I just got word from the people at the Interdependance Project in New York that the room in which I’m speaking holds 80 and they’ve already received 40 RSVPs. Pretty cool. So any of you “back East” (as they say here on the Left Coast) who plan on seeing the talk better RSVP PDQ. OK? Otherwise you’ll be SOL and standing out on the street trying to wave at my passing limo like Beatle-fans in those old films. (Not that I’ll have a limo, some people take things way to freakin’ literally)

All the relevant info is in the post below this one.

Saw The Simpsons Movie yesterday. Liked it. But all that stuff where the critics are saying they laughed until they puked and they wanna see it 20 more times? Give me a break! How much do they get paid to say that stuff? And how can I get paid to say stuff like that?

I also saw my friends Pet Stove perform their very first ever show at the Airliner Club in Los Angeles last Saturday. Pet Stove is the future of rock and roll! They’re playing at the Airliner again on the 19th. Go see ’em! They rock. Two of the members are also regular attendees at my Zazen classes in Santa Monica. Which shows what Zazen will do for you! IT’LL MAKE YOU ROCK! That’s what.

AND from August 11 thru 18 I’ll be sitting and sitting and sitting at the Great Sky Zen Sesshin somewhere in the middle of the woods in Minnesota. So don’t try and write or call cuz I won’t be in range of Internets or Cell Phones. I will regale you with tales of my great revelations afterwards.

AND I just got the re-issue of all the early Max Fleischer Popeye cartoon. Blow me down! It’s amazing stuff.

OH YEAH!~ And in my continuing efforts to improve this page I have added a page of audio interviews I’ve done. It’s on your left there. It says “INTERVIEWS I’VE DONE” or something like that. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO HELP ME DESIGN AND MAINTAIN A “REAL” WEBPAGE and is serious aboput it, please write me at

Oh, and just to encourage some comments: Everybody sucks! Porn rules! Instant Enlightenment Zen is for pussies! Tich Nhat Hahn has a funny looking hat! The Dalai Lama can bite me! And Dogen totally rules, OK?

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  1. Blake
    Blake August 7, 2007 at 8:47 am |

    I’m am jealous of your newly acquired cartoons. I saw them at Target but decided against their purchase. But since it’s been almost two weeks and I’m still picturing how much better my life would be if only they were mine, I just might have to get ’em.

  2. professor
    professor August 7, 2007 at 11:08 am |

    Vacations w/o internet or cell access are amazingly refreshing. They remind you of what life was like before you had instantaneous, 24/7 access to those things. Enjoy it!

  3. earDRUM
    earDRUM August 7, 2007 at 2:02 pm |

    Ha… I like that last line. That should rile ’em up a bit.
    Some people have been taking things way too literally around here lately. Newbies! They all have the same argumments. Heard ’em all before.

    I just picked up a DVD of the original “Planet of the Apes” movie. I had not seen it since I saw it in the theatre as a kid, in 1968! And it was just as good as the first time I saw it. A classic.

  4. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf August 7, 2007 at 2:28 pm |

    The Transformers Movie is better than The Simpson’s Movie – I recommend both of them. But, I’m sticking with Grindhouse for movie of the year.

    I’m ready for another South Park movie.

  5. August 7, 2007 at 2:52 pm |

    You know at first I thought it would be kind of silly and funny to have buddhist based condoms, given the current hub bub,
    But the more I think about it–it would really make a lot of sense. Condoms with a printed copy of the precept concerning sexual conduct–and why not throw in a verse for opening the package or puting the condom in place?
    Why not turn the furtive into a holy moment.
    A little reflection before the plunge…
    What could be more compassionate (in the big picture of things) than providing condoms–other than actually using them!

  6. aumeye
    aumeye August 7, 2007 at 4:33 pm |

    Worth a shot . . . Does anyone here know how to reach the Interdependence Project by phone? I tried the number listed on their website where it clearly states you can leave them a message; but when I call all I get is an outgoing message with no option to leave a message or to speak with anyone.

    I sent them an email this morning. Hopefully, they will respond to that.

  7. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 4:35 pm |

    Pet Stove ain’t bad. Not sure exactly
    why, but they kinda remind me of
    The Selmanaires.

  8. Stuart
    Stuart August 7, 2007 at 4:38 pm |

    But, I’m sticking with Grindhouse for movie of the year.

    Hey, speaking of QT, I nominate “True Romance” for the number one Boddhisattva teaching movie of all time.

    OK, maybe “Butterfly Effect” should be considered.

    My favorite Buddhist teachings from the movies:

    #2) From “Unforgiven”: The young outlaw has just seen his first killing. He’s completely rattled, and trying to calm himself, he says to crusty old gunfighter Clint Eastwood, “I guess he had it coming.” And Clint drawls, “We’ve all got it coming, kid.”

    #1) From “Blues Brothers,” when the train rushes past Elwood’s little room, shaking everything like a 6.0 earthquake. Jake is amazed at the commotion and asks, “How often does that happen?” And Elwood replies, “So often, you won’t even notice!”


  9. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 7, 2007 at 4:55 pm |

    Why not throw in a verse for opening the package or puting the condom in place?

    Verse for Opening Condoms

    The perfect girlfriend
    Hard to meet with in dozens of blind dates
    Is now before me
    My only wish is to appreciate
    The true meaning of nookie

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    Hey, maybe people who like
    “The Porno Buddhist” might also like
    “The Porno Presidential Candidate”,
    Ron Paul:

    Paul has consistently voted against
    federal efforts to censor sexually
    explicit Web sites–a stance that
    nearly cost him his re-election bid
    last November when his Democratic
    rival cited those votes to argue
    that Paul was soft on porn.”

    And that isn’t all that libertarians
    and buddhists have in common. If
    interested, you can view his recent
    appearance at Google.

  11. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 7, 2007 at 4:58 pm |

    just to encourage some comments

    If all you did was post a question mark, half of us would argue with the other half that it should have been an exclamation point instead.

  12. Jinzang
    Jinzang August 7, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    ‘m sticking with Grindhouse for movie of the year.

    Movie of the year? Alpha Dog. Don’t be put off because it stars Justin Timberlake.

    Best Buddhist movie evah? Joe Versus the Volcano.

    And Max Fleischer cartoons rule.

  13. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 5:08 pm |

    “soft on porn”


  14. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm |

    Dude! “The Dude Abides”!
    I saw that t-shirt the other day, and it
    turns out that what at first appeared to be
    a psychedelic-hippie-Dimentia-13 t-shirt was
    actually Jeff Bridges in “The Big Lebowski”.

    Maybe Brad could make some extra moolah
    by selling his mug on t-shirts that said
    “No Abiding Dude”.

    Just a thought.

    D’oh! That’s what happens when you read
    blogs right before zazen.

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 5:40 pm |

    Best Movie Ever: Delicatessen

  16. aumeye
    aumeye August 7, 2007 at 5:54 pm |

    stuart ~ I’m digging your picture.

  17. Jiryu02
    Jiryu02 August 7, 2007 at 6:56 pm |

    Speaking of grindhouse, that was the best movie in a long time. Damn I hate critics!!

  18. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 7:44 pm |

    One of my girlfriends showed me
    her SuicideGirls account, and I
    must say, if you pay to comment
    on the articles, that’s fine,
    but if you’re thinking you might
    pay for the porn, don’t bother.

    SG porn is just like zazen,
    p-a-i-n-f-u-l-l-y s-l-o-w
    and boooring!

    They need to get themselves some
    faster servers and a fatter pipe,
    and they need to be less slick
    (less like Playboy and more like
    Penthouse in the 70s.)

    Maybe it’s just because I’m a
    lesbian, but I like my porn
    fast and raw, like good sushi.

  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 7, 2007 at 7:54 pm |

    Gain is delusion; loss is enlightenment.

  20. gunderloy
    gunderloy August 7, 2007 at 9:02 pm |

    I wish I had a fatter pipe and a faster server.

    God, It sucks being a man.

  21. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf August 7, 2007 at 9:43 pm |

    I see that many of fellow bloggers are fans of GRINDHOUSE as well. Does anyone know when the DVD releases?

    SPOILER ALERT::::::::::::::

    ALHPA DOG was a good movie, but it pissed me off. I wanted the boy who had just lost his virginity to two chicks at the same time to live dammit. Yeah, I know it was based on a true story.

  22. Lone Wolf
    Lone Wolf August 7, 2007 at 9:52 pm |

    I decided not to be lazy and go answer my own question. Each movie from GRINDHOUSE is being released seperately. QT’s DEATH PROOF will be released on Sept. 18th, and RR’s PLANET TERROR will be released on Oct. 16th. Lets hope that each DVD is packed with extra footage.

  23. Otto Kerner
    Otto Kerner August 7, 2007 at 10:48 pm |

    I was noticing the hat thing myself just the other day. Brad, you’ve earned my renewed respect.

  24. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 8, 2007 at 5:10 am |

    Dudes! You just don’t get
    Thich’s hat thing. It’s
    like The Cat in the Hat.

    Don’t let his square followers
    fool you.

    Thich Nhat Hanh is actually
    the Bootsy Collins of Zen!

    Just “keepin’ dah funk alive”.

  25. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 8, 2007 at 6:22 am |

    I yam what I yam
    it is what it is
    and we ain’t what we ain’t.

    Eat more spinach!

  26. esmerelda_verde
    esmerelda_verde August 8, 2007 at 7:21 am |

    Aumeye – the email reservations worked fine when I tried it.

  27. Blake
    Blake August 8, 2007 at 7:23 am |

    Thich Nhat Hanh is actually
    the Bootsy Collins of Zen!

    That is the quote of the week.

  28. Brad
    Brad August 8, 2007 at 7:25 am |

    Jinzang, the condom opening verse is genius!

  29. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 8, 2007 at 10:22 am |

    I see you have to encourage more comments, Mysterion’s got lazy the last weeks, he usually pumps out 50 posts with at least 10 brand new conspiracy theory or world history revisionism.

    I think you also feared the anonymous crowd by actually commented on a comment, so they got to know you are a real human being or at least a very smart Blog bot.

    I agree, we should bump each post to 100 comments again, a serious Zen teacher deserves this attention!

    “Hey, move over, I was next in the feet washing line!”


  30. aumeye
    aumeye August 8, 2007 at 10:33 am |

    esmerelda verde ~ Thanks for the reply. I did successfully do the email thing; it’s just that I was hoping to speak with someone regarding reservation-related and other questions.

  31. Ellen
    Ellen August 9, 2007 at 1:08 pm |

    email your contact number to the Interdependence Project and ask them either to call you back or to forward your note to the organizer.

    I would just say, “Yo, call me!” but this is the internet, after all. . . .

  32. Anonymous
    Anonymous August 9, 2007 at 3:10 pm |

    Verse for opening condoms

    Not two
    Not one
    this coming and going together.
    May we part
    as we first met:
    perfect and whole, truly ourselves
    not one
    not two

  33. January 10, 2012 at 1:42 am |

    Thank you for this post, really effective piece of writing.

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