Yup. That’s right! All y’all out Nebrasky way can come by Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska tomorrow at 7:00 PM and see a lecture by li’l ol’ me (please note the time, I was wrong yesterday. It’s 7). There’s a bit more info if you click on the title of this article or on the word “link” below. Although I’m not sure how they got the idea that I studied under Kodo Sawaki at the turn of the century then played bass with a punk band. I must’ve been the oldest guy in the scene! Anyhow, I’ve only ever met Kodo Sawaki thru Nishijima, in the sense that whenever you meet a Zen teacher you’re meeting their entire lineage.

I just turned in what I consider to be the final edited version of my next book to New World Library (NWL). This means I wrote it, an editor changed it, another editor changed it some more, yet another editor changed it even more than that, it came back to me, I changed a few things back to the way they were and then sent it back. Reading it again after like 3 months of not seeing it I was happy it did not suck. It’s a bit more in depth than Hardcore Zen (HCZ). I think what you’ll get is a truer version of what I was going for in HCZ.

I have no idea in the world when the book will actually be published. But once I find out, I’ll post something here. I sure hope it doesn’t take a year more. I’m working on book number three as well as finishing up my rewrite of Nishijima’s translation of Nagarjuna’s Fundamental Song of the Middle Way (abreviated MMK after its Sanskrit title). MMK will be a tremendous book. But I think it may be destined for a certain degree of obscurity. Though I’ll certainly send it to some publishers, my guess is it will end up being self-published by Nishijima’s print-on-demand publishing house, Dogen Sangha Books. In any case, I’ll make a note of it here whatever happens.

Gotta go pack!

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  1. FireChild132
    FireChild132 October 24, 2006 at 7:20 am |

    “Dude, You didn’t have to call the Dalai Lama a fag.”
    -Dude, Wheres my Car (DWMC)

    Thats exciting that you think the new book will be more straightforward than Hardcore Zen. I thought that book rocked. Have a great time in nebraska, when you going to make it out east? esp to new york (NYC)?
    THanks for the blog

  2. Jinzang
    Jinzang October 24, 2006 at 7:48 am |

    I got the Bad Poetry Generator to write your talk for you:

    The truth of zen
    Whispering sweet nothings
    And I think this is all very tiring
    And I think this is all very tiring

  3. aumeye
    aumeye October 24, 2006 at 8:55 am |

    I want to second the question from firechild132 about you coming to NYC. So? When? Of course, I ask this every few months or so, hoping . . .

    Also, add me to the list of those looking forward to your new book.

  4. zenducker
    zenducker October 24, 2006 at 10:39 am |

    Nebraska… hmmm, nope not close enough to Wisconsin even as the Flying Spaghetti Monster flys.

  5. zenducker
    zenducker October 24, 2006 at 10:50 am |

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  6. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf October 24, 2006 at 2:57 pm |

    I’m looking forward to reading the new book, especially the part on Shobogenzo.

    Hey looks like they already have a cover for the book.


    Didn’t I mention a cover and title that sounded something close to that one during the old book title contest lol.

    I just want a free Dimentia 13 CD.

    I listened to the new talk on Brad’s myspace page.


    Great teaching on Buddhism!

  7. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey October 24, 2006 at 4:32 pm |

    No you didn’t, lone wolfey, that was my suggestion. I recieved a medal and a complementary fruit basket for winning the competition.

    Seriously though, the cover looks awesome sweet.

  8. Jinzang
    Jinzang October 24, 2006 at 5:31 pm |

    That’s the cover? Dogen must be turning in his grave.

  9. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf October 24, 2006 at 8:58 pm |

    Monkey LOL.

    This means war…with fruit.

    Mabye the prize for the next book can be a Certified Dharma Transimission Certificate. I want my enlightenment handed to me on a peice of paper.(Just a jokey.)

    I’m diggin the cover too.

  10. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf October 24, 2006 at 9:05 pm |

    Well, to be honest, I’m digging the cover all except for those cliche hand mudras the Mohawked Buddha is making. I would prefer him flipping two birds.

  11. BlueWolfNine
    BlueWolfNine October 24, 2006 at 11:57 pm |

    come to freegin portland oregon please!!!!

  12. Esmerelda
    Esmerelda October 25, 2006 at 7:51 am |

    Brad new book can be pre-ordered at Amazon.com. I just did it and they promised to ship it when its out. I think they said April 2007.

    Probably the best way to get Brad to come to NYC is to find a place for him to speak that would pay his way here and provide facilities. Is anyone connected to a zen or other group that sponsors speakers?

    PS isn’t there a Monty Python episode on how to defend yourself when attacked with fruit?

  13. Anatman
    Anatman October 25, 2006 at 10:22 am |

    Brad, tell your publishers to get off their zafus and get to publishing. Lot’s of anticipation with that teaser cover on Amazon. Looking forward to the new material.

  14. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf October 25, 2006 at 10:45 am |

    A 2007 Sit Down and Shut Up Book Tour would be sweet.

  15. zenducker
    zenducker October 25, 2006 at 10:55 pm |

    Candy Ass crap, but I mean that in a good way… not really!

  16. Jimm
    Jimm October 26, 2006 at 8:36 am |

    Brad, are you participating in “cleveland’s screaming 3” at the beachland? the date is 11-25

  17. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey October 26, 2006 at 3:44 pm |

    wolf, a certified dharma transmission certificate, sounds like a good idea. A shortcut to nirvana and my ticket out of this dump called reality.

    As well as that Im hoping Brad is kind enough to add a dharma transmission stick-on tatoo, in the likelyhood I don’t take my certification everywhere I go and that hooker on 61st street needs some authentication.

    That was pretty bad….

  18. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf October 26, 2006 at 9:09 pm |

    LOL Hey, what about the D.T.C. key chain.

  19. Milan Davidovic
    Milan Davidovic October 27, 2006 at 8:53 am |

    “Where do we go when we die?”

    You mean, this isn’t it?

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