European Tour 2012

Next Tuesday, October 23, 2012, I am departing on my third European tour. I really need to start making commemorative T-shirts!

It’s always fun going on these European treks. But last year I got really ill in Germany. I’m hoping not to get sick this time. Getting sick in a foreign country is not something I recommend.

I set up this tour entirely myself, just like the last two. I do not have an entourage or a press agent or a booking company or anything like that. I just go out and do this stuff on my own. I’ve also never solicited a gig. All of these events come about because someone invites me to go speak or lead a retreat or whatever.

The dates are as follows:

Oct. 26-28 Weekend Sesshin Kajo Zendo in Finland

Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 International Lay Buddhists Forum in Malaga, Spain

Nov. 7 University of Koblenz, Koblenz, Germany

Nov. 9 Dogen Zendo Frankfurt , Germany

Nov. 10 Balance Yoga Frankfurt, Germany

Nov. 14 Dharma Buchladen Berlin, Germany

Nov. 17- 18 Merchant City Yoga Glasgow, Scotland

Nov. 23-25 Weekend Sesshin at Fawcett Mill Fields, Penrith, Lake District  UK Sponsored by Yoga Manchester

Nov. 25 Manchester, England Sponsored by Yoga Manchester

Dec. 1 London, England

The gig in London is awaiting a few points to be finalized. I’m also waiting to hear about further details on the November 7th thing at the University of Koblenz. I believe that all of these events are open to the public . You can use the links above to contact the venues and make sure.

This year’s thing started off with me getting invited to be the keynote speaker at the International Lay Buddhist Forum in Malaga, Spain. That sounded pretty exciting. And because they were paying my way over to Europe (but not paying anything else) I was able to get in touch with other people who’d been inviting me to do stuff on the right side of the Atlantic Ocean but who were not offering plane fare. So I picked up a bunch of other gigs and now off I am going!

That’s pretty much how it works. I’m not after the big bucks here. But if I can’t at least get transportation expenses and a place to stay I can’t even consider an invitation. I don’t have an organization behind me that can foot the bills. I’m just a guy who lives in an apartment and writes books, not the leader of some megabucks religious corporation. (Although we are trying to incorporate Dogen Sangha Los Angeles. I don’t know when that’s gonna be finalized. But that’s not gonna be any kind of mega-sangha either.)

I need to start up a cult.That’s where the money is!

The folks at the International Lay Buddhists Forum asked me to speak on the subject of sex and Buddhism. So that’s what I’m going to talk about there. Since I am, of course, one of the sexiest Buddhists around! Because my book Sex, Sin and Zen has just come out in Germany, I’ll probably talk about that subject a bit at the German gigs. Although I think maybe the folks at the University of Koblenz have other ideas.

The events in Glasgow, the Lake District in the UK and possibly London will be one-day zazen sittings with a more workshop style atmosphere than a standard zen sesshin. So I’ll talk more than I would at a sesshin and give more hints about how I’ve managed to keep doing daily zazen for so long. I think the event at Balance Yoga in Frankfurt will also be like that.

Anyway, they will all be great. So show up if you can


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  1. Andrew
    Andrew October 19, 2012 at 2:07 am |

    brad, the immune system gets screwed with jetlag, you will be vulnerable in that first week, maybe abit of vit A might help?

  2. Andrew
    Andrew October 19, 2012 at 2:21 am |

    first again : o )

  3. Fred
    Fred October 19, 2012 at 3:12 am |

    You could probably talk about zombie sex at the International Getting Laid Buddhist Forum.

  4. The Grand Canyon
    The Grand Canyon October 19, 2012 at 3:41 am |

    Anyone seriously interested in starting a cult should definitely read “Cults In Our Midst” by Margaret Thaler Singer. It gives such detailed information about how cults typically operate and specific techniques for “coercive persuasion” and “thought reform” that it could easily be used as an instruction manual.

  5. Fred
    Fred October 19, 2012 at 4:13 am |

    How is that any different than what occurs daily in a classroom?

  6. Fred
    Fred October 19, 2012 at 5:44 am |
  7. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 19, 2012 at 8:33 am |

    “Yes, I’ll go out to the desert just to try and find my past.
    Truth lives all around me, but it’s just beyond my grasp.
    Oh, yes you know it’s just beyond my grasp.
    I’ll let the sand and the stars and the wind
    Carry me back, oh carry me back. ”

    Country Joe and the Fish, “Bass Strings”

    I used to feel high just listening to this album, especially Section 43:

  8. nozenji
    nozenji October 19, 2012 at 9:46 am |

    So – how have you managed to keep doing daily Zazen for so long ?

  9. Fred
    Fred October 19, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  10. Fred
    Fred October 19, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    “So – how have you managed to keep doing daily Zazen for so long ?”

    There is no one doing the Zazen. Zazen is doing the Zazen.

  11. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 20, 2012 at 10:02 am |

    “his band has always remained underground and in recent years Bruce-Douglas has derided its existence.”


    “Zazen is doing the Zazen.”

    How long, do I have to wait; well, can I get you now, or must I hesitate?- Buddy Boy Hawkins. Is zazen different from rock ‘n roll? Is zazen different from Apache dance?

    Has Khru not sat zazen all these years, in spite of his background as an educator and his predilection for ‘shrooms? I believe science has established that there are changes toward sociability that are persistent from the ingestion of psilocybin, changes present even a decade after the experience, while other pscyhoactive substances show no such persistance.

    Do we like to stretch? Is zazen physically and mentally a kind of stretch? Is that refreshing, if it’s not overdone, or what? I guess there’s some question about what is overdoing it, with regard to sitting in the cross-legged posture. There are reports of people sitting two hours in the lotus or more, nay, in Blofeld of Taoists sitting three days solid on a little island at a fair! Of African bushmen dancing all night, in their slow shuffle step around the singers and the fire. Of blues musicians jamming all night. Of Jakusho Kwong sitting four hours straight during the all-night December session the first time they had an all-nighter, but never thereafter…

  12. Fred
    Fred October 20, 2012 at 10:39 am |

    ” Is zazen physically and mentally a kind of stretch”

    Yes, it stretches around and enmeshes the conditioning that was, awakening
    the dream within a dream.

  13. Fred
    Fred October 20, 2012 at 10:56 am |


    Because the mind is free —
    Listening to the rain
    Dripping from the eaves,
    The drops become
    One with me.

  14. Fred
    Fred October 20, 2012 at 11:12 am |


    Treading along in this dreamlike, illusory realm,
    Without looking for the traces I may have left;
    A cuckoo’s song beckons me to return home;
    Hearing this, I tilt my head to see
    Who has told me to turn back;
    But do not ask me where I am going,
    As I travel in this limitless world,
    Where every step I take is my home.

  15. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 20, 2012 at 8:38 pm |

    That’s very beautiful!

    Waking up and falling asleep comes very naturally in the morning and at night, and being where I am is hard to beat, anytime at all. Maybe my life is not hard enough.

    Why do I tell myself that the service is in discovering the repeatable experiment of ease and absorption that can be taught, and not in sitting through pain to offer advice on posture and attitude? Can you tell I have poor posture and a bad attitude?- or what!

  16. Fred
    Fred October 21, 2012 at 4:05 am |

    Bagwan said that you can be just as enlightened in a Cadillac as you can in an

    One dream is as good as another.

    My day is colored by Dogen’s expression of expressing the dream within a dream.

    Different themes for different dreams.

  17. nozenji
    nozenji October 21, 2012 at 8:42 am |

    All this flowery talk is quite wonderful, I love it too.
    But what matters more is how we react when our boss, husband, wife, neighbor, guy in the other car, is yelling at us, accusing us of something we didn’t do.

  18. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 21, 2012 at 10:29 am |

    nozenji is an adrenalin monkey!

    Yeah I’m not so fond of that, either, but I like what Fred quoted about the Cadillac. Get me a nice Cadillac with the seat warmers and my sweetheart there beside me, maybe on Kauai, go stay at the Princeville and watch the shadows on the Napili cliffs all day along (while she snorkels, probably).

    Anger is a good one, so is lust, and ignorance the third. I find the Gautamid’s parallel of anger with an inclination toward things of the future (to the exclusion of present and past), lust with an inclination toward things of the present (to the exclusion of things of the future and past), and ignorance with a predisposition toward things of the past (to the exclusion of things of the present and future) to be medicinal when I’m in a rage, or in a rut, or in a stupor, but I can’t say I’m skilled. Oh well.

  19. Fred
    Fred October 21, 2012 at 11:11 am |

    Bagwan and J. Krishnamurti say to be intentionally one with the rage and it
    will melt away.

    Anger means your ego was hooked.

  20. Fred
    Fred October 21, 2012 at 11:14 am |


    ” Let this become your key – next time when anger comes, just watch it. Don’t say, “I am angry.” Say, “Anger is there and I am watching it.” And see the difference! The difference is vast. Suddenly you are out of the grip of anger. If you can say, “I am just a watcher, I am not anger,” you are out of the grip.”

  21. The Grand Canyon
    The Grand Canyon October 21, 2012 at 12:12 pm |

    Welcome to fredcorefred.fred, now with even more Fred.

    Today’s haiku:

    Fred Fred Fred Fred Fred

    Fred Fred Fred Fred Fred Fred Fred

    Fred Fred Fred Fred Fred

  22. Fred
    Fred October 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |

    I am just a watcher. Fred is a fiction in a show called life.

  23. Khru
    Khru October 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm |


    You should consider doing a conference call with anyone interested. You could do a Dharma chat and then everyone could ask a question. You might even charge a donation fee for the event, like Ge_ _ o.

  24. bookofzero
    bookofzero October 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm |

    I’m sure it’s been asked before, but ever consider a webcast or even a google “hangout” (muting the other people during the sitting section so no background noise unnecessarily interrupts everyone, if that’s even possible) for those of us who can’t make it to a sitting because we are literally thousands of miles away and very much part of “the 99%”? I’d be a regular (work schedule permitting). There weren’t nearly enough podcasts back in the day.

  25. boubi
    boubi October 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm |


    Keep it on the “funny” side, OK? Be funny and nobody will get WTF! and peper-spray or taser you 😉

    The force be with you, young jedi.

  26. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote October 23, 2012 at 7:27 am |

    Brad, good luck with the European swing. Wear your top hat and bring your cane, there’ll be dancing in the streets; or just wear the bunny suit, doesn’t matter ’bout the clothes you wear.

    Must be winter over there, maybe it does matter.

    Rained hard in Sebastopol yesterday, all the green things look pretty happy about it. Giants clinched the league, how strange and wonderful, but you go on ahead to Europe and have a good time; we’ll take care of Desert Hot Springs for you.

  27. chasrmartin
    chasrmartin November 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

    Let me know when I can order the tee shirt.

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