of Relative and Absolute", "Harmony of Relative and Absolute", and "Ode on Identity".


check out:
The Seer is Seen
Still
Grande finale
Joyful Seeing and Bergson
http://danielcoffeen.podomatic.com/profile?p=2

The Intertwining/ Chiasm = Pratitya Samutpada
The "flesh" = dharmakaya
Sameness and difference = Sandokai


Instead of "God" being an appropriate translation/substitute for Immo, wouldn't "Tao" be more of what Dogen had in mind??

Ghost of Dogen said...

Lost in the dark, hhhhhmmmm..........!