Angel City Zen Center

Ever since my teacher, the late Gudo Wafu Nishijima made me the head of the Buddhist order he established in Japan, it has been my dream to establish a center in the tradition I learned from him. This is a unique and powerful stream of Zen practice, one that truly represents the Middle Way that is neither religion nor atheism, neither dogmatic nor indifferent. Nishijima Roshi taught a welcoming attitude of tolerance and acceptance for all and yet he was very committed to the way he learned when he was ordained by the abbot of Eihei-ji, the head temple of the Soto school of Zen. I have decided to establish a Zen space in Los Angeles, California called Angel City Zen Center.

In order to make this happen, we need your help. Please go to this link, and donate what you can. We’ve got a bunch of videos that we’ll be posting over the next few weeks that show how much a center like this would impact the Los Angeles community, and of course we’ve got a ton of perks ready for those of you who donate.
Although the orientation of our formal services would be Soto-style Zen Buddhism, this center would be open to anyone of any religious affiliation as well as to atheists, agnostics and everything in between. We would promote interfaith events (and inter non-faith events) and partner up with like-minded churches, synagogues, mosques, atheist clubs and other such organizations who wanted to establish mutual understanding and respect. I want it to be the kind of place where born-again Christian Republicans can hang out with gay atheist cross-dressers and have a good time together.

Although the Zen sittings and ceremonies at these places would be quiet and meditative, I want to keep the atmosphere light and fun and avoid any sense of stodginess or excessive formality. I do not want it to be a “religious” place. I want people to go there because they enjoy and benefit from the practices or just like hanging out in a supportive environment with good people.

If you’re broke, we don’t want your money, but we could use your support in many other ways. Just ask. If you’re rich, we want as much of your money as you’d like to give us (it’s tax-deductible!). If you’re somewhere in between and you like what we do, please consider contributing.

Here’s a link to the Angel City Zen Center business plan:


99 Responses

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  1. jason farrow
    jason farrow October 1, 2015 at 7:57 am |

    I want it to be the kind of place where born-again Christian Republicans can hang out with gay atheist cross-dressers and have a good time together.”

    Anything is possible lol!

  2. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 1, 2015 at 8:56 am |

    Congratulations, Brad, on what to me is an inspiring mission statement for a new Zen center; hopefully tomorrow, I can give the college fund ($20?) to Preacher Bob (I mean, Angel City Zen Center!).

    Maybe someday I’ll get down there, to have some fun with you and the gang, and take out the garbage.

    Good luck! 🙂

  3. zucchinipants
    zucchinipants October 1, 2015 at 9:41 am |

    Doesn’t Los Angeles already have a Unitarian Universalist Church?

    1. Zafu
      Zafu October 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm |

      Probably, but this will be a Hardcore Zen Unitarian Universalist Center. It won’t be Zen or Unitarian. It won’t be Hardcore or Universalist. It won’t be any particular thing, cuz it’s the middle way.

      Isn’t the middle way a particular way? Well, uh… the middle is the best fucking way! Cuz like, the Buddha said so.

      1. zucchinipants
        zucchinipants October 2, 2015 at 4:54 am |

        Great! So, I can show up and practice Cross Fit in the corner while the rest of the dweebs sit on their asses?

        If this is “soto zen style sitting” without any formality or connection to soto, why call it zen at all? Will there be a Buddha statue on an altar, or just copies of Brad’s books for sale?

  4. Jundotreeleaf
    Jundotreeleaf October 1, 2015 at 10:26 am |

    Lovely. I will folks to support this.

    Gassho, J

    1. Zafu
      Zafu October 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm |

      Shouldn’t we be supporting more important issues in California, like freeing Willie?

      1. Son of Zafu
        Son of Zafu October 1, 2015 at 1:14 pm |

        Be careful with that willie stuff Father.

        1. Zafu
          Zafu October 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm |

          I thought you liked whales.

    2. constantine
      constantine October 1, 2015 at 12:30 pm |

      Jundo Sweet Leaf!

      Hasho, C

    3. Zafu
      Zafu October 1, 2015 at 11:37 pm |

      If you donate, maybe mention somewhere that you are a Treeleafer.

      Gassho, Jundo

      Can you imagine a gay Treeleaf cross-dresser happily hanging out with a born-again Integral Republican? I sure as hell can, but then I’m not religious.

    4. zucchinipants
      zucchinipants October 2, 2015 at 4:55 am |

      I don’t think the will works that way…

  5. constantine
    constantine October 1, 2015 at 10:48 am |

    Brad Warner is looking more and more like Mungo Jerry.

    1. Fred
      Fred October 1, 2015 at 11:40 am |

      Brad Warner is looking more and more like Mungo Jerry.

      1. constantine
        constantine October 1, 2015 at 12:14 pm |

        Wow. Ok, Fred, he’s looking more and more like old school Mungo Jerry 🙂

  6. Used-rugs
    Used-rugs October 1, 2015 at 11:54 am |

    Good luck. Starting a meditation center in Los Angeles is like building a new casino in Las Vegas. You better stand out. But then again, being broke and having little to no attendance is pretty zen-cool too.

  7. Shinchan Ohara
    Shinchan Ohara October 1, 2015 at 12:11 pm |

    “I want it to be the kind of place where born-again Christian Republicans can hang out with gay atheist cross-dressers and have a good time together.”

    What? Don’t you have prisons and public toilets in LA already?

  8. Zafu
    Zafu October 1, 2015 at 12:21 pm |

    I want it to be the kind of place where born-again Christian Republicans can hang out with gay atheist cross-dressers and have a good time together.

    Why don’t we just settle for you and Ken Wilber. You might start with an apology for calling him an idiot last week.

    Or perhaps Integrals are not “like-minded” enough for Angle City. Well, every religion has to draw the line somewhere, or it won’t be a religion.

    1. drocloc
      drocloc October 1, 2015 at 2:47 pm |

      Thanks for typing. WHO’s a good typer? YOU are!

      PayPal address?
      Los Angeles Zen Center name taken?

      Thank you.

    2. Son of Zafu
      Son of Zafu October 2, 2015 at 9:32 am |

      “Well, every religion has to draw the line somewhere, or it won’t be a religion.”

      “Cuz it feels less meaningful. It is less meaningful.”

      “Of course true believers don’t consider it belief, because they believe it is true.

      “Meaning systems don’t need to do anything but supply meaning.”


      Father, we always know when the medication starts to wear off because that pesky tautological stutter of yours starts up again.

      1. Zafu
        Zafu October 2, 2015 at 10:33 am |

        It does my heart good to see you’re following along so closely.

        Love ya, kid!

        1. Son of Zafu
          Son of Zafu October 2, 2015 at 11:21 am |

          “Love ya, kid!”

          Kessas on your wise old wrinkled lips too, Father.

          But we (Moms and Pumpkin) do pine for the old days when instead of terse tautologies our dear Fathers lips used to ejaculate pithy zen koans. Come back Dads!

          1. Zafu
            Zafu October 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm |

            You’re adorable.

  9. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm |

    “Ever since my teacher, the late Gudo Wafu Nishijima made me the head of the Buddhist order he established in Japan…”

    Brad, didn’t you abdicate your title as head meditator of Dogen Sangha Somethinger-ether a few years back?

    And I always thought it was important to you to NOT found a center but instead remain a free bird Zen man?

    Oh well, times change, people change. Wish you all the best in this new adventure. Nice ending music to that video, yours?

  10. Zafu
    Zafu October 1, 2015 at 11:39 pm |

    Can you imagine a gay Hardcore Zen cross-dresser happily hanging out with a born-again Hardcore Zen Republican? I sure as hell can, but then I’m not religious.

  11. Andy
    Andy October 2, 2015 at 12:52 am |

    I find it heartening and inspiring, Brad. I’m sure, however things work out for the centre, that your and others’ efforts in this will do much good – and in innumerable unseen and unrecognised ways.

    Thank you.

  12. Harlan
    Harlan October 2, 2015 at 8:05 am |

    If you had named it Angel City Dharma Center everyone could have called it ACDC for short. It would have jibed with the whole Christian Republican Cross-dressing thing…

    This is good coffee.

    1. Mumbles
      Mumbles October 2, 2015 at 6:56 pm |

      My wife and I laughed pretty hard at yer comment this morning, Harlan. Of course we’d just had some awesome coffee, too, and lots of it.

      mtto: Too bad about the (other) lawyer’s opinion. How many lawyers do you guys have, anyway? Jeez, L.A… “Lawyer up & (don’t) ride!”

      Goes w/out saying (but I will anyway:) You could’ve used the opening chords to this to advertise:

  13. Zafu
    Zafu October 2, 2015 at 12:30 pm |

    The hottest new Zen Center in LA is called ACZC. They’ve got everything:

    Crossdressing Republican housewives

    His AND Her industrial grade jungle hymns

    Lots and lots of glitter

    Feminist handguns, hand painted by Sri Lankan monks

    * Togetherness *

    Jundo’s pet project, and its father Fred Sr.

    Suicide Girl mud wrestling

    Ke$ha’s cat

    Autographed copy of Keith Richards official death certificate

    More hardcore zen porn than you could shake a ****** at

    1. Fred
      Fred October 2, 2015 at 5:19 pm |

      Don’t forget, Ken Wilber’s words:

      “so simply suck my dick, whaddaya say?”

      I think that Joshu Sasaki said something like that too, but he meant it in a different way.

      1. Mumbles
        Mumbles October 2, 2015 at 6:48 pm |

        I doubt that.

  14. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 2, 2015 at 4:08 pm |

    I lived above Hamburger Mary’s in San Francisco for awhile. I met guys who were cross-dressed and casual, they could have been Republicans, and the housewives at Mary’s belonged to some rugged women.

    1. Mumbles
      Mumbles October 2, 2015 at 7:02 pm |

      Forget the casual cross dressers, what was it like living above all those burnt cow fumes bro? If you were some kind of vegetarian (like uh, me) that must’ve sucked. If not, how heavenly, huh?

      Or is “Hamburger Mary” some kind of euphemism for ground chuck in drag?

        1. Cygni
          Cygni October 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm |
  15. Khru 2.0
    Khru 2.0 October 3, 2015 at 4:47 pm |

    Big congratulations. The check is in the mail. But seriously, there’s a lot of (financially) wealthy people in LA that would be great benefactors. And there’s not a damn thing wrong with that. Just sayin’.

  16. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 4, 2015 at 5:05 pm |

    “Or is “Hamburger Mary” some kind of euphemism for ground chuck in drag?”

    Well, thanks for that, J.E., because you sent me to the search engines, to discover that Hamburger Mary’s may reopen in the Castro. Here’s an article with a couple of shots from the original location:

    In fact, what is pictured at the top of the page is the side of the building, the back entrance near the pinball machines. For awhile I lived right above the billboard on the second floor, then I moved up to the third floor above that back entrance.

    I discovered “Hamburger Mary’s” is a listing on Wikipedia; pretty interesting, here’s what they had to say:

    Hamburger Mary’s Bar & Grille is a gay-themed and LGBT-friendly burger restaurant chain that started in San Francisco, California, in 1972. Their motto is: “an open-air bar and grill for open-minded people”, and the eateries are often in “gay-centric” neighborhoods. The menu items include friskily named items and the decor of the restaurants is flamboyant. Cross-dressing is common, and the Mary in the name is a reference to the slang descriptor “Mary” used for gay men as far back as the early 1900s. There were 12 Hamburger Mary’s in the U.S. as of April 2012. They no longer operate in San Francisco, but have offices in Chicago and West Hollywood, as of 2013.

    Brad could open the “Angel City Hamburger Mary’s Zen Center” and see at least half the people he described as regulars there in no time.

  17. mb
    mb October 6, 2015 at 10:46 am |

    [Because of the 2-link per post restriction]:

    I did a Dummies book Photoshop concoction a few years back which I’ll share because it’s in the same vein – except that it was actually just satire, I wasn’t trying to sell something (apologies to Broken Yogi [Conrad], who was the inspiration for it):

    Acausal for Dummies

    1. Mumbles
      Mumbles October 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm |

      The Dummies book was kind of brilliant.

      I kind of agree with your assessment of the video in the comment below, thanks for linking that, apparently that wasn’t otherwise for this blog’s viewing pleasure.

      & yeah…It looks more like any other advertising: be a (accepted version of a) beautiful person (oh, excuse me) be a “hip” and beautiful person like we are and enjoy the benefits of whatever we are selling.

      Remember, we’re all beautiful people and we don’t have to.

      1. mb
        mb October 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm |

        The Dummies book was kind of brilliant.

        Thanks Mumbles! I kind of specialized in spiritual satire when I was hanging out at the now-defunct Lightmind Da Forum last decade. Here’s a Da satire I concocted (strictly for entertainment purposes, mind you)…

        The 7-Stage Tantra of Frank

        1. Mumbles
          Mumbles October 7, 2015 at 4:53 am |

          Hahahahaha!! Good stuff, mb!

          Somewhere in the ethers, Bubba F.J. etc. is laughing, too.

          “There is no response to My Literature. Why should I even print it? Nothing comes of it.”

  18. mb
    mb October 6, 2015 at 10:47 am |

    Hey all –

    I just got the weekly DSLA e-mail notification which contains this promotional video for the Angel City Dharma Center:

    My reactions after having watched it:

    1) I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor that underlies the pitch

    2) But isn’t trying to sell “doing nothing” like it was soap or something more than wee bit strange?

    From having lived in American commercial culture all my life, my brain was filling in from the video the following spontaneously-generated thoughts:

    “No messy mantras! No effortful visualizations! Just pure awareness! It’s simple! It’s clean! Get yours today!”

    I know, I know. If you’re trying to get donations, you have to have some kind of pitch. And why not a cheeky, somewhat irreverent one? People like humor.

    So much for my immediate reaction – anyone else care to comment on this?

    1. mb
      mb October 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm |

      I did not detect any tongue-in-cheek humor or sales pitch in that video.

      I watched it again and…maybe you’re right. On 2nd viewing, it seemed the three people on the screen were fairly humorless. My brain’s tongue is always in its cheek when I see things like this, though. I just have to think that the creator of the video was winking to himself.

      Here is a serious and slick commercial for a New Age cult for comparison:

      Ugh. Well, they’re close by. Maybe I should join their group because I won’t have to drive much. Is this how millenials get spiritual? I sense an evangelical Christian-vibe with these people, though they claim to be non-denominational.

    2. Zafu
      Zafu October 6, 2015 at 1:45 pm |

      The ‘pure and simple’ approach doesn’t seem like a good strategy now that the McMindfulness craze is in full swing. With mindfulness groups you don’t have to listen to the endless boring talks about emptiness. And no lectures about ethics either.

    3. minkfoot
      minkfoot October 6, 2015 at 4:12 pm |

      They sure look a lot like my ilk fifty years ago. Of course, at our circles there were also doses of acid and sprigs of Hawaiian Baby Woodrose seed pods. And a perennial haze of pleasant-smelling smoke. I bet we talked about pretty much the same stuff.

      Thank God I listened to all those conservative businessman customers who hired my cab, who told me I would snap out of my hippy fad when I married and got a kid and a “real job.” Wish I could tell the kids what they can expect down the line if they don’t shape up and drop the mumbo-jumbo. I mean, nothing’s sadder than old hippies trying to grasp onto their ersatz memories of false joy:

      1. Mark Foote
        Mark Foote October 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm |

        Nice pic, minkfoot!

      2. Mumbles
        Mumbles October 6, 2015 at 8:05 pm |

        The fly swatter on the wall

        Says it all.

        1. minkfoot
          minkfoot October 6, 2015 at 8:46 pm |

          Argh! You saw that! Wasn’t my house!

  19. Zafu
    Zafu October 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm |

    I like the video that came on after the ACZC promo, where Brad takes five minutes to explain that emptiness means nothing has an essence. But why don’t I have an essence, Brad? Why-oh-why don’t I have one?

    1. mb
      mb October 6, 2015 at 1:27 pm |

      Why ask why?

      (That’s also a Leo Kottke composition:

      You’ll just get a rhetorical answer. Unless that’s what you’re looking for.

    2. Shinchan Ohara
      Shinchan Ohara October 7, 2015 at 1:52 am |

      “Why-oh-why don’t I have one?” … coz you don’t got an existence either. No cake until you eat your broccoli

  20. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 6, 2015 at 5:51 pm |

    I’m not really very good at chanting. Or yodeling. Somebody at the karioke parlor thought I sold “Don’t Worry, Baby” just fine, but I don’t know how I hit half of the high notes; I’m not very good at falsetto, either.

    I’m really bad at respecting Zen teachers who bore me when they speak, even if they can sit like a bulldozer. It’s worse when they miss the mark in their explanations.

    There’s no mention of chanting in the Pali Canon, as far as I know. I think the rituals came later; the statues certainly did.

    Far be it from me to take meaning away from people’s lives. I sure am a junky for meaning in mine, and the community that finds the same kind of meaning I do in things is like a murder of crows that stays together by chance. But I’ll hang with old hippy dreamers any day.

    1. Fred
      Fred October 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm |

      old hippy dreamers
      knew the meaning of love
      the world grew cruel
      poor lama Christie
      a goddess of love
      hiding in a desert cave
      her essence dried up
      and emptiness shrivelled

      1. mb
        mb October 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm |
      2. mb
        mb October 6, 2015 at 7:34 pm |

        Hey Lama Christie survived. God only knows what she’s up to now. She’s still got time to reinvent herself. Krishnamurti rejected the Theosophical Society. Christie could come to her senses and reject the perverted form of Buddhism that her good buddy was purveying. Of course, he’s still alive too. Doubt that he can reinvent himself!

    2. minkfoot
      minkfoot October 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm |

      By what chance do you come to think that murders happen by chance?

      After one year living in a tent, I got to understand crows really have a language. They really have conversations. I almost understood them.

  21. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 6, 2015 at 8:45 pm |

    Don’t think it says how many residents the place is envisioned to support; being built primarily with donations from Japan, and maybe that support is expected to continue to sustain the place?-

    “Soto Zen Training Monastery Comes to Northern California”:

    Actually, Sonoma Mountain was made an official training monastery two years ago.

    “The rigorous monastic training will include familiar Soto Zen practices, allowing the estimated global population of 900 Zen priests registered outside of Japan wanting to further their studies and practice in Dogen’s way to do so without needing to travel to Japan.”

    I was thinking about acquiring a mobile in Lucerne, on the other side of Clear Lake, but I couldn’t get the family cow to my friend fast enough to close the deal. Just as well. Clackers at 4am is enough to scare any crow.

  22. Kyla
    Kyla October 7, 2015 at 3:11 am |

    To Zafu. In the last thread I stated that sitting practice has helped me drastically change my behaviour and life and you chose to make condescending comment that I must have been a “very bad girl” before that. You don’t know anything about me at all. I was consistently sexually abused as a kid and as a result, was full of self-hatred and self-destructive behaviours such as never letting people get close etc.
    I just wanted you to know what I was talking about so you might reconsider your flippant, sexist comment next time someone is talking about their life-experience, and experience of sitting practice. Or most likely, you’ll give it no thought at all….
    Anyways, this blog is not a safe place to comment. I like it but won’t be back.

    1. drocloc
      drocloc October 7, 2015 at 10:11 am |

      Zafu is a delusional worn-out piece of furniture that types.
      Please don’t take typing seriously. Nobody does.


    2. Fred
      Fred October 7, 2015 at 10:30 am |

      Kyla, don’t read his stuff. He’s just trolling for responses.

      I don’t know if anyone has told you how incredible your art is. Best wishes

    3. Zafu
      Zafu October 7, 2015 at 4:56 pm |

      Brad sent me a message saying what an asshat I’ve been and how I don’t respect Zen etc… and asked me to stop posting comments here.

      So now the blog is a bit safer.

      1. Zafu
        Zafu October 8, 2015 at 12:45 pm |

        Just out of curiosity, do you believe one of Brad’s minions is impersonating him in the video too?

        Anyway, it seems you don’t believe that Brad cares enough to try making the blog a safer place for people like Kyla. He does care, and he feels responsible. At least that’s what he wrote. I was genuinely moved by what he said and that’s why I’ve agreed to stop commenting here. Frankly, I didn’t think he was capable of being so sincere and open hearted. It made me ashamed of my behavior. He really does care, and he cares deeply.

        1. mb
          mb October 8, 2015 at 2:19 pm |

          GC – but then again, maybe you’re just paranoid!

          I’ve met Brad twice – if he’s an “actor” merely playing the role for “unseen masters”, then he’s doing a pretty impressive job! And by that I mean he’s as low-key and un-charismatic as they get. I leave it to you to figure out whether that’s a plus or a minus. And for the record, I’ve never contributed a dime to his cause, (except for buying his books from Barnes & Noble).

    4. Khru 2.0
      Khru 2.0 October 7, 2015 at 7:20 pm |

      Kyla-Congratulations to you for being strong and persevering. Zazen is helpful in many ways. Some people on this blog don’t understand yet that the suffering of other beings is indeed our own suffering as well. Best wishes, sister.

    5. Dog Star
      Dog Star October 8, 2015 at 11:36 am |

      Hi Kyla–Zafu is merely a troll. And like all trolls, he is irrelevant. It’s best to ignore him.

  23. Zafu
    Zafu October 7, 2015 at 9:38 am |

    I can’t apologize for being a monster. That’s what I am. That and the whole universe, in zen reality, of course.

    1. Used-rugs
      Used-rugs October 7, 2015 at 10:38 am |

      Zafu, to assert that the creation of meaning underlies all human endeavor is an example of reductionism. Sadly, reductionist thinking almost always results in nihilism. And nihilism produces monsters like you and Hitler.

      Godwin, baby, Godwin.

      1. Son of Zafu
        Son of Zafu October 7, 2015 at 11:14 am |

        Fathers used to be a really good person, back when he was chanting his daily sutras and working hard on his koan. Then one-day, in a tragedy Moms and I are still trying to come to grips with, he was bitten on the knee by a radioactive monk and tragically transformed in-to the vitriol ejaculating Zafu of these pages. Moms and Sons pray daily to Cthulhu in hope for his eventual recovery. Hope is that zafu filled with feathers; you know.

        1. Zafu
          Zafu October 7, 2015 at 11:53 am |

          It’s too late for me, son. Only true loves kesa can restore my humanity. And no one can love a beast. People only see the troll, and they run away. Folks only want to see beauty, and who can blame them. There is far too much ugliness in the world, right?

          Let go, son. Cherish the memories of when we lived in beauty.

      2. Zafu
        Zafu October 7, 2015 at 11:47 am |

        Meaning is the essential purpose of religion. It has other purposes, but meaning is the essential purpose. That’s not giving it an essence. That’s not a reduction. It’s only identifying it’s essential purpose and what it can’t exist without.

        As others note, my essential purpose is trolling. That’s not reducing me to a monster. How can you reduce a whole universe to a monster? That doesn’t make sense. It’s only identifying my essential purpose and what I can’t exist without, in order to be me, and I gotta be me (the whole universe).

        Sieg heil!

        1. Son of Zafu
          Son of Zafu October 7, 2015 at 3:23 pm |

          Oh Fathers, President Obama never let go of Osama bin Laden and Moms ‘n Me’s will never let go of you. Most-of the relevant indictments are still active and we both fervently hope-to claim the remaining bounty payments.

          1. Zafu
            Zafu October 7, 2015 at 4:02 pm |

            You’re a good son, son.

  24. Son of Zafu
    Son of Zafu October 7, 2015 at 5:38 pm |

    “I forbid you to go there.”

    You always were a very forbidding father, Father. Especially between the sheets.

    1. Khru 2.0
      Khru 2.0 October 8, 2015 at 9:57 pm |

      You and “Zafu” haven’t the faintest idea what real Zen practice is about. Acting crass and immature like a couple of middle-schoolers is not as funny as you seem to think it is I guess. Your weak, tired shtick has only become…even more tired. And weak. Now go find yourselves a nice high school blog somewhere and enjoy yourselves.

  25. Cygni
    Cygni October 8, 2015 at 4:02 am |

    I’m happy to say im totally going to make a modest donation towards the center when I get the first paycheck from my new job.

  26. Andy
    Andy October 8, 2015 at 4:29 am |

    The Straw Man Sniffs His Zafu, ft. Bill Ashbery

    Signifying nothing. Is there anything full of sound and fury to be serious about beyond this otherness told by an idiot?

    It is a tale: and then is heard no more that struts and frets his hour upon the stage that gets included in the most ordinary forms of daily activity, changing everything slightly and profoundly, and tearing the matter, a poor player of creation, any creation, not just artistic creation, out of our hands.

    Life’s but a walking shadow to install it on some monstrous, near peak, too close to ignore, too far for one to intervene? Out, out, brief candle! The way to dusty death, this otherness, this “Not-being-us” is all there is to look at and all our yesterdays have lighted fools in the mirror, though no one can say, to the last syllable of recorded time, how it came to be this way.

    There would have been a time for such a word. A ship flying unknown colors creeps in this petty pace from day to day, to-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow. She should have died hereafter, has entered the harbor.

    1. Shinchan Ohara
      Shinchan Ohara October 8, 2015 at 6:43 am |

      An empty cushion holds the kapok
      Walking along, it rides the troll
      The kapok crosses a wooden bridge
      The bridge is boring, the troll is gone

  27. Mumbles
    Mumbles October 8, 2015 at 4:53 am |

    Sounds good! Do you suppose the author wrote that? No matter, this is one I will buy and hope it lives up to the hype.

  28. Cygni
    Cygni October 8, 2015 at 9:50 am |

    That’s a great title and monster book cover. Look forward to reading it.

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    Mark Foote October 9, 2015 at 9:57 am |

    “I can’t apologize for being a monster. That’s what I am. That and the whole universe, in zen reality, of course.”

    The foaming breakers of the void filling the sky, heart breakers? Buddhas and Bodhisattvas right where I stand- life takers?

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    The Grand Canyon October 18, 2015 at 10:57 am |

    Anger City Zen Center

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