Thursday, May 26, 2011

T FOR TEX-ASS!


Before I forget, this weekend I'll be in Houston, TX. On May 29, 2011 I'll be speaking at the Houston Zen Center 1605 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX. This is also a one-day retreat. All of you people who constantly gripe at me about "why don't you lead a retreat?" here's your chance to stop belly-achin' and come do some zazen.

I've also updated the tour page with a talk in NYC, some more Zero Defex gigs and other talks and things. Go look.

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Also remember my new/old book Death To All Monsters is available now as a downloadable eBook or print-on-demand. Here are the links where you can get it:

http://tiny.cc/dgrnx (Amazon)
http://tiny.cc/g38eg (Barnes & Noble)
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/BradWarner (print-on-demand available)


For your entertainment, here is the afterword to the book:

I tend to assume that a number of people who have purchased this book did so because they are fans of my other nonfiction books, Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate and Sex Sin and Zen. Thank you.

I wrote this book between 1996 and 1998. So it predates my first nonfiction book, Hardcore Zen (2003), by several years. I sent Death To All Monsters out to a number of publishers at the time and collected a lot of rejection notices. One publisher expressed some interest and I rewrote the book according to their suggestions. But in the end they passed on it as well. The version you just read contains some of their suggestions but not all of them.

Like my nonfiction books, this one is a true story. But unlike those books it is not a factually true story. I’m not contending, for example, that the Japanese Imperial Army really shot down an alien spacecraft at the end of World War II. That part of the story is made up. But much of the rest of this book is essentially true.

In many ways this novel is almost as autobiographical as my later nonfiction books. Bob Morningstar, the protagonist, is based on me and this is the story of my life working for Tsuburaya Productions in Tokyo, one of the world’s leading producers of Japanese science fiction films and TV shows. Although there was no real movie Death To All Monsters, there really was episode 12 of the TV series Ultra Seven.

Ultra Seven was a Japanese television series featuring a superhero from outer space named Ultra Seven who stood 40 meters (120 feet) tall and routinely battle equally gigantic alien monsters who wished to take over planet Earth. It was a follow up to the company’s more well-know superhero TV show, Ultraman. The monster in episode 12 of Ultra Seven came from a planet whose dominant species had destroyed their own environment in an atomic war. They desired to steal the white corpuscles from human blood in order to heal their dying species. The story and the imagery (see the photo on this page) in this episode proved to be too much like the real story of those who had survived the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. So after a few broadcasts in the late sixties and early seventies, this episode was withdrawn from circulation. The other 48 episodes of the series played countless times in reruns and continue to play even today. From the time of its withdrawal, episode 12 was never included on any home video or DVD release and was not mentioned in any official publications. Official episode guides all cryptically skip straight from episode 11 to episode 13 without explanation.

Ultra Seven spawned a following of dedicated and often obsessive fans not unlike fans of Star Trek in the USA and Doctor Who in the UK. These guys really, really wanted to see the mysterious episode 12. The company had in its possession a single print of the show. For reasons I never could quite understand, this print often found its way into really weird places. For a while it was stored in an unlocked locker of one of the employees. At one point it disappeared for several weeks causing major concern within the company. People were constantly trying to get at it as if it contained some sort of bizarre secrets.

Some time just before I started working for the company, my predecessor at the international sales division sold the broadcast rights to the Ultra Seven series to Turner Network Television in America. Unlike me, this guy wasn’t really a fan of the shows we made. He had no idea that there was any problem with episode 12. So he sent the entire series to America.

I got word of this and made a quiet decision not to pursue the matter. As I hoped, the episode was shown on American TV, allowing me to see it for myself when someone sent me a VHS tape. And, of course, that version subsequently made its way back to Japan. By the mid-1990s any hardcore fan who really wanted to see the show could track down a bootleg tape. Yet officially the episode still does not exist even today.

Whenever the subject of releasing the episode came up the company people reacted to the idea in much the same way someone in the US government circa 1950 might have reacted to the notion of supplying the secret of the hydrogen bomb to the Soviet Union. It was dangerous even to mention the idea lest someone believe you were a traitor! I found this highly amusing. Much of that air of paranoia became the basis for the plot of the novel. I wondered what would happen if episode 12 of Ultra Seven really did contain some deep dark secret.

Unlike Bob, I never got in trouble for allowing Turner to broadcast the show because technically I really didn’t. I had plausible denial on my side. It wasn’t me who sent the films to America and it wasn’t my job to monitor what went on after they were sent out. I only learned about the broadcast when a description of the episode appeared in TV Guide and some friends of mine in America who were obsessive fans of the show told me about it just days before the intended broadcast. All I did was to pretend I hadn’t heard.

That was the situation upon which I based the story. What’s also true in this fictional story are the people. All of the characters are based to one degree or another upon people I actually knew. Some have been highly fictionalized. Some not.

Jackie Satsuma is based on my first boss at Tsuburaya Productions, the late Jimmy Ugawa. Ugawa had been in the Japanese Imperial Army during the war. And, although he was not stationed in Manchuria like Satsuma was, another important person in my life was. The Zen teacher from whom I received ordination, Gudo Wafu Nishijima, actually had been stationed in Manchuria where he saw no action at all during the war. Lucky for him. Both men had a deep impact on my life. Gudo makes a cameo in this novel as well.

The character of Charlie Lo isn’t anyone specific but is based on a number of people I interacted with during my time at Tsuburaya. There were a lot of guys in various Asian countries who ran film distribution companies. Many of these people were quite ruthless. The line in the novel about how people would kill each other over the rights to Disney films was something I actually heard from one of my coworkers. I have no reason to doubt it. Some of the people I dealt with were kind of scary and I often wondered how far they would go if they felt their financial interests were threatened.

Even some of the really outlandish characters in this book have real life counterparts. There were American fans of our shows every bit as obsessive as O’Dell and Daisy. There were ex-pats living in Japan just as weird and wonderful as Nick and Emily. There was even an extremely enthusiastic fan in Southeast Asia who built his own completely unauthorized museum of our shows much like the one owned by the fictional Ajrat Gupta.

The story of the people making a Gorezolla film in America is based on real events that took place when Tsuburaya attempted to hire a team to remake Ultraman in Hollywood in the early 90s. The results were a complete catastrophe and the program was never shown in the USA, though it appeared on home video in Japan.

In addition to the people in the story, many of the events contained in this novel actually happened. Some of you will recognize a few scenes that I wrote first in fictional form here and then later rewrote for Hardcore Zen. The scene in which Bob passes out while dancing in a monster costume actually happened to me, and some of the stuff that occurs in temples in the novel actually happened to me at Zen temples in Japan. Most of the set visit stuff is also essentially factual.

This was a fun novel to write. But it took a lot of work. I’d written loads of short stories by the time I decided to write this, but never a full-length novel. In order to keep all the action straight I had post-it notes all over one wall of my apartment so that I would know where each character was and what they were doing even in chapters in which they didn’t appear.

It took a couple of years of daily work to turn that vague idea of making a novel based on the story of Ultra Seven episode twelve into a coherent book. At the time I was working a regular five-day-a-week job, so I had to dedicate all of my free time to the book. It was a massive amount of work. Yet even when the book failed to find a publisher I never felt like I had wasted my time.

I hope you have enjoyed this book as much as I did.

Thanks for reading!

Brad Warner
April 21. 2011

81 comments:

john e mumbles said...

Viva la Texas!!!

Mike Dolan Fliss said...

Sorry to miss the sitting. Enjoyed the last one. Still weird to hear about ultraman. I enjoyed it so much as a kid in the late 80s - it was the only decent martial arts in "giant super hero" type stuff. Not saying a ton, but to a young martial arts dood it was cool to see, when Nothing was on TV (except for an awesome station I got on shit reception that played old classic martial arts movies with bad dubs. Man, I remember watching Fearless Hyena through so much fuss you could hide a peach, pre-cable. Whoah, nostalgia attack. Again, best wishes with the books and your texan gig. I hear they have big toast there or something.

john e mumbles said...

Sheeit, sonny boy, everything's biggah in Texaz, check id oud!!!

Awakened Yeti said...

its falling fast

peru too

it keeps coming

Anonymous said...

Episode 12 aired in the USA on TNT under the title, "Crystallized Corpuscles."

I watched it. I can see why survivors of the atomic bomb were upset by it. It was a cool episode though. Now I want to watch the rest of them!

Goodieb said...

I purchased the book for my Nook and I'm really loving it. I'm a big fan of your non-fiction and am enjoying your fiction just as much. What's next on the horizon? Any plans for a Denver visit?

Brad Warner said...

Thanks Goodieb! I'm glad you're enjoying the book.

I have no specific plans to come to Denver. It's all a matter of logistics. I'd need to figure out how to afford it, basically. I was in Boulder in 2008 for about a week. That was fun.

Brad Warner said...

Crystallized Corpuscles was the banned episode of Ultra Seven. It was shown about 3 times in Japan before someone noticed and complained. It's not meant to be insensitive to the survivors of the atomic attacks.

After the episode was banned the company treated it like it contained the secret of the atomic bomb! They were incredibly paranoid, to the degree that it was almost comedic. I just expanded on that and made up a story in which the "lost" film actually does contain an important secret.

Yet the way the "lost" film Death To All Spacemen in the book is treated is not far different from how Tsuburaya Productions dealt with that episode of Ultra Seven.

Mysterion said...

Someone will get to do "The Return of the Crystallized Corpuscles" in the wake of Fukishima Daichi.

The news has never gotten better - indeed, it is incrementally worse, day-by-day.

The horrible truth, heavily veiled by those with authority, is being spoon-fed as necessary (e.g. released by tertiary sources and then begrudgingly admitted to).

The weaknesses of the GE Mach One have been known for 40 years and the problems one potentially could face for 30 years.

Long live corporations! Death to all rational people!

Where, oh where, is Zombie Seagal when we really need him? (to clean up these rotting corpses)

Sorry for the exuberance of my optimism...

Mysterion said...

White corpuscles, bring white corpuscles.

Questerion said...

Mysterion, just out of curiosity, what is your take on Werner Erhard, EST, and landmark Forum?

Questerion said...

"Of all the disciplines that I studied, practiced, learned, Zen was the essential one. It was not so much an influence on me, rather it created space. It allowed those things that were there to be there. It gave some form to my experience. And it built up in me the critical mass from which was kindled the experience that produced est." -Werner Erhard (wikipedia)

mysterion's lugnut said...

Questerion said...
"Mysterion, just out of curiosity, what is your take on Werner Erhard, EST, and landmark Forum?"

LOL

Werner Hans Erhard (born John Paul Rosenberg, 5 September 1935) is one of the greatest human beings to have ever been born on planet Earth. (He is, in every way, as great as Brother Camping.)

EST - Greek for "it," was without any doubt, the most significant movement since Adam's first bowel movement. Disrobed Dennis can't hold a candle to Jack's fart.

landmark Forum is Landmark Forum, spelled with a capitol "L" as in L. Ron Hubfart.

Even though we haven't heard the last of Jack Rosenberg, his appearances are less frequent and his publicity less expensive. I wish him well.

Anonymous said...

California Prison Legislation Is Among The Most Punitive In The Nation.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/27/california-prison-legislation_n_868326.html

Anonymous said...

If you can't stand the heat,
stay out of the kitchen.

The Cook said...

Instructions To The Cook: A Zen Master's Guide For Living A Life That Matters

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/instructions_to_the_cook_a_zen_masters_recipe_for_living_a_life_that_matter/

The Cook said...

Well, copying that didn't link work.
Just click on "The Cook".

Dolly's Llama said...

Another good one. "hardcore" Tibetan Buddhist monk Gendun Choephel, 1903 - 1951.

http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/angry_monk/

8 said...

jew zen = nada


warner, as in bros?

you coulda made more money as a butcher, as Zappa once said about bogus gurus.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"California Prison Legislation Is Among The Most Punitive In The Nation."

Yep. That's because Reagan Republicans screwed Calif. before they went on to screw all of America.

Famous California Republicans:

Richard Nixon
Ronald Reagan
Pete Wilson
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Pretaville said...

yes, but they're screwed by demos as well--such as DiDi Feinstein, tory liberal, pro-war, strap- on-a-crat.

that said, undue compassion for hard-core inmates is ...bourgeois. Most should not be free-- but they should have better psych meds. The dharma of 'Zine, Miss Terion

Mysterion said...
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jamal said...

has mysterion always been such a racist paranoiac?

Anonymous said...

instructions to the cook and all other kitchen staff:
wash hands before returning to kitchen
thank you

Pretaville said...

Maybe google up Feinstein's support for FISA, the Iraq war, PatAct, cyber-ID cards, Mysti. Not to say her hustles with her sleazy broker man Blum. Even Fresno Armenian-mafiosi can't match that. Then Saroyan wasn't the worst mensch in the world, though his writing 's not tooPC--probably would offen effeminate kosher booodhist types.

Anonymous? Nyet. Pretaville, as in Mr Pretaville. No more Anonymous than Mysterion (so you link to a dull site. doesn't prove who you are. Not that I care. But you seem to. Hey, yr like Sen. Feinslime! Maybe ask commenters for cyber ID cards, Ossifer Mysti).

Anonymous said...

Armenians took down the twin towers?

Pretaville said...

They're everywhere.

I expect Mysti's accusations of anti-semitism anytime soon. Why, you don't care for Sen Feinstein, you're, you're denying the Holocaust! Nope. Feinstein's one of the most powerful hags in the world (probably second only to Hillary. Maybe even giving her orders). And filthy rich as well

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Anonymous Pretaville said...
"I expect Mysti's accusations of anti-semitism"

you can't be against something that does not exist (e.g. semites)

There are only self-identified semitic peoples in the Levant, Mesopotamia, North Africa, and elsewhere. They share an ancient language group - but there are other far more ancient language groups (e.g. Altaic). The human genome project does not bear out the racial myth.

There are no "Semitic people" nor a Semitic race. The term "Semitic" was coined in 1781 by the German linguist A. L. Schlozer. Schlozer theorized that certain ethnic groups (Jews and Arabs) whose languages share basic affinities are all descendants from the biblical Sem (Shem). It's another example of bad science creating a racial myth based on a belief in Biblical Folklore.

Pretaville said...

Fresno Armenians are another fact of life in California.

again, sounds vaguely racist. I was born in Fresno and in fact know some Armenian people. Like any ethnicity there's good and bad--some of the males may be "macho"--then so are italians or hispanics. They're not out spiking meth, or crack, or pimping and murdering---(your somewhat revised, correct assessment of Feinstein notwithstanding).

I call spade a diamond and diamonds hearts, sometimes.

Pretaville said...

"semitic languages" is fine, even with the biblical/mythological roots--it refers to hebrew arabic,aramaic, babylonian and other ...semitic tongues. One doesn't insist that Shem existed thereby except in the mind of overly literal positivist sorts, like you. You are sort of correct that it, as in hebrew, isn't the oldest language--indeed the Septuagint (ie first Old Testament) was not based on hebrew but a collection of...semitic tongues (at any rate, not indo-european--ie latin, greek..sanskrit)--from approx 250 bc. The Rig Veda--sanskrit-- is much older (probably 2000 bc, some say earlier), and IMHE at least as profound as the OT. Homer wrote about 1000 bc.
Huxley thought along those lines

Mysterion said...

less than 50% of the pharmacists in America "trust" the human genome project. (Hint: They are religious).

The myth of race is addressed in the current issue of Genome Research.

Some people WANT 12 tribes, and so forth. Not me. I want 10,000 tribes or more (100,000 would be fine, too). But there are just a few. "There are only eight tribes in all of humanity."

And that is because 71,000 years ago the human race was almost entirely wiped off the face of the earth by Mount Toba. Close, but no Cigar. Too bad.

What went on 160,000 years before that or 1.4 million years before that ALMOST doesn't matter. Scientists called the mDNA MRCA* "Eve" as a parody of biblical folklore and the Y DNA MRCA "Adam" for the same reason - it made good press. Adam was in East Africa and Eve was in Equatorial West Africa - and they were tens of thousands of years apart. It just means the mDNA did not evolve much over 60-80 thousand years. There were many - perhaps hundreds of 'tribes' in Africa during that multi-millennial period. It's just that precious few survived and so the genetic material was filtered down. Then Toba.

This leads to my religious theory: "Mankind is dog shit on the bottom of gods jogging shoes. No matter how - or how many times - he wipes his shoe on the front lawn, some of us just manage to hang in there."

*MRCA Most Recent Common Ancestor

Anonymous said...

Nine out of thirty three comments here are Mysterion's.

Why would anybody drop by here just to read his crap?

He has effectively shut down Harcore Zen blog.

Block him Brad, or listen to the crickets.

Anonymous said...

16 out of 34 comments here are anonymous.

So what is everybody else so ashamed of?

I know what I'm ashamed of.

anonymous anonymous said...

"Nine out of thirty three comments here are Mysterion's."

It's much worse than that. He uses many names to get his message out. There is an urgency to his mania. He has so much to say and so little time.

Pretaville said...

Mysterion scrawls something interesting on occasion--ie his few remarks on early buddhism,..King Menander. At least he read the wiki. Then he resorts to ugly over-generalization. So, there's like a good Mysti, and a bad Mysti. The dharma of bipolar affliction. At least he's not a zen-jock-management type who believes satori means something like a great stock portfolio, new Apple, benz, etc and weekly wet t-shirt contests.

mysteriaren't said...

OK add up all of his "official" Mysterion comments and who knows how many of his Anonymous ones and add in the comments like the last four here that directly comment on his comments, and there you have it: his reactionary links and comments overwhelm the Brad Warner Hardcore Zen posts by miles. Anonymous (Mysterion?) at 7:42 AM is right, Brad needs to block or limit him or just admit this is Mysterion's blog: change the name to Whodoyouthinkyouaren't? Or Mysterion postulates 2.

Tony said...

I'm glad you came to H-town. Thought provoking stuff you shared during your talks.

And like some ancient zen guy said - 'Every day your mind is clear is a good day'(or some such), so I'd have to say yesterday's sit was a good day. - Tony G.

Mysterion said...
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Mysterion said...

Another reason that I exist here is so that you'll have something other than Brad to snipe at...

anonymous anonymous said...

"at least I don't come here peddling some old dude sitting on a sky toilet.

people who park their self-esteem of being chosen by YourWay, FishMan, or Allat are dissin' the world for the rest of us."

mysterion: You park your self-esteem in seeing yourself as diametrically opposed to those peddlers. Which in reality means you are exactly the same as them. Ever wonder why so many people have a problem with your worldview? I don't think you ever do. You can't conceive that you might be totally wrong about everything. But, you are almost every time. It's really amazing.

anonymous anonymous said...

"Another reason that I exist here is so that you'll have something other than Brad to snipe at..."

So you see yourself as a white knight defending Brad against his enemies? So interesting your delusions..

Anonymous said...

what the shit, Mysterion?

Get a blog! (oh wait...)

Anonymous said...

Lineage Delusions: Eido Shimano Roshi, Dharma Transmission, and American Zen

http://sweepingzen.com/2011/02/08/lineage-delusions-eido-shimano-roshi-dharma-transmission-and-american-zen/


Episode 63 :: Erik Storlie :: Lineage Delusions

http://www.thesecularbuddhist.com/episode_063.php




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

Anonymous said...

mysterion isn't always wrong. It's just that he's never right.

Mysti's Shrink said...

The need to be right comes from the child who did not get enough attention or love who creates a safe space where he or she is self-contained, and self-reliant. Because none of his/her feelings or opinions were validated, it is impossible for him/her to acknowledge the validity of others views. It is also difficult for this person to connect with others on any level.

Mysterion said...

whatever...

Anonymous said...

m, You might be the least introspective zen buddhist in the world.

But self knowledge isn't for you I guess.. Not when there are so many grenades to fall on for Brad.

Excalibur said...

Words and letters will get you.

Ex-caliburper said...

Know where?

Zanny The Nanny said...

I object!

got contact? said...

 

Anonymous said...

Brad, My favorite part of the book is where the girls take Morningstar to a strip club and the girl giving him a lap dance really turns him on. Bob closes his eyes and mysterion sneaks up and grabs his Johnson. Wow! How did you come up with that?

Mysterion said...
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Anonymous said...

Watched the movie "The invention of Lying" tonight. I thought it was a validation of 'Abrahamic religion.

verification MENTAL

Mysti said...

The Republicans criticized President Barack Obama for being indecisive, for delegating and for being weak on foreign policy. Obama proved them wrong by personally taking charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. He picked one of four plans to neutralize the al Qaeda leader (arguably the most difficult one), then followed through from command central, where he watched the raid in real time.

Now Republicans say George W. Bush deserves the credit. They say it was the intelligence network Bush set up and the enhanced interrogation (read torture) he authorized that led us to bin Laden. Nonsense. Bush had eight years to capture or kill him and failed. Indeed, it's not clear he ever really tried to find bin Laden.

Right after the 9/11 attacks -- when all commercial flights were grounded -- Bush allowed the bin Laden family to flee the United States without even being questioned by the FBI! Six months later he told the press: "I don't know where he [bin Laden] is. ... I just don't spend that much time on it." Worse, Bush refused to deploy the additional troops requested when bin Laden was trapped in Tora Bora, Afghanistan. Then, in 2005, Bush actually shut down the only unit expressly created to find the man behind the death of 3,000 Americans.

Let's give credit where credit is due: President Obama took out bin Laden. Bush had nothing to do with it.

Mysterion said...

In late 2005, Bush closed down the CIA led "Bin Laden Issues Desk." The people responsible for locating, tracking and capturing Bin Laden were reassigned other duties. Essentially, Bush gave up looking for Bin Laden about the time Bin Laden built his million dollar compound 1/2 mile from Pakistan's Military Officers Training College.

"This has to be the first time in history that old white men tried to take credit from a black guy for someone getting shot."

The only planes that flew after 9/11 took the various Bin Ladens (e.g. brothers, cousins, nephews, & nieces) AND key Saudi Arabians out of the country to safety.

One of the multitude of Bin Laden's nieces was a student at CSU at the time. “Natural Viagra” was in the compound when the Seals raided. The brand name was Johnson's.

“Johnson's Natural Viagra”

or not.

I Forgot said...

What was the topic?

captcha = ramen

Seriously.

Flunky said...

Whose Johnson is/was bigger, Obama's or Osama's?

With or without Viagra?

ASAT, 50 points.

Brad, get into any grad schools yet, or are you just taking the Mysterion online courses along with the rest of us trolls?

verification: hoalizen

Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso said...

The Dalai Lama has been very successful in destroying this ancient religious tradition. He is very clever at destroying the spiritual practice taught by his root Guru Trijang Rinpoche, but he is very ignorant and foolish at achieving Tibetan independence. This should be his main job because he is the Tibetan political leader, but in this he is paralyzed, without any direction. Everyone can see this situation now. The Dalai Lama is using these three reasons, repeating them over and over like a weapon to destroy the spiritual practice taught by his root Guru. He is continually saying these things, and people believe him, and their minds are gradually changing. In reality he is misleading people in order to fulfill his wishes. His main wish is to destroy the practice of Dorje Shugden and then to change the entire Gelug tradition. He wants to integrate all the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism into one so that the leaders of the other traditions will no longer have a role and he will become the only leader of Tibetan Buddhism. In this way he can easily control the spiritual life of all practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. I know this is his wish; he has been working towards this for many years.

Mysterion said...

T

Anonymous said...

Tibetan Buddhism is fantastical nonsense. "Your school is not worshipping the right gods. This god that we are worshipping is far more important than the one you are worshipping. Therefore, your school has no merit." That is Tibetan Buddhism in a nutshell. And what is the Dalai Lama exactly? A politican in fancy robes. How "His Holiness" became so popular in America is completely beyond my comprehension. The fact that he is now the face of Buddhism in the world should be disturbing to all of us.

Tenzin Gyatso said...

I agree with Anonymous. Tibetan Buddhism is fantastic.

Jinzang Johnson said...

Tibetan Buddhism might be incomprehensible to you but it is an effective life method.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"And what is the Dalai Lama exactly?"

An ordinary monk.

Mysterion said...

and what is the pope exactly?

According to some (not me) an ordinary NAZI.

To me, he is someone who eats, sleeps, and takes a dump just like the rest of us. An ordinary pedestrian.

Pretaville said...

El Papa Benny is a scholar. Whether one agrees with the tradition of the RCC or not, he deserves some respect for his work, his writing, his ...dedication--he's adept in latin, greek, german, western philosophy, history, etc.--a bit different than Billy Bob Baptists or mormonics, etc Similarly for some hindu or buddhist scholar or academic. We might not agree with Guru X's views on the 1000 names of Vishnu, but ...assuming he knows the tradition, sanskrit, etc---that's something.

Comprendes, Mysti? At times your Darwinian-Freudian perspective interferes with your....understanding of the dharma, grasshoppah

69 said...

The Pope's a dope. Just because somebody knows everything that there is to know about The Lord Of The Rings or the Harry Potter books doesn't make them a "scholar".

Anonymous said...

mysterion said: "According to some (not me) (the Pope) is an ordinary NAZI."

mysterion, You are a truly loathsome individual. You can't even admit what you surely believe. Oh.. that's right, you believe nothing..

What a crock of shit as my father would say.

Mysterion said...

A Nonie Mouse:

would that be your natural father or your Rabenvater?

DONT READ THIS! said...

Brad W., please don't feed the mindless, hater trolls. As you know, anyone posting here without an official BLUE* anonymous moniker is not worthy of comment or consideration. Goodieb, is just a black-letter anonymouse, not a blue-letter anonymous. Thankyou for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
Just another mindless, hating troll.

Soft Troll said...

and what is the Pope exactly?

According to some (not me) an ordinary NAZI.
(8:13 pm)

Of the many cowardly ways to express some/not me, this type of formulation is up there, in its shameless insidiousness.

As for the rest of the disclaimer in that comment, there is the light of habitual sloganizing, distinguishing the self apart from authentic engagement.

Anonymous Bob said...

Why all this hating on Mysterion? He is the voice of the HZ blog. Where would Brad's blog be without him? What would be discussed if not corrupted Abrahamic Religions? Sometimes Brad deviates from the true message of Buddhism. Mysterion is the glue that holds it all together. He is the face of American Zen.

CAPTCHA : ulfun : I kid you not

ShitMyDadSays said...

If I had a dog with a face like that I would shave it's ass and teach it to walk backwards.

Pretaville said...

You obviously don't know fuck about the western tradition or RCC, do you Anny-stein. While I don't idolize a St Augustine or Aristotle, they're hardly Harry Potter, anymore than say..the old hindu/buddhist texts are (which feature many alleged supernatural events as well--and Aristotle's philosophy while archaic, is empirical and logical in most respects anyway...hardly a witchdoctor like those who dreamt up the mahayana texts).

Actually as with most "buddhist' joints the HZ regs aren't even Darwinist, per se but sound like mormon-zionist dolts--forgetting the noble Mormonic-Non-Being Sutra : when you see a mormon-demon on the road, snuff it ASAP

Mysterion said...

Harry Potter?

do you mean J.K. Rowling?

Zen increases awareness. And, if something doesn't work (buggering during genuflection, then don't do that.

Please see:
(Kālāma Sūtra)

And, if you are into cannibalism...

Pretaville said...

Yeah, Rowlings WASP shit as well. You're just another jewboy, Mysti.

Zen-Co...and navel gazing while...perhaps important (then..aikido might produce similar effects) is not ...the "dharma" itself--which is a bit too subtle for most Mericans, including the Darwinist-freudian sort of frat boys

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