Only 37 more hours on our fundraiser for the Hardcore Zen Movie Tour. People keep asking about DVDs. The ONLY way to get a DVD of the film is to contribute $25 to the fundraiser. We aren’t planning to make any more after this. http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/brad-warner-s-hardcore-zen-the-tour
We are funding this tour on our own money. And it’s costing a pretty penny, let me tell you! Every little bit helps.
Here is an exchange that appeared on the comments section of the previous post:
Daniel Layton December 12, 2013 at 8:32 am
It seems that typically teachers, when asked, will tell the potential student what they should expect and what is expected of them if they do indeed become a student. Or they say I expect you to do such and such first, and then we can talk about it. No offense, but what it hear when I read this is that you don’t want to be burdened with taking on individual students in the traditional Zen sense. Which is fine of course: I think you have a excellent way of teaching people outside of the standard zen model. But I think what people are asking you to do is basically what Nishijima did for you. Their expectations are their own problem.
mtto December 12, 2013 at 10:53 am
“If you want to sit with me, you can join me most Saturdays in Santa Monica and most Mondays in the Silverlake section of Los Angeles. I say most Saturdays and Mondays because I’m not always there due to my traveling schedule. However, the meetings go on whether I’m there or not. The Saturday group meets at 10 AM at Hill Street Center 237 Hill St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. The Monday group meets at 8 PM at Silverlake Yoga, 2810 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039.”
This is basically what Nishijima did for Brad. I know because I’ve been a regular at Hill Street Center for years.
One thing Brad didn’t mention in this post is that after sitting practice he answers questions. He very rarely comes in with a prepared talk. So, if you have questions and you’re OK asking them in front of the group there is plenty of opportunity. The other thing is that it is typical for the group to go out for lunch or frozen yogurt after class, and Brad is available then for questions or discussion in a less public format.
My advice for anyone who wants Brad to be their teacher is: you don’t need to ask, just show up.
This is true. I never asked Nishijima “Can I be your student?” Nor did I ever say that to Tim McCarthy. I just showed up at the advertised time and sat with them. The relationships developed organically.
In some sense someone I barely know asking “Can I be your student?” feels to me kind of like someone I barely know coming up and saying “Can I be your girlfriend?” My first gut response is something like, Woah! Hold on there a minute!
You get to be someone’s girl/boyfriend by going out on dates with them for a while and then, maybe after a couple months or whenever it starts to feel appropriate you ask “Can I be your boy/girlfriend?”
Again please understand I really, really, honestly and truly am not trying to be mean or say I don’t want to be burdened or any of that. I am just asking people to think a little differently about what they’re asking when they ask this sort of thing.
Maybe I ought to say, “I expect you to do such and such first, and then we can talk about it” or have some kind of program or whatever. But I don’t. And my teachers didn’t have that either. In fact a whole lot of Zen teachers do not have anything even remotely like that in place. This is just my eyeball guesstimate based on the traveling I’ve done, but I would say the places that do have a program like that appear to me to be the exceptions — although the ones who do have such programs are generally the very large and well-known institutions and hence the practice of having such programs in place may appear to be more widespread than it actually is.
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Dec. 13 we’ll show the documentary about me in Portland, Oregon. Again, you gotta get your tickets in advance. Here’s the link!
I will be at the screening to do a Q&A afterwards and sign books and generally hang out with people.
This is some of what people are saying about the film:
“…I saw it in Seattle last night. I enjoyed the film. When I got home my wife asked what I thought of it and I hesitated. Having thought about it on the way home I realized that despite the film being in part about expectations for spiritual teachers, it had rammed up against my expectations for *films* about spiritual teachers. Ah, the delicious irony!”
Then going to the screening and meeting Brad and seeing this BRILLIANT film made by Pirooz Kalayeh and I Like Nirvana has stayed with me and I would love to see it again. Well, if you don’t get “it” from his book that he is just a punk rock dude who is also a Zen Monk, then you definitely get it meeting him. It made me realize and see Buddha in a new light as well.
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