Friday, December 31, 2010

Setting Intentions??? Please!


Look. The people who are doing this are friends of mine and I hate to be mean. But I just got a thing in the email about an "Intention Setting Ceremony for the New Year." It says, "Each New Year’s Eve a large group of us gather to set our intentions for the coming year and to recommit to our spiritual practices."

Fun. I wish I could go.

But, PUH-LEEEEEEZE! "Setting Intentions?" Seriously? If you're going to make New Year's Resolutions then make flogging New Year's Resolutions. Do we really need to put a big huge "I'M A BUDDHIST, LOOK AT ME!!!" button on for absolutely every occasion?

I've been hearing this "setting intentions" business for the past year or so now. I'm sure it's older than that. But I wasn't aware of it before.

I was, however, aware of a huge argument between Nishijima Roshi and one of his students about whether zazen was a state with or without intention. N's contention was that zazen was a state completely without intention. He would not back off from this position at all. He is a stubborn guy.

I have to agree with him. Zazen is, indeed, a state without intention. Sure. Of course. Everyone who gets into Zen practice gets into it with some kind of intention. I did. Buddha did. Dogen did. That's fine.

But zazen itself needs to be a state without intention, a state in which you give up all intention. This is not easy. But it is the most essential point of Zen practice. Without it, you have no real Zen practice.

So what do you do? You can't even intend not to have intention, since that is an intention as well. At least not in the usual sense.

That's your koan, right there.

The only hint I can possibly provide is that intention occurs within the realm of thought. To intend not to intend is kinda like what Dogen describes as "thinking the thought of not thinking." How do you do this? Dogen only says, "It's different from thinking."

Of course zazen as a state without intention and an intention setting ceremony for the new year are completely different animals. The only relationship is the use of the word "intention." There are realms of life in which intentions are absolutely necessary. I'm making some new year's resolutions of my own. You need to have some kind of intentions to get through life. So I'm not saying the folks who are doing this ceremony are bad or wrong, or that I'm better than them or anything like that. Except that I do think that calling new year's resolutions "new year's intentions" just to make it sound more Buddhist is really, really gag-worthy. Just my opinion. You are free to ignore it.

Happy New Year everybody!

108 comments:

Hare said...

sniffed

Anonymous said...

Brad can you please post a picture of your penis so the guy that keeps asking about it will shut up? Tim did it for you so please do it for him. thanks in advance.

Verifaction - nobedn

Moon Face Buddha said...

Like those folks who 'wear a buddhist badge*' by calling themselves a Zen Monk.

The whole 'no intention' schtick is probably just Zen phooey, a smoke screen to confuse the easily confused. I wonder if Buddha played these tricks? I doubt it. He probably pointed his students towards Right Intention rather than Non Intention.

Attachment and Intention should non be confused.

* or Button for the American-English speakers here.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Brad, thanks for all the great writing!

Sai Kumar Reddy said...

One worthwhile intention for the new year could be to do more Zazen every day. Always keep wondering how much is good enough.

proulx michel said...

Moon Face Buddha said...

The whole 'no intention' schtick is probably just Zen phooey, a smoke screen to confuse the easily confused. I wonder if Buddha played these tricks? I doubt it.

I'm sure he did, and I'm sure they weren't "tricks". Anyone who'll deny the "no intention" thing is someone who hasn't ever done anything. You score (at basket ball, baseball, rugby, soccer, or whatever), and you get limber with your yoga exercises etc. when you have no intention. You may have had an intention BEFORE but not at the moment. When you have that intention at the moment is when you fail miserably.

Anonymous said...

To intend not to intend is kinda like what Dogen describes as "thinking the thought of not thinking." How do you do this? Dogen only says, "It's different from thinking."

OK, but how do you know when
you're actually doing it right (or,
that you've just done it right,
if you can't know it when you're
doing it). Is it like being struck
by lightning? That is, you don't
know what it's like to be struck by
lightning until you've been struck
by lightning, but when you have been
struck by lightning you definitely know.
That is, you can't be struck by lightning
and not know it (unless you're killed
instantly). This question probably
doesn't make a whole lotta sense,
but then neither does Dogen or the
"koan" of intending not to intend.

And if you think you understand
"thinking the thought of not thinking",
how do you know you're not deluding
yourself. And if your teacher tells
you that you understand, how do you
know that you and your teacher are
not engaging in some ridiculous
shared delusion.

How can you be sure that
you're not insane?

Uku said...

Anon wrote How can you be sure that
you're not insane?


Well, you can't. You can just live your life.

Good post, Brad! Buddhism (tm) sucks.

Happy New Year everyone!

OsamaVanHalen said...

Lately I've been showing up late for work because I keep forgetting to set my intentions.

Happy New Year!

Goodieb said...

I think setting intentions is more related to "the power of intention" and ideas such as those in The Secret and other such books/movies/etc. It's more of setting in motion focused thought and expression to the universe to get desires and thoughts to manifest into reality. I've done a similar type event with some people near new year's eve over the past few years.

Does it work or is it for real? I don't know. What I do know is that it gets me more focused, motivated, and more oriented on weeding out my true "goals" from other things. How does this pertain to Buddhism? I don't know. I've never heard of such intention setting as a way to recommit to a spiritual practice. What I have noticed is that a lot of the people who tend to do this type of thing are spiritual materialists. Just adding on a spiritual practice as another possession.

Just my thoughts...

Seagal Rinpoche said...

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

Will Sargent said...

This bit is the really confusing bit of zazen.

"Be completely without intention -- but if you're trying for it, you fail."

I've taken to laundry lists and general "whelp, here I am" thoughts. I don't see that zazen has any particular reachable goal, so at this point I view it the same way as brushing my teeth -- an activity I can do, but which it seems counterproductive to overthink.

Jason said...

How long is your penis, Brad Warner? Does it leave a good stink in your undershorts?

Anonymous said...

A pathless path. No intentions.

john e mumbles said...

The road to Hell is paved with the best of intentions.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad,

If you're still having
financial difficulties
in 2011, why not intend to
start your own country
and then tax your followers?

(It's never too late to sell out ;)

Mumon said...

N's contention was that zazen was a state completely without intention. He would not back off from this position at all. He is a stubborn guy.

I have to agree with him. Zazen is, indeed, a state without intention.


Yes, the way you do it, I suppose it is.

Even so you're not unstuck from the 5 aggregates, so perhaps...

Ah, I won't go there - have a nice New Year.

Soulagent79 said...

I also wish you all a happy new year, day, second, moment... whatever.
Do you also hate it when people always act like New Year's Eve is the beginning of a new age? It's just another feckin' day! Period.

Anonymous said...

hey, the guitar player from echo & the bunnymen is a zennie on here?

Anonymous said...

...and the road to good intentions is paved with hell, that's for sure!

RDeWald said...

Hilarious post, Brad. I had exactly the same reaction to this e-mail announcement to which you refer. This kind of self-consciousness is what keeps me largely in solo practice, at least with regard to formal affiliations and attendance at things like this.

I can intend to sit zazen, intend to stay still until the bell sounds, and then intend to do it again at the end of the day. But, zazen itself is utterly bereft of intention, as you say.

I have intentions, but I don't sit zazen, zazen sits me.

This, as you know, is why doing this online stuff and zen practice are practically mutually exclusive states. You can't really do anything here but get it wrong.

So, get it wrong. As Katagiri was fond of saying, you have to say something.

Happy New Year.

R said...

You imagine the new year enters at once, one moment we were at 2010 and the next in 2011, - but actually it runs around the globe country by country for 24 hours; then it’s considered it’s 2011 for all of us.

Have been here for about 20 minutes.

Anonymous said...

To the queers or women(are there any asking) who need to see Brad's penis, they should at least buy him a couple drinks first. Jesus.

anon #108 said...

Hi RDeWald,

You wrote:

"zazen itself is utterly bereft of intention."

Do you mean should be - or is? Are you saying that no intentional thought/mental activity ("Stay awake!"..."Don't slouch!"..."What was that all about? Drop it!") occurs when you do zazen? Surely not? I guess you're saying it shouldn't...

Brad wrote:

"But zazen itself needs to be a state without intention, a state in which you give up all intention. This is not easy," which at least admits that what actually goes on and what *ideally* should go on are very different things.

Isn't it just as/even more useful to acknowledge what actually happens than to advocate a notion of what should happen? Isn't an understanding and acceptance of the difference between idea and reality a most important lesson learnt in zazen?

We may have the intention to sit without intention, but whether we can ever maintain that intention without intention while sitting...


Like you said, RDeW:

You can't really do anything here but get it wrong....(but) you have to say something.

anon #108 said...

And a Happy New Thingy to everyone :)

Brad's penis said...

I'm happy with my old Thingy, thanks.

Brad's penis said...

Which would be Brad, not his penis, since I am his penis, although I am part of the Thingy called Brad, so guess it IS all One...Thingy, that is: Brad.

Pretty Zen, huh?

john e mumbles said...
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Lao Tzu said...

Well said Brad.

Do or not.

True words are not eloquent, Eloquent words are not true.

Rick said...

Intention Setting what? Is this part of the Festivus celebration?

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

Zero Defects new song... detachable penis.

anon #108 said...

My New Year's resolution:

To put a stop to Buddhists - and yes, even regular non-Buddhistic people - calling every bloody problem, dilemma or paradox a bloody KOAN.


captcha - quetive

Mysterion said...
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john e mumbles said...

How to stop the Buddhists-and yes even regular non-Buddhistic people.

How to stop them?

That's your ko-an for 2011, Malcolm.

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

John, Chas -

Just stop it ok? I won't tell you again.


captcha = mulite. Like wow!

Mysterion said...
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Mini Meeeee said...

Brad, you have to agree with Nishijima? That's new,huh? Of course you do....as always. It's just that N is always right and he just happens to be Brad's teacher.

Having poked a little, I 'have' to agree with you and N too. Zazen itself is without intention. And I come from the evil 'koan' faction of zen. But I would not call zazen a state exactly.

Yueheng said...

All this is just word jugglery, Brad. Zazen is a state of intention. You are sitting to attain enlightenment for all beings. As simple as that. Remember the four bodhisattva vows?

anon #108 said...

"Having poked a little, I 'have' to agree with you and N too. Zazen itself is without intention."

Hi Mini Meeeee,

Are you saying that there's something called "zazen itself" that's different from our experience of it?

Or are you saying that (only) those moments during zazen when we drop intention are the "zazen itself" moments? If so, what about the countless other moments when we are making some kind of effort/realizing some intention - whether intentionally or not - are those moments not "zazen itself"?

"But I would not call zazen a state exactly."

I know what you mean!


(BTW, when I hear "I have to agree..." I hear "I agree...with reluctance." Just me?)

anon #108 said...

Er...

I mean I hear: "I agree...with reluctance; because (although N is a stubborn guy) I find it's true for me, too."

...You know what I mean.

TerryW said...

Happy New Years!

I enjoy reading the posts created here very much.

Anonymous said...

Gene Simmons had s-e-x without intention, it was awful.

Sometimes a hard dick with intention, is what has to happen, though really no intention or dork meeting is necessary at that point, just hard dick. You hear that Gene?

We're dicks! We're reckless, arrogant, stupid dicks. And the Film Actors Guild are pussies. And Kim Jong Il is an asshole. Pussies don't like dicks, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes: assholes that just want to shit on everything. Pussies may think they can deal with assholes their way. But the only thing that can fuck an asshole is a dick, with some balls. The problem with dicks is: they fuck too much or fuck when it isn't appropriate - and it takes a pussy to show them that. But sometimes, pussies can be so full of shit that they become assholes themselves... because pussies are an inch and half away from ass holes. I don't know much about this crazy, crazy world, but I do know this: If you don't let us fuck this asshole, we're going to have our dicks and pussies all covered in shit!

More wisdom follows!

See, there's three kinds of people: dicks, pussies, and assholes. Pussies think everyone can get along, and dicks just want to fuck all the time without thinking it through. But then you got your assholes, Chuck. And all the assholes want us to shit all over everything! So, pussies may get mad at dicks once in a while, because pussies get fucked by dicks. But dicks also fuck assholes, Chuck. And if they didn't fuck the assholes, you know what you'd get? You'd get your dick and your pussy all covered in shit!

Happy fucking new years!

Anonymous said...

Enactment for you sprouting illiterate Zen guys(burn the books, right)

Time to lay down... head spinning!

Anonymous said...

zen and the art of wikileaks

proulx michel said...

Yueheng said...

All this is just word jugglery, Brad. Zazen is a state of intention. You are sitting to attain enlightenment for all beings. As simple as that. Remember the four bodhisattva vows?

Afraid not, Yueheng. You must, indeed, manifest the intention to save all innumerable beings, to quit all your attachments (unless you are a vacuum cleaner), to go through all the Dharma gates and to follow the impossible path of the Buddha. But if, when you're doing it, you think about what you should do, it'll go just as when, as you are walking, you think about what you should do: you fall.
You may have to intention to play some music. You may display the intention to sit at the keyboard or take hold of the guitar (or whatever other necked instrument), you may decide upon the piece you want to play, but if, as you're playing, you start "thinking", you'll just get it wrong.

bravo said...

This all seems pretty simple if you look at the wording. If YOU are doing anything, it is with intention, conscious or not. That is the purpose of Zazen, I thought, was to relieve the self of the I. No I, or self, no intention can be formed, correct???

Harry said...

I have to agree with him. Zazen is, indeed, a state without intention. Sure. Of course. Everyone who gets into Zen practice gets into it with some kind of intention. I did. Buddha did. Dogen did. That's fine.

But zazen itself needs to be a state without intention, a state in which you give up all intention. This is not easy. But it is the most essential point of Zen practice. Without it, you have no real Zen practice.


Hi Brad,

I greatly respect Master Nishijima and his opinion, but it seems clear to me that his insistence on their being 'no intention' in sitting is a case of his accepting Master Dogen's word (just a few of his words in particular) before his own direct experience itself.

Master Dogen says more about this in Shobogenzo, he often asks us to explore what sort of act zazen is (through actually doing it).

But we don't need to resort to musty old books to affirm this: If we really had no intention to sit upright then we would flop down unconsciously to the floor in a heap. Sitting itself is intention, but whose intention is it? Who is doing it...? This is a very important point and is more than just a matter of intellectually negating (or affirming) 'intention'.

A sitting/no intention split is just the stark and unrealistic situation we can impose on it using our limited ideas and words. Master Dogen explores this area in Shobogenzo in more detail, and in a more nuanced, broader and inclusive way, than one or two lines or ideas can express.

Regards,

Harry.

Anonymous said...

I bet this guy set an intention:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/

Anonymous said...

Karmic actions are moral actions, and the Buddha defined karma by reference to moral choices and the acts consequent upon them.

The Buddha stated, "It is intention (cetana), O monks, that I call karma; having willed one's actions through body, speech, or mind."

http://thebuddhistblog.blogspot.com/2005/10/intentions-of-karma.html

Gatha of Atonement
(San Ge Mon)
All harmful karma ever committed by me since of old
On account of my beginningless greed, anger, and ignorance,
Born of my body, mouth, and thought;
Now I atone for it all.
_____________

Karma
Gil Fronsdal on June 1, 2003
http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org/books-articles/articles/transcribed-talks/karma/
-------------------
Karma - Part 1 Dharma Talk By Zen Teacher Hogen Bays For Heart Of Wisdom Zen Temple
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LybO3LqUJpg

anon #108 said...

Hi bravo -

No I, or self, no intention can be formed, correct???

Well I guess so...an intention must be a function of an "I", a "self". So no self = no intention...it would seem. Like when you're dead. Or maybe like when you're lost/daydreaming in zazen, unaware of your 'self' and the 'other' that it is separate from. Where is "I"/"self" then, I wonder? Perhaps that's what you mean: we should eliminate our sense of self by realizing our intention to daydream throughout zazen. But that's not what you mean, is it?

That is the purpose of Zazen, I thought, was to relieve the self of the I.

I don't think so, no. Such an enterprise would be doomed to failure, surely - like the intention to eliminate all thought from zazen or never to drift into daydreams: impossible fantasies.

To paraphrase little Suzuki: *Is there some problem with 'self', with 'intention', with 'thinking'*? Should we not start and finish with acknowledging what's real, what is actually happening, rather than with what might or should be?


If course, whether there is really truly an "I"/"self" to be got rid of in the first place...

anon #108 said...

Karmic actions are moral actions, and the Buddha defined karma by reference to moral choices and the acts consequent upon them.

The Buddha stated, "It is intention (cetana), O monks, that I call karma; having willed one's actions through body, speech, or mind."



Hi anon @ 5.25am,

There's a great similarity, it seems to me, between the Buddha's introduction of 'intention (cetana)' into the doctrine of karma and the Roman law concept of Mens Rea -

Mens rea is Latin for "guilty mind" and refers to the mental element of the offence (the intention) that accompanies the actus reus ("guilty act", the physical or "objective" element of a crime). Both elements, act and intention, are necessary for a crime to be committed. These principles are still effective in most modern legal systems (UK, USA...).

Extend the idea of mens rea and actus reus to ALL acts - not only "guilty" or "criminal" acts - and you have the cetana, element of intention that (say the Buddhists) determines the fruit/outcome of karma, the physical act.

So much of what is said about karma I find very slippery, but this comparison of Buddhist cetana with Roman mens rea makes some sense to me. I'll check out those talks.

anon #108 said...

...I think maybe that's ALL the Buddha was saying about Karma; all he was adding to the vedic doctrine - that it's not just what you do that determines whether an act is good or bad, but also what is your intention. Punching someone in the face for fun = bad. Punching someone in the face in self-defence = OK.

For me, the problems arise when a link is made between the intention and the fruit/outcome: "good acts have good consequences"...

I can accept - because my experience confirms it - that when I do things for (what I believe are) good, honest reasons, I usually, generally, feel better about my life. But do the Buddhists also insist that my good, honest act will have good, useful outcomes for others? Because - as john e recently reminded us - the road to hell has not infrequently been paved with good intentions.


Enough me. Thanks for listening. Now to that blog and the karma talks (previous HCZ post but one).

Jason said...

Do yourselves a favor today and measure your cock sizes.

Report your numbers back here.

anon #108 said...

I'd rather not, Jase. Very funny, though, the cock thing.


...Or maybe the Buddhists believe that as long as each of us does what we believe to be good, honest acts, then sooner or later ('karma in the three times') it'll all come good for ALL of us, even if the immediate consequences of a well-intentioned act are far from pleasant? So, a belief, a hope, a faith in a benevolent Universe? I wonder...


OK. Now to that blog and those talks.

bizarro seagal said...

The pendulum of the mind oscillates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.

Anonymous said...

Though life can be a crock of shit
and nights be dark and tragic,
John Barleycorn provides a hit
and mushrooms can be magic.

Barry Graham 1-1-92

HCZ Board said...

How deep is your anus, - J?

8" is a free dildo.

Harry said...

Here's a bit from Dogen's commentary on the 'tile polishing' koan from Shobogenzo Zazenshin. The simple interpretation of it is/was as a negation of Kōzei's answer as to what he was doing in zazen (he said he was "aiming to become a buddha") as idealistic and, well, a wrong intention/effort. As we can see here, Dogen considers (among other things) that zazen is 'becoming buddha' (realisation) as 'aiming' in a particular way; zazen is a particular sort of effort/intention:

[11] Kōzei says, “Aiming to become buddha.” We should clarify and master these words. When he says “becoming buddha” just what does he mean? Does “becoming buddha” describe becoming buddha being done by a buddha? Does “becoming buddha” describe becoming buddha being done to a buddha? Does “becoming buddha” describe the manifestation of one instance and the manifestation of two instances of “buddha”? Is “aiming to become buddha,” being the dropping off [of body and mind], “aiming to become buddha” as dropping off? Does “aiming to become buddha” describe that even though “becoming buddha” is of myriad kinds, it continues to be entangled with this “aiming”?

Remember, the words of Daijaku are that to sit in zazen is, in every case, “aiming to become buddha.” To sit in zazen is, in every case, “becoming buddha” as “aiming.”


(Nishijima/Cross trans.)

Regards,

Harry.

anon #108 said...

Again with the Dogen, Harry!

Why always Dogen?

I'll tell you why - because Dogen has clarified and mastered these things. I'm convinced if it. Chubby knew whereof he spoke, and spoke it well.

Thanks.

r said...

Just one thought about Harry’s last quote: - In the translation the last word is “aiming”. - i.e. active. - I suspect it might just as well be “aimed”. - i.e. - that in the original Japanese it is not defined as active or passive, - that that point is not touched at all. That there is just the idea of aiming. [- equal to being aimed] It seems like this was the intention, but in English you can’t get that.

(fwiw)

anon #108 said...

Good point, r. Of course, we'd still be reading between the lines in the original Japanese, too. Without access to the original we have no choice but to trust translators; we should be careful not to hang on to shades of meaning that depend on particular forms of grammar in translation that don't exist in the original language.

Still, I think/I hope it's safe to assume that D is here affirming that zazen, as Harry puts it, is "'aiming' in a particular way; zazen is a particular sort of effort/intention."

Arnaud said...

Happy new year Brad !!

Each time I have the intention to leave a comment I feel dazed and confused by reading all the other comments and then I just forget it...
But that's a new year in'it?!
I agree with you since in the practice (zazen or whatever funny word you may use) the obstacle is the "I am practicing thinker", in other words the identification with the zazen practitioner is an obstacle to the practice.

But to me, zazen is not a state. It's an attitude toward every changing states, from the darkest to the most blissful. I don't wanna play on words but I can't no longer believe in a "reaching a certain state stuff". I know you don't either, so that's fine.

Let's kick out the states motherfuckers !! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM6nasmkg7A

Best wishes to you all.

anon #108 said...

r -

N/C, of course, have footnotes about the original kanji and their translation of "aiming" in zazenshin (see, for example, fn 20 on p 94 of Bk 2).

I'm gonna sit now and see if they've got it right :)

Anonymous said...

Run Lola Run:

"Each run starts from the same situation but develops differently and has a different outcome. Each run contains various flash-forward sequences, showing how the lives of the people that Lola bumps into develop after the encounter. In each run, those people are affected in different ways."

Letter from Robert Aitken to Koun Yamada:

"Back in 1964, one of the women involved with him [Shimano] bought a gun and was going to shoot him, but her episode PASSED BEFORE CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD PERMIT."

If that woman had the chance to act on
her intention in 1964, would hundreds
of lives (or thousands in extending ripples)
been spared worlds of unnecessary pain
and hurt?

May your intentions and actions NOT propagate
anguish and ickiness.

Happy New Year.

Gertrude said...

"Zazen" is like a Rose, and:

A Rose is a Rose is a Rose...

Anonymous said...

Brad Warner interview
Secular Buddist Podcast

Episode 45 :: Brad Warner :: Sex, Sin, and Zen

http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_045.php

Anonymous said...

"During the 1960s, many people felt betrayed by national leaders and by the apparent bankruptcy of the political-economic system. Some of these people took up Zen as a new way of life..."
-- Draft for Publication in Blind Donkey,
the Newsletter of Honolulu Diamond Sangha

Wired and Zen Studies Society appear to be Scumbags of the Highest Order.

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

EXCITING NEWS!

I read the blog that you linked, karma-anon, (and I read it when I said I would!). Didn't help, I'm afraid. Mainly a discussion of whether an act is good or bad or something in-between...going no further than the Mens rea/actus reus point, I think.

But the Gil Fronsdal talk was interesting.
GF, it seems to me, has similar doubts about what the ‘Buddhist doctrine of karma’ might be as I have.

I made a whole bunch of comments which I revised as I read through the talk. I considered posting them all here, to fill time while we’re waiting for the dick sizes to come in – but I've said almost enough about karma already. Instead here's a summary of what I learnt from GF:

There's a lot of 'don’t know', 'can’t say' and 'it’s not that' about karma. No one understands how cause and effect/intention/moral responsibility work, because it’s all beyond understanding. But what you do has consequences. So what do you do? You do your best. Don't blame others and don't blame yourself. Your best might be even better if you act with understanding, awareness and honesty. It isn't important to have a comprehensive understanding of what 'karma' is, for karma is a big mess. If that’s Buddhist karma, then I’m cool with it.

Thanks for the links, anon.

anon #108 said...

Hey Chas!

According to The American Heritage dictionary of idioms - via wiki, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" is an aphorism thought to have originated with the celebrated Cistertian Yiddishe Grandmother, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote, "L'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs" (hell is full of good wishes and desires).

...As you no doubt were aware.

Anonymous said...

All this hooting, like a bunch of chimps at feeding time. Shame.

No wonder people think Buddhists are a bunch of simpletons.

A Simple Chimp said...

Brilliant comment, 1.27pm. Well worth waiting for. Before you go - - how big is YOUR cock? Eh, eh?

Anonymous said...

freedom lost

Anonymous said...

My penis is mastodonic, very very big, much bigger than Japanese penis - very very tiny.

Anonymous said...

God and Karma: Batchelor Rejects 'Consolatory' Beliefs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKe2qE_NBKs

Karma is a difficult pill to swallow for many Western students of Buddhism. So, too, is rebirth. And, practically speaking, these two pills are inseparable. It’s hard to see how you can take one without taking the other—at least not without getting undesirable side effects. Both of these metaphysical pills are so difficult to reconcile with our modern, materialistic and scientific way of thinking that a growing number of European and American Buddhists are calling for them to be cast aside altogether.

http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2010/10/a-difficult-pill-the-problem-with-stephen-batchelor-and-buddhism%e2%80%99s-new-rationalists/

Secular Buddhist teacher Stephen Batchelor
http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2010/06/bg-175-the-buddhist-atheist/

Stephen Batchelor dharma talks-
"The Godless Religion or Devout Atheism?" series recorded in October 2009 at Upaya Zen Center, Santa Fe, NM
http://www.stephenbatchelor.org/upaya14.html

Anonymous said...

Stephen Batchelor
1 thru 7
http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/169/?p=4&q=

Anonymous said...

Secular Buddhist podcast

Episode 45 :: Brad Warner :: Sex, Sin, and Zen
http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_045.php


Episode 24 :: Stephen Batchelor :: Secular Buddhism Arising
http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_024.php

Anonymous said...

Take your medicine, swallow your pills, prepare for the rebirth.

Hallelujah.

Anonymous said...

@anon 3:03
I fail to see why cause and effect require rebirth. Cause and effect are obvious and scientifically proven. For rebirth there is no evidence that I am aware of.

Jason said...

Hey guys, I used to post here as tattoozen. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone here knew the size and shape of Brad's cock. If so, please post the dimensions here.

Thanks in advance.

OsamaVanHalen said...

When is a bachelor not a bachelor?
When he's Stephen Batchelor.

Anonymous said...

fake tattoozemn should be ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed ashamed

tattoozen said...

So heres the thing, I get why the anonymous person posing as me is enjoying him self. Its the same urge that makes you want to change the letters on one of those signs in front of a restaurant into something naughty. Its a change to tweak the nose of something or someone without fear of reprisal and this guy probably even feels like me or brad (or both) "deserve" to be singled out for attack. Shit, he may even be right. I get it.

Years ago I used to be that guy too. The anonymity of the internet is a pretty seductive thing and since I have a big mouth on my blog the chances that im going to rile up someone like fake tattoozen jason is pretty high, I realize its the price of doing business on the internet.

So I thought about ducking out nd not posting til this dude got bored and moved onto another target, but frankly I dont care enough to worry about it and I figure that most of the readers of this blog will figure out that Im not calling for dick sizes everyday even if my name appears at the top of the post.

Anyhow, Im just going to post at tattoozen and accept the fake jason as something I just have to learn to deal with, like a patch opf psoriasis or something.

tattoozen said...

PS - What's your cock size, Brad?

Anonymous said...

Just between Nazis...

Anonymous said...

Godwin's Law proved once again.

Kyle said...

Good stuff, actually loved this post! It was very good Brad, very good. :)

Anonymous said...

Interview with Brad Warner: Life After Death and Reincarnation.
In a series of interviews Brad Warner answers basic questions about Buddhism, Zen and Dogen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJJa3s_U0wA

john e mumbles said...

Mysterion @ 12:50 PM and anon 108 at 1:13 PM:

Thank you for identifying the source(s) of my comment, I know your intentions were good, but now you're both going to Hell.

Anonymous said...

*Stars' meditation technique gains mental health experts' approval*

British National Health Service (NHS) departments are now offering the Buddhism-inspired method of 'mindfulness meditation' which is favoured by celebrities such as Goldie Hawn.

Anonymous said...

"Founded in 2003 by award winning actress, director and producer Goldie Hawn, The Hawn Foundation is dedicated to supporting children by advancing mindfulness training in educational and community-based settings." In this interview, Dan Siegel describes the fundamentals behind mirror neurons, mindfulness and how we can begin to shape behavior through mindful practice.
Hawn Foundation Video with Dr. Dan Siegel
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dFrOTgAIzY

must see !!!!!!!!!!!
check out this video about
Goldie Hawn and the adoption of Buddhist meditation in California/north American and Australian schools:

http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/play/-/6994510/

Anonymous said...

must see !!!!!!!!!!!

check out this video about
Goldie Hawn and the adoption of Buddhist meditation in California/north American and Australian schools:

http://au.tv.yahoo.com/sunrise/video/play/-/6994510/

Anonymous said...

Dr. Daniel Siegel explores the neural mechanisms beneath social and emotional intelligence
and how these can be cultivated through reflective practices that focus on the inner nature
of the mind.

Daniel is a child psychiatrist, educator, and author of Mindsight, The Mindful Brain,
Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Developing Mind. He is the Founding Editor of
the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, co-director of the UCLA
Mindful Awareness Research Center, and executive director of the Mindsight Institute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu7wEr8AnHw&feature=player_embedded#!


Daniel J. Siegel, M.D
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr4Od7kqDT8&feature=related

Anonymous said...

In Episode 44 of the Brain Science Podcast talk with Daniel Siegel, MD about meditation and the brain. Dr. Siegel is the author of several books including The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well-Being.

http://www.brainsciencepodcast.com/bsp/?currentPage=12

Anonymous said...

...paved with good intentions

russian girl said...

Wish you Happy New Year 2011!

Robert said...

Intention. This is from the biography of Pre (Steve Prefontaine) by Tom Jordan:

"Then something really strange happened: Pre took off at about the half and all of a sudden he got so involved in the race that he basically went into a trance. I'll never see anyone run this fast again. He ran 61 for the next quarter and 2:03 for the next half. He came through the mile-and-a-half at world record pace. And you could look in his eyes, and he was so involved I don't think he even realised where he was.

Then somebody shouted at him, and he started looking around and slowed down, just like that. He just snapped out of it. I've always felt that if he'd gone another quarter before he snapped out of it, that would have been pretty awesome to see."

Hare said...

100!

HG said...

if Zen is just sit down and shut up, why is there so much bullshit in the comments ? or is this the sound of ego's exploding ?

Hare said...

BOOM!

Anonymous said...

happy new year

Anonymous said...

HG, don't be ironic.

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All the nice people said...

We love you tatoozen/real Jason!

Manny Furious said...

Anonymous said: "How can you be sure that you're not insane?"

What is insane, anyway? It's just a word that creates a false difference between two imaginary ideas (sane/insane). Most people who are "insane" are only considered to be so because there are more people who consider their (the insane) actions inappropriate than there are who don't.

If you can't even get past the illusion created by language, how can you ever hope to get past the illusion created by your mind???