Monday, October 24, 2011

T-Shirt from Berlin

Hello sports fans! Today will be my final day in Berlin. I finally got out yesterday and went to see the famous Prenzlauer Berg area. This was once part of East Berlin but now has become hip and trendy. My friend Vajra lives here now and he kindly showed me toe sights. I met Vajra a couple years ago when we were both washing dishes for rich people at Tassajara.

Before I leave Berlin I have to thank whoever it was that gave me the lovely t-shirt shown above. I did my lecture last Wednesday at Dharma Buchladen. That was at the height of my massive infection (see previous blog post below). But I didn't know I was massively infected at that point. I just thought I had a fever and the world's worst headache.

Anyway, after I gave the lecture I chatted with several people. One of them handed me a small sort of tubular shaped package. It was soft. I wondered if it might be a roll cake. It turned out to be a nice t-shirt, which I'm wearing today. But I didn't get the guy's name. He probably told me. But I was pretty much just trying to keep it together at that point. So thank you, danke shoen, whoever you are!

Last night I finally finished watching the film The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich. Oy vey! What a film!

I found that I didn't like the main character at all. He even killed his own dog for gosh sakes! How did the filmmakers expect you to sympathize with such a character? I would have rewritten him. Maybe given him a quirky sense of humor or a funny catchphrase to say each time he entered a room...

OH STOP IT! I'M JOKING! Jeez. Settle down. OK?

I gotta go. Bye!

19 comments:

Lucius Bobikiewicz said...

Being in my twenties (which was in the 80s) I lived in a squat. You know, young anarchists occupying empty houses. One day we watched koyaanisqatsi on video.

After the film a big discussion started. Or more something like a collective rant against the industry, the system, the capital, you name it.

And I remember until today how I sat there, feeling very sad and thinking "No, no, it's not the evil others, it is us. Us buying blue jeans, us, buying music equipment, us, buying junk food, it is just us being human, no evil others".
It was this evening when I started to reconsider my perspective on the world and actually I left the community some months later.

Seagal Rinpoche said...

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.

Bruno said...

Dear Brad,

Sorry for commentating in this post in a subject totally random to what you wrote. I have commented a previous post, but I realized that maybe you will never get to read it, since it was a last year's entry.

I wanted to ask about Shobogenzo versions:

Regarding Nishijima Roshi's translations, do you know if there is any difference between the paperback, Booksurge print and the hardcover Numata version? If there is, which one is better, in your opinion?

I have bought Takahashi's version, but as far as I have read, I prefer Nishijima's - basically because of the extensive footnotes and Japanese terms references. There is almost no Japanese words in Takahashi's translation, not even the chapters names. So I am always reading his book side-by-side with Nishijima's version.

Have you read Nishijima's Japanese version? I am looking for a Jap version of Shobogenzo, but I have no idea of which one corresponds to the fascicle order we see in Nishijima's/Takahashi's version. (I bought one through amazon and the order was totally different, as well as the text. I think it is rewritten in modern Japanese and filled with personal comments from the author-translator.) I wanted to have some Jap version to check when reading the translations.

See you, and お大事に!

Regards,
Bruno

Uku said...

Brad and others, have you seen a movie by Stuart Townsend called "Battle in Seattle" (2007), starring Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, Ray Liotta blaa blaa? It's a really nice movie about the protest activity, anarchy stuff during WTO conference at 1999. There's a one really good line which goes something like (I'm paraphrasing) "why are we protestors and cops on the opposite sides? We should fight together against the capitalism and politics who are suffocating us."

Doug said...

If you're looking for comedy re: Downfall of Berlin, look no further.

Not to beat a dead horse, but regarding your last post and worries about medical costs I had a similar experience. My family and I moved to Ireland a couple years ago and within a few days my two year old came down with a bad fever, nausea and became listless. Finally we had to rush her to the hospital emergency room and spent the whole night there. The good news was that it was only a bad viral infection and she recovered within days.

We expected a huge bill like emergency rooms in the US only to find our bill was a flat rate of euro80 total including the ibuprofen. I can't tell you how relieved we were because we had just arrived and had no income yet.

Speaking from experience the single most frightening experience in my life is having a very sick child. It's worse than me undergoing surgery or a near accident. It's strange how something like that can make you worry about something besides yourself.

Harry said...

Brad,

Hope you're feeling better.

I'm in Germany at the moment too (too busy to hook up with any of your events alas) and all the air conditioning is playing nutz tennis with my airways. A couple of our party are sick too.

Turn it up to 11 for the Euro-posse!

H.

chu said...

Hi Brad, It is a little known fact that Hitler was actually a Buddhist. Here is the proof!

Soft Troll said...

After all that talk about 'God' in the other thread, and after listening to the link Zenleo provided (cheers), I thought I'd have a fiddle with the Jewels.

I take refuge in the Eternal
I take refuge in that which the Eternal teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge the Eternal

I take refuge in God
I take refuge in that which God teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in God

I take refuge in the Unknown
I take refuge in that which the Unknown teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in the Unknown

I take refuge in the Life of the Unknown
I take refuge in that which the Life of the Unknown teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in the Life of The unknown

I take refuge in the Universe
I take refuge in that which the Universe teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in Universe

I take refuge in the Cosmos
I take refuge in that which the Cosmos teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in Cosmos

I take refuge in the Balanced State
I take refuge in that which the Balanced State teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in the Balanced State

I take refuge as who goes beyond in these words
I take refuge in what goes beyond in these words
I take refuge with those who take refuge in what goes beyond in these words

I take refuge in the unborn, undying, unchanging, uncreated
I take refuge in what the unborn, undying, unchanging, uncreated teaches
I take refuge in those who take refuge in the unborn, undying, unchanging, uncreated


I go for refuge in the Buddha
I go for refuge in the Dharma
I go for refuge in the Sangha

I take refuge in the Buddha
I take refuge in the Dharma
I take refuge in the Sangha

mmm

an3drew said...

softtroll writes

"I take refuge in the Eternal"

doesn't the eternal say there

is no "i"?

who is taking refuge in what ?

usual voynich,

congratulations !

leave that illusion alone and you will see how brutal the whole business is !

get real for once !

Mysterion said...

Wayne Newton... LOL

He is OLD. One more face lift and it breaks.

Mysterion said...

A much younger Wayne Newton, before he became an anime of himself.

Michelle Perkowski said...

Glad to hear you're all right, kiddo.

Khru said...

Now...let me speak to the disowned voice of the one who is Wayne Newton...

Khru said...

And this is...without a doubt...the worst comment thread I've ever seen on Bradley's blog...

Lapun47 said...

Glad to hear you're recovering nicely, Brad. It's probably good (for your body if not for the public) that you're planning to slow down a bit in your travels. (Having been born in Akron, I'd like to see a strong Zen center established there, of course.)

It occurs to me looking back over the years that the matter of self presentation (OK, I know 'no self', but you know what I mean by 'self' here) is most difficult in one's 40's and 50's: too old to play the young rebel card and to young to play the wise old sage. The middle years are all about making a graceful transition. If this resonates with anyone, feel free to make use of it.

Soft Troll said...

An3drew wrote:

doesn't the eternal say there

is no "i"?

who is taking refuge in what ?


Apparently the 'eternal' says quite a few things, and uses pronouns too.

It was a playful exercise in rewriting the Three Jewels in different ways, in the light of previous discussion on the use of the word 'God'. To see how each sat. Not an expression of insight.

The Three Jewels are vows, expressions of commitment, not doctrinaire expressions of truth.

I promise to keep getting real, Andrew.

(please take the use of I, 'real', your forename, and the other grammatical features as conventional usages)

an3drew said...

soft troll writes

"The Three Jewels are vows, expressions of commitment, not doctrinaire expressions of truth."

you mean sedatives to stop people thinking?

proulx michel said...

I get the feeling that what this man says is much more relevant (albeit with some re-direction...)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceFIUhNyJH8&feature=related

mekong46 said...

Don't know who the band is but they are hitting the note! Solid.