ALL DAY ZAZEN APRIL 28th

I just made a correction to the webpage. This month’s all-day Zazen will not be on April 14th as previously announced, but on April 28th. This is because my wife Yuka is being introduced to American culture in the form of our inability to keep our hands off other peoples’ property. Her wallet was stolen recently from her work place. And, trust me, ain’t nobody even setting foot in the LUSH shop in Beverly Hills that needs to be stealing anybody’s wallet. Her bike was stolen from in front of the shop a few months before that. Face it, Americans, we are scum sucking bastards. I’m at a total loss to explain our complete lack of moral standards in this country. There really is no excuse.

Anyhow, her green card was in the wallet & now she has to go to immigration and beg them to let her stay and help rebuild our economy (her shop is doing scads better ever since she took over as manager). Her appointment’s on the 14th and since no one comes to these retreats for any other reason than to eat the food she makes, we’ve had to switch the date.

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  1. docretro
    docretro April 9, 2007 at 4:20 am | |

    Oh, this must really suck. But doesn’t one get an American citizenship by marrying an American (=Brad)?

  2. Jordan & The Tortoise
    Jordan & The Tortoise April 9, 2007 at 5:07 am | |

    Nope.

  3. kavi
    kavi April 9, 2007 at 7:12 am | |

    Maybe she does not want to be an American citizen.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 7:17 am | |

    Brad, I’m really sorry about the thefts. I wish Yuka all the best in dealing with the immigration red tape. What a sucky situation.

  5. Daniel
    Daniel April 9, 2007 at 7:50 am | |

    A student of Genpo Roshi responds to Brad’s article on SuicideGirls:

    http://www.buddhistgeeks.com/2007/04/09/buddhist-geeks-14-a-crisis-of-curiosity/

  6. gunderloy
    gunderloy April 9, 2007 at 7:52 am | |

    That is a real shame. Rich white people are complete scumbags. No, wait.. that is racism.
    RICH Californians are the scum suckers.

    Hmmm.. I think that might be a little TOO narrow. I think you hit it on the head again Sensei. It is the americans that are the problem. americans are the root cause of all the world’s troubles. I have to admit to having an occasional larcenous thought myself. I am an american of course. I never act on these thoughts but just the fact that I have them is proof of my inferiority, my constant greedy american nature.

    Why couldn’t I have just been born Japanese?

  7. Daniel
    Daniel April 9, 2007 at 7:56 am | |

    Oh yeah, and if you think Americans are a bunch of thieves, you should go to Italy sometime :)

  8. Daniel
    Daniel April 9, 2007 at 8:02 am | |

    Or maybe try Russia or Nigeria.

    “Face it, Americans, we are scum sucking bastards.”

    It so rough being an ultra-liberal in America these days. At least Starbucks is still around the corner. They can pry my soy latte from my cold dead hands.

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 8:50 am | |

    “Face it, Americans, we are scum sucking bastards.”

    Funnily enough 92% of them are Christians!

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 9:02 am | |

    gunderloy said…

    “RICH Californians are the scum suckers.”

    YES! Thank you! *clapclapclapclap* Finally, someone else sees the light! :D

  11. Daniel
    Daniel April 9, 2007 at 10:20 am | |

    For the cut-and-paste challenged, here is how you copy a text-encoded URL from a web page so people do not have to write HTML in their blog comments:

    1. Select the URL from the webpage you are viewing
    2. Right-click and select “copy”
    3. Highlight the address bar in your browser
    4. Right-click on the address bar and select “paste”
    4. Hit return

  12. Mike
    Mike April 9, 2007 at 11:08 am | |

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  13. Mike
    Mike April 9, 2007 at 11:10 am | |

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  14. Jules
    Jules April 9, 2007 at 12:01 pm | |

    Daniel,
    In my browser, the text gets cut off, I can’t see the whole thing, so cutting and pasting doesn’t work. It cuts off after “buddhist-geeks-”. If you made the link all clicky, I wouldn’t have to poke around the buddhist geeks site to figure out which page you’re referring to. Thankfully it was a recent post.

  15. Jules
    Jules April 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm | |

    Hmm. I kept waiting in the interview for them to address any of the points Brad made in his article.

    But they didn’t, really. It’s like Genpo Roshi is promoting a “learn to sing as good as Pavarotti in just one week” program, and then after Pavarotti complains on his blog that it’s impossible to master singing in just one week, Ms. McQuade’s best response is, “Well, how can he criticize, he hasn’t tried the program, has he? Pavarotti is just taking a dump on the blogosphere. He seems to have a serious lack of curiosity about this miraculous new singing program.”

    The interview fails to address any of the points Brad made. She creates this false dichotomy between being discerning but close-minded, and being open minded but incapable of discernment, as if she can’t discuss this without appearing to fall into one of those categories. So she doesn’t discuss it at all.

    Ms. McQuade didn’t do a very good job of advocating for Genpo Roshi, if that was her intent, and she didn’t do a very good job of responding to Brad’s article, if that was her intent. It was a nice chat, without much substance relevant to our discussion here.

    I really didn’t get anything out of the interview. What was your intent in posting it? Was there a substantive point that was made that I might have missed?

  16. rchinn72
    rchinn72 April 9, 2007 at 3:30 pm | |

    Obviously, The universe needed Yuka’s bike and her wallet more than she does. I’m not trying to be a dick, but it doesn’t exclude any of us. Brad, Please do not be upset with Americans. We have been the scapegoats for enough bullshit.(I know you already know this, man!)
    These things that are happening in front of us are the best or the worst, it all depends on how we see it.

    I regurgitate.

  17. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 9, 2007 at 3:38 pm | |

    There is a really cute Japanese girl(to bad she has a boyfriend, I have a bit of a crush on her) in my speech class, and my speech teacher was asking her about Japan. My speach teacher explained that he left a tip at a restraunt when he was in Japan, and the server ran out and gave him his tip money back. I take it that tipping in Japan is not a common practice (at least I think that is what was mentioned), but this story about the polintness of Japan interested me.

    One thing I would like to point out though is the generlization of a whole group of people based on one persons actions. I always thought it was silly when rednecks from Ohio excused their racist views because one black (or add any other race) person did something terrible to them. I think such generilizations create more problems than what is the truth of the situation. The truth being that an individual(or group) caused the problem, not a whole nation or a whole race or a whole religon. I do not take offense to what Brad says at all, because most Americans can use a since of morals. But I just don’t agree with pointing out a whole group of people based on one or a group of peoples wrong action.

    That being said, sorry to hear about the stolen items.

    On a lighter note, I went to the Oxford International Film Festival at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio last night. A few Hollywood actors were in attendance and it supposably raised an Hollywood eyebrow. I mainly went to watch this movie called Fingerman: Dr. London and the Triange Force created by AJ Rickert Epstein, which completely fucking hilarious and a fantastic film, especially for a movie that was shot under 5000 dollars. Here is the Fingerman tralier:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=UKUsLmg-idU

    I’ve got to go to work, so if you want to see what else was going on check out the website:

    http://www.oxfordfilms.com

    Real quick, I also watched this film called Free Spirit about this hippie commune in the 60′s-70′s, or somewhere around then, that was headed by this guy named Michael Metelica Repunzel. It was about the communes rise and fall and how their cultish wanna be rock star leader ended going down the wrong path. Of course this we’ll happen when you think and make others think your some kind of spirtual special person that can give the other people something special. If you ever happen to run across the documentry in the future, check it out.

  18. Esmerelda
    Esmerelda April 9, 2007 at 3:54 pm | |

    Sorry about Yuka’s losses. It probably was not a ‘real customer’ aka rich Californian. People who steal target high end stores and area because that is the best place to find wallets with money in them. They probably shop lift as well.

    Bikes are targets in NYC too. Maybe she can bring her bike inside next time or get a better chain. Every contry has some criminals, Some more than the US, some fewer. Tell her most Americans are really honest and sorry about the INS paper work she will have to go thru.

  19. Wingedgopher
    Wingedgopher April 9, 2007 at 4:19 pm | |

    … Well that sucks.

  20. aumeye
    aumeye April 9, 2007 at 4:37 pm | |

    If anyone is interested in more information about the documentary lone wolf mentioned: Free Spirits, here is a link to official site . . .

    Free Spirits

  21. Joseph
    Joseph April 9, 2007 at 6:45 pm | |

    wow, the radio station I listen to is like the soundtracj of my life. just as i finished reading that post, LCD Soundsystem came on with their song “North American Scum.” wierd.

  22. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 6:52 pm | |

    Sorry, I still insist that nouveaux riches Southern Californians (after all, what other kind ARE there? LOL!) did the awful deed. Thbthppp.

  23. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 7:14 pm | |

    Hey, I’m a Californian, and I only make around $130–CERTAINLY not rich.

  24. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 9, 2007 at 9:53 pm | |

    Thanks aumeye!

  25. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 9, 2007 at 10:16 pm | |

    Here is feature movie that was at the film festival. I only got to see the first 10 mins, but I will definitely get my hands on a copy when it comes out. It’s called Mojave Phone Booth by John Putch.

    http://www.mojavephonebooth.net/

    Jeff Barklage, an amazing cinematographer, did a workshop that was way over my head. But he was awesome, and let us get a very close look at his 300,000 dollar 35 mm video camera. I also got to look through the original Cohen Brothers thick book of penciled scene drawings from a movie he shot with them. I love the Cohen Brothers.

    http://www.barklage.com/

    Excuse for my rant. I’m a bit excited about the festival yesterday. Makes me want to buy an HD video camera and start filming some shit (that will be the first shot of my first movie, a big pile of poop).

    Such excitment is probably not so good when it comes to living a balanced life.

    I need to go sit.

    Plus, that is enough of my movie recommendations.

    I’m starting to come across as spam.

    Sorry Brad.

    One last thing, how do you attatch a link to text, such as amueye did with “Free Spirits”?

  26. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 9, 2007 at 10:32 pm | |

    Anonymous said…

    “Hey, I’m a Californian, and I only make around $130–CERTAINLY not rich.”

    Sorry—I wasn’t very clear; what I meant to say is that rich Californians are *nouveaux riches* Californians. I live in this godforsaken state, too, and it’s all unmannerly new money, from Marin to Valencia, from Agoura Hills (grrrrr…the WORST) to Newport Beach, and all others in between. You want dishonest people? They take the cake. Daddy’s money types are especially adept at the five-fingered discount, not to mention skilled at other kinds of thievery. Come to think of it, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if some spoiled-brat new-money sixteen year old ana-and-proud-of-it Paris Hilton clone chick from Westlake Village was the moron who ripped Yuka off.

  27. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 9, 2007 at 10:48 pm | |

    I have procrastinated once again.

    Instead of shutting down my computer and sitting Zazen, I went over to Buddhist Geeks and listened to the “Highly Controversial Episode” with Genpo Roshi’s student Anne McQuade.

    And all I want to ask is, is this really a “highly controversial” issue?

    I just don’t see the issue in such a way at all. I suppose people will always make certain issues into “highly controversial” ones.

    Okay, lets try sitting one again.

    The thing I like about Brad, is I feel I can open up and disagree, as I did on another post in this comment section. Many other teachers always make like they have something special and every word they say is the ultimate truth flowing like ambrosa out of their Buddha minds. It’s so difficult to have a dialouge with a teacher like that. Or if you questions something and say how you feel about it (like bigmind being bullshit) then your doing something wrong. How can you reach the truth by trying to reach your teachers “special experience” or not questioning things, due to the avoidance of ruffling some feathers.

    Thats my last rant for the evening, as far as know lol.

  28. Shawn Hinton
    Shawn Hinton April 10, 2007 at 4:46 am | |

    What are you telling me? I always thought California was like an episode of 90210. Pretty girls and sunshine for everyone. You have dashed my concept forever! Being from the frozen north television is our window into the utopian world of California and now I will have to rethink my veiws, or just change the channel.

  29. Mike
    Mike April 10, 2007 at 8:07 am | |

    >>rchinn72

    Mrs. Warner is also the universe.

    If it truly is all in how we see it, then it also could be not in how we see it?

    You can’t derive morality or become passive just because we’re all connected.

  30. other
    other April 10, 2007 at 10:12 am | |

    brad – when the woman in the “what, me angry?” video characterized your style as abrasive, you laughed it off claiming that you are not actually angry but you just write what is funny to you. I think you are amused at your own anger when you write. you apparently just do not see it for what it really is. this last post is another good example. we all we get angry at the unthinking, uncaring people in the world and at ourselves for the same reasons. you are one angry dude! why would you even try to deny it?

  31. rchinn72
    rchinn72 April 10, 2007 at 12:13 pm | |

    >mike-
    I gotcha mike. I really slopped that comment together (and this one too so lay off!)and as soon as I pressed send I knew someone was gonna call me out on it.
    I guess I could have deleted it but didn’t care that much about it to begin with.
    I too had my bike stolen last year. It’s a shitty feeling. What I’m trying to get at is that this happened for a reason. Maybe she just wasn’t careful enough to keep her possessions…or the universe’s possessions. It really doesn’t matter much anymore. What matters is how she reacts to these series of events. We can get angry at all of the Americans who have done us wrong or we can just move on and do what we need to do….or we can do both, which is what Brad seems to be doing.
    It’s Brad’s unnecessary negative comments that can really get to me.
    People of every culture, race and nationality steal and I know that he knows this.
    I think that we have way more control over what happens to us than we like to admit. Our thoughts, obviously, project out into the world/universe/our surroundings, so maybe a little self-censorship will actually benefit us somehow.
    I also want to say that the world is how we choose to see it. If I walk around all day thinking to myself that this country sucks and all of the people in it are assholes then that’s the way the world will be…and if, in reality, it wasn’t that way to begin with, it will become that. People would begin to react from my outer and inner actions….enough babble for now. bye!

  32. magik
    magik April 10, 2007 at 12:23 pm | |

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

    Interesting…..

    P.S. Im sorry about Yukas loss, Brad.
    I think, until people realize that politeness is the golden thread on which our race will survive, there will always be such acts of stupidity. Such is life.

  33. Koudelka
    Koudelka April 10, 2007 at 12:41 pm | |

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  34. Koudelka
    Koudelka April 10, 2007 at 12:43 pm | |

    >>rchinn72
    Everyone gets angry, dude.

    “It’s Brad’s unnecessary negative comments that can really get to me.”

    What’s your position for judging necessity? Necessary for who?

    If you can bottle your anger up and move on with your day, then that’s just the way you are. But there are other people who don’t. Me, for instance, I’ll wander up to the park, grab and stick and beat the holy living shit out of a rock or a tree, then carry on with my day.

    If the “negativity” offends you, then don’t read it. Don’t come up in here telling people how they should act.

    You can preach all you like about how things are just as you want to see them, but that’s a self-defeating argument: If you can see anything any way you want, then why did you choose to make posts lampooning someone else’s distress over some shit that happened rather than just saying “Oh man, that fucking sucks dude, I’m sorry that someone was a douche, I’ve been there.”?

    If viewpoint is arbitrary, then why did you state a view?

  35. drunken monkey
    drunken monkey April 10, 2007 at 2:18 pm | |

    well said koudelka.

  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 11, 2007 at 4:47 am | |

    “My speach teacher explained that he left a tip at a restraunt when he was in Japan, and the server ran out and gave him his tip money back. I take it that tipping in Japan is not a common practice”

    “Tipping” I thought, was only found in America?!

    By the way, in Australia it is frowned upon, and in some states illegal.

  37. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 11, 2007 at 6:12 am | |

    > One last thing, how do you attatch
    > a link to text, such as amueye did
    > with “Free Spirits”?

    Lone Wolf,

    The answer to your question lies right
    before your eyes. (See the eleventh
    comment above by jinzang. It’s not as
    funny as the twelfth comment by daniel.)

    Speaking of film festivals, if any of
    you happen to be in Brussels later this
    month, we are hosting the Belgian
    International Film Festival
    . It even
    has an American movie!

    Also, while you’re here, you can sit
    Kodo Sawaki Zen.

    BTW, I once had my bicycle stolen in the
    US, while I was riding it! It sucked very
    much, but I don’t think it is as bad as
    having your country stolen.

  38. six fingers
    six fingers April 11, 2007 at 8:15 am | |

    That anyone chooses to believe that the Bush administration is complicit in the 9/11 hi-jackings and attacks is surprising to me. That type of planning and forethought seems way beyond the bush gang’s capabilities. That some people believe these things has more to do with the way THEY think about everything than about what really happens in the world. The people who believe these things use a sort of reverse scientific method. They determine what happened, throw out all the data that doesn’t fit their conclusions, and then hail their findings as the only possible conclusion.
    This is fantasy…

    Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone has written that he has “two basic gripes with the 9/11 Truth movement:

    “The first is that it gives supporters of Bush an excuse to dismiss critics of this administration. I have no doubt that every time one of those Loose Change dickwads opens his mouth, a Republican somewhere picks up five votes… Secondly, it’s bad enough that people in this country think Tim LaHaye is a prophet and Sean Hannity is an objective newsman. But if large numbers of people in this country can swallow 9/11 conspiracy theory without puking, all hope is lost.” – Matt Tabbi

  39. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 11, 2007 at 9:36 am | |

    “That anyone chooses to believe that
    the Bush administration is complicit
    in the 9/11 hi-jackings and attacks
    is surprising to me. That type of
    planning and forethought seems way
    beyond the bush gang’s capabilities.”

    Hmm, it appears *you* are jumping
    to conclusions. The Bush Administration
    was only complicit in the cover-up.
    It is currently
    unknown who actually pulled it off,
    but it was probably a combination
    of rogue elements within the US
    government (some of whom have
    dual-citizenship) and several
    foreign states.

    Please educate yourself. Just try
    to look at the facts and withhold
    judgment on what they may at first
    imply. Observe and think for
    yourself and question authority…

  40. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 11, 2007 at 2:57 pm | |

    Okay, I’ll try this.

    Grindhouse

    Thanks Jinzang and the anonymous person who pointed torward Jinzang’s post.

  41. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 11, 2007 at 3:00 pm | |

    Didn’t work, let’s try again.

    You Tube

  42. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 11, 2007 at 7:58 pm | |

    Others have commented on this cultural difference, too.

    There’s a memoir entitled An American Doctor’s Odyssey, by Victor Heiser, who served in the US Public Health Service from around 1900 into the 1930s.

    Heiser was in Japan in the 1920s and was impressed that he could leave his belongings (eg shoes) in the hallway of his hotel.

    ‘Unlike Christians’ Heiser wrote, ‘the Japanese do not engage in petty theft.’

  43. Anonymous
    Anonymous April 12, 2007 at 12:49 pm | |

    i’m sorry that this is the sad state of things. i hate the fact that my son has to grow up with these cretins.

  44. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf April 15, 2007 at 9:41 am | |

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  45. Arturo
    Arturo April 22, 2007 at 5:17 am | |

    I’m not sure you need another comment to the already long list. But here in San Francisco, the Zen Center is located in a nice neighborhood that however has an extremely high bike theft rate. I learned the hard way, drifting mentally in a daylong meditation, and coming to reality to see my bike broken into twice outside. I was lucky because I was able to replace parts. Other people lost the entire bikes. Even eyewitnesses don’t deter the stealing. These cads later sell for $25 bicycles that cost you hundreds. So I now walk to Zen center to practice. I have noticed in town that people who must travel by bike will sometimes carry three locks to attach any removable parts to each other when parking it. Cheers, Arturo

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