NEW INTERVIEW

I’m back from the Great Sky Sesshin in Eitzen, Minesotta. No time to write. Too many things to clean up. But a few things I gotta announce.

One is a NEW RADIO SHOW YOU CAN LISTEN TO ON LINE with me as a guest. So go listen.

Also, starting in a couple weeks my Suicide Girls things will appear on Mondays instead of Saturdays. But it’ll be bi-weekly instead of weekly.

Also, remember the upcoming gigs listed below and show up to all of them OR BE SENT TO HELL FOREVER!!!!!!

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  1. Jules
    Jules August 20, 2007 at 5:05 pm | |

    Waitaminnit. I was just getting all comfy with the idea of being a cabbage for the next couple millenia. Now it’s all hellfire this and brimstone that. Jeez, we were getting some real good dogma going, but you gotta stay CONSISTENT, man. Changing things up all the time’s never going to get you your own Rolls Royce BuddhaZillaMobile with an obsequious shaved-headed driver and a Playstation in the back.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 5:48 pm | |

    daddy’s home! YAY!!!!

    -anony mouse

  3. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 20, 2007 at 6:22 pm | |

    Brad sed:
    “OR BE SENT TO HELL FOREVER!”

    Hell (Jap. Jigoku) is a creation of the mind, filled with self-deception and egocentrism. It is within ones self that suffering and torment are created. This is compounded in the Hell of Repetition – endless cycles through birth-torment-death.

    Remember cheerful Chas:
    1) Birth is suffering (rude awakening)
    2) Life is suffering (if you create hell)
    3) Growing old is suffering (if you cling to desire)
    4) Death is suffering (if your mind is not at peace)

    So WHAT isn’t suffering? The ‘here and now’ which is cultivated in Zazen.

    Cheers, < -- I salute you all!
    Chas
    (playing ‘good cop’ to Brad’s bad cop, in this episode)

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 9:41 pm | |

    Great radio show! Very worthwhile to listen. I’ll be curious to know how weird is the CBC? Please share that when you’re done with it. Sorry to hear you’re cutting back on the Porno-Buddhism. By the way I’m already in Hell–right around the corner from your place!

  5. Heather
    Heather August 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm | |

    The CBC’s not that weird, really. Just take a deep breath first.

  6. Heather
    Heather August 20, 2007 at 10:06 pm | |

    Oh, yeah – it was a pleasure interviewing you, Brad.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 20, 2007 at 11:00 pm | |

    Great interview–it’s so nice when you get someone intellegent speaking with you (unlike the TV guy when you were wearing your halloween costume). But even then–your side of the interview held up nicely.
    I think Dogen would be pleased to be so well represented–I mean, that’s what lineage is about after all, isn’t it–to represent?

  8. dood
    dood August 21, 2007 at 6:42 am | |

    OR BE SENT TO HELL FOREVER!!!!!!

    To me, hell would be:

    1) sitting through a “zen lecture” by a so-called “zen master” where he would use words to tell me that words are useless.

    or

    2) the inability to post cynical and/or sarcastic blogs

    take care,
    do

  9. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 21, 2007 at 8:19 am | |

    after I was 1,

    To me, hell would be sitting through a “zen lecture” by Alan Watts

    He used the words “always” and “never” to excess. Such extremes are extremely rare in truths of matters.

  10. Ryan
    Ryan August 21, 2007 at 11:12 am | |

    Hey Brad,

    Perhaps this has already been asked (apologies if it has and you’ve responded cleverly already) but does this type of self-promotion conflict with any Zen principles?

    I fully admit I may be suffering from some misconceptions.

    Thanks in advance.

  11. gunderloy
    gunderloy August 21, 2007 at 11:55 am | |

    mysterion said: “To me, hell would be sitting through a “zen lecture” by Alan Watts

    yes.. watts died in 1973 so your statement is probably literally true.

    He used the words “always” and “never” to excess. Such extremes are extremely rare in truths of matters.”

    one could even say such extremes are never true..

  12. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 21, 2007 at 12:47 pm | |

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  13. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 21, 2007 at 5:58 pm | |

    OR BE SENT TO HELL FOREVER!!!!!!

    I wonder what hell for cabbages would look like. Maybe a field full of rabbits?

    I’m already in Hell–right around the corner from your place!

    Lotus Land is hell? I’m confused. Maybe noise and congestion?

    This type of self-promotion conflict with any Zen principles?

    One of the advantages of being part of a Buddhist group with a strong hierarchy is that you can continue to play the humble game: “I’m not really qualified to teach, but Master Roshi told me I had to and I can’t go against his wishes.” I’ve heard it a thousand times. But if you’re a rebel and fight the system you’ve got to get out and self-promote. “Yes, the system is a worthless vestige. Come join my group and hear something better and different.”

  14. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 21, 2007 at 6:50 pm | |

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  15. lars
    lars August 21, 2007 at 9:20 pm | |

    Norway is concerned that its national animal, the moose, is harming the climate by emitting an estimated 2,100 kilos of carbon dioxide a year through its belching and farting.

    Norwegian newspapers, citing research from Norway’s technical university, said a motorist would have to drive 13,000 kilometers in a car to emit as much CO2 as a moose does in a year.

  16. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 8:10 am | |

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  17. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 22, 2007 at 10:24 am | |

    ok
    mysterion, give us the short list–
    the list of things you don’t know anything about!

  18. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 10:56 am | |

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  19. Jules
    Jules August 22, 2007 at 11:59 am | |

    Newsflash: The Chinese Government has officially forbidden Tibetan Buddhist monks from reincarnating without a license. Just goes to show, we should be grateful that we have the freedom to reincarnate as cabbages. Some are not so lucky.

  20. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 1:52 pm | |

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  21. Jules
    Jules August 22, 2007 at 2:38 pm | |

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  22. Jules
    Jules August 22, 2007 at 2:41 pm | |
  23. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 3:36 pm | |

    Jung’s Psychological Types

    Extroverts < -----> Introverts

    Sensing < --------> Intuition

    Perceiving < -----> Judging

    Thinking < -------> Feeling

    “Belief” turns out to be an emotional – feeling – characteristic and not a logical – thinking – issue. Thus Zen, which encourages not only thinking but thinking about thinking – METACOGNITION – is not a religion – feeling – in terms of brain health and psychology. Read the BOOK

    When you mix emotional disorders with ‘religion,’ you get trouble.

    In religion, there is little reason. In reason, there is little religion. The Yin and Yang of the brain.

    Part of grad. school was a practicum of sitting in ‘crisis groups.’ Non-disclosure prevents me from sharing… really emotional people can have problems. At one point in California history, there were more people in mental institutions for religious hysteria than for alcoholism. Ronald Regan, as Gov. closed most of the mental hospitals and increased the number of republican voters at the same time.

  24. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 22, 2007 at 6:17 pm | |

    Thus Zen, which encourages not only thinking but thinking about thinking – METACOGNITION – is not a religion – feeling – in terms of brain health and psychology.

    Thinking about thinking is like washing mud with mud. And it ain’t what Zen is all about. Using your mind to look for your mind, how is that ever going to work?

  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 22, 2007 at 7:39 pm | |

    brother mysterion – you take lots of jabs at the republicans. it’s all very amusing.. ho ho ho!
    but did ya ever notice that the democrats are just as fucked up as the republicans? they are pretty much just opposite sides of the same penny as far as I can see. like, the same exact frigging people! but carry on.. like I said it’s all very funny.

  26. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 8:31 pm | |

    I am painfully aware that Democrats and Republicans are part of the same corporate penny. Before Lincoln, the party WAS the Democratic-Republicans.

    Todays Republican Party started in Ripon, Wisconsin (May 1854), and Jackson, Michigan (July 1854).

    Liberals have the highest education level of any typology group. 49% are college graduates and 26% have some postgraduate education.

    A college education does not fill your mind, a college education opens your mind.

  27. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 22, 2007 at 8:39 pm | |

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  28. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 23, 2007 at 7:52 am | |

    >>Jinzang
    You can’t argue with him, he’s a total wanker.

  29. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 23, 2007 at 7:54 am | |

    Oh, I don’t know why you’re not there
    I give you my zen, but you don’t care
    So what is right and what is wrong
    Gimme a sign

    What is zen
    Oh baby, don’t hurt me
    Don’t hurt me no more

  30. gunderloy
    gunderloy August 23, 2007 at 8:25 am | |

    ha ha.. koudelka sees a wanker at every turn.. what could it mean??

  31. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 23, 2007 at 8:43 am | |

    Clearly I love to imagine men masturbating.

  32. Jules
    Jules August 23, 2007 at 9:13 am | |

    I believe the traditional Zen recommendation is “thinking not-thinking,” rather than “thinking about thinking”

  33. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 23, 2007 at 9:42 am | |

    Moose Belch makes headlines.

    Thinking and Metacognition in Zen… Here we go with the chicken and the egg. To calm the mind, one must attend to what the mind is doing. This observation is thinking about thinking – metacognition.

    Which came first? The chicken or the egg? Answer: the egg. Although the egg IS the chicken, it is the chicken in it’s earliest form and in the development of the egg, one can watch the entire evolution of the chicken.

    So too with fetal humans with developmental gill slits and tails… the process is called “ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny.” Google it.

    Back to theatrics: Past life regression hypnotherapy seems to points out genetically-encoded memory patterns (few of which are accurate – e.g. where did you hide the diamonds?) which EVERY human can articulate.

  34. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 23, 2007 at 11:53 am | |

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  35. esmerelda_verde
    esmerelda_verde August 23, 2007 at 12:02 pm | |

    Hey Mysterion, you cannot possibly be taking that past life regression stuff seriously can you? People are very suggestable and hypnosis techniques can be used to make anyone think they are a chicken if not an egg.

    Fish have eggs and they came before dinosaurs, which became birds. So yeah you are right about that one.

  36. Mysterion
    Mysterion August 23, 2007 at 1:37 pm | |

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  37. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 23, 2007 at 5:25 pm | |

    >>Jinzang
    You can’t argue with him, he’s a total wanker.

    I like you too, Koudelka. Maybe some day we’ll get a chance to talk to each other. Fully clothed.

  38. Jules
    Jules August 23, 2007 at 7:13 pm | |

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  39. Koudelka
    Koudelka August 24, 2007 at 6:28 am | |

    >>Jinzang
    I was actually saying Mysterion is a wanker.

    My little “>>XYZ” notation is just “I am responding to XYZ’s comment.”

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