I have no idea what that means. But it’s on the back cover of the Finnish edition of Hardcore Zen. I just got a copy of it. It’s published by Basam Books. You can link to their website by clicking “link” below. The site is all in Finnish. And I’ll be impressed if you can read all that Finnish from start to finish!

So anyone out there in Finland — officially “Scandanavia’s best country!” Take that Norway! — who has been frustrated up till now at not having the book in your native language, there ya go! The cover is nice. It’s certainly a lot cheerier than the US version. I hope the publication of the book will prevent a few suicides in the country with the highest suicide rate among GNP nations, according to Wikipedia. Maybe the thing above says “Don’t kill yourself! Read this book instead!”

I don’t know if the translation is good or not. Maybe someone who can read it can tell me. And do they know who Moe, Larry and Shemp are in Finland?

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  1. PA
    PA December 4, 2006 at 2:05 pm |

    How cool is thatl!
    And the cover is way cooler than the toilet seat cover I got. Might just get the Finnish one.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 4, 2006 at 2:49 pm |

    “Don’t kill yourself! Read this book instead!”

    I think you’d be infringing on the Book of the SubGenuius.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 4, 2006 at 6:25 pm |

    I believe it means “Zen with an attitude.” There’s an English version of the site.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 4, 2006 at 7:53 pm |

    It appears to be the Finnish
    equivalent of:

    “Shut up and sit down!!”


  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 12:16 am |

    Translation is quality work and ‘kita kiinni ja kintut ristiin’ means shut up and sit down.

    And instead of Three Stooges we like Spede!

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 12:59 am |

    in english:


  7. anymouse
    anymouse December 5, 2006 at 7:13 am |

    anonymous – why not take the bag off your head and give us a fricking made-up name. anonymous is so impersonal and boring.

    but only the name is dull. your comments are quite good.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 7:47 am |

    For the record, if anyone made a “sit down and shut up” t-shirt, I’d really like one.


  9. Zac in Virginia
    Zac in Virginia December 5, 2006 at 8:27 am |

    I thought the original U.S. cover of the book was a none-too-subtle reference to Buddhism and realism and such. I think it’s a good ‘un.
    That is a pretty badass cover for the Finns, though.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 9:37 am |

    Ok, I thought you guys would figure it out. This is Gniz, the troll. Didn’t you notice once Anonymous started posting, all my posts under Gniz stopped? Just wanted to let you know.
    Gniz = anonymous

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 11:26 am |

    Hold on Gniz.. You are not the original anonymous. I am the real anonymous. You just liked my name and decided to steal it!

  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 12:59 pm |

    Um beg your pardon? You are both imposters!

  13. muddy elephant
    muddy elephant December 5, 2006 at 2:19 pm |

    “Don’t kill yourself! Read this instead!”

    A funny note to a somber melody (suicide). Zazen has gotta have humor as well. I think its easy to let laughter be devoured by the concept or the desire for austerity.

    Yep, the Finnish cover is pretty sweet compared to the toilet version. How bout re-issuing the US version with the puppet sex scene from Team America as a cover? It would totally sell…

  14. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 3:56 pm |

    there’s more than one anonymous you see. i sometimes post as anonymous too

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 4:05 pm |

    *I* am anonymous.

  16. Anatman
    Anatman December 5, 2006 at 5:15 pm |

    The cover is pretty good, but there is something goofy about the tiny little hands on the caricature.

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 5, 2006 at 9:36 pm |


  18. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 1:14 am |

    You are all fakes. I am the one true anonymous. You are just poor imitators of the real thing. It should be obvious for all to see.

  19. Ilias (Elias) Biris
    Ilias (Elias) Biris December 6, 2006 at 3:47 am |

    My boss who is a Fin says that “it’s saying in a brutal and humoristic way you should be sitting quietly when you are doing your exercise”

    Kita kiinni = “mouth switched off”

    Kintut ristiin = “cross the shanks”

    So it is pretty much like “Sit down and shut up” 🙂


    PS: by the way, I am Greek and i am living in Brazil. Can’t wait for the greek translation to read and the portuguese translation to give as a gift….

    In greek it would be something like

    “????? ???? ??? ????????” or “????? ???? ??? ???????”

    In portuguese the direct translation would probably be

    “Senta e cala a boca”

    which refers directly to shutting your mouth… Shutting up in the title has so much more meaning (shutting up of not only the mouth 😉

  20. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey December 6, 2006 at 5:58 am |

    hah I love gniz. Even under a different name, I attacked him.

    You don’t seriously believe in the wtc conspiracy and acid as being compatible with zen do you?

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 8:19 am |

    Roughly translated it means, “Sit Down and Shut up!” but a more literal translation is “Trap Shut and Legs Crossed!”

  22. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 8:30 am |

    I think the coolest part of the website is the part that says “Brad Warner is probably the only one who will yell One, Two, Three, Four… before getting into the Lotus position.

  23. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 12:26 pm |

    hey drunken monkey,

    The day after
    the Doubletree-Pentagon video
    was released, the daughter of
    Charles Burlingame (pilot
    of American Airlines Flight 77
    that crashed into the Pentagon)
    died under suspicious circumstances.
    This world is just full
    of odd coincidences,
    isn’t it?


  24. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 12:37 pm |

    hey drunken monkey,

    Zazen is a way to study consciousness;
    psychoactive substances are a (risky)
    way to alter consciousness.

    Decide for yourself if there is any
    connection between the two.


  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 2:52 pm |

    who is this “i” that calls itself “anonymous”? hmmm?

  26. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 2:53 pm |

    >insert loud farting sound here

  27. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 4:23 pm |

    the anonymous person going on about drugs and 9/11 isn’t the real gniz. i’m the real gniz and let me tell you that there is no way that i am stupid enough to believe all that crap. only a complete moron would seriously waste their time on conspiracy theories like that. who cares if 9/11 was a conspiracy or not. what the hell difference does it make? can anyone here change what happened?


  28. oxeye
    oxeye December 6, 2006 at 5:03 pm |

    gniz – that is a good reason for you to post as gniz instead of anonymous. less confusion for the rest of us. why would you want to post as anonymous anyway?

  29. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 6, 2006 at 5:32 pm |

    okay fake gniz,

    I am now convinced! Apparently,
    the star of one of the most
    entertaining conspiracy movies
    of all time, Capricorn One,
    has come forward to publicly question
    the official 9/11 fairy tale:

    James Brolin

    and so has:

    David Lynch

    of “Twin Peaks” fame.


    okay real gniz,

    > who cares if 9/11 was a conspiracy
    > or not. what the hell difference
    > does it make? can anyone here
    > change what happened?

    No you can’t change what happened,
    but you can prevent something
    similar from happening in the

    “Those who cannot learn from history
    are doomed to repeat it.”
    –George Santayana

    And you can pull the rug out from
    under the feet of those who have
    declared 9/11 to be their
    “New Pearl Harbor”.

    You don’t want to be like those
    Japanese pansy Buddhists who
    supported their government’s
    lies and militarism during WWII,
    do you?

  30. babbles
    babbles December 7, 2006 at 5:07 am |

    If Brad is so interested and if I recall correctly, there is an option under the blog dashboard under Settings => Comments that requires people to be registered before they post. That may cut down on some of the more pointless and needless trolling that seems to happen on occasion.

    Assuming one would be so interested in cutting that stuff out.

  31. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 7, 2006 at 10:19 am |

    “No you can’t change what happened,
    but you can prevent something
    similar from happening in the

    no you can’t. how exactly could you prevent ‘the powers that be’ from doing whatever the hell they want whenever they want? if they wanna blow up the white house next who will stop em? you? how?

  32. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey December 7, 2006 at 11:26 am |

    Shuddup people! You’re making my ears bleed hydrochloric acid.

  33. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 7, 2006 at 11:39 am |

    I’m Katy,
    from Taiwan,
    and I’m 14 y.o

    Hi, Everybody
    I’ve studied English sinse this Autumn .
    It’s very!
    I would like like to meet peple and practisice My English with them.

    Thanks all!!

  34. oxeye
    oxeye December 7, 2006 at 12:55 pm |

    I think it is cool that Brad has always allowed anonymous comments on his blog.

    but things change..

  35. oxeye
    oxeye December 8, 2006 at 9:08 am |

    sometimes change is needed..

  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 8, 2006 at 12:24 pm |

    “Never underestimate the power of
    a few committed people to change
    the world. Indeed, it is the only
    thing that ever has.”

    –Margaret Mead

  37. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 9, 2006 at 9:48 pm |
  38. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 10, 2006 at 4:26 am |

    As a result annual house price growth dipped to 7.9% – the first time the yearly growth rate has fallen below 10% since 2001.
    “As we move into the summer, the housing market will become a bit more liquid,” said James Carrick, an economist at ABN Amro.

  39. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 11, 2006 at 2:43 am |

    The book cover is obviously promoting illegal activities – I had a keychain such as in the picture, and it was taken by the police, cited as a weapon.

    Here’s a pic of police showing the collection of weapons they confiscated, so you know I’m not bullshitting: (btw don’t you just love the pink painting on my bat? 🙂

  40. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 12, 2006 at 3:36 pm |
  41. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 16, 2006 at 5:26 pm |
  42. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 22, 2006 at 9:05 am |

    “The modest rise in mortgage approvals and lending in December reinforces the impression that the housing market is currently slowing steadily rather than sharply,” said Global Insight analyst Howard Archer, commenting on the BoE’s figures.
    The BBA believes that the property market is continuing to cool down.

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  43. Made-up name here
    Made-up name here January 5, 2007 at 4:29 am |

    I´m in the middle of reading “all that Finnish from start to finish” at the moment and I must say I really like this book. I think this will be the 1st book about zen that I´m actually going to finish. Two (not exactly zen-related) things popped to mind though:
    GG Allin overdosed, he didn´t commit suicide and Zero defex was hardly the fastest US hc band of the era…(I´d say Siege were.)

  44. used car
    used car April 1, 2007 at 11:28 am |

    Nice kita kiinni ja kintut ristiin!! post! Thanks for intesting info!

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