Administribulations

We’re getting recurring problems with the MySQL server for the site, which seems to be going up and down for yet-to-be-determined reasons.

Cultivate patience; I’m working on trying to figure out what the issue is, but the ultimate resolution is to move the site to better hosting (which I’m also working on…)

Sorry For The Inconvenience.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2013 at 9:39 am | |

    cul·ti·vate
    /ˈkəltəˌvāt/
    Verb
    Prepare and use (land) for crops or gardening.
    Break up (soil) in preparation for sowing or planting.

  2. sri_barence
    sri_barence July 16, 2013 at 9:48 am | |

    Patience: waiting for shit to happen while other shit is happening.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2013 at 9:59 am | |

    recurring present participle of re·cur (Verb)
    Verb
    Occur again, periodically, or repeatedly: “the symptoms recurred”.
    (of a thought, image, or memory) Come back to one’s mind.

  4. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 16, 2013 at 4:03 pm | |

    For Harlan Shuffle (sorry, just had to) on the last post re; Uku, thanks for the update from his blog… I don’t think it makes a hell of a lot of difference if you decide to label yourself something, be it a Buddhist, or a Hare Krshna, or a Whig, Republican, zuchinnipants, (etc). As John Lennon said…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUqvZqaCrzo

    (Labels may be convenient, but I can’t lay one on myself that sticks, and I’m doin’ just fine, thank Jah, Joseph Smith, Louis Farrakan, Yeezus, etc.)

    1. Harlan
      Harlan July 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm | |

      true dat mumbles.. maybe artist gets a little sticky sometimes?

  5. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm | |
  6. Fred
    Fred July 16, 2013 at 5:02 pm | |

    Uku:

    “My book is telling my story how I became a loser with drug addiction and alcoholism and how I survived from that. It shares my love to punk and reggae music. My book is a call for the spiritual revolution: you can be yourself and you don’t have to believe Buddhist teachers and monks just because they’re said to be teachers or monks. Buddhism is not about relying only on teachers and monks and teachings. You are Buddha. If you can’t say fuck you, Buddha!, then there’s no Buddhism at all.”

  7. Fred
    Fred July 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm | |

    “When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point. When you find your way at this moment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point; for the place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others’*. The place, the way, has not carried over from the past, and it is not merely arising now.”

    “Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of the buddha way, to attain one thing is to penetrate one thing; to meet one practice is to sustain one practice.
    Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of realization is not distinct, for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma. Do not suppose that what you realize becomes your knowledge and is grasped by your intellect. Although actualized immediately, the inconceivable may not be apparent. Its appearance is beyond your knowledge”

    “When you find your place where you are”

    Who or what is this “your place where you are”. Is it the personality that sits
    down to meditate, or the body giving feedback by way of proprioceptors?

    Or is it the still, still place that isn’t anywhere? Dogen says that it isn’t grasped
    by the intellect.

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot July 17, 2013 at 4:12 pm | |

      In the Shurangama Sutra, a whole section is devoted to precise instructions on how to prepare a place for the practice of the Way.

      You’re SOL if you don’t have a white calf that eats only pure Himalayan grass, if I remember right.

  8. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm | |

    That tail-end part there Fred,

    “Or is it the still, still place that isn’t anywhere? Dogen says that it isn’t grasped
    by the intellect.”

    …is what I was trying to get over into Mark’s thing somewhere here there or everywhere at some time/less place on this blog on that blog on the blogospherical bolognablog that…

    …as with no edges to anything, no labels need apply, ultimately or even banally (is that even a word, Andy?), wordlessly where “are” “you” exactly at any given point in the time/less?

    You may say, for convenience sake well, I’m sitting here making a comment on the Bradblog but then also this is just a hairy sack of water floating in space pulled down by gravity, etc. and that is only two ways of putting it, but WHERE TO PUT IT?

    So if it’s not about location, location, location, then consciousness (just another label that we think we know that defines something conveniently) as such is everywhere, nowhere, not here, or there between my ears or…

    Consensus reality. I’ve got some swampland in Floridee fer sale cheep…

    (P.S. Harlan that Long John Baldry tune took me back to 1971 or so wandering some hippie pad in Kansas City looking for an angry fix…but wait, I WAS there …or at least in my mind, just then, er.)

  9. Harlan
    Harlan July 16, 2013 at 7:25 pm | |

    Uku was such a zazen enthusiast. I must admit that I’m a little shocked by the turn of events. It almost seems like there is something in the air.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8zmkzshUvE

  10. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 16, 2013 at 7:29 pm | |

    GREAT song, Harlan. One of my faves. Heard Jimmie do it with Wings on the tour just before he od’d.

    1. Harlan
      Harlan July 16, 2013 at 7:57 pm | |

      A bittersweet memory mumbles..

  11. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 16, 2013 at 7:31 pm | |

    And Denny, who may/may not still be around??

    1. Harlan
      Harlan July 16, 2013 at 8:12 pm | |

      Denny Laine? Holy shit! I haven’t thought about him in a long while.. 1964? People could really dance back in them days.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0yepakHMv8

  12. Andy
    Andy July 16, 2013 at 8:00 pm | |

    (is that even a word, Andy?)

    (http://tinyurl.com/pf8qpwd)

  13. Proulx Michel
    Proulx Michel July 17, 2013 at 12:45 am | |

    Harlan wrote

    “Uku was such a zazen enthusiast. I must admit that I’m a little shocked by the turn of events. It almost seems like there is something in the air. ”

    It’s quite a usual feature. Enthusiasm is a bit like a drug: it gives you a high which, when down, has to be replaced by another enthusiasm. Enthusiasts hate the boring aspect of everyday life.

    It’s like maoists. The worse of them became chief in their sections, and maintained discipline by expelling someone every week upon fickle reasons. When they got bored with maoist comunism, they became neo-con. That was foreseeable in the 70ies, and I did foresee it just like that.

  14. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 17, 2013 at 4:59 am | |

    “Oh, my!” said the auntly priest. “Oh dear! I’m all for lay apostolates, you understand. Third orders do grand things with soup kitchens and warm clothes for the poor—I say, Mrs. Maybank, I’m afraid there isn’t any tea today. Would you like a glass of sherry? Or of whiskey? I think I may have gin, too.”
    And so it was that Father Bernard and I, sipping some very old bourbon neat from some very old topaz Sandwich tumblers, came upon a possible solution to my dilemma. I could tell—by the lacunae during which we blew our noses (we both had awful head colds, and our affliction made the prospect of holy poverty the more discomfiting) and by certain near slips of the tongue—that impassioned converts were less to his liking than impenitent thieves. -Jean Stafford, from “An Influx of Poets”

    Having done that I also must say that youth is definitely the time for experimentation, or maybe it will take a lifetime or two or a thousand…

    http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2010/04/the-shotgun-approach-2/

  15. Fred
    Fred July 17, 2013 at 6:03 am | |

    If Maoism is being equated with Zenism, then it’s just the ego that is seeking a
    new meme, ideology, an ism to prop itself up, and lurching from high to high.

    Might as well put a needle in your arm and jump into the latest ambulations of
    the philosopher of the day.

  16. Fred
    Fred July 17, 2013 at 6:16 am | |

    Ok, that was a little harsh.

    Sitting in a hut in silence for 3 years isn’t going to work for everyone.

  17. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 17, 2013 at 9:16 am | |

    Goin’ camping at Henry Cowell Redwoods, taking the zafu- see you guys in a couple days (at which time I hope to return to the infinite-no location- boat versus shore laugh-and-sing). Cheers, you guys are the best (and gals- where’s Boubi!- buzz Stephanie & AnnMH)

  18. Harlan
    Harlan July 17, 2013 at 9:53 am | |

    I might be movin’ to Montana soon
    Just to raise me up a crop of Dental Floss
    Raisin’ it up
    Waxen it down
    In a little white box
    I can sell uptown
    By myself I wouldn’t
    Have no boss,
    But I’d be raisin’ my lonely Dental Floss
    Raisin’ my lonely Dental Floss
    Well I just might grow me some bees
    But I’d leave the sweet stuff
    For somebody else…
    but then, on the other hand
    I’d Keep the wax N’ melt it down
    Pluck some Floss N’ swish it round’
    I’d have me a crop
    An’ it’d be on top

    that’s why I’M movin’ to Montana

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=220xlHky1SY

  19. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 17, 2013 at 10:11 am | |

    Emily Dickenson should come out and meet the monster tonight.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0uqyjGuxyA

  20. Fred
    Fred July 18, 2013 at 12:09 pm | |
  21. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm | |

    Looks like you need to pump up your game, Brad…

    http://news.yahoo.com/thailand-riveted-jet-setting-monk-scandal-085447299.html

  22. Harlan
    Harlan July 19, 2013 at 4:55 am | |

    All Brad needs is to bind his territorial spirits. Let’s not be shy about discussing this..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSCDEjPDnjY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUMXqRHe8n1TX5iDvkLS62rw

  23. Fred
    Fred July 19, 2013 at 7:22 am | |

    “His voice was beautiful, it was mesmerizing. He captivated all of us with his words,” recalled Onsa Yubram, 42. When he ended his sermon and held out his saffron bag, hundreds of people rushed forward with donations. “His bag was so full of cash, they had to transfer the money into a big fertilizer sack. He told us, ‘Don’t worry, no need to rush. I’ll stay here until the last of you gets to donate.’”

  24. Fred
    Fred July 19, 2013 at 7:55 am | |

    Mr. Suckphol is hiding out in America with his millions

    “The warrant was submitted to ICE yesterday along with a request for the agency to revoke Mr Wirapol’s visa, Pol Col Songsak said. Mr Wirapol, formerly known as Luang Pu Nen Kham, is believed to be staying… “

  25. Fred
    Fred July 19, 2013 at 8:04 am | |

    “A source told the DSI that the jet-set monk is in the United States, holed up at a Buddhist retreat he owns some 75 miles south of Los Angeles.

    On Thursday, CNN went to the retreat but one resident monk said Nenkham had not been seen at the property in three months while a second said he’d been gone for a year.”

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2369731/Luang-Pu-Nenkham-wanted-Jet-set-monk-run-wanted-rape-charges–hes-believed-hiding-Southern-California-retreat.html#ixzz2ZVIRm3D4

  26. Harlan
    Harlan July 19, 2013 at 9:17 am | |

    The only thing shocking about this is that you don’t hear more stories like it. Every week or two there is a new scandal involving some type of clergy. Why would we think Buddhism would be exempt? And then when it does happen our egos are stunned. Buddhists acting like other people.. It’s unspeakable!

  27. Fred
    Fred July 19, 2013 at 11:44 am | |

    Huffington Post:

    “Pol Sen Sgt Maj Mana Kum-ngam, 55, said he had collected about 10 Luang Pu Nen Kham medallions. People had previously offered him large amounts of money to sell them, but he had refused – expecting that prices would continue to increase.

    “And then the scandal about Luang Pu Nen Kham broke. I cannot sell them and I’ve lost hundreds of thousands of baht. I’ll have to throw them into the sewer in the end,” he said.

    In Tak province, an amulet seller, who withheld his name, said Luang Pu Nen Kham produced his first medallions and amulets in 2001, when he was 23 years old. The cost of producing one medallion was two baht, but they were sold at 5,000 baht each. Some of the medallions and amulets were sold for as much as 10,000 or even 100,000 baht, because they were made from gold.

    “Nobody wants to buy sacred items and amulets created by Luang Pu Nen Kham any more, because they no longer have any value,” the seller said.”

    Do you have any sacred amulets, Brad? It’s a very lucrative market if you’ve got
    the good juju.

  28. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm | |

    “Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of realization is not distinct, for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma.” Dogen, Genjo koan

    That last is the nod to hypnogogia, is it not?

    Dogen said, “here is the place; here the way unfolds.” This is the place of a blind person, or a seeing-person when they are falling asleep (enough to disconnect from the location informed by the eyes); it’s proprioceptive and vestibular, and engaged in the induction of a hypnogogic state through the relaxed movement of breath.

    Bodhidharma said, “Outwardly cease all involvements, inwardly have no coughing or sighing in the mind– with your mind like a wall you can enter the Way.”

    Yuanwu said, “When you finally arriving at towering up like a mile-high wall, you will know there are not so many things.”

    Here’s an exercise in proprioceptive and vestibular awareness that I’m forced to do sometimes, because some idiot put my legs into the lotus posture and my hands in a mudra and I seem to be suffocating right here right now in my head:

    …if the little fingers leave the abdomen, awareness of the forward and backward motion wherever consciousness takes place and relaxation of the activity of the body in awareness can restore the little fingers to the abdomen. …if the elbows lose their angle from the body, awareness of the side-to-side motion wherever consciousness takes place and relaxation of the activity of the body in awareness can restore the angle. …if the shoulders lose their roundedness, awareness of the turn left and right wherever consciousness takes place and relaxation of the activity of the body in awareness can help restore the round to the shoulders.

  29. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm | |

    the sound of the sixties:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=girnJH7tvpM

  30. Fred
    Fred July 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm | |

    “Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of realization is not distinct, for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma.” Dogen, Genjo koan

    That last is the nod to hypnogogia, is it not?”

    Hypnogogia is the transition zone between awake and asleep. The self is awake,
    there is an awareness of this self as it enters the hypnogogic state.

    In zazen where the way unfolds the self is not present. The boundary of realization is not distinct because there is no boundary. It is everything and
    nothing; it can’t be described in terms of the waking self, the sleeping self or
    the hypnogogic self.

  31. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm | |

    The sound of the 70′s that wasn’t heard till the 2000′s…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BVLIhBzcE)

    But really, can you tell me what “time” it is?

  32. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 19, 2013 at 10:39 pm | |

    In zazen where the way unfolds the self is not present. The boundary of realization is not distinct because there is no boundary. It is everything and nothing; it can’t be described in terms of the waking self, the sleeping self or the hypnogogic self.”

    The way unfolds here. Here is the place; here the way unfolds.

    “The boundary of realization is not distinct…”- here without there, the boundary is indistinct.

    “… for the realization comes forth simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma.”

    realization as in actualization of the point, as in gathering snow in a silver bowl, hiding a heron in the moonlight.” Simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma, thief in bandit land to speak so.

  33. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 19, 2013 at 10:49 pm | |
  34. Fred
    Fred July 20, 2013 at 6:17 am | |

    “realization as in actualization of the point, as in gathering snow in a silver bowl, hiding a heron in the moonlight.” Simultaneously with the mastery of buddha-dharma, thief in bandit land to speak so.”

    “Enlightenment is apart from verbal explanations—there has never been any attainer”

  35. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 20, 2013 at 8:42 am | |

    Caption from a picture in the article, “Proprioception: the forgotten sense”, by David Brown, education specialist with the California Deaf-Blind Services:

    “When a child has a proprioceptive sense that is not working properly some common outcomes may be:

    …Seeking strong pressure or stretching inputs. Examples would include squeezing into tight spaces like a cardboard box or under a chair, crossing or twisting limbs around each other, binding body parts with cloth or string or rubber bands, pulling the teeth and lower jaw downwards, grinding the teeth, tapping things on the teeth, banging on the face or head, clapping or flapping the hands, swinging the legs through space while seated, hanging doubled over a bar or swinging from it by the arms, jumping up and down with the ankle and knee joints as locked as possible, hammering an object on the floor or on a table, kicking heavy objects like furniture or doors).”

    So I go to the Zen center, twist my legs into the lotus, make sure my chin is down like Shunryu Suzuki advised in “Beginner’s Mind”, maybe do a few prostrations putting my forehead on the floor, and listen to the “Zen master” slap the podium to wake up all the “students” in the room. If I’m Tibetan, maybe I put myself in a box at night to sleep, with my knees tied together.

    Maybe enlightenment is apart from verbal explanations and there has never been any attainer, but why not make the verbal explanation of what is happening in zazen and why nothing needs to be done (apart from experiencing the senses we are already born with) accurate? Use the science that is currently available and being used to teach challenged individuals to describe aspects of the experience of zazen?

    Maybe we could actually talk about freedom of mind in connection with the relaxed movement of breath, and how the mind moves with respect to the body when volition in the body ceases, once folks are engaged with their own sense of proprioception and equalibrioception. Maybe the experience of inhalation and exhalation would take on new meaning, when folks looked to “have no sighing or coughing in the mind” as they sat with the proprioceptive sensation of “towering up like a mile-high wall”.

  36. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 20, 2013 at 8:46 am | |

    Maybe not! :)

  37. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 20, 2013 at 8:50 am | |

    David Brown, from the same article:

    “The way we can ‘feel’ where all our body parts are in relation to each other (and also ‘see’ them in our mind’s eye), without actually having to touch them with a hand or look at them with our eyes, is an ability that we get from our proprioceptive sense. This sense helps us to plan, to position, and to grade our movements without always having to use vision to check what we are doing. You can feel this sense working if you close your eyes and place your right index finger on your nose, and then touch the same finger on to the tip of your left thumb; the proprioceptive sense is not infallible so you may miss your targets a little, but with repeated practice your aim will improve significantly (which reminds us that proprioceptive abilities can be learned through experience and improved through practice). Proprioception is a strange word, actually a combination of two Latin words that means ‘an awareness, or a feeling, of one’s own self’.”

    Mis-stated that the stuff I quoted previously was from a caption,was not.

  38. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 20, 2013 at 9:19 am | |

    Thanks, Fred, for the quick poke in the proprioceptive ribs. The second article by Mr. Brown, I discover this morning, concerns the vestibular system:

    “Jean Ayres, an occupational therapist and the creator of Sensory Integration Theory and Therapy, is more concise and states simply that: “The Vestibular system is the unifying system. All other types of sensation are processed in reference to this basic Vestibular information. The activity in the Vestibular system provides a framework for the other aspects of our experiences.” Most importantly, Ayres declared that the Vestibular sense plays a key role in helping us to develop effective self-regulation of our arousal level, our ability to maintain a calm but alert state. So this is a sensory system that plays an extremely important role in enabling us to do almost everything that we do in our daily lives, and yet very few people know about it. In sensory terms, this is the big one.” (http://www.caoms.org/images/2010/VestibularSense.pdf)

    “Here is the place; here the way unfolds.” Dogen

    “Be aware of where you really are twenty-four hours a day. You must be most attentive.” Yuanwu

    Help me out, now.

  39. Fred
    Fred July 20, 2013 at 10:00 am | |

    “Help me out, now.”

    I’m just a hairy bag of water tied to a rock by a gravitational field.

  40. Mumbles
    Mumbles July 20, 2013 at 10:50 am | |

    Case 94 of the Blue Cliff Record:

    In the Surangama Sutra the Buddha says, “When unseeing, why do you not see the unseeing? If you see the unseeing, it is no longer unseeing. If you do not see the unseeing, it is not an object. Why isn’t it yourself?”

    (mums:) “Yourself” is enveloped in unseeing, where there is no observation of an object inc. “yourself.”

    Dogen commented on the verse “When someone gives rise to Truth by returning to the Source, the whole of space in all ten quarters falls away and vanishes”

    (mums:)What is the Source? The realization that you are not apart but rather a part of the objects you see with eyes open and with eyes shut unseeing objects disappear inc. yourself as well as concepts like “near” or “faraway” that determine the concept “space.” Proprioception, as well as all all concepts inc. “body” & “mind” are rendered moot.

    Diddy Wah Diddy
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTP-8VfIvn0

  41. Fred
    Fred July 20, 2013 at 5:27 pm | |

    The Spectrum of Consciousness 1977 – Wilber – page 333

    “What then, shall I see?
    Perhaps you may see the absence of yourself, which is what is looking. It has been called ‘the void’…………. ‘ The Void is what you can’t see when you are looking
    for a self that isn’t there. Why is that? Because it is what is looking ”

    The first time I read that things started dissolving.

  42. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote July 21, 2013 at 7:01 pm | |

    The lead singer on that Mumbles song, he looks familiar…

    Out to see Bonnie Hayes last night at Rancho Nicasio, she rocked; she has people cover her guitar parts sometimes, but her beat is what I find so moving, and my feet can tell the difference!

    This is some of her slow art:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTitGNMK_ag&list=PLD41B54EA0BAE277E

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