GREAT SCOTT! GREAT SKY!!!

OK. kids. I’m off to the Great Sky sesshin somewhere way the hell out in Minnesota. I won’t be in the reach of Internets or 9/11 conspiracy theorists for a week. So y’all enjoy yourselves! On Saturday the 18th there’s s’posta be an interview with me on a show called Coffee, Cigarettes and Gnosis. So go there and see if it really shows up. The list of forthcoming appearances is below. Also note that on Sept. 12th I’m doing some kinda TV show called Elevision in downtown Boulder and they want folks to show up by 7 to be in the audience. It’s at Trilogy, 2017 13th St. in downtown Boulder.

Show up at all of the appearances you lazy bums!

That’s it. I’m outta here till I’m back….

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  1. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 17, 2007 at 12:40 pm | |

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  2. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 17, 2007 at 12:48 pm | |

    >>Mysterion

    Is life serious?

  3. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 17, 2007 at 12:53 pm | |

    Also,

    Is it ok to hate people?

  4. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 17, 2007 at 12:54 pm | |

    Also also,

    Are you enlightened?

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 17, 2007 at 1:35 pm | |

    i’m so glad
    i’m better than you.

    i’m so glad
    i’m better than you are.

    -mike gira

  6. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 1:46 pm | |

    Koudelka said…
    1) Is life serious?
    2) Is it ok to hate people?
    3) Are you enlightened?

    1) You can answer that best for yourself. I do not think one should take ‘life’ 100% seriously. Life is life, we all get many and in one of them you should avoid increasing the suffering of others.

    2) I can’t tell you how to act or what to do. Hate is ultimately an inward-directed emotion which is self-destructive in the psychological sense. Sometimes you hear; “Hate the crime, but not the criminal.” I disagree. Hate neither the crime nor the criminal. I am NOT saying LOVE the crime or criminal, I am saying make no effort toward committing a crime or becoming a criminal – but HATE? Never!

    3) No, far far from it. Just look at the steamer trunks of baggage I tote from place to place! One of my favorite ‘sayings of Buddha’ is:

    A follower ask Buddha how he arrived at Budhi and he said, holding out his hand: If I held the ashes of my many cycles through birth and death, they would be a mountain high.

    Think peace.

  7. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 2:04 pm | |

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  8. David
    David August 17, 2007 at 2:46 pm | |

    hey Brad

    I think it’s the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

    David

  9. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 3:02 pm | |

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  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 17, 2007 at 3:59 pm | |

    Mysterion, are you one of the real beliefers in “rebirth”? Personal rebirth? YOU coming back?

    I strikes me, because I always felt this for me as some symbol for certain ways how life and people function, but not the personal recreation of… of… of what actually?

    Who or what is actually getting reborn? The identity? The habits? The “personality”? The memory? The ourcome of your deeds? The emotions you created in other people?

    How much of that is really a “personal” substance? How much of that belongs to my cultural environment and my relationships? How much of that is my history and not general history?

    I do not claim to have answers, it’s just thoughts I had.

    Check your blog, I commented there. Yes, I did.

    –IceBucket

  11. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 4:49 pm | |

    rebirth and reincarnation…

    I don’t believe it, but I do THINK it is worth thinking about.

    Greek paliggenesia or palingenesia from palin = back +
    noun genesis = origin
    in turn from ginomai = cause ["gen"-erate] to begin existence.
    It clearly means literally a birth again (or at least start all over).

    It is a rather universal concept.

    Some recent studies provide some support for the idea. The lunatic fringe sells books.

    But then, in the time of Freud and Jung, Zen Buddhism WAS the lunatic fringe. And quite unlike the opinions of Freud (joy) and Jung (young) Zen IS beneficial to the western mind. It’s just not beneficial to old threadbare western dogma.

    I somewhat view the body as a candle that runs out of fuel. That ‘lust for life’ is the flame which CAN be transfered to a new candle as the old one flickers its last. As memories are just mapped structures in the old brain and the old brain dies, memories also die. Past-life regression is a kind of parlor game in my thinking. Everyone seems to have been a King, Queen, or saint. Somehow, there are no former chin-wipers from the vomitorium.

    All that exists is a collective agreement on ‘here’ and ‘now.’ The universe exists only because we observe it (quantum mechanics). We are trapped in time travel with time incrementing (at least at the moment).

    We do not manage to die until we extinguish that ‘lust’ (desire) for life. Thus the goal of our lives is to achieve a true death (nirvana) and not another rebirth be seeing Mara [temptation] as the builder of this tabernacle.

    This merely is MY opinion, nothing more.

    Sorry, but another story:

    A Tenor came onto the stage and sang his heart out.

    The audience applauded to excess.

    Having no encore, the tenor sang the same aria again.

    The audience applauded to excess.

    Again, the tenor sang the same aria.

    The audience applauded to excess.

    “What do you want?” ask the tenor.

    A voice in the dark, at the back of the theatre shouted: “Sing it until you sing it RIGHT!”

  12. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 17, 2007 at 6:21 pm | |

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  13. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 17, 2007 at 6:24 pm | |

    Sing it until you sing it RIGHT!”

    In this case there is no right or wrong. Too many people look over their shoulders, wondering what everyone else thinks. The comedy or tragedy of it all is almost everybody else is doing the same.

    A friend of my father’s once told me turning sixty was liberating because she no longer felt the need to worry about other peoples’ opinions.

  14. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 17, 2007 at 6:33 pm | |

    I think it’s the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

    Sounds more like a colossal headache to me. I remember when my Kung Fu teacher was made successor in his style and all the petty jealousies it unleashed. I don’t understand why Brad didn’t run the other way.

    And one more thing Traleg Rinpoche once said. You have to always think of yourself as a humble student, because if you take any other attitude, you’re finished and whatever you say isn’t worth a damn.

  15. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 7:32 pm | |

    Zen and ritualization. Brad and I spoke in passing…

    “I take refuge in Gautama,
    I take refuge in the Dharma,
    I take refuge in the sangha.”

    is the institutionalized or ‘refuge’ version of:

    “I find comfort in that Gautama lived,
    I find comfort in that Gautama taught (Dharma is ‘path’ and not ‘law’), and
    I find comfort in the _community_ where the teaching of Gautama is preserved.”

    Notice, when you swim upstream, things are less dogmatic. And Buddha is NOT yet deified, he is still Gautama.

    If you find that chanting discomforting, don’t do it. If you find the statue to be a bit of idolitry, then look at it as a distorted photograph and ‘just say thanks.’ (Domo, nei)

    GASSHO is ritualized as a gesture – palms together – in ‘prayer.’ In fact, it predates Gautama is is merely a polite greeting of recognition – namaste. It means “we are of one name.” (All men/beings are brothers/siblings).

  16. Jules
    Jules August 17, 2007 at 8:31 pm | |

    Mysterion wrote: Notice, when you swim upstream, things are less dogmatic. And Buddha is NOT yet deified, he is still Gautama.

    In at least a few traditions (the three Ch’an-rooted traditions I am familiar with) it’s “I take refuge in the Buddha.” ‘Course Buddha was never “deified” in any of them, so Gautama and Buddha are generally considered interchangable anyway.

    namaste. It means “we are of one name.” (All men/beings are brothers/siblings).

    I thought it meant, “I recognize the holiness in you” or more literally, “I bow to you.”

    Namaste.

  17. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 17, 2007 at 9:18 pm | |

    namaste (the Hindu version) is I salute the god in you.

    But it is one of those pesky proto-Indo-European words. In earlier Pali Sanskrit Namah means “I trust, or acknowledge [unspoken]“

    However, in the absence of a google source, I will say name and namah have the same ancient cognitive root. Ste is cement or a bond. Thus “we are of one name.”

    That gets ritualized into “”we are of one [named] god.”

    My days of hanging out with ‘cunning linguists’ are long past. Yes, they were a conservative lot that, like Noah “titty” Webster, would blush for weeks after I said: “That Heffer is a little broad across the beam.” (Translation: “She has a wide ass.”)

    Of course I would scheme for weeks to turn a phrase for the benefit of rosey cheeks.

    Anyway, we rarely get answers but often find better questions to ask.

    Cheers, < -- I salute you
    Chas

  18. God with a capital g
    God with a capital g August 17, 2007 at 9:45 pm | |

    myterion – do not erase anymore of your posts! wait at least one week to make sure I get a chance to read them all. I can get busy.. – God

  19. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 18, 2007 at 10:56 am | |

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  20. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 18, 2007 at 11:51 am | |

    Minor spelling/grammar correction from a native speaker:

    “Was ist los?”

    “Alles was nicht fest ist.”

    It’s actually a horrible pun my grandfather used to mock me.

    –IceBucket

  21. David
    David August 18, 2007 at 2:31 pm | |

    Jinzang said…

    I think it’s the coolest thing in the world that Nishijima appointed you successor.

    Sounds more like a colossal headache to me.

    –yea, that makes sense to me, Jinzang.

    but there is also a huge amount of potential in my opinion…

    and it strikes me as an honor…

    d

  22. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 18, 2007 at 5:12 pm | |

    However, in the absence of a google source, I will say name and namah have the same ancient cognitive root

    I don’t have a citation, but the roots are different, Namas means to pay respect to.

  23. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 18, 2007 at 5:15 pm | |

    but there is also a huge amount of potential in my opinion…and it strikes me as an honor…

    Well, I’m a lazy coward. I’m sure Brad will make a go of it. Not sure where he wants to go, though.

  24. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 18, 2007 at 5:24 pm | |

    Brad has potential, publicity, and personality. I agree he is a good choice for leader of SGI – for this generation.

    Shojin Ryori is vegetarian

    It is only because I think chickens might grow in trees and fish might grow in bushes that I consume them. Besides, we go for ‘free range’ chickens and wild ocean fish. I seriously doubt that Brad eats either.

    In Shin Temples, you can even get beef over rice! Perhaps it was the karma of the sacred cow to die in this way.

  25. Smoggyrob
    Smoggyrob August 18, 2007 at 8:16 pm | |

    Hi everyone,

    So, when I got to the Hill Street Center this morning and opened up, there was no one else there. I considered my options and decided to set up the altar and sit alone. While I was setting up four others showed up. I’m so very fond of our little sangha. Good folk.

    It turns out Diet Hardcore Zen tastes a lot like Regular Hardcore Zen, but with a grape-y aftertaste.

    Rob

  26. keishin.ni
    keishin.ni August 19, 2007 at 9:44 am | |

    Smoggyrob
    thank you
    I didn’t make it to Vista, hope to make it to Pet Stove tonight. It depends on the foot.

  27. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 19, 2007 at 10:16 am | |

    Finally!!!
    We get to read the Retreat article on SG.
    Very good article. Written before he left.
    Written before he sat this time, based on other sittings.
    It is curious to me. That first sesshin is quite something, huge, in fact. But going back for a second, for a third for a subsequent, is almost harder in some ways.
    Even though the benefit is undisputable–who would–why? Though I have to admit once a year sounds about right to me.

  28. calvin2222
    calvin2222 August 19, 2007 at 10:34 am | |

    Brad
    sorry to break in on conversation, 1000 pardons…but i wanted to relate something to you.

    i just sent this to a friend….

    whilst i am thinking about and i wanted to share this with you.
    in Hardcore Z, Brad is talking about our cultures facination
    with celebrity….and his observation that celebrities have
    found something fundamentally true by practicing their craft,
    art, or athletic ability. He talks about coming off stage w/ a buzz.
    From page 104…..

    ‘but the level of a person’s celebrity status has no bearing on how truely balanced they are in their lives. Yet pretty much all of the world’s famous people are famous because they have pursued some kind of artistic or athletic endeavor to the point where when they do their thing, they exhibit some truely remarkable signs of the balanced state revered in Buddhism’

    I have understood this and actually felt it at times since the late 1970′s. For the longest, i had no idea what it was, and since i started studying Buddhism, i recognised it, although i wasn’t sure…in that i had never
    heard anyone else talk about it, nor had i had verification from an
    outside source. I remember talking to sangha people about this…and
    being made to feel that i was so off the mark, and it was MY ego talking;
    which to me at the time seemed reasonable. But, i knew i was experiencing something different from my everyday, walking around. going to the grocery store existence.

    when i read this passage last nite, i had to stop and think…it was like ‘eureka’ just for a moment. Mostly in simple recognition.

    very interesting….
    thanks again for loaning the book

    bravo!

  29. Smoggyrob
    Smoggyrob August 19, 2007 at 12:14 pm | |

    Hi everyone:

    I had a little trouble, but eventually found the Retreat SG post here.

    Keishin, traffic and parking means we all missed the movie — I’m sorry we got split up. I didn’t realize until too late that we didn’t have your cell number.

    For anyone interested and in LA, two of our group are in a band called Pet Stove and are playing tonight (Sunday) at the Airliner at 2419 N. Broadway LA, CA 90031. The show’s at 8 PM, costs $8, and the Airliner is 21 and over. You can check them out at myspace/petstove.

    Rob

  30. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 19, 2007 at 1:15 pm | |

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  31. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 19, 2007 at 2:03 pm | |

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  32. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 19, 2007 at 3:58 pm | |

    “(and generally poor-posture folks like me)”

    Gotta love that false humility.

  33. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 19, 2007 at 4:35 pm | |

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  34. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 19, 2007 at 6:08 pm | |

    this is why i like posting anonymously…i cant delete my posts!!! once i hit the “publish” button, its said and done, and there is no retracting, backtracking whatever.

    -anony mouse

  35. David
    David August 19, 2007 at 6:36 pm | |

    Jinzang said…


    Well, I’m a lazy coward. I’m sure Brad will make a go of it. Not sure where he wants to go, though.

    And I’m a naive youth (though it’s reaching past that point these days).

  36. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 19, 2007 at 7:58 pm | |

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  37. Smoggyrob
    Smoggyrob August 19, 2007 at 11:24 pm | |

    Hi everyone:

    Well, I just got back from seeing Pet Stove, and they rocked! Kind of a girl group sound (their two vocalists are female, and babes at that) with a hard edge. I couldn’t make out the lyrics, but the music and the song titles were great: “I Hate You And Want You To Die” and “Parking In My Neighborhood Is Like A Chastity Belt To Me.”

    I asked about the band name, and the bassist told me that when they were coming up with a name, one of them had a tiny accordion that, when folded up, looked like a tiny stove. Not “the size you’d cook a pet in” but “the size your pet would use.” Then he gave me that bullshit answer that “it can mean anything you want it to.” Freakin’ musicians.

    Rock on,

    Rob

  38. keishin.ni
    keishin.ni August 20, 2007 at 2:23 am | |

    Pet Stove is Hot!!

  39. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 9:00 am | |

    Strange, I remember the title as “I hate you and I don’t want you to die”

  40. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 9:00 am | |

    Strange, I remember the title as “I hate you and I don’t want you to die”

  41. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 20, 2007 at 9:16 am | |

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  42. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 20, 2007 at 1:20 pm | |

    You are all far too young to remember “The Lone Ranger,” especially on radio.

    Tonto (stupid) and Kemo Sabe (Shit Head).
    “Tonto” is Tex/Mex Spanish for “stupid.” When John Todd was first called ‘Tonto’ on the radio, he as-libbed “If you say so, Kemo Sabe.” The name stuck.

    “Kemo Sabe” means “shit head” in the Seneca Iroquois dialect.

    Life is better than drama.

  43. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 5:49 pm | |

    LOL

    anony mouse

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