KRON INTERVIEW and DETROIT ROCK CITY

Here at last, the interview from KRON-TV San Francisco’s morning show:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eak3DCgocM8]

Henry Tenenbaum is a fave of 0DFx guitarist Tommy Strange. Who is the ugly-looking hairy guy in the weird-ass Halloween witch costume, though?

And don’t forget on Wednesday July 18 at 7PM, I’ll be at Still Point Center 4347 Trumbull Ave. (South of Warren Ave. on the corner of Canfield and Trumbull) Detroit, MI 48208 Phone: 313-831-1005

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  1. Jules
    Jules July 12, 2007 at 4:00 pm | |

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  2. Jules
    Jules July 12, 2007 at 4:10 pm | |

    Yes. And that is what I meant when I said that any clothing is a costume. Anything we choose to wear will give an impression to other people. That impression is always, in some manner or another, artificial.

    Some impressions are helpful in communicating with other people, and some impressions aren’t. So I think it does matter what people wear.

    I guess I don’t really see what your point is… Are you trying to say it doesn’t matter what people wear? ‘Cause I think the interview would have gone a little differently if Brad had showed up naked…

  3. esmerelda_verde
    esmerelda_verde July 12, 2007 at 4:15 pm | |

    Aumeye: I agree. Having read the books and the Blogs. The Brad I picture in my mind is wearing a ‘Gozilla loves Minor Threat’ tee shirt. I though he did a good job of being interviewed and getting his point across which is the important thing not his hair or dress. I think it has been pointed out about 50 million times that a lot of the rules were written for teenage monks hundreds of years ago. We no longer know why looking at big fish was a bad thing for example. Few if any of the zen teachers I have met are living the way people did back then so I think the shaved head thing is a little pretentious.

  4. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 12, 2007 at 4:40 pm | |

    Meiji era edict…
    Mutsuhito (Meiji), Yoshihito (Taisho), Hirohito (Showa), and Akihito are each, in turn, sorta the Pope of Shinto. They are Tenno or ‘Lord of Heaven and Earth.’

    Shinto Priests are not Buddhist Monks. Shinran Shonin (1173-1262) was married, had children and even disinherited one – his eldest son Zenran.

  5. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 12, 2007 at 5:51 pm | |

    “On a less intellectual level I add this: I’m kinda crushin’ on Brad after watching that clip. Love the robe, the hair (head and face), and the patient, calm demeanor.

    However, because I’m afraid of you people, I’m posting this anonymously.”

    LMAO! Timmo, love…is that you? :D

  6. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 12, 2007 at 6:00 pm | |

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  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 12, 2007 at 6:34 pm | |

    imperatrix – no, not Timmo. But now I’m wondering who Timmo is!

  8. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf July 12, 2007 at 9:01 pm | |

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  9. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf July 12, 2007 at 9:06 pm | |

    Congratulations Brad! For I just read Gudo Nishijima’s announcment about you being his successor and next leader of Dogen Sangha International.

  10. Jared
    Jared July 12, 2007 at 9:29 pm | |

    Aumeye has got a good point!

  11. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 12, 2007 at 9:48 pm | |

    Anonymous: Timmo is a good friend, who seems to have the same sense of humor as you do! :D

  12. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 13, 2007 at 1:43 am | |

    Something is apparently quite funny…

    Rants are produced here whatever Brad does:

    Robes? -> You should be punk!
    Punk? -> You should wear robes!
    Hair? -> You should be bald!
    Bald? -> You Zen pretender!
    Gentle? -> You are superficial!
    Rude? -> Stop being rude!
    Rules? -> You are dogmatic!
    No rules? -> You don’t honor tradition!

    I wouldn’t like to change places with you :).

    –IceBucket

  13. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 13, 2007 at 2:52 am | |

    Something is apparently quite funny…

    Rants are produced here whatever Brad does:

    Robes? -> You should be punk!
    Punk? -> You should wear robes!
    Hair? -> You should be bald!
    Bald? -> You Zen pretender!
    Gentle? -> You are superficial!
    Rude? -> Stop being rude!
    Rules? -> You are dogmatic!
    No rules? -> You don’t honor tradition!

    I wouldn’t like to change places with you :).

    very true.

  14. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 13, 2007 at 2:52 am | |

    Something is apparently quite funny…

    Rants are produced here whatever Brad does:

    Robes? -> You should be punk!
    Punk? -> You should wear robes!
    Hair? -> You should be bald!
    Bald? -> You Zen pretender!
    Gentle? -> You are superficial!
    Rude? -> Stop being rude!
    Rules? -> You are dogmatic!
    No rules? -> You don’t honor tradition!

    I wouldn’t like to change places with you :).

    very true.

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 13, 2007 at 2:53 am | |

    even though i was the one who started it.

    :)

    dan

    (that comment above was me)

  16. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 13, 2007 at 3:47 am | |

    yay for dan!!! yay!!!!

    -anonymous

  17. Stille
    Stille July 13, 2007 at 4:09 am | |

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007
    Decision of the next leader in Dogen Sangha International

    Dear All Members of Dogen Sangha International,

    As you know, about 2 and a half years ago, I have crushed my lower spine accidentally, and even though such damage has been cured year by year, having become 87 years old, my physical condition has become weaker and weaker gradully. Therefore I have been thinking to select the next leader in DSI, and researched the problem from many kinds of viewpoints, and at last I decided to select Ven Brad Warner as my successor in DSI.

    Therefore, yesterday, that is, 9th, July, 2007, I have requested him to become the Leader of DSI, and I have got his affirmative answer.

    So we will begin our talks about the principles of DSI activity, therefore I would like to listen to all members’ opinions on DSI activity.

    Of course there is no problem for every group in DSI to continue the former activities, and we will gradually identify them together.

    Therefore I hope all members in DSI will express your own opinions about miscellaneous problems to me directly, and we will think about the further expansion of DSI totally.

    With best wishes Gudo Wafu Nishijima

    - – - – - – - – - – - – - – - – -

    Congratulation!
    Do the robes have a relation to that fact?! ;-)
    You dont look that bad being bald. The only disturbing thing is the colour of your head. But as time comes… ;-)
    Rock on!
    Stille (Christoph)

  18. guyropes
    guyropes July 13, 2007 at 8:21 am | |

    Brad,
    My question is in regards to the ethics of Dharma Transmission, and I’d be very grateful if you might let me know your thoughts on the matter. A while ago, you wrote the following on your blog:


    While I don’t know of
    anyone offering Dharma Transmission by e-mail (yet!), it could happen. The
    person who did this would certainly be taken to task by his (or her, but
    let’s pretend only a man would be this slimy) teacher or the other members
    of his group. He’d certainly be shunned by the entire worldwide Buddhist
    community and denounced by whatever sect he’d been ordained in. The
    transmissions he granted wouldn’t hold much weight with anyone who was
    serious about Buddhism. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen.

    Now, I heard “on the grapevine” that this is exactly what Gudo Nishijima has recently done; see http://www.ritsudo.com (Richard Morrissey).

    I am not saying that a) this is the certified truth. Perhaps, in fact, Nishijima has met Mr Morrissey a number of times. But I have heard that the two have never met in person.

    I am also not saying that this method of Dharma Transmission is “wrong”. I am not accusing Nishijima or Morrissey in any way. I am an ignorant fool, and in no way pretend to have an opinion on the fundamentals of dharma transmission.

    However, I thought that, seeing as you wrote what you did a while ago + the fact that you have been granted the ‘leadership’ of ‘Dogen Sangha International’, you are bound to have an opinion on the matter.

    I would be grateful if you could respond to this. Even if to say that I am talking utter crap and that Mr Morrissey is a long-time student (not just over e-mail) of Nishijima’s. Forgive me if I have got the wrong end of the keisaku.

    I hope I have been clear with my questions,

    gr

  19. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 13, 2007 at 10:07 am | |

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  20. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 13, 2007 at 11:40 am | |

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  21. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm | |

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  22. yudo
    yudo July 13, 2007 at 2:29 pm | |

    Well, I suggested the title be changed to “Supremely Compassionate Lord Protector of Dogen Sangha International”, but it seems the suggestion was not retained…

  23. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 13, 2007 at 2:58 pm | |

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  24. grisom
    grisom July 13, 2007 at 8:11 pm | |

    As regards celibacy the soto monks at Throssel Hole over here in the UK are not allowed to marry and presumably must be celibate. Apparently they used to be able to marry until Rev. Master Jiyu Kennett changed her mind about it. Don’t know the reasons why but I know it did cause some upset, particularly for the monks who were married and from what I have been told had to separate or leave the order.

    Ah! I actually know something about this! The story I read in one of Rev. Jiyu’s books is something like this: at different times she trained in both Japan, where monks don’t have to be celibate, and in Malaysia, where they do. When she came back to the West she wasn’t sure which system to use, so she figured they’d allow monastic marriages and see what happened.

    What happened, in many cases anyway, was:
    - the couples had children
    - they were unable to support their children while living off donations, so:
    - they took regular paying jobs, and:
    - they ended up spending most of their waking hours outside the monastery.
    In Rev. Jiyu’s view, this meant they had effectively become laypeople. She recalled, now that she thought about it, that most of the married monks in Japan also wound up leaving the monastery for precisely these reasons. So she decided it didn’t work very well.

  25. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 14, 2007 at 6:57 am | |

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  26. Yudo
    Yudo July 14, 2007 at 7:25 am | |

    guyropes wrote:
    “see http://www.ritsudo.com (Richard Morrissey).”

    Well, I went and looked: I mean 15 quid a sitting is a lot of money (+30US$)…

  27. guyropes
    guyropes July 14, 2007 at 8:06 am | |

    Yudo –

    I agree, fifteen quid is, quite frankly, outrageous.

    He also lists his ‘occupation’ as “Zen Priest” which seems a bit much. But then, with 8 children, you’ve gotta bring in the cash, haven’t you?(!!)

    I might give him a call actually to find out a bit more.
    gr

  28. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 14, 2007 at 3:39 pm | |

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  29. dan
    dan July 14, 2007 at 5:34 pm | |

    who the fuck is this guy? he teaches at a place that charges 100 for 1.5 hours with a fucking homeopath. wtf?

  30. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 14, 2007 at 6:01 pm | |

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  31. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 14, 2007 at 6:05 pm | |

    It would’ve been fun if Brad had worn a Godzilla costume at SF Zen Center…but, our bathroom doorways are narrow.

    Taking a leak would be problematic, to say the least.

    The clothing issue is balance between personal creativity and skilful means.

  32. Jared
    Jared July 14, 2007 at 6:45 pm | |

    “For me, I have to worry about getting a new passport (I haven’t been to Japan since ’98 (that’s 1998, IceBucket).”

    Mysterion, I think that’s the first time you’ve ever made me laugh!

  33. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 14, 2007 at 7:14 pm | |

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  34. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 2:14 am | |

    Soto is the Democratic party of Zen. They have weirdo-lefties like Michael ‘Machinegun’ Moore, Eco-geeks like Al ‘Net-Inventor and EarthSaver’ Gore, and mostly super-boring mainstream do-gooders (for example Billary).

    Nothing wrong with that, I was just trying to express the wide spectrum Soto offers.

    Rinzai is probably something like the National Rifle Association. Use of total contradiction and lack of logic is their method.
    Hit me with your rhythm stick. Hit me! Hit me! HIT ME!

    Mysterion, white tuxedos were fashy in the 1930s so I apologize I thought you’ve been around that long. Do the jive while chanting.

    You could be my dad indeed, I can send you a hair sample for a DNA check.

    I didn’t know you Americans need passports, I thought you just invade countries.

    –IceBucket

  35. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 3:19 am | |

    Anyone else that Brad could not look the interviewer in the eyes. I wonder why?

    Oh, the latest rant over on SG is funny. Brad can dish it out, but he does not like any coming his way :) Too much attachment to self image methinks. It must be fun to be a part of a sangha that likes to wash its dirty laundry in public.

  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 4:33 am | |

    that is a familiar sounding voice.. gniz?

  37. Jared
    Jared July 15, 2007 at 8:17 am | |

    “I didn’t know you Americans need passports, I thought you just invade countries.”

    Yeah but the Bush Admin. never invades somewhere fun, like Aruba…

  38. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 10:40 am | |

    Anyone else that Brad could not look the interviewer in the eyes. I wonder why?

    Oh, the latest rant over on SG is funny. Brad can dish it out, but he does not like any coming his way :) Too much attachment to self image methinks. It must be fun to be a part of a sangha that likes to wash its dirty laundry in public.

    GNIZ! YOU’RE BACK! YOU TWAT! lol

  39. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 15, 2007 at 2:11 pm | |

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  40. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm | |

    > “I didn’t know you Americans need
    > passports, I thought you just
    > invade countries.”
    >
    > Yeah but the Bush Admin. never
    > invades somewhere fun, like Aruba.

    Sorry, but Iran is next on the list.
    Just as soon as you have another
    false-flag attack…

    Nothing to see here.

    Move along, move along.
    Wait! You there! Papers, please!
    Just a moment while we scan your
    RFID chip…

    The rest of the world knows.

    How come Americans so gullible?

  41. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 15, 2007 at 3:33 pm | |

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  42. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 15, 2007 at 4:52 pm | |

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  43. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 15, 2007 at 8:53 pm | |

    “Upton Sinclair said: “when Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag carrying the bible.”

    ….carried by a bloody pea-brained alcoholic.

  44. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 12:57 am | |

    “Anyone else that Brad could not look the interviewer in the eyes. I wonder why?”

    Yes, mate, NO ZEN STARE = NO AWARENESS. Right…

    All these awareness habits are so funny:

    Erect spine.
    Hara breathing.
    Full-time staring.
    Mild “half-smile”.
    Eat slowly (well, check Japanese monks first).
    Gentle movement.
    Never swear.

    That’s best way to become a Enlightment pretender.

    In my opinion, nothing of this has actually anything to do with what Buddhism is all about. These techniques might or might not help you find out what the point is.

    Mysterion, I can’t do nothing but love you.
    Some smart-ass Zen guy once said Theravada is the guarantee of non-enlightment. You prove him wrong, dear.

    –IceBucket

  45. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 2:55 am | |

    “Erect spine.”

    huh huh, you said ‘erect’.

    but seriously, it struck me how much better bad’s posture was compared to the guy who was interviewing him. in fact their whole body language was so different. the interviewer could barely keep still.

  46. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 4:11 am | |

    Stop washing Brad’s feet. :)

    Yes he looks good. But neither mere posture nor sitting still alone is so important.

    You will probably get a better posture if you do the Zazen, but this is not the point.

    You can “fake” the posture, movement, whatever without actually having the slightest clue.

    –IceBucket

  47. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 6:13 am | |

    ” Stop washing Brad’s feet. :)

    Yes he looks good. But neither mere posture nor sitting still alone is so important.

    You will probably get a better posture if you do the Zazen, but this is not the point.

    You can “fake” the posture, movement, whatever without actually having the slightest clue.”

    sure, i wasn’t saying that you couldnt fake it i just thought it was interesting is all.

  48. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 10:01 am | |

    98

  49. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 10:02 am | |

    99

  50. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 10:02 am | |

    100!

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