Friday, December 16, 2011

The Hardest Working Man in Zen Business

I'm trying to compile a list of all the gigs I've done Zen-wise. I want to include both live appearances and radio/TV shows. But I'm missing almost all the radio and TV dates. And there are a few of the live appearance gigs which I do not have records of exactly where I spoke. I know the date and the city, but not the actual venue. I've put those in bold.

Does anyone remember where these were? Is there anyone out there who knows of gigs I did that are not on this list (esp. radio and TV stuff)? Does anyone know where the heck I spoke in 2008 and 2007?


2009 TOUR (58 dates)

February 17, 2009 Psych Podcast with Deborah Harper (radio show)
February 19, 2009 The Journey Home Santa Fe Pubic Radio (radio show)

March 3, 2009 Waves of the New Age WAIF Radio Cincinnati, OH
March 5, 2009 In The Spirit with Gary Goldberg (radio show)
March 12, 2009 Bodhi Tree Bookstore Los Angeles, CA
March 18, 2009 Diesel Bookstore Avenue Oakland, CA
March 20, 2009 San Francisco Zen Center San Francisco, CA
March 21, 2009 Virato Live, Asheville, NC (radio show)
March 21, 2009 Green Apple Books San Francisco, CA
March 22, 2009 Copperfield's Books Petaluma, CA
March 25, 2009 Interdependence Project New York, NY 10012
March 26, 2009 East/West Books New York, NY
March 27, 2009 Monmouth University West Long Branch, NJ
March 28, 2009 Brooklyn Zen Center, Brooklyn, NY
March 29, 2009 Traditional Chinese Culture Institute Washington, DC

April 1, 2009 Malaprops Books, Asheville, NC
April 2-5, 2009 Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC
April 5, 2009 Asheville Zen Center, West Asheville, NC
April 6, 2009 The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC
April 7, 2009 Zen Center of Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
April 10-12, 2009 Nashville Zen Center, Nashville, TN
April 17, 2009 Austin Zen Center, Austin, TX
April 18, 2009 San Antonio Zen Center, San Antonio, TX
April 18, 2009 Book People, Austin, TX
April 19, 2009 Houston Zen Center, Houston, TX
April 21, 2009 Legacy Books, Plano, TX
April 27, 2009 Dawson College, Montreal, QC, Canada
April 28, 2009 Casa Del Popolo, Montréal, QC, Canada

May 2, 2009 Still Point Zen Buddhist Abbey Detroit, MI
May 3, 2009 Still Point Zen Buddhist Abbey Detroit, MI
May 5, 2009 Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatoon, SK Canada
May 6, 2009 Indigo Books, Saskatoon, SK Canada
May 7, 2009 McNally Robinson Booksellers , Saskatoon, SK Canada
May 20, 2009 Albuquerque Zen Center Albuquerque, NM
May 22, 2009 Both Sides / No Sides Zen Community, El Paso, TX
May 23, 2009 Las Cruces Zen Center, Las Cruces, NM
May 24, 2009 Las Cruces Zen Center, Las Cruces, NM

August 8-15, 2009 Great Sky Zen Sesshin Hokyoji Zen Monastery, Eitzen,
August 21-23, 2009 Frankfurt Zendo, Frankfurt, Germany
August 24, 2009 Joogastudio Samadhi, Turku, Finland
August 24, 2009 Turku Main Library Turku, Finland
August 25, 2009 Helsinki Zen Center, Helsinki, Finland
August 26, 2009 Balderin sali, Helsinki, FInland
August 26, 2009 Espoo Cine International Film Festival, Espoo, Finland
August 27, 2009 Balderin sali, Helsinki, Finland
August 28, 2009 Jyväskylä City Library, Jyväskylä, Finland
August 29, 2009 Dogen Sangha Finland, Helsinki, FInland

September 3-6, 2009 Haus Hornberg München (Munich), Germany
September 11, 2009 Durham University, Durham, UK
September 12, 2009 King's College London, UK
September 14, 2009 Oddfellows Hall, Bristol, UK
September 19 - 22, 2009 Tokei-in Temple, Shizuoka, Japan

November 13, 2009 Dharma Punx, Vancouver BC
November 17, 2009 University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria, BC Canada
November 19, 2009 University of Victoria Interfaith Chapel, Victoria, BC Canada

December 4, 2009 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
December 5, 2009 Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
December 6, 2009 Dharma Field, Minneapolis, MN

2010 TOUR (43 dates)

March 4, 2010 Unity Temple Kansas City, MO
March 14, 2010 Houston Zen Center, Houston, TX
March 18-21, 2010 Austin Dharma Punx Retreat, Austin, TX
March 25-28, 2010 Southern Dharma Retreat Center, Hot Springs, NC

April 2-4, 2010 Brooklyn Zen Center, Brooklyn, NY
April 10, 2010 Baltimore Zen Center, Severn, MD
April 12, 2010 Barnes & Noble VCU store, Richmond, VA 23284
April 12, 2010 Ekoji Buddhist Sangha, Richmond, Virginia 23221

May 7, 2010 Bibliothèque Francophone Multimédias Limoges, France
May 8, 2010 Salle Terres de Rencontres, Toulouse, France
May 12, 2010 (?) Katwice, Poland
May 13, 2010 Krakow, Poland
May 14, 2010 CUD Bookstore Krakow, Poland
May 20, 2010 Warsaw, Poland
May 23, 2010 Zwiazek Buddystow Zen Bodhidharma, Warsaw, Poland
May 26, 2010 Frankfurt, Zendo, Frankfurt, Germany
May 27, 2010 J.Kamphausen Verlag & Distribution GmbH, Bielefeld, Germany
May 28, 2010 Dharma Buchladen, Berlin, Germany

June 1, 2010 University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FInland
June 2, 2010 Balderin sali, Helsinki, Finland
June 3, 2010 Laughing Yoga Studio, Tempere, FInland
June 3, 2010 Tempere Library, Tempere, Finland
June 4, 2010 Dogen Sangha Finland, Helsinki, Finland
June 5, 2010 Dogen Sangha Finland Helsinki, Finland
June 13, 2010 Kapelruimte, Nijmegan, Netherlands
June 16, 2010 Bookfinders Bookshop and Café, Belfast, Northern Ireland
June 17, 2010 St John Hall, Ballymena, Northern Ireland
June 26, 2010 Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

August 7-14, 2010 - Great Sky Zen Sesshin, Hokyoji Zen Monastery, Eitzen, MN

September 2, 2010 Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
September 17, 2010 Copperfield's Books, Petaluma, CA
September 20, 2010 Diesel Books, Oakland, CA
September 29, 2010 Cleveland Buddhist Temple, Cleveland, OH

October 15, 2010 Interdependence Project, New York, NY
October 16-17, 2010 Interdependence Project, New York, NY
October 26, 2010 Allen Memorial Hospital (McGill University), Montreal, QC, Canada
October 26, 2010 Casa Del Popolo, Montreal, QC, Canada

November 7, 2010 Dogen Translation Project, San Francisco Zen Center, San Francisco, CA
November 9, 2010 Hill Street Center, Santa Monica, CA
November 10, 2010 Dharma Zen Center, Los Angeles, CA
November 10, 2010 Against The Stream, Los Angeles, CA
November 12, 2010 An Lac Buddhist Temple, Ventura, CA
November 14, 2010 Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles, CA
November 17, 2010 Montreal, QC, Canada

2011 TOUR (40 dates)

February 15, 2011 Kansas Zen Center, Lawrence, KS
February 17, 2011 Kansas City, MO
February 20, 2011 Cedar Rapids Zen Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
February 22, 2011 Seki’s Japanese Restaurant St Louis, MO
February 26, 2011 Missouri Zen Center, St Louis, MO

March 5, 2011 Brevard Zen Center, Cocoa, FL
March 17, 2011 University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
March 18, 2011 Saskatoon, SK
March 19-20, 2011 Saskatoon, SK

April 14, 2011 Mount Berry, GA
April 15, 2011 Atlanta, GA

April 17, 2011 Atlanta Soto Zen Center, Atlanta, GA
April 18, 2011 Atlanta, GA
April 20, 2011 Nashville, TN

April 22-24, 2011 Nashville Zen Center Retreat, Nashville, TN

May 10, 2011 An Lac Buddhist Temple, Ventura, CA
May 12, 2011 Against The Stream, Los Angeles, CA
May 29, 2011 Houston Zen Center, Houston, TX

June 18, 2011 Ordinary Mind Zendo, New York, NY

July, 2011 Starwood Festival, Wisteria Campgrounds, Pomeroy, OH
July 29, 2011 Arcata Zen Group, Arcata, CA
July 30, 2011Arcata Zen Group, Arcata, CA
July 31, 2011 North Coast Aikido Center, Arcata, CA

August 6, 2011 Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group Sacramento, CA,
August 7, 2011 Time Tested Books, Sacramento, CA
August 7, 2011 Sacramento Buddhist Meditation Group Sacramento, CA

October 6, 2011 Zen In Ooij Nijmegen, Netherlands
October 8, 2011 San Bo Dojo, Bonn, Germany
October 9, 2011 Against The Stream Amsterdam, Netherlands
October 10, 2011 Against The Stream, Rotterdam, Netherlands
October 14, 2011 Salon with Gilles Farcet, Paris, France
October 15, 2011 Zen Retreat, Poitiers, France
October 19, 2011 Dharma Buchladen, Berlin, Germany
October 26, 2011 Bürgerwache am Siegfriedplatz, Bielefeld, Germany
October 27-30, 2011 Zen Retreat, Bielefeld, Germany

November 5, 2011 Brentwood Buddhist Meditation Group, Shenfield, Essex, UK
November 12, 2011 Against The Stream, Antwerp, Belgium
November 13, 2011 RS Yoga, Antwerp, Belgium
November 18, 2011 Village Hall, Manchester, UK
November19, 2011 Village Hall, Manchester, UK

152 comments:

Khru said...

This is now the greatest thread.

Khru said...
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Anonymous said...

It is mighty, yes.

Mumon said...

Geez - do you have platinum elite status yet?

Seagal Rinpoche said...

There is only non-voidness, the single state dependent on perception of the base consisting of neither perception nor non-perception.

Mysterion said...

good luck...

me remember? LOL

Chas

Mysterion said...

the quintessential Brad Warner:

"It turned out that he was a little lost; he was out with some other folks earlier who wanted to turn off the main trail onto something that fell off the map." source

with all respect,
Cha-Ryu-Tsu
(Charyutsu)

Anonymous said...

You forgot that Men's Room in Hoboken in April 2005, and all those other bathroom gigs, you know, like the one you took a photo of for the cover of HARDCORE ZEN.

Augustroshi said...

April 1, 2009
Geek Entertainment TV with Violet Blue
After Green Apple Books appearance.
http://www.geekentertainment.tv/?s=brad+warner

Mysterion said...

Anonymous said...
"You forgot that Men's Room..."

why didn't you finish school?

this anger issue of yours is showing through...

seek help.

Anonymous said...

June 3, 2010: Tampere, Finland (not Tempere, FInland)

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Tampere

Anonymous said...

I didn't finish because of teachers like you, Mysterion, who have NO sense of (bathroom) humor!

Anonymous said...

Come back to Michigan! Our states may be football rivals, but we have Zen peeps here too!

Anonymous said...

Brad dumps on Genpo for month and then promotes himself. Irony at it's best.

Brad will you pay me to go hear you speak. Thats the only way would show up and then again maybe I would just take your money. What a fools game.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen these videos of Genpo Roshi? Fuck, that guy is insane! Man, I feel so sorry for that poor woman who burst into tears of revealing her doubts. Shit, I hate Genpo. Keep up doing your important job, Brad!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZFPmx6DH9Y&feature=related

Sean

Anonymous said...

achtung! here's the german genpo: hinnerk polenski, german cuckoo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9UHsgmc2xw&feature=related

check out these chicks with german cuckoo meister:

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

Zippy Rinpoche said...

SANTA CLAUS comes down a FIRE ESCAPE wearing brightblue LEG WARMERS.. He scrubs the POPE with a mildsoap or detergent for 15 minutes, starring JANE FONDA!!

Mysterion said...

German?

I think he's Finn without the fish.

(it just smells like fish nearby)

drumroll, rimshot.

CAPCHA = ingstspp

Anony @ 1:12 PM said...

See what I mean? This is what passes for your sense of humor. Pathetic.

Anonymous said...

bad boy.

john e mumbles said...

A list? Why?

Lauren said...

In 2008 you were sun bathing on Mercury and jammin' on Jupiter with Anus of Uranus

ref. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeUMpAy1NK0

Mónika Csapó said...

Hi, since this blog is related to zen I thought I would raise here a question what I have since quite a long time. Sometimes the way how zen teachings relate to "emotions" are quite interesting to me. They translate emotions many times as dependency and false desires. I am not practicing zen, so I might not express myself properly about these terms. My question would be: is there anything in zen teachings about friendship and family?

Audrius said...

When you go to Lithuania? :)

Fred said...

"is there anything in zen teachings about friendship and family?"

The Buddha and his follower dropped
their friends and family. When you
are the Void the only friend you
have is the plasma and the ineffable silence of illumination.

anon #108 said...

Hi Mónika

You can safely ignore any Zen book, teacher or student telling you to get rid of emotions. It's not possible. And why would you want to? Part of the miracle of being human is to feel emotions.

But being too emotional can cause unhappiness, for you and for your family and friends. So perhaps the answer is to be balanced - not too happy and not too unhappy. Not too angry and not too peaceful. Practising zazen meditation and understanding Buddhist philosophy has helped some people become more balanced.


A Zen master’s best freind had died. He burst our crying at the funeral.
A monk asked, “But Master, this world is an illusion. Why are you crying?"
The Zen master replied, “Because my best freind is dead!”

Anonymous said...

There is justgarbage on this blog. The comments, the articles-just meaningless trash.
And Warners teaching is of the same bad quality as the stupid buddha paintings in the background. Or the uninspiring conventional punk music from a decade ago: Boring, unartistic and without creative intelligence. Difficult to imagine why any serious meditator can become interested in this lifestyle nonsense. Wich really fits best in suicide girls homepage.

anon #108 said...

Tell me about it, 6.45am. People are such a drag :(

Cosi said...

It should be:
May 12, 2010 Katowice, Poland

Fred said...
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Ed Sullivan said...

Let's hear it for Fred. Voice of the Void. The sound of the ineffable silence of illumination.

Mysterion said...

aniny @ 6:54 AM:

which you exemplify...

Brad is doing a thing which is beneficial (bringing Buddhism to another generation).

and you?

what have you to show for your miserable existence?

in your birth, life, and death will anything have improved as a result of your causation?

become a beneficial force rather than a meaningless one.

I offer this as kind counsel.

CAPCHA = psyleall

Sannyasin Willie said...

For those who missed it.

For those who have forgotten.

Meditation Flash Mob: Texas State Capital Building
http://vimeo.com/19589441

And the sequel.
http://vimeo.com/21025126

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... Despite the fact that the teacher Barry Magid, like Brad Warner Paramount, do practice on a special way of sitting (cross- egged), I like the schoo www.ordinarymind.com Google this site for 'useless teacher' and 'zazen is useless'. Brad, thanks. You are doing the best you can, like Genpo, me, everyone. 5:53 AM


Brad, great post Broken yogi great comment. I would pay Genpo if he said to me that Big Mind™ is USELESS because we are already perfect just exactly as we are We don't need to become japanese, and not the japanese become western people.

Zen practice is great, because it is selling water along the river! Zen Teacher who would sit practice in chairs would have dificult to get students because most of the beginners want to fee aversion to their ordinary life.

anonymous anonymous said...

mysterion said,

"what have you to show for your miserable existence?

I offer this as kind counsel."

I might have bought your compassion bit if you had been a little kinder. As it was it just seemed like another slap.

john e mumbles said...

I asked a couple years back why Brad listed last year's dates on his itinerary for the current year, and have to wonder again:

Why the list? Resting on your laurels, bragging, really interested in being known as the James Brown of the Zen lecture circuit, or?

I'm all about comparisons in order to arrive at certain conclusions (hence my avatar), but of what value can this possibly be?

anonymous anonymous said...

John e, I think Brad is a hoarder of his own memorabilia. He seems very interested in saving the stuff of his legend for historians of the future. He's either being courteous or vain.

Anonymous said...

if you're going to offer workshops it helps to show you've been working it.

Korey said...

When you coming to Toronto man?

Paul van Buuren said...

You may want to change 'Nijmagen' to 'Nijmegen'. That's the correct spelling

Brad Warner said...

Why the list? Resting on your laurels, bragging, really interested in being known as the James Brown of the Zen lecture circuit, or?

I'm all about comparisons in order to arrive at certain conclusions (hence my avatar), but of what value can this possibly be?


Followed by:

I think Brad is a hoarder of his own memorabilia. He seems very interested in saving the stuff of his legend for historians of the future. He's either being courteous or vain.

Really? Honestly? You think it's some kind of bizarre conspiracy?

I am a professional writer. I make my living by writing books and then going around talking about them.

One thing professional writer/lecturers do is keep a record of the places they've been so they can show potential employers what they've done.

Is there some nefarious scheme behind the resume you have on your hard drive? Are you saving it for future historians? Are you just bragging about your accomplishments?

Brad Warner said...

Monika said:
Hi, since this blog is related to zen I thought I would raise here a question what I have since quite a long time. Sometimes the way how zen teachings relate to "emotions" are quite interesting to me. They translate emotions many times as dependency and false desires. I am not practicing zen, so I might not express myself properly about these terms. My question would be: is there anything in zen teachings about friendship and family?

Anon #108 already left a good reply to this.

I also addressed this extensively in my book Sex, Sin and Zen. But I'll try to remember to address it again on the blog.

Thanks!

Brad Warner said...

May 12, 2010 Katowice, Poland

Thanks! But do you know where I spoke in Katowice? I recall doing the talk, but not the name of the place.

Brad Warner said...

There is justgarbage on this blog. The comments, the articles-just meaningless trash.
And Warners teaching is of the same bad quality as the stupid buddha paintings in the background. Or the uninspiring conventional punk music from a decade ago: Boring, unartistic and without creative intelligence. Difficult to imagine why any serious meditator can become interested in this lifestyle nonsense. Wich really fits best in suicide girls homepage.


Your mom is uninspiring conventional punk music from a decade ago!

Anonymous said...

BOOM! Brad just brought it.... BIGTIME... to the anonymous haters.

Game over.

simpleyogi said...

anonymous is an asshole with ocd.Brad's talk in KC was again at Unity Temple. Thanks, Brad.

john e mumbles said...

I didn't think your list was part of some nefarious scheme, and I also didn't think of it as a "resume" that potential employers might peruse, Brad.

But if you think you will get gigs by virtue of posting a list of past ones, by all means go for it.

This IS your blog thing-a-ma-jig after all.

It seems a bit odd, I guess, that you would spend three posts on Genpo's nefarious let's-make-a-living-off-Zen schemes, then do a retrospective on how you have been making $ off Zen for the past few years.

Not that they are the same thing, by any means. It just seemed weird timing for a list like this to drop in the context of what you had been posting.

Anonymous said...

Mumbles,

This being an important part of Brad's livelihood means that he has to tend to it. He tends to it by churning out posts.

They vary.

He's not like the multi-talented Seagal Rinpoche, who makes movies and other stuff, in addition to dispensing timeless wisdom and exposing the masses to the dharma.

anonymous anonymous said...

"Really? Honestly? You think it's some kind of bizarre conspiracy?"

I'm not sure if conspiracy is the right word but yeah maybe.. I think you are a bit of a pack-rat. And you wouldn't be the first artist to think his silliest scribbled thought was a priceless artifact. You do love to document yourself. Saying that is hardly an indictment. I think it's interesting.

Anonymous said...

Go sit or something, anonymous anonymous. You're spending too much time online, armchair shrinking people you've never met.

Try a long walk. I hear it's nice outside where you live.

Mumon said...

One thing professional writer/lecturers do is keep a record of the places they've been so they can show potential employers what they've done.

I do hope you've also saved them for tax purposes. I mean, that's a legit business expense.

john e mumbles said...

Some of you remember quite awhile ago I posted a link to some cool movies & documentaries inc. Robert Anton Wilson, Rebel Monk, etc.

Here's a new one w/Kenneth Anger, Carlos Casteneda, and more (inc. another RAW entry):

http://tubegnosis.com/


Enjoy!

Chet said...

I'm late to the game for Brad's last few posts, but feel the need to put my two cents in.

Commercialization (money surrounding it) doesn't bother me as much as commoditization (Zen as a thing you buy). Zen isn't something owned. I'm not offended because I think Zen is sacred, it really isn't (and yet is...blah) - it's because approaching it with any sort of attaining mentality just gives you a pretty new philosophy or 'cool shit I do that makes me interesting' sort of thing. Zen as a hobby. And the trappings of Zen ARE a hobby, the zafus, the accoutrements of the practice, the timers, hell - even the teachings and the collection of the teachings. But actual Shikantaza is a gift that releases you from that.

People seem to come to Zen for something and are disappointed when they don't find it. The lucky stick around to see what they actually do find, I think. Either way, it can't be sold. It doesn't really offend me when people try, but it makes me feel funny.

Chet

Anonymous said...

john e mumbles, please tell us the previous link here.

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

http://www.snagfilms.com/

john e mumbles said...

And one more:

http://documentaryheaven.com/

Anonymous said...

FWIW, in 2006, you spoke
(and had a brain scan) at
Emory University.

After your
Ultraman arm-cross demo
during that talk,
been sitting
every day
since.

Jury's still out
on whether it's
done any good
or not...

Does that make you
The Godfather of Zen?

anon #108 said...

Chet said:

"...And the trappings of Zen ARE a hobby, the zafus, the accoutrements of the practice, the timers, hell - even the teachings and the collection of the teachings. But actual Shikantaza is a gift that releases you from that."

Hi Chet.

Agree.

anon #108 said...

Ooo...more docs! Will check them out later. Thanks, john e.

Anonymous said...

That list may look impressive, but you haven't made it until we start getting mass mailIngs of Brad Warner prayer flags with Save Akron bumper stickers. Lol. Just kidding Richard Gere

Cosi said...

@Brad "Thanks! But do you know where I spoke in Katowice? I recall doing the talk, but not the name of the place."

I guess - GUESS - that it might have been Kwan Um School of Zen. But I'm not sure, I haven't been there then :(

Kwan Um: http://www.zen.pl/katowice/
Soto Zen: http://www.zen-katowice.pl/

Anonymous said...

That's right!
And To memorize the japanese chants, etc, helps you, for a little time, forget your ordinary suffering and feel like a sorcerer/Gandalf.
The sitting practice is not scapism, because it's only a placebo. You believe that zazen can move you to heaven, but it just deceive you by making you accept the hell and rest on it.

anon #108 said... Chet said:"...And the trappings of Zen ARE a hobby, the zafus, the accoutrements of the practice, the timers, hell - even the teachings and the collection of the teachings. But actual Shikantaza is a gift that releases you from that." teachings. But actual Shikantaza is a gift that releases you from that." a gift that releases you from that." Hi Chet. Agree. 6:03 PM

Anonymous said...

2:38: Zenmar, you again?

Anonymous said...

zen is resting in hell, and resting is the heaven itself, resting....

Anonymous said...

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz




Captcha: trance

Anonymous said...

resting in hell is not trance, but doing things like working to survive... hell, but resting, accepting life as it is...

Anonymous said...

...is boring.

john e mumbles said...

Emptiness is a mode of perception, a way of looking at experience. It adds nothing to, and takes nothing away from, the raw data of physical and mental events. You look at events in the mind and the senses with no thought of whether there's anything lying behind them. This mode is called emptiness because it is empty of the presuppositions we usually add to experience in order to make sense of it: the stories and worldviews we fashion to explain who we are and the world we live in. Although these stories and views have their uses, the Buddha found that the questions they raise—of our true identity and the reality of the world outside—pull attention away from a direct experience of how events influence one another in the immediate present. Thus they get in the way when we try to understand and solve the problem of suffering.


- Thanissaro Bhikkhu, "What do Buddhists mean when they talk about emptiness?"

Anonymous said...

zen includes accept boring feelings and excitement and neutral.
resting on excitement, too, paradoxically



resting in hell is not trance, but doing things like working to survive... hell, but resting, accepting life as it is... 5:02 AM Anonymous said.....is boring

Mysterion said...

the sitting practice is the sitting practice.

sitting is sitting.

calming down is calming down.

a time-out is a time-out.

wind is wind.

rain is rain.


Yet, according to Hemingway, why did the chicken cross the road?



to die...


alone...

in the rain.

JooviNile said...

Well, the road was slick, I didn't see the chicken.

Anonymous said...

How much does a Hemingway?

Ryan said...

searching my email history, I saw you August 27, 2007 at the ID project in NYC. I think they recorded that one for a podcast. I also saw you in midtown at a small thing in some dude's office space. I think that was winter or spring 2010. You tweeted about it to see if anyone would show up.

Anonymous said...

we don't need to sit to be what we already are.
but we need to sit to learn to accept we and everything exactly as it is.

Mysterion said...

how many Zen masters does it take to change a light bulb?

Change?

Sis somebody say: "CHANGE?"

Mysterion said...

Sis = Did

slip of the finger*
















That's what the girl said at the picnic!


CAPCHA = wramu

Anonymous said...

Depends

Anonymous said...

we don't need to sit to be what we already are but we need to sit to learn to accept we and everything exactly as it is, EVER CHANGING.

Anonymous said...

nothing's changing.

Mysterion said...

"The invisible and the nonexistent look vary much alike."

"The more things change the more they stay the same." - Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher, (1788–1860)

That immediately above has been variously - and falsely - attributed to the French, Russians, and others. It is 100% German (except nothing is 100% anything).

Reject dualism.

Carl said...

"Does anyone remember where these were? Is there anyone out there who knows of gigs I did that are not on this list (esp. radio and TV stuff)? Does anyone know where the heck I spoke in 2008 and 2007?"

Not counting your own comments, or the guy who said something about a bathroom, about 4 comments out of 82 respond to your questions, Brad.

Fail.

Anonymous said...

but that's how your thoughts work. have a look and see. we're demonstrating it for you, so you can notice it at work in your own mind. really. all us anonymous commentors have monthy skype conference calls with brad to work up the material for the coming weeks. the themes are scripted but it's up to us to fill in with the details. sometimes someone will veer off on their own tangent and we'll take that up in the next meeting. khru for example, he's got an easy part. As does mysterion, believe it or not. sorry guys, hope this is ok to mention.

captcha = funion

Casey said...

Brad Warner's master plan.

1) Compile list of all appearances.
2)..............
3) World domination

Mysterion said...

At the moment of orgasm I knew that I was in a great, golden light and I experienced myself as transparent, luminous energy. I saw seven star-like, golden, swirling points that lined up in my body. I did not know about the chakras at the time but later I discovered that that's what I saw. My energy centers looked like radiant golden lights in my body.

Anonymous said...

Please, take your meds, man.

" As does mysterion, believe it or not. sorry guys, hope this is ok to mention. captcha = funion 5:36 PM

Mysterion said...

Meds...

I had my surgery on Sept 8th.

I am off ALL meds as of Dec. 8th. except a multi-vit and an 81mg aspirin.

My heart is just fine - for a heartless man.

Look for nothing. See nothing. Become nothing.

Ga-sho-nuff

Anonymous said...

become nothing from what?

glad you are healthy.

Mysterion said...

Nothing from nothing...

is nothin'

john e mumbles said...

Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'
You gotta have somethin'
If you wanna be with me
Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'
You gotta have somethin'
If you wanna be with me

I'm not tryin' to be your hero
'Cause that zero is too cold for me, Brrr
I'm not tryin' to be your highness
'Cause that minus is too low to see, yeah

Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'
And I'm not stuffin'
Believe you me
Don't you remember I told ya
I'm a soldier in the war on poverty, yeah
Yes, I am

[Instrumental Interlude]

Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'
You gotta have somethin'
If you wanna be with me
Nothin' from nothin' leaves nothin'
You gotta have somethin'
If you wanna be with me

You gotta have somethin'
If you wanna be with me
You gotta bring me somethin' girl
If you wanna be with me

-Billy Preston

Anonymous said...

... instrumental interlude (John Cage: 4'33) ...

Anonymous said...

Words for the new year " your mom"

Mumon said...

Brad -

In honor of the news about Kim Jong Il, I was wondering what your take was on Pulgasari.

Not Brad said...

Your mom was was on Pulgasari!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Kim Jong was Ill.

Don Jose Dario Arguello said...

Pulgasari

wiki

Fleas. Pulgas. Fleas can be found all over the world. They infest birds and mammals, including man, and are especially abundant on rodents.

Alameda de las Pulgas

The largest land grant on the Peninsula was the Rancho de las Pulgas*, an area of 35,260 acres, awarded to presidio comandante Don Jose Dario Arguello in 1795 by Governor Diego de Borica, and endorsed in behalf of his son Luis Arguello in 1820 by Pablo Sola, the last Spanish governor of California. It extended north and south from San Mateo Creek to San Francisquito Creek, and east and west from San Francisco Bay to today's Canada Road in Woodside. The present boundaries of Menlo Park would be within this rancho which became part of the new State of California. The Arguello family obtained legal title to their lands in 1853 and later subdivided them.

*Ranch of the fleas (blood suckers)

Anonymous said...

1985

Anonymous said...

Takeda Tetsuya or Kinpachi Sensei bit part (a.k.a. Sakamoto Kinpachi)

juju said...

mysterion said, "My heart is just fine - for a heartless man."

Buddhism is not nihilism or is it?

word verification is "pressed"

Soft Troll said...

Some hobbies can be a great burden

Soft Troll said...

And much wisdom on dealing with the Big Asshole(TM) - from the Big Fart Institute(TM)

Seasonal Cheer all

Post Toastie said...

One can only hope that this pale excuse for a posting is only a cover while Brad gets down to visit his sister and make a bitchin' Christmas video with Skyler!

That's all I want for Christmas, Santa.

Mysterion said...

Anonymous juju said...

Buddhism is not nihilism or is it?

Buddhism teaches extinction of "suffering."

Buddhism teaches extinction of "desire."

Buddhism teaches extinction of "self."

But Buddhism is actually not nihilistic.

Nirbana/nirvana is being without being in the physical sense. Nirbana is 'being' without craving life - which leads to rebirth.

or so I heard...

Mysterion said...

Buddhism does not teach the extinction of Godzilla - apparently.

CAPCHA = gatri

Sannyasin Willie said...

2009 TOUR (58 dates)...

2010 TOUR (43 dates)...

2011 TOUR (40 dates)...

The data seems to indicate that the self-proclaimed "hardest working man in zen business" worked approximately 26% less in 2010 than in 2009 and 31% less in 2011 than in 2009.

By comparison, I worked 58% less in 2010 than in 2009 and 100% less in 2011 than in 2009.

"Last year a fine gimlet could find a place; this year even the gimlet is gone." - Hsiang-yen

Slick Willie said...

It depends upon what you mean by the word "work."


CAPCHA = undeturo

Hans Muellers said...

Confessions-Analytic-Couch-Kafkaesque. A book by Dennis Mccort.
you can find it on Amazon.

Brad, a new book came out about ZEN but from a different point of view. Interesting reading, and yes, ZEN.

I thought you might like it, I had to tell you here, I do not have your email address.

Hans Muellers said...

http://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Analytic-Couch-Kafkaesque-ebook/dp/B0063W7FBG/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1324417428&sr=1-1

Brad, a book you MUST read.
here is the link.
not an ad, just a well meant sign with a 2x4.

Cynicleman said...

Wow! A n o t h e r book on Zen! Just what the world needs.

john e mumbles said...

Actually it sounds VERY interesting, Hans, thanks for the heads-up.

Back in the 1980's my friend Eugene Chadbourne (SHOCKABILLY) stayed with us for awhile and became fascinated with my copy of PSYCHOPATHIA SEXUALIS, which I think has been turned into a movie. Classic case studies:

http://www.amazon.com/Psychopathia-Sexualis-Richard-Von-KrafftEbing/dp/155970425X

Anonymous said...

sigh

Mysterion said...

a patient’s account of a psychotherapist’s office and nine-year Jungian analysis that gradually unearths the roots of a deep sense of guilt he feels over an “abandoned child.”

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...

But thanks...

And yes, I am a Jung Man.

Lyds said...

This doesn't answer your question, but I've never seen you speak which leads to my question...any plans to speak in SC in the foreseeable future?

Anonymous said...

You'd think that you'd know better than to still...
be Carryin' On This Way.

WORD VERIFICATION: nothin
(kid you not ;)

Anonymous said...

that's a great tune!

here's another way to carry on, and another...

Anonymous said...

Zen needs therapy, sometimes !!!!!!!!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/26/magazine/26zen-t.html

We are what we are, including the need of therapy.

Anonymous said...

Man, ya'll got white people problems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MQrEwYxZW4

jamal said...

word

jamal said...

white peoples sometimes think that everybody worry about shit like health insurance. common.

Carl said...

120 comments and still only 4 direct responses to the questions Brad asked in his post.

Fail.

Casey said...

Brad Warner's master plan.

1) Compile list of all appearances.
2)..............
3) World domination.

Anonymous said...

Carl,

As far as I know, nobody on this blog is Brad's secretary, publicist or historian so STFU.

Carl said...

123 comments and still only 4 direct responses to the questions Brad asked in his post.

Fail.

Anonymous said...

Carl = Fail

Mysterion said...

"We are what we are, including the need of therapy."

The difference between a neurotic and a psychotic is this:

a neurotic dreams about castles in the sky

a psychotic moves in

a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist collects rent from BOTH.

I did a year of practicum and then parachuted out of other peoples castles. There are people more patient with patients than I - and they get to listen to - and note - the most painful details - real and imagines - of totally self-absorbed castle builders. And more power to them all!

One of the most painful lessons that Zen Masters (and Xtian Ministers and Cathaholic Priests) learn is they are NOT, by-in-large, psychiatrists or clinical psychologists and that these people need to be redirected to professionals.

Carl said...

Anonymous = common.

Anonymous said...

Carl = awesome!

Common said...

Carl = Anonymous.

Carl said...

Dogen and the Future of Buddhism
A Dharma talk given by Brad Warner on Saturday 27 August 2011, at Tassajara Zen Mountain Center

Carl said...

130 comments and still only 5 direct responses to the questions Brad asked in his post.

Try harder people, Brad needs those dates for his list! Come on!!

Anonymous said...

Carl = Brad ;)

Guido The Killer Pimp said...

If Brad needs dates, he should call me. I got white bitches, black bitches, some kind of Asian bitches...

Cidercat said...

Merry Xmas!

Cidercat said...

Oh, Sept 12, 2009 - I was there! Although I had to leave early.

Mysterion said...

For Xmas, we have lamb!
(well, not me...)

I prefer spinach and mushroom ravioli to a violent food.

Sacrifice whatever you will to your gods. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg...

Someone asked me if I had finished my Xmas Shopping.

I informed them that I finished my Xmas shopping 49 years ago.

When I say 'peace' on earth, it precludes greed, robbery, and violence. The parking lot of ANY retail outlet need not save me a parking space.

Mysterion said...

p.s. that wasn't a retail/wholesale pun, either...

Shem on you if you thought it was!

Anonymous said...

Shem on you!

Merry Christmas Mysterion!

Zenleo said...

I know Mr. Mumbles said it already in this posting, but it bears repeating:

Emptiness is a mode of perception, a way of looking at experience. It adds nothing to, and takes nothing away from, the raw data of physical and mental events. You look at events in the mind and the senses with no thought of whether there's anything lying behind them. This mode is called emptiness because it is empty of the presuppositions we usually add to experience in order to make sense of it: the stories and worldviews we fashion to explain who we are and the world we live in. Although these stories and views have their uses, the Buddha found that the questions they raise—of our true identity and the reality of the world outside—pull attention away from a direct experience of how events influence one another in the immediate present. Thus they get in the way when we try to understand and solve the problem of suffering.


- Thanissaro Bhikkhu, "What do Buddhists mean when they talk about emptiness?"

Back to Zenleo:

I almost deleted this Blog from all my electronic devices, but even when Brad's postings annoy the hell out of me, there are still people posting great stuff. IMHO!

Cheers!

Leo

Zenleo said...

...of course without the Stories and Explanations, would be difficult to make a living as a writer, perhaps the writing is the cause of suffering?

I refer only to this Blog right now.

Marcus said...

What? No Sydney gigs? You're a fucken slacker, mate.

r said...

Best post I ever read on Brad’s blog. I don’t remember all the dates by heart but I’ll read it a few more times.

Catherine Eccident Merzel said...

- Hi Brad, -

- We love your dates and we chant them every morning before breakfast.

Genpo says serious chanting can be more promotive, effective and inspiring than years of sitting zazen with a stupid master who can do nothing but play with an old sock monkey.

- Though we always wind up being late for work.



Could you make a short form of this shit?





- Love from Genpo. -

Anonymous said...

I love Christmas. Four days of boozing, zen-style!

Captch: comaters. You could not make it up.

Mysterion said...

As we approach the Saturnalia and (later) traditional birth date of Mithras let me also wish you all a wonderful 5 days of close consultation with the Galli Priests (if your tradition is Roman).

Otherwise, enjoy 'just another day.'

Cheers,
Chas

and Sol Invictus

john e mumbles said...
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Anonymous said...

Mysterion,

Here is your Christmas present from the Anonymi...

Delusion wrapped in Aversion covered in Greed

:)

Mysterion said...

Delusion?

did you say delusion?

LOL

when in Rome, don't do as the Romans do...

watch your *ss if a priest is nearby...

anyway, happy 25th.

Brad Warner said...

In honor of the news about Kim Jong Il, I was wondering what your take was on Pulgasari.

A very weird movie! Kempachiro Satsuma, who played both Godzilla and Pulgasari, wrote a book called "Godzilla in North Korea." I own it, but never read it all the way through. But it's about his experiences going to N. Korea and being in Kim Jong Il's monster movie. Somebody oughta translate it. But that somebody probably won't be me!

Anonymous said...

Zen Jooodhism, Inc.


Maybe start with the devanagari script, Warnerhoppah

Anonymous said...

One fitty

@beshkno said...

LOCATION UPDATE: Feb. 17, 2011, Unity Temple on the Plaza, Charles Fillmore Chapel.

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