LIVING ON PURPOSE

Last week I was interviewed by Lynn Thompson for her radio show Living On Purpose. You can listen to the interview on line by clicking on this bunch of words that are in a weird color right here. Or you can click on the title of this article.

I’m listening to the first part of it right now. But I gotta run. I’m in Montreal at the Fantasia Film Festival, which is something I do each year for the company I work for. Then I’m off to Detroit’s Still Point Center (info in the article right below this one).

I’m listening to it now. It sounds like I have a lisp.

Oh Hell. It’s 10 AM. Which is 7 AM on my internal clock. I really gotta get out of here. Bye!

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  1. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 16, 2007 at 8:55 am | |

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  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 9:09 am | |

    what a great interview
    really really nicely done–good interviewer
    I didn’t catch the lisp, but the time just rolled by.
    I thought it was only going to be a 5 minute thing and was very delighted with all that kept coming–and you could have gone on even longer!

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 16, 2007 at 2:03 pm | |

    you sure are getting around
    Have fun in Montreal
    Have fun at Still Point
    keep posting all the doin’s

  4. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 16, 2007 at 7:10 pm | |

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  5. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 16, 2007 at 8:00 pm | |

    What prevented Brad from doing better was the mask (expectation) I projected upon him.

  6. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf July 16, 2007 at 10:13 pm | |

    Nice interview! I also listened to the Suicide interview, which sounded like good times. I bet that Satya could give one hell of a whack with the Kyosaku.

    Brad – In the Suicide interview, you mentioned writing a novel (or maybe it was novels) in the past. Being I’m an inspiring fiction writer, I was wondering what sort of novels you wrote and if you ever thought about taking another crack at writing fiction?

  7. muddy elephant
    muddy elephant July 17, 2007 at 4:32 am | |

    Thanks for linking the interview. Good stuff.

    My guess is that the lisp has something to do with the web soundfile. Kinda funny though.

    When I was a truck driver I had satellite radio– btw, one of the few environments where satellite radio really shines–anyhow I would sometimes listen to this channel called “Wisdom Radio” and I had heard Lynn Thompson’s Living On Purpose. Most of the stuff was pretty mamby-pamby, but also pretty insightful.

    Hope you enlightened some truckers.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 17, 2007 at 8:52 am | |

    Garbage and dirt, a dead rabbit in the middle of the road and George Bush. hehe

  9. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 17, 2007 at 9:10 am | |

    Aw, damn…I’m not able to view the interview for some reason…

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 17, 2007 at 9:26 am | |

    t’ain’t nuthin’ to view
    It’s radio

  11. oxeye
    oxeye July 17, 2007 at 9:26 am | |

    imperatrix – the reason being it is a radio interview. :)

  12. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 17, 2007 at 10:47 am | |

    Oxeye, you’re absolutely right. And I’m also not able to *hear* it, either! LMAO!

  13. Jinzang
    Jinzang July 17, 2007 at 4:57 pm | |

    Garbage and dirt, a dead rabbit in the middle of the road and George Bush.

    Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead dog’s eye.

  14. Jinzang
    Jinzang July 17, 2007 at 5:20 pm | |

    I should add a story I heard from Khandro Rinpoche.

    Once a student went to his lama and said, “I understand now. Everything is empty.”

    The lama jumped up, grabbed the student and hung him out the window by his ankles. “Is everything empty now?” he asked.

    The student shouted, “Not so empty! Not so empty!”

  15. oxeye
    oxeye July 17, 2007 at 9:24 pm | |

    “Garbage and dirt, a dead rabbit in the middle of the road and George Bush.”

    Brad can write good lyrics in his sleep. If he could just sing a little he would be the whole package. The lisp holds him back.

  16. muddy elephant
    muddy elephant July 17, 2007 at 11:46 pm | |

    jinzang:

    Nice story about the hanging out of the window by the ankles. I first thought of it in a negative way, as if the student was being unfairly coerced, but I then realized if he had truly understood emptiness he probably would have smiled gently at his master and said: “Yup, still empty!”

    It reminded me of this story:

    “There is a story about a Zen master whose monastery was overrun by marauding soldiers. When the Zen master did not appear frightened, the soldiers captain said, “Don’t you know who I am? I could run my sword through you and not think twice about it.” The Zen master replied, “Don’t you know who I am? You could run your sword through me and I wouldn’t think twice about it.”

    –Thich Nhat Hanh No Death, No Fear

  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 18, 2007 at 5:42 am | |

    I always thought that finding emptiness wasn’t the big deal, rather transcending both, form and emptiness.

    Indeed, you first have to know what to integrate, but we would be on a Kensho requirement dogma then.

    *shudder*

    Holy men do not impress me. But supernatural concentration is soooo Kung-Fu, you started Zazen for that, right?

    –IceBucket

  18. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 18, 2007 at 8:56 am | |

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  19. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 18, 2007 at 4:41 pm | |

    Speaking of Kung-fu

    Here’s the Suicide Girls interview with David Carradine

    I was already working a day job (after college) when this hit the one-eyed idiot lantern (TV).

  20. Jules
    Jules July 19, 2007 at 5:20 pm | |

    Weird… no new comments for a while. Sorry, just had to see if this thing was still working.

    Peace, metta, serenity be upon the brow of all my brothers and sisters, cheers, prost, kampai, ‘n all that crap.

  21. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 19, 2007 at 6:16 pm | |

    everyone must be sitting!!!

    anony

  22. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 20, 2007 at 12:38 am | |

    “I always thought that finding emptiness wasn’t the big deal, rather transcending both, form and emptiness.”

    I always thought that non attachment to transcending both, form and emptiness, was the big deal.

    Or maybe non attachment to always thinking is the big deal?

    Ooh, I got me a satori migraine…

  23. Lynn Thompson
    Lynn Thompson July 20, 2007 at 7:52 am | |

    Lynn Thompson here, the interviewer herself. First time I’ve posted a comment to a blog! Especially one where I’ve been mentioned, thankfully in a positive way so far, thanks y’all. I found my way here due to the high number of hits to the audio link of this conversation I had with Brad last week, so I had to check it out, see how you linked it in, Brad, thanks so much! Greetings from Lynn, to you and your fans ~ livingonpurpose@chly.ca

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