Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NEW SUICIDE GIRLS ARTICLE: THE HUMAN POTENTIAL MOVEMENT CAN SUCK MY ASS


I got a new article up on Suicide Girls' safe-for-work blog. I keep forgetting to plug it here.

It's called The Human Potential Movement Can Suck My Ass. I'm getting away from titles like that lately. But this one has been sitting around for a little while waiting to find a home. Now it has.

Go read it.

People are waiting for me to comment on the latest Genpo Roshi stuff. I'm working on it!

But for now here's Ken Wilber saying Genpo is a "deeply, deeply decent human being, which is much harder than being enlightened, incidentally." And Ken would know!

THIS JUST IN
Here's Zero Defex jamming with D. Randall Blythe of Lamb of God. Will he do it again at our show tomorrow night at the Matinee 812 W. Market, Akron, OH 9pm? Be there & see!

59 comments:

john e mumbles said...

It can suck mine, too Brad.

Hmmmnnn. That tickles.

Ken Wilbur said...

I shave my head. That means I'm enlightened! I've got the shine!!

R said...

I am potentially human.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA oh Brad thank you for the headline! I was actually thinking about how I got involved in Buddhism thanks to Dan Millman and Deepak Chopra, and now I avoid them like the plague...

Haven't read the article yet, but thanks for the laugh!
--matt

- #5 - said...

3:29 pm is the first good joke from the troll. Though I’m not really interested in being human.

Suck, troll.

108 may be interested.

Anonymous said...

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nonymous said...

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ykw (- hmmm…) said...

It’s really funny for me KW thinks he knows what he’s doing, or what he’s talking about.

But another thing that can be seen in the video perhaps, - I hope I won’t be attracting too much fire saying this, - is that Americans are stupid.

May each man be his own judge.

St Germain said...

Only the "I AM" is authorized to adjudicate I Amness...

or not

Anonymous said...

Ken Wilber is just a singer in the choir.

Rick said...

I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and darn it, people like me!

R said...

I am potentially human.

Real R said...

You don’t listen t, do you?

R said...

I am potentially lisetening.

Ichabod said...

Wow. I had no idea I'd been hiding in an Afghan cave for a couple years.

t said...

I am potentially human.

Ran K. said...
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Seagal Rinpoche said...

I am potentially human.

Anonymous said...

Didja see that Gempo Roshi has disrobed? Spent too much time diddling his students. Big surprise, no?

Anonymous said...

I was like, what the fuck is the human potential movement? Electro potential like scientologists use? What is the big secret... but then oddly it was a Secret.

What is funny, when i say, don't think of an elephant you've done it... this is how people work when you say Zen.

Buddhists are being framed.

Mysterion said...

Yeah...

The Secret is:

"There is no secret."

A fool and his money are soon parted.
- Thomas Tusser (1557)

and then there was METAL said...

i love this

Cyril Coombs said...

Damn guys you are so negative. But thats ok since I want to discuss something based on my 1st grade understanding of science; it's called quantum thinking. The Secret sounds like the same old bullshit in a new wrapper plus didnt oprah love it? It must be legit cuz she's rich lol

dirty sanchez said...

I actually had someone suck my ass one time. It wasn't bad.

Anonymous Bob said...

'and then there was METAL':

I know you're only pretending to be female.. but I just don't care. I want you!

anon #108 said...

ISN'T IT JUST AWFUL ABOUT DENNIS GENPO MERZEL ROSHI ?!?

OK. That's enough about Genpo Dennis Merzel Roshi.


DON'T THEY MAKE YOU SICK - ALL THESE SPIRITUAL FLAVOURED QUICK-FIX SELF-HELP RIP-OFFS ?!?

OK. That's enough about spiritual-flavoured quick-fix self-help rip-offs.

Rob Pugh said...

Is it weird that I thoroughly enjoy your books and get a lot out of them but find your online articles overwhelmingly depressing, negative and humorless? It feels as if they're being written by two different folks, at times. But I do love your books.

Seagal Rinpoche said...

Monkeys are superior to men in this: When a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

Evilmice said...

I see a monkey too, among other things.

john e mumbles said...

Jesus Brad, that jam with the LOG dude raggedly rogged!

Like satan demanding a beer in a Mormon bar. Over and over.

And your lead singer sometimes sounds like a wah wah pedal, how in the hell does he do that?

Have fun tonight.

Jesus Brad said...

That's enough about satan ordering beers.

Brad Warner said...

Bob Pugh said:
Is it weird that I thoroughly enjoy your books and get a lot out of them but find your online articles overwhelmingly depressing, negative and humorless? It feels as if they're being written by two different folks, at times. But I do love your books.

That's fine. I make money from the books but none from the on-line stuff.

(And you're wrong about the on-line stuff anyway. Some of it is very good.)

Brad Warner said...

OH NO! I got defensive again!!!

Brad Warner said...

John e, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I hope "the good people" here on this boaed will destroy Big Mind. Its a work of the devil.

Mumon said...

One thing for sure: the Genpo Roshi affairs are good for blog traffic on blogs that are critical of him.

While I've made posts critical of Genpo Roshi, they're hardly a major focus of my blog, but traffic on my blog is through the roof.

It has even displaced (at least temporarily) this post from "most popular" hit:

http://mumonno.blogspot.com/2005/10/sonny-bono-wildlife-refuge.html

Very. Weird.

Shandra said...

Maybe you should title a book 'Spinach for the Soul'...good for you, but it doesn't always go down easily.

OsamaVanHalen said...
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Mr. Reee said...

The Sedona Method? Pfft--can't hold a candle to the Tucson, Tucumcari, Tehachapi and Tonopah Method™.

Shandra said...

"10 Spiritually Transmitted Diseases"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mariana-caplan-phd/spiritual-living-10-spiri_b_609248.html

Bizarro Seagal said...

If you had a million Shakespeares, could they write like a monkey?

Manny Furious said...

What I find most interesting is that nobody ever points out or recognizes the hypocrisy in trying to sell spiritual health by promising such "material" entities as BMWs and mansions and "success", which is exactly what The Secret sells. It doesn't sell actual happiness or contentment, just more of the same shit that makes you unhappy in the first place.

If we were really talking about improving one's spiritual life, we'd be talking about why a person DOESN'T need these things, and how, in fact, most of the time the desire and quest for these things only make one unhappy.

Oh well...

Bill said...

How much longer will I be expected to buy something because somebody knew somebody else in the 60s?

Anonymous said...

?????????????

Night, night said...

Ran, you need more bran and other fiber in your diet. It'll drastically change your mood and maybe you will find something and/or someone to love more than you love yourself.

Then you will potentially achieve humanity.

Potential Movement said...

I would suck Brad's ass in a fart beat.

Anonymous said...

homemade burritos for band practice: $28.72


earplugs: $3.98


the smile on zen teacher's face as he wailed away on his brand new bass: priceless

Anonymous said...

Hey Brad! I've been reading Ted Biringer's blog about Dogen and Shobogenzo.He is pretty upset that contemporary buddists avoid the whole Enlightenment issue and concentrate on sitting.''In Dogen’s teaching on practice and enlightenment, he regarded any teaching that posited practice as a term indicating something other than the enactment of enlightenment, as in practice-and-enlightenment, or as a term synonymous with enlightenment, as false teaching. Perhaps this is why some contemporary “Zen” books avoid the word “enlightenment,” altogether—except as something to be challenged, and the word “practice,” is so profuse. Rambling on about Zen practice this and Zen practice that, it often seems as if practice has become totally divorced from enlightenment—diminished to a simple catchphrase, a kind of pseudo-Zen. Worse, when this misrepresentation of practice is married to a strictly literalist interpretation of zazen, it reduces great enlightenment to ordinary sitting meditation. If the true creed of Dogen’s teaching is; “there is no enlightenment to seek, have no goal except to only sit which is itself full and perfect enlightenment", then I would simply prefer delusion--it is much easier on the knees.'' It would be cool if you could comment on that.Thanks. Take care

Harry said...

If the true creed of Dogen’s teaching is; “there is no enlightenment to seek, have no goal except to only sit which is itself full and perfect enlightenment", then I would simply prefer delusion--it is much easier on the knees.'' It would be cool if you could comment on that.Thanks.

Hi. Interesting topic. Obviously I'm not Brad, but I too am pretty wary of some of the assumptions you/Ted indicate; the latter day 'Soto' idealism. To me it seems important to do occassional sesshin/extended retreats, where our stuff, our subtle and not-so-subtle 'seeking' and wanting etc, is presented to us in sitting. But it doesn't end there.

The 'just do magic sitting and nothing else is neccesary' idea is really quite removed from Dogen's thing of 'actualising the fundamental point' in everything we do. It really has to be done outside of what we think 'sitting' may be in our real, messy life and will neccesarily involve various types of effort... including consciously 'not doing' (Dogen emphasised 'not doing wrong' in relation to good conduct, the rationale being that right is already happening when we don't do wrong).

It seems strange that Dogen's teaching should be reduced to just one simple idea or just one type of effort, because his writings (taken as a whole and not read selectively/in a sectarian way) encourage us to take up all sorts of effort.

Substantially realising the 'non-goal', depending on the situation, may be dropping off the body-mind, the world, and sitting... or it might be grabbing life by the throat; 'taking up' and/or 'dropping' off... you'll see lines like this in Shobogenzo quite a bit.

The 'taking up' is certainly downgraded by the assumption that shikantaza is the more 'authentic' approach to situations which may really require a broader vision and range of action/reaction.

Regards,

Harry.

anon #108 said...

Hi 1.35am,

Enlightenment. That's a nice idea.

What, I wonder, might it be?

Perhaps enlightenment might be seeing everything as it is; being able to look at a cup in its essential such-nessy cup-ness, uncoloured by concepts of "cup" or even "cupness" or "suchness" - a world without quotation marks. But that happens all the time, you just don't notice it. You can't notice, not until it's gone. Gudo calls it the state of action. You can read all about it. It's not a secret.

Perhaps enlightenment might be doing the right thing all the time; never making a mistake. But the Zen masters of old say that's not it. "Mistake after mistake" they say.

Perhaps enlightenment might be seeing the fundamental particles of matter. Some used to say so. I doubt whether that's possible. And what would be the point? Nah...

Perhaps enlightenment is being content all the time, even when you're not so content at all; a kind of understanding and acceptance that you will only ever be here, now. Perhaps "just sitting" is the realisation of that; the practice of 'it is what it is'. That's how I see it - and how/why just sitting might be "enlightenment itself".

Gotta rush out now. No time to consider whether I've said what I meant to say, or whether I mean what I've said...

Laters!

Jameson said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--EatjuXZ_g&feature=related

greate song. listen to it!

anon #108 said...

...I forgot that enlightenment might seeing your true nature; experiencing emptiness n so forth. Cool!

...But from what I've read and hear from those who say they've experienced such states/truths...I'm not impressed. Nice for them though...to know they've done got kensho and known shunyata.

THOMAS AMUNDSEN said...

That's so awesome you got to jam with Randy! I'm jealous!

Moon Face Buddha said...

I wonder if Brad is even aware of the irony of his bitching about snake oil salesmen on the SG site.

I doubt it.

Anonymous said...

---or snake oilette as the case may be...

Sean said...

Brian's book title - in the Family Guy episode discussed in the SG blog - it reminded me of a work titled "Crush It!" By Gary Vaynerchuk [Open Library page]. It seems similar in sound - going by the title alone, at least - except that Vaynherchuk's book is real, deals more directly with business, and has a really cheerful, genuine side to it, that I can see.

I hadn't been familiar with The Secret. I have a hunch that the title of the work might be found to be particularly ironic, though. :snark:

"It’s extremely unfortunate that while people like Bill Maher and Seth MacFarlane will openly criticize garbage like The Secret and expose it for what it really is, guys like the Human Potential Movement, who are presented to the public as leaders in the field of spiritual practice, all band together to defend such nonsense because they understand how the economics of the deal work."

I can agree with that, wholeheartedly. To me, it's all the same gravy-train game, though. If fake spirituality is what one would be looking for, odds are that fake spirituality is what one would find, moreso as a mere social exchange devoid of concept or principle, except insofar as to "fit in".

/Going away for a seat at the whithered tree.

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