Thursday, March 03, 2011


Here is the trailer for the movie I'm in, Shoplifting From American Apparel and some info about the movie.

(Those of you viewing on Facebook, go to

The producers are using Kickstarter to fund the film. They're soliciting donations from people who want to support the movie's production. Everyone who donates a certain amount gets something. For example, if you donate about the cost of a DVD you get a DVD of the film when it's done. Which, I think is very cool. I'd buy all my DVDs this way if I could.

To donate go to

Maybe I should fund my next book thru Kickstarter...

Today I'm on my way to Florida. Out of the freeeeeezing cold of Ohio down to the tropic beauty of Florida. On March 5th (my birthday!) I will be at Brevard Zen Center for an all-day zazen thing. I'll speak at 2pm. You can come at 9 am and sit all day, or just come for the talk. You'll get a lot more out of it if you sit all day. But it's up to you. They're located at 1261 N. Range Rd Cocoa, Florida 32926. Call (321) 795-6572 for details.

See you in Florida!


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anon #108 said...

I'm guessing you're going to be reading these comments, Brad (I know I would if I'd put up a clip of something with me in it)...

I liked the trailer. I will be watching it again.

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Anonymous Bob said...

Brad, The trailer looked fucking good. What kind of cameras are they using?

anon #108 said...

I love ALL things polaroid, john e!

And so I curse the swine who stole my brown leather n chrome SX-70 camera all those years ago. ("Duhkha", I believe they call that.)

Anonymous Bob said...

John E.. That's some bad-ass American steel you're driving in the video. Oldsmobile?

CAPTCHA : hummun : I kid you not

Seagal Rinpoche said...

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.

Dancer said...

I came across while looking at some critiques of Buddhist logic, and thought it be of might interest to anyone who has read Brad's previous post. It's a quote from a Buddhist called Namdrol.

"Avi Sion [who wrote a critique of Buddhist logic] does not understand the Indian conventions concerning being and non-being. This being so, his attempt to reduce Nagarjuna's logic to A and Not-A of standard Aristoleian logic is not sound.

For example, for Nagarjuna, Not-A is always something which has been A, and is no longer A. It is not the opposite of A.

If A and not-A were oppposites of one another, then many critiques of Nagarjuna would be valid. But since A is never the opposite of Not-A, and since not-A is always an A which existed and no longer exists now, these formal logic reductions of Nagarjuna really fail since they do not get into what Nagarjuna is really doing.

The inability to see this point is the failure of all attempts to negate Nagarjuna. In short, it represents the inability of western logicians to overcome the basic concepts of being and non-being erected by Paramenides."

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Anonymous said...

Seagal Rinpoche said...
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.

Thich Nhat Hanh would never punish you for taking the credit for his words, Seagal. He would simply offer his help and encouragement in learning how to properly credit others for their efforts.

But I'm no Thich Nhat Hanh, I'm in desperate need of help. So I'll go ahead and call you a douchebag again.

anon #108 said...

When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.

But Mr Rinpoche, I can't help the burglar wot nicked my camera - he didn't leave a number. I guess that's the nature of suffering...

Burglar suffers from not getting what he wants (and from whatever else) so steals my stuff. I suffer by being parted from that which I do not wish to be parted from. Unable to release craving, in anger and sorrow I curse. Unable to contact the burglar I can't (get my mates to) break his legs. him.

All duhkka.

BUT HE STARTED IT! (yeah ok, he didn't.)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this valuable and timely teaching Master Seagal.

R said...

I am not R. - I am the fucking troll. - How can you tell us apart?

- You think you're smart, - ei? - Only Seagal's got brains! Yeah, yeah.

- The rest of you suck.

Real fucking troll said...

2:56 pm is a fake.

Harry said...

Anon @ 1:26,

I was being a good little Buddhismist til I laughed there.



R @ 2:56 pm said...

I am me.

john e mumbles said...

Thanks 108, the whole thing was shot by the guy in the trunk. Pretty tricky!

And yeah, A-Bob, it was a 1968 Olds '98. 455 with a 4 barrel carburator, that thing could go from 0-100 in less than a minute and just cruise there smooth as glass. I had it for about 5 years, sold it and the dude wrecked it within two weeks. A cryin'shame...

Anonymous said...

whoooo finally gen x slacker movies rear their ugly heads again. i thought only portlandia could save me, but no. is it weird that i felt hope for society after watching portlandia's "dream of the 90s?" ok.

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john e mumbles said...

Brad, nevermind Kickstarter, check this out:

This 26-Year-Old Is Making Millions Cutting Out Traditional Publishers With Amazon Kindle

Book publishing will never be the same:

Anonymous said...

what's the best way to catch in a bar swimming?

Thich Nhat Hanh said...

I wish to deeply thank Mr. Seagal for spreading my otherwise too renowned teaching.

Oprah Winfrey said...

Me too, Thich. - Me too.

Bum said...

I like the idea of a true thief in contrast to a petty one.

Having lived with a kleptomaniac whose father was one too, I know realise that this person hadn't given himself real 'permission' to take what was not his.

Whatever tendencies (or lack thereof) fuelled the kleptomania (he had never met his father) they appeared to be very natural: he just took what he wanted. His basic wants seemed very much like my own. But an understanding of his mother's wants or anyone else's didn't contribute much to that aspect of his behaviour.

His stealing from those he nevertheless wanted to love him, left him with an open door on the option of believing they didn't love him. And then it became even easier. More and more, he hated his family and friends for hating his thieving. At the end, the thieving also appeared to take on the aspect of punishing those he hated for hating his thieving. Gifts and other help were still received with a sense of entitlement.

His mother wrote him an A grade English essay when he was younger, having got a worrying E for his first stab at the coursework. Years later, after a few drinks, he told his mum that he'd been an A grade English student - he had the essay to prove it. She told me she had been scared to remind him at the time.

But so strong was his desire to be loved, to be liked, he eventually managed to drive the Kleptomania underground. He knew other people would react as his family did; he managed to stop the theft of objects for a while; a distant relation gave him a job in the sun that paid well.

This the story I'm telling, of course.

I'm told he has close to a thousand 'friends' on facebook, and calls himself an anarchist; that he goes into a spin at the slightest perceived criticism.

He once sided on moral grounds against the capitalist 'thieves' and police ('pigs') with a 'mate' who was caught for stealing, coincidently, an expensive camera and roof lead. The mate apparently did it to help buy some food for his newly pregnant wife (they had had their income support stopped for some reason I can't recall, if I was ever told).

He dresses up regularly in the guise of his latest hero and has left a few girls pregnant, like his father.

He has since become great pals with his father. They both appeared to enjoy very much letting the mother/ex know of their new found love.

Having had the courage to come to terms with herself, the overriding emotion at this was sadness about the world, and some resignation.

His father had a motto, which I hear he still likes to deal in: "Don't regret anything you wanted to do at the time."

Almost very Zen, I thought. But I understand this aspect of him as a petty thief, not a true one.

I kept hearing Auden when I was wrting. I should take care of that.

john e mumbles said...

She's real fine my 409...

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Anonymous said...

Barry Graham sure can talk the talk..

john e mumbles said...

“Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
-Isaac Asimov

Anonymous said...

Seagal Rinpoche said that.

Anonymous said...

Nothing to do with this post but man, have you noticed how these Zen masters bitch against each other? Ven Gudo Nijishima attacks some of his former students on his blog, they attack each other in their blogs using racial insults. If that's enlightenment they can keep it! It doesn't exactly encourage one to want to join a shanga. Surely this doesn't happen in Japanese monasteries? In fact I've been to Eijeichi and hierarchy and basic good manners (i.e. Not slandering each other) seems to be respected respected.

Anonymous said...

Maybe one can just sit, masterless and shangaless and just do his or her best to observe the Dharma. I ignored Zen was so politicised in the West

Anonymous said...

I mean there's plenty of unpleasantness online between Zen masters. Christian priests have other faults but I've never met any trying to outshine others. Aren't humility, kind speech and respect Buddhist values? Maybe it is very important that Zen in the West becomes a Soto shu inspired institution. For all the wonderful insights these Zen masters come up with they can be very juvenile and intolerant.

To Anon said...

Nothing to do with this post but man, have you noticed how these Zen masters bitch against each other? Ven Gudo Nijishima attacks some of his former students on his blog, they attack each other in their blogs using racial insults. If that's enlightenment they can keep it!

It's not and they're not either. All long-time zensters do not write and act that way at all. When you see such behaviour, question it deeply.

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anon #108 said...

All long-time zensters do not write and act that way at all.

True. Some are naturally quiet. Some are naturally outspoken. Some are naturally liars.

captcha this time = rebionist

Anonymous said...

I'm questioning deeply anything that isn't a strict shanga run by monks in a monastery. We are all human and I don't expect zen masters to be infallible but if decades of zazen produce the kind of nasty jealousy I have seen in some blogs good night Vienna.

anon #108 said...

Hi 1.06pm,

I have been reliably informed that nasty jealousies exist wherever there are human beings, even in strict monastic sanghas. If we practise zazen in the hope of becoming a person who never feels or behaves this way, we might be disappointed.

Whatever zazen should be, it can only ever be what it is for each of us. We should question our own practice. Let others question theirs.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely,I totally agree. And I will only question and focus on my zazen. It just seems that these blogs good as they can potentially be also have the potential to become forums of discontent and in the process Zen ends up looking like a reality TV show.

anon #108 said...

Agreed, 1.41pm. There is certainly something dangerous about such an instant, easy-access public forum.

I trust that those of us who are sincere about what we're doing will learn something useful from the permanent warts-and-all record it leaves.

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There is certainly something dangerous about such an instant but distant easy-access public forum.)

Zeppo said...

Bet he's referring to the Jundo stuff, not exactly "attack" more like rebuke.

Anonymous said...

In his blog Ven Gudo Nijishima has a go at one Mike Cross and at one of his old English students Mike Latchford (or something like that). Mike Cross attacks Jendo Cohen viciously. Brad Warner attacks Gempo Roshi (rightly so if this guy is charging 50 k to "enlighten" people) but does so in a vicious and distasteful fashion and so on and so on. If these blogs dealt with non-spiritual subjects fair enough but this is not the case. Don't you think that Zen and Buddhism in general becomes devalued somewhat in this manner?

Anonymous said...

At any rate I'm adding to the agony by going on about this. I guess the best thing to do is to sit and try to adhere to the Dharma as best as possible. Doing what is good and not the opposite, easy to say hard to do. And that is that brethren. Best wishes to all of you.

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anon #108 said...

Don't you think that Zen and Buddhism in general becomes devalued somewhat in this manner?

For sure, Gudo has criticised Mike C, Mike L, and Jundo Cohen. And perhaps it's regrettable that he did publicly on his blog.

Gudo and Mike Cross have had an intense relationship for many years. Mike Luetchford is my teacher so I've heard a little of his own view of that relationship and of the two men's characters - from his own direct experience of them both. He's known them for a long time. FWIW, Mike L has said some very nice things to me about Mike C and some very interesting things about Gudo, to whom he is, I'm sure, forever grateful. Neither Gudo nor Mike Cross are 'easy' men, I gather.

Yes, Mike Cross's language and manner of expression are sometimes - by no means always - unpleasant. He raises eyebrows; sometimes what he says and the way he says it contradict the idea most people have of "Zen" and "enlightened behaviour". But such a view is a romantic fantasy, I think. If you read the old records and koans of the Chan/Zen Masters and picture the slaps, beatings, insults and inter-sect rivalries/criticisms as real events, rather than as illustrative fictions, then those old guys' behaviour wasn't so very different from anything current. To believe otherwise is to be enamoured of a nice idea called 'Zen'; a fantasy called 'Buddhism'.

I read these critical, occasionally abusive encounters as the honest expressions of people trying to understand themselves and those that are important to them. Of course I sigh and raise an eyebrow, but I am reminded not to stand gawping at others - it's about me.

I don't care about Brad's contempt for Genpo. It doesn't 'get to me' in any way. Lucky, I guess :)

So - Do I think that "Zen and Buddhism in general becomes devalued somewhat in this manner"?

I'd say Zen/Buddhism is what folks who practice Zen/Buddhism DO. There is no Zen/Buddhism outside this. And there are as many forms of practice as there are people.

Still, I know what you mean. So my answer is: Yes, the reputation of Zen and Buddhism in general does become devalued somewhat in this manner. But I have a suspicion - a hope - that Zen will benefit from having its public reputation 'devalued' a little.

All the best to you too, 2.26pm.

anon #108 said...

PS - Gudo's 'criticisms' are a few years old now. Mike C has since apologised, publicly, to Jundo for his remarks* made some while back. And Mike L has always stayed well away from blogging. Apart from his strong feelings about Genpo's Big Mind thing, Brad is a pussy cat who kindly lets dicks like us piss all over his webpage. The rest of Gudo's dharma-heirs - I believe there are about 20, give or take - quietly get on with such small groups as they might have, and are unknown to most in the Buddhist world.

*As a jew, Mike Cross's "anti-semitic" insults didn't offend me. I understand what he's saying about the characteristics some of us (all of us?) see in other cutural and racial groups, and I appreciate his attempt to understand them as examples of what he calls "the mirror principle". Such stereotypes and prejudices are very familiar to me; they run through my head all the time.

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Chewboy said...

Does Mike Crss have a website, or blog or something?

Anonymous said...

Here is Nishijima's alleged attack on Mike Cross:

Who instigated this 'rumor' ?

How was in communicated?

How was it eventually debunked?

Hmmm... there's a book in this episode. Dogen's Coin Laundry.

anon #108 said...

He certainly does, chewboy:

He's currently in the middle of translating and commenting on Ashvaghosha's epic Sanskrit poem Saundarananda.

There are links on that page to his older blogs, writings and translations (see "The Middle Way Education Centre").

Linguist said...

It is evident from his blog that Nishijima is no master of the English language, so it follows that Mike Cross is indeed the actual translator. Perhaps Gudo is the interpreter of some ideas that became commentary, but it is ludicrous to believe that he could adequately accomplish the mastery of English that is evident in the translations.

Jewelboy said...

Does Mike Luetchford have a website blog or?

anon #108 said...

He certainly does, Jewelboy:

Not a blog, but a website. See "downloads" for Mike's articles and (some) talk transcriptions.

Bedtime. Night Night :)

Seagal's prostate said...

Let us each be patient.
Let us each show compassion as a matter of individual constitution as well as a matter beneficial to the sangha.

Let us be a warm hearth to one who feels a chill, a robe to one who is naked, a torch that even in silence banishes darkness.

Mysterion said...

Mike Cross was of great EDITORIAL help, no doubt. But translation? Doubt.

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R said...

- I have followed the internet address @ 6:31 pm, and I came across these two following quotes from Mike Luetchford: -

You, Mike Cross, myself and Jeremy Pearson worked together to produce the final version of your life work. ”.


Both Jeremy and I were constantly impressed by Mike’s loyalty to you.”.

Now I don’t want to imply what [is it that] sounds strange to me, - (- the “Mike” on the second quote is also Mike Cross) but could anyone who does understand explain?

(- 108? - Brad?)

(I haven’t read much, neither on the link or here. Still it doesn’t seem to matter for this point.)

Anonymous said...

There seems to be plenty of envy and the desire to be the protagonist. In Ejeichi I was told by the highest ranking priest that none of the extremely hard working and disciplined priests ever got any praise. The zen masters alluded in previous comments seem to have an inherent need to be popular and show themselves in a better light than others. Celebrity Zen. Seems odd. To paraphrase Nietzsche "Human, all too Human". We are born alone and die alone and must find our way alone. Sounds ominous and too solemn but it is the conclusion I have reached. And now I will sit and shut up to paraphrase you know who.

anon #108 said...

Hi Ran,

I'm not sure what the problem is. Mike Luetchford gives a clear account of what occurred in his reply to Gudo - the reply you say you've read.

The whole process of bringing "Gudo's life work" - an English translation of the Shobogenzo - to fruition, from the initial idea to the final publication, was the work of a number of people over a period of 18 years.

I wasn't there, but Mike's account rings true.

The second quote (also) means what it says.

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R said...

but could anyone who does understand explain?

In exchanges, Mike Luetchford often told me that Old Gudo has always oscillated between sheer trust and openness and sometimes distrust, when he had, for a reason or another, reasons for it.

Mike Luetchford having opposed him on a subject of utmost importance for the Old Gudo, Sensei had at times fits of mistrust, because it is human to dislike being opposed to. In the case of Mike Cross, the problems were slightly fiercer, for the same reasons and also for reasons which are peculiar to Mike Cross. One could also witness Mike Cross using some rather violent language towards Old Gudo, and that didn't help.

But since Nishijima never ever intended to be anything else than a human being, and rather non hierarchical for a Japanese person of his age, nothing there was in any way surprising, and to the contrary.

R said...

Seems it was about some misunderstanding.

I e-mailed pm, but I can’t mail 108. (all I know is the bus number he used to go to school by. however - that means he did go to school.)

Anonymous said...

Re-read it, over and over again.

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john e mumbles said...

Hey Malcolm 108, get over to Glastonbury much?

Captcha (for real:) inglys

Michael Ryugen M. said...

Glad you decided to come to Florida. I appreciated dokusan, think I might have a grip on sitting and breathing now, and enjoyed your dharma talk. Visit us again!

£ÜdŸ said...

I actually liked mysterion's comments for a change. WTF

anon #108 said...

All that stuff I said earlier about stolen cameras...and permanent warts-and-all records...

Camera Karma, john e?

john e mumbles said...

Looks like good times, Malc. We have a retreat center here (a bit north of where I am) at what was an ancient Native American rendezvous point called Council Grove. It has similar stonework. Very similar. Do you know (of) Stanley Messenger (Glastonbury)? Old friend of mine...and his late great mate Gudren.

anon #108 said...

Tis good times, John. Good people. Good times. My annual (re)treat/late summer holiday for the last five years. (Almost) three days is too short.

The centre is about five miles from Glastonbury; a place I've never been to. Not the town nor the festival. In fact, I've only ever been to one music festival as a punter - the Windsor Free Festival. 72 or 73 I think it was; I can rarely recall in which year whatever happened happened. It was a small affair. All I remember about it is that Hawkwind didn't turn up*. Although I'd been in a band that had supported them, I wasn't a fan, so not disappointed.

- (So) I don't know any of the folks you mentioned, I'm afraid. I DO know the bloke that runs the communications tent at Glasto, though: Henry O'Tani (I kid you not). Any good?

*I've just checked that site. Seems the Hawks DID turn up, in 72, 73 and 74! My very own "If you were really there you won't remember it" thing. Cool! ...Wish I could say it was coz of the great acid, but the real reason's more like I was bored, fed up and 'elsewhere' throughout ;)

R here said...

Some trolls are really diligent. (11:53 am is 10 minutes after the real thing, see 4 posts ago - the end of the comments section)

anon #108 said...

Found Stanley Messenger, john e. From Hendon to Glastonbury via Rudolf Steiner, eh?

Would love to hack in to one your convos...just for a couple of minutes ;)

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john e mumbles said...

anon 108...Stanley is bed-ridden these days, but still lucid. I once made him a special elixir from Oak mistletoe... He is a brilliant, extraordinary person, and his wife was as well. A wizard, a true star!

Mysterion said...

John e:

It's not quite always about magic. It's only magic if the viewer does not understand what is going on... (which is the case 97.5% of the time)

Hidden in plain view... 14 steps to perfection...
count carefully the musical steps in the ascension.

Always hidden on plain view - magic.

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Mysterion said...

sorry... the Lacromose track on THIS is the best version.

Sometime early in the summer of 1791 Mozart received a mysterious visitor, a “gray messenger,” who offered him a fantastic sum to write a Requiem. (A Requiem? Mozart was no Cathaholic - he was only nominally one for political expediency). Mozart died of 'military fever' before he could finish the work.

Regardless, the music is magic - to the unwashed illiterate.

CAPCHA = mennsa

Mysterion said...

trivia of the day

Lacrimosa = tears

Words (not by Mozart)
Lacrimosa, from Requiem Mass in D minor (KV626) - 1791

Lacrimosa dies illa,
qua resurget ex favilla
judicandus home reus.

Huic ergo parce, Deus,
pie Jesu, Jesu Domine!
Dona eis, eis requiem!

This day full of tears,
when from the ashes arises guilty man,
to be judged:

Lord, have mercy upon him.
Gentle Lord Jesus,
grant them rest (e.g. keep them from the purge or 'burning' in the realm of Hades).
Amen. <--- Egyptian

more on Mozart

genius knows no religion and, complimentary, religion, being unable to distinguish genius from magic, knows no genius.

For more than 100 years, performance within a Catholic Church [LOL] of the MOZART Requiem in D minor was forbidden!

To this day, it is considered too distracting from prayer. Right.

Mozart, it seems, enjoyed a good fart! [a PDF]
Apparently Cathaholics don't fart!!!

Now, why are my feet so warm? Did I just fart, again?

john e mumbles said...

Beano, brother, Beano will wash away your sins...

Yes, like Rosalyn, (for ex.) Notre Dame is a textbook for those with eyes to see:

The first matter required for procuring the Stone is found everywhere, it is despised and trodden underfoot by fools.

Anonymous said...

R here said at 8:19 AM:

shady as a lady in a mustache
feelings camouflaged by groans and grins
secrets have a special way about them
moving to and fro among your friends

somebody’s watching you
somebody’s watching you
somebody’s watching you
somebody’s watching you

over and over.

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john e mumbles said...

The open secret is found in the measure of a man.

john e mumbles said...

...and I am not referring to my avatar!

Captcha: xagrate

Anonymous said...

the Magdalene Mary but was teaching Buddhism:

(Pages 1 to 6 of the manuscript, containing chapters 1 - 3, are lost. The extant text starts on page 7...)

. . . Will matter then be destroyed or not?

22) The Buddha said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.

23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone. (e.g. wheel of dharma)

de-embellished: Chapter 8:
10) And desire said, I did not see you descending, but now I see you ascending. Why do you lie since you belong to me?

11) Buddha answered "I saw you" (mara). You did not see nor recognize me. I served you as a garment.

12) After saying this, mara went away.

13) Buddha came to the third power, which is called ignorance.

14) The power questioned: "Where are you going? In wickedness are you bound."

15) And Buddha said: "Why do you judge me, although I have not judged?"

16) "I was bound (to the flesh), though I have not bound."

17) "I was not recognized. But I have recognized that the All is being dissolved, both the earthly things and the heavenly."

18) Overcoming the third power, Buddha went upwards and saw the fourth power, which took seven forms.

19) The first form is darkness, the second desire, the third ignorance, the fourth is the fear of death, the fifth is [lust] for the kingdom of the flesh, the sixth is the foolish wisdom of flesh, the seventh is [greed] wrathful wisdom. These are the seven powers of wrath.

20) They asked: "Whence do you come slayer of men, or where are you going, conqueror of space?"

21) Buddha answered: "What binds me has been slain, and what turns me about has been overcome, and my desire has been ended, and ignorance has died."

23) "In an aeon I was released from a world, and in a Type from a type, and from the fetter of oblivion which is transient."

24) "From this time on will I attain to the rest of the time, of the season, of the aeon, in silence."

Golden Boy said...

Khru said...

So anyway, Brasky would put on a white tie and tails and walk his cobra through the park on a leash. He named the cobra Beverly, and he taught it how to fetch and dial a phone. But then one day it bit the maid. So with tears in his eyes, Brasky had to shoot the maid.

Anonymous said...

the music always sounds better


Mysterion said...

where were you in 92

milking the cow?

Let's take an old song and reinvent it!

Take it to #21 as a rocker. (1965?)

Again and again.

cheap trix with Elvis

your turn

Goat Roper Encore!

0DFX needs to do a punk version - seriously!!!


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Anonymous said...
I'm questioning deeply anything that isn't a strict shanga run by monks in a monastery.

Very wise, but also don't forget to deeply question anything that is a strict sangha run by monks in a monastery. They are often the most dangerous.

Bizarro Seagal said...

In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall.

Anonymous said...

I read about it on this website:

I hate bigots.

Mysterion said...

In the dime stores and bus stations, people talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, draw conclusions on the wall.

Gossip said...

You do look, my son, in a moved sort,
As if you were dismayed. Be cheerful, sir.
Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air;
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep. Sir, I am vexed.
Bear with my weakness. My brain is troubled.
Be not disturbed with my infirmity.
If you be pleased, retire into my cell
And there repose. A turn or two I'll walk
To still my beating mind.

Mysterion said...

The great Globe itself...

things are not what they first seem to be...

As for the quote:
Prospero recalls that he's about to be murdered (!), so the masque mercifully ends.

Please read, and if FOUND agreeable, sign the PETITION

(as I have)

Calibando said...

john e mumbles said...

Don't sign it! Groove on the Shake.

Chris Marlowe said...

Mumbles, you ignorant slut.

100 said...


L. Ron said...

this speaks loudly for individuality

Zombie Seagal said...

Swollen prostates on ice during zazen.

Post-Romantic RIP said...


I think you just signed up for the Alan Watts of Shakespeare authorship debate! The Sixties is over son. No matter how agreeable it still finds itself.

There's always the middle way, though.

No one, moreover, has ever explained so well the motives and reasons for the big lie of the "authorship controversy". Shapiro cogently argues that both sceptics and old-style Bardolaters share similar post-Romantic assumptions about individual genius and literature as a coded confession. These tired fallacies bind them forever in a fatal embrace: "they have more in common than either side is willing to concede".


Gossip said...

King Mysterion enters, addressing the Sixties, where she lies, dead, in his arms.

No, no, no, no. Come, let’s away to prison.
We two alone will sing like birds i’ th’ cage.
When thou dost ask me blessing, I’ll kneel down
And ask of thee forgiveness. So we’ll live,
And pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
At gilded butterflies, and hear poor rogues
Talk of court news, and we’ll talk with them too –
Who loses and who wins; who’s in, who’s out –
And take upon ’s the mystery of things,
As if we were God’s spies. And we’ll wear out,
In a walled prison, packs and sects of great ones
That ebb and flow by th’ moon.

Performance, exeunt.

anon #108 said...

HEY! Lay off the 60s. The 60s are most agreeably cool. If you gotta blame a, don't.

Gossip said...


If 60s be the food of love, play on;
Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,
The appetite may sicken, and so die.
That strain again! it had a dying fall:
O, it came o'er my ear like the sweet sound,
That breathes upon a bank of violets,
Stealing and giving odour! Enough; no more:
'Tis not so sweet now as it was before.
O spirit of love! how quick and fresh art thou,
That, notwithstanding thy capacity
Receiveth as the sea, nought enters there,
Of what validity and pitch soe'er,
But falls into abatement and low price,
Even in a minute: so full of shapes is fancy
That it alone is high fantastical.

Mysterion said...

RE: The Shake-Spear,

I think that a sangha (community, group) wrote the plays. Bacon was pivotal in the process - but not a lone agent.

If there is one thing that shines of a conspiracy - even a Masonic Conspiracy - it is the 'works' of Shakespeare.

Anyone who is a Rosicrucian, a Freemason, or even an Oddfellow would have access to the doorway leading to Francis Bacon and His Contemporaries.

"A fascinating collection of manuscripts remains to us direct from Francis Bacon’s scrivenery of the 1590’s. The collection, which is in the form of an unbound volume, is referred to as the Northumberland Manuscript.[1] It was discovered in 1867 among some papers at Northumberland House, Charing Cross, and is now kept at Alnwick Castle in the possession of the Duke of Northumberland."
see also THIS

and THIS:
part 1 [a PDF]
part 2 [a PDF]

This Shakspur invention is not the first or last scam to be pulled on tourists. I have a splinter of the Bard's Chair! I have a splinter of the True Cross!

There are, of course, others - for a fool's price!

Mysterion said...

what has any of this to do with Buddhism or Zen?

Hamlet Act 1, scene 3

POLONIUS: (to Laertes)

"...see that you write these few precepts in your memory.
Give your thoughts to yourself, and don’t act without thinking.
Be friendly, but by no means vulgar.
Those friends you have, and their friendship tested, anchor them to your soul with hoops of steel, but don’t spend your money on entertaining each newly acquired, unproven friend.
Beware of getting into a quarrel, but, once you are in, fight so that the man you fight with may beware of you.
Listen to what every man says, but speak to few.
Take each man's opinion, but reserve your judgment.
Buy as costly clothes as can pay for, but not made fancy, rich, and certainly not gaudy.
For the clothes often tell what kind of man you are, and the ones in France of the best rank and station are most choosy and generous in that regard.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, for a loan often loses both the loan and the friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of the economy.
This above all, to your own self be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day, you cannot then be false to any man.
My blessing - instill these things in you!"

"To thine own self be true" is Polonius's advice to his son Laertes, who is off to Paris, where he'll be safe from his father's long-winded speeches.

Bizarro Seagal said...
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Bizarro Seagal said...

I am in Méribel, a tiny resort in the French Alps. It is two streets filled with wooden houses, a one- Porsche town. I am looking for chalet girls and this is their natural home.

What has all this said...


Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprises of great pith and moment,
With this regard their currents turn awry,
And lose the name of action.

Polonius's speech ('To thine own self be true') is satirical, in a play that explores, amongst other things, what it is to be an individual and to act.


On 'Shakespeare'

Looking into the mists of time, an eerie one:
Mysterion sees Mysterion.


Famous passage from a letter by Keats:

"several things dovetailed in my mind, & at once it struck me, what quality went to form a Man of Achievement especially in literature & which Shakespeare possessed so enormously - I mean Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact & reason

On need not construct a theory of Negative Capability, or flounder in the identity of 'Shakespeare', to breath in and breath out the genius of language, as, indisputably, others have done, are doing, and will do - often with enduring quality.

What has all this got to do with Zen?

What has Zen got to do with all this?

Anonymous said...

What has all this said...
What has all this got to do with Zen?

What has Zen got to do with all this?

It's a Mystery.

Enter The Kingdom of Mysterion said...

The true identity of Mysterion has of course been revealed.

The trail begins in a rather two-dimensional town called South Park.

Here Mysterions 'true' identity has already been revealed as Kenny. One who is cursed with with the superhero ability of resurrection.

This ability is key in also understanding the mistaken idea that Mysterion is in fact a man called Charles or Chas. For we can see this now as another disguise meant to throw us off the trail.

The Mysterion/Charles nom de guerre attempts - with much success I might add - to locate this habitual resurrecter as non other than a staunch critic of the Christian (or as he is wont to call it "xtian") cult, a cult centred around another resurrecter.

The anti-institutional, anti-establishment tenor of his sayings about other such sects, cults or institutions, from the position of Buddhist, are but the superstructure or support strategies, which subtly displace too much attention on the core critique of the Christian cult - lest protesteth-to-muching be the smoking of the real smoking gun.

Indeed, this leads us to to the source to which the trail has always been leading us. Even 'Kenny' is yet another avatar.

We find only one who has the power of resurrection. Only one who ever has or will, and that this one has been habitually coming and going for centuries. In all likelihood adopting many disguises. Bacon, Shakespeare, Dan Brown, Alan Watts? to name but a few amazing possibilities.

For this is indeed one who has seen and done much. Just a brief glance at the traces he leaves and one is amazed at how this being glides through the information highway, sifting gems and pearls, scattering facets from the whole world in all ten directions.

The potential for time-horizontal as well as time-vertical 'shiftings' marks out a being who may hold the answer to the great scientific questions of our time. Was he Schroedinger's cat? Can we call him Q?

Nevertheless, beyond these speculations, the multiplicity of disguises and 'dislocations' strongly suggest a resurrecter who wishes to reveal his superpower at some time in the future, and only then reveal the full extent of the errors, the departures from truth, that humans have enacted throughout history since his first arrival.

The revelation of this 'second coming', will reveal finally that...

Jesus Christ is Captain Hindsight

Maybe the ultimate question is: who isn't Mysterion?

Excalibur said...

Words and letters will get you nowhere.

Hmmm... (*@^`|-//\+x= brains, brains) said...

Anonymous said...

"Shadow dog fighting spares canine lives, but it's pointless to bet on. Yet there's always a rube who picks the shadow. You feel bad taking his money until you remember that money buys commodities that bring pleasure to life. Then you remember that you're a Buddhist and that all life is suffering. You try to remember why you became a Buddhist in the first place. As you strain to remember, you run a red light and kill a pedestrian. You smile at the irony and hit the gas. Suffering at home beats suffering in prison." - Dennis Perrin

Anonymous said...

F You Excaliber!

ZZZZZZzzzzzzzz said...

Snooze Alert!

Mysterion said...

"You smile at the irony and hit the gas..." - Dennis Perrin

Well, Dennis speaks no more for the Buddha than does Paul for Jesus.

In the DSS Deuteronomy, the father god El sets his son Yhwh as a plumb line among the Israelites and "will not pass this way again" - this making Israel a god-forsaken place.

I would extend that to planet earth, the solar system, and the galaxies* that we are in.

*galexies = the collision of the two galaxies



Excalibur said...

Words and letters will get you nowhere.

Arthur said...

Words and letters will get you nowhere

Also, words and letters are nowhere without someone doing nothing and going nowhere with them. That's the fun.

I didn't have much fun when I wrote that.

El said...

Excalibur did when he wrote what he wrote.

(P.S. I'm back)

Excalibur said...

Words and letters will get you nowhere.

Erich Von Daniken said...

Excalibur is a robot.

Walking in the narrow footsteps of Master Seagal.

Gossip said...

John Clare not having much fun (I'm back).

I am: yet what I am none cares or knows,
My friends forsake me like a memory lost;
I am the self-consumer of my woes,
They rise and vanish in oblivious host,
Like shades in love and death's oblivion lost;
And yet I am! and live with shadows tost

Into the nothingness of scorn and noise,
Into the living sea of waking dreams,
Where there is neither sense of life nor joys,
But the vast shipwreck of my life's esteems;
And e'en the dearest--that I loved the best--
Are strange--nay, rather stranger than the rest.

I long for scenes where man has never trod;
A place where woman never smil'd or wept;
There to abide with my creator, God,
And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept:
Untroubling and untroubled where I lie;
The grass below--above the vaulted sky.

Anonymous said...

- EVD @ 4:53 AM: - Really?

- See SS 2/86.

Anonymous said...

- EVD @ 4:53 AM: - Really?

- See SS 2/86.

SS said...

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Anonymous said...

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El said...

I go to bed too late, having fun with my Excalibur.

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Words and letters are right here.

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