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Yep, that’s right cats and kittens, I’m back in Japan! And boy are my arms tired.

The flight I was on was full of junior high students so I got bumped up to business class. Classy!

Actually I’ve always had complete contempt for people who ride first or business class*. It just seems to wasteful and elitist. Yet there I was, up front with all the wasteful elitists. They even close off the doors between the two classes so those of us in business don’t have to be bothered by seeing the suffering of the riff-raff in back of the plane. I did an interview in Montreal once where I was asked, “They say the Dalai Lama does meditation when he flies on planes. Do you do that?”

To which I answered, “The Dalai Lama probably flies first class. There’s room to do meditation in those seats. I’m always in coach!”

But no, I did not do zazen in my giant wasteful seat. Couldn’t have if I’d tried! The “full bed” function on those is better than you get in cattle car class, but not all that great. It’s sorta tilted forward so you’re always just about to slide out.

Anyway, that’ll probably be my last chance to fly business class unless I get another plane full of pre-teens someday.

My European Tour of 2009 is now over. But it looks like there may be another in 2010. I’ll keep you posted as news develops.

*Oh stop getting your panties in a twist! I don’t really hate those people. It’s just a reaction I have that goes way back. It’s hard to get rid of these things.

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  1. Stephanie
    Stephanie September 23, 2009 at 6:53 pm | |

    Hee hee anon…

    I was responding to what seemed to be an honest question about people's actual experiences in Zen sanghas. It's nothing special to sit with a 'Roshi So-and-So.' Just show up at a retreat and pay yer $$ and you'll get an audience. How could a person think to "impress" others with something that took no personal merit? It is a worthwhile experience, however, to do a face-to-face interview with a teacher, IMO, and I highly recommend it. Zen without the experience of face-to-face teaching is like a sundae without the hot fudge. Or something.

  2. Leaf Dharma
    Leaf Dharma September 24, 2009 at 1:37 pm | |

    You miss the point. Not all shit smells the same, some really stinks, like nasty Hitler shit.

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