Sexism and Religion

Sexism is stupid. But sexism bolstered by religion is double stupid. Which is why it’s hilarious that people who bolster their sexism with religious dogma seem to feel that this makes them intelligent and their sexism justified. I know you believe God wrote that book you’re quoting. But he didn’t. End of argument.

Two things happened in my life over the past 24 hours to inspire this particular rant. The first was another visit to the Hare Krishnas of Los Angeles. Yesterday was Krishna’s birthday. So they closed off the street around the temple and had a big celebration with, of course, delicious Hare Krishna cuisine. Although I’m starting to catch on that their stuff is really high carb, which could account for the sort of high it gives you, a little sugar rush a few minutes after you finish.

My friend Darrah, who you’ll recall went with me to the big Krishna thing on the beach, went with me. Or perhaps, I should say I went with her. See, she had arranged to interview a young member of the organization who seemed like he was up for being interviewed on Suicide Girls.

So Darrah went and did the interview while I ate high carb food and looked at the displays. Did you know Popeye is (was?) a vegetarian? According to their list of famous vegetarians he is. I guess you never see him eating anything but spinach. Hey and maybe Wimpy is eating veggie burgers. It’s hard to tell.

Anyway, after an hour or so Darrah called to say the interview was over. She seemed a little out of sorts about it. Turns out her Hare Krishna friend told her that women are naturally submissive and their position on earth is to serve men. When Darrah tried to counter this assertion by citing her own real-life experience, her buddy literally went “Blah-blah-blah” and proceeded to talk over her. When Darrah finally managed to ask how he knew all this, the Hare Krishna pointed to a bookshelf and said, “I have five thousand years of yogic literature that proves it’s true.”

As I said, I understand that you believe those books were written by God. But they weren’t. That is a stupid thing to believe.

The second thing that happened is that I went to see a doctor to try and get something for the terrible headaches I’ve been having lately. I thought I had them beat but they came back in a big way this week and I’m leaving for Tassajara tomorrow. I just arrived in town so I was kind of stuck with whoever I could get to see me on short notice.

My doctor turned out to be a woman. Not only that, but she was significantly younger than me. And just to add to the mix, she was also quite stunningly attractive. This kind of thing is often a trigger for males to distrust a doctor. She can’t be any good, she’s a girl! I’ve never thought like that. It’s just not part of my way of perceiving the world and it never has been.

It turns out my doctor was very good. Unlike most male doctors I’ve seen for these headaches, she actually listened to what I told her about them and thought about what I said. Male doctors tend to be very cocky (pun intended) and just throw some pills at you after a five minute chat and a few things stuck up your nose and in your ear holes. This doctor paid careful attention and actually discussed her impressions with me. I was extremely pleased with the visit. Who knows if the stuff she prescribed for me will actually work. But at least she didn’t just whip it on me like some doctors do with their stuff.

I wonder what Darrah’s Hare Krishna friend would have thought.

I’m proud that my own spiritual tradition is resolutely anti-sexist. In his essay “Prostrating to That Which Has Attained the Truth” Dogen quotes Shakyamuni Buddha as saying, “When you meet teachers who expound the supreme state of bodhi, have no regard for their race or caste, do not notice their looks, do not dislike their faults, and do not examine their deeds. Only because you revere their wisdom, let them eat hundreds and thousands of pounds of gold every day, serve them by presenting heavenly food, serve them by scattering heavenly flowers, do prostrations and venerate them three times every day, and never let anxiety or annoyance arise in your mind. When we behave like this, there is always a way to the state of bodhi. Since I established the mind, I have been practicing like this, and so today I have been able to attain anuttara samyaksambodhi.

Dogen further says, “When arhats, pratyekabuddhas, and [bodhisattvas at] the three clever and ten sacred stages come to a bhikshuni (female Buddhist monk) who is retaining the transmission of the right Dharma-eye treasury, to prostrate themselves and to ask her about Dharma, she must receive these prostrations. Why should men be higher? Space is space, the four elements are the four elements, the five aggregates are the five aggregates, and women are also like this. As regards attainment of the truth, both [men and women] attain the truth, and we should just profoundly revere every single person who has attained the Dharma. Do not discuss man and woman. This is one of Buddhism’s finest Dharma standards.”

Later in the essay he says, “Nowadays extremely stupid people look at women without having corrected the prejudice that women are objects of sexual greed. Disciples of the Buddha must not be like this. If whatever may become the object of sexual greed is to be hated, do not all men deserve to be hated too?”

So there.

The entire essay can be found in Volume 1 of the Nishijima/Cross translation of Shobogenzo.

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I’ll be away from tomorrow until September 11th. Here’s some of what I’m doing when I get back:

Oct. 26-28 Weekend Sesshin Kajo Zendo in Finland
Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 International Lay Buddhists Forum in Malaga, Spain
Nov. 9 Dogen Zendo Frankfurt , Germany
Nov. 10 Balance Yoga Frankfurt, Germany
Nov. 11 – 21 Possible dates in Germany
Nov. 23-25 Weekend Sesshin at Fawcett Mill Fields, Penrith, Lake District  UK Sponsored by Yoga Manchester
Nov. 25 Manchester, UK Sponsored by Yoga Manchester

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Some of your donations to this site will be given to that female doctor I saw today. Maybe a lot of them…

315 Responses

  1. Justin Lewis
    Justin Lewis August 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm | |

    My uber-enlightened zen advice for the day is:

    Don’t feed trolls.

  2. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm | |

    look what’s your zen worth if you can’t competently refute what i say, read the old stories

    the cleary brothers translation of the blue cliff record is very good, you are all so interested in zen, why not read up abit instead of conscripting musicains like moondog?

    to stand on the blue cliff, what is that ? find out !

  3. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:01 pm | |

    the blue cliff record is really the basic zen text after the platform sutra, the cleary bros transaltion is way the best imo

    has anybody else here read it?

  4. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm | |

    justing, trolls have power, they grab you and stuff you down their throats : o )

  5. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm | |

    alan, maybe you have some slight ticking over between the ears, can you just say there is some possibility that seeking to get someone banned or threating to kill someone is being unpleasant and that since you are not seeking removal of the people threatening to kill, that there is total and complete hypocrisy?

    is zen about being more or less of a hypocrite?

    what is the role of personal consistency in enlightenment?

  6. Fred
    Fred August 16, 2012 at 5:18 pm | |

    No one here is threatening to kill. Your brain brought that into the discussion,
    and your thinking has some schizoid processing. You might want to take a look
    at that.

  7. Fred
    Fred August 16, 2012 at 5:20 pm | |

    Enlightenment is the illusion that the self fiction is getting somewhere.

  8. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm | |

    @ Andrew
    I prefer Red Pine’s translations over Tom Cleary. I prefer just reading the sutras and getting a gist of them, since all the patriarchs kind of did that. Whether it’s the Lankavatara Sutra or Diamond Sutra, I just read them and then continue to do the practice of Shikantaza/Silent Illumination and applying it to daily life.

    —-

    Brad Warner is going to lose contributors on the comment section because of Andrew. I tried responding to Mark Foote regarding Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem, but since the messages are being moderated now, it’s taking awhile to show up. I think Andrew needs to be IP banned. I genuinely wanted to discuss the lack of fixed beingness in relationship to sex, and I wanted to discuss what transgenderism kind of poses to our species. Will anything like “true transgenderism” be possible in the near or far future? Also, what does that entail with how we view sex as being “fixed”? And should Buddhism be for or against it… or neutral? If Transgenderism became a norm, how would that make you feel?

  9. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:36 pm | |

    well i take statements about wanting to kill me as a threat to kill, perhaps you have a different interpretation

    death threats are actually not much fun, but once you have had one it’s abit ho hum after that : o )

    i know how it sux being such a nonentity that no-one wants to kill you, get over it : o )

    you are a person who would benefit by reading the cleary bros translation of the blue cliff record, zen is all about schizoid and autism, you and i being both of course !

    the trick with schiziod is to move beyond it, there’s no trick to autism except survival and taking what it offers : o)

    enlightenment is the complete understanding that we are shadows and infinity is all : o )

    my remark about you being zoned out on wheat products abit close to home?

  10. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm | |

    You don’t understand. I said that stuff to make you shut up. I really wanted to talk about transgenderism on this post ABOUT SEXISM. Goddamn, you know absolutely nothing about me, while I know a lot mroe about you. I don’t want to tell a crazy man like you anything about myself.

  11. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:43 pm | |

    ” I prefer Red Pine’s translations over Tom Cleary.”

    tom cleary sucks, but the combination of chris and tom works well

    its a great pity the bros stopped translating together

    i like red pines stuff on han shan

    thats real, the sutras are all rubbish, this patriarch tells you that : o )

    just your replying to me and making a a comment in a reasonable way is more shikantaza that any idea of practice

  12. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm | |

    i think you will find that transgender is not well acccepted and understood and actually it’s a slightly psychotic condition, not because of male and female brains being in opposite bodies, but the need to physically attempt to change the body which is too penal from a long term health view and socially stigmatizing

    being over identified with being one sex : o)

    just blend in and go with the flow i say : o )

  13. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 5:54 pm | |

    “just your replying to me and making a a comment in a reasonable way is more shikantaza that any idea of practice”

    No, bro, I think activities like gardening, surgery (why I emphasized on it so much), practicing medicine, playing musical instruments, philanthropy, sports, altruistic actions, playing video games, reading books, or whatever is more valuable then talking to you. Shikantaza just HELPS do these things more mindfully, but it is not granted. Actually, in some cases Shikantaza can be detrimental, but in many cases it is helpful. It doesn’t work for everyone, and I agree, I kind of get tired with how Brad Warner sometimes says, “Without Zazen you can have no understanding of fundamental Buddhist teachings.”

    Zazen is a good “TOOL” but not the end-be-to-all practice. Daily living is the true practice.

  14. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 6:02 pm | |

    comic, you are drawn to talking to me cause of the shallowness of what you say is so satisfying

    there’s no way you fit in life even slightly

    i assume you work in the medical area, bad luck, thats a killer now with the constant exposures to viral people, doctors medical workers brains get fucked by it

    i think we might be birds of a feather actually, the anger is very energising and we need it to function and you will continue to be drawn to be angry at me : o )

  15. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm | |

    It is because you constantly insult others and act like a meglomaniac. If you could stop that and talk to people like equals, then we wouldn’t be arguing.

    But no, you enjoy thinking you’re superior and trolling people. I’m done talking to you. Get a life.

  16. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 6:10 pm | |

    well it’s more calling con artist’s on their game (fred you have got to be the most failed con artist i have ever seen : o )

    you’re abit different, just misguided

    i don’t want a life : o (

  17. Ted
    Ted August 16, 2012 at 7:09 pm | |

    The sexes are obviously different, and the yogic system talks about various specific differences, and about the union of the two types of sexual energy. However, this is a completely different thing than saying “men are good at X, women are good at Y.” It’s this latter sort of generalization that I think is harmful, because it’s virtually impossible to separate out what’s perceived because of a stereotype, and what may be a legitimate difference. At best, it’s a waste of time to go there; at worst, you will take something to be fixed that is fluid, and resist beneficial change, or try to put someone else into a box they don’t fit in. There is no good to be had in following that path.

  18. Khru
    Khru August 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm | |

    I can’t help but think that you’d probably never read this type of dialog on a Vipassana or even a Tibetan Buddhist forum…

  19. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 8:14 pm | |

    ted, your partner is quite male and you have a strong female streak, we are actually all a mix

    heterosexuals can be as severely or even more gender blurred than homosexuals, look and you will see : o )

    why not walk out of the failed buddhist conceptual box you have built around yourself?

    khru, i think zen is selective for better intelligence, vipassana and tibetan are cretinous

    tho i would say that zen is also selective for poor emotional intelligence and extreme rigidity : o )

    most religions, they don’t bother what they believe, just some fluff one goes along with : o )

  20. Khru
    Khru August 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm | |

    Then I suppose that my greatest wish in life is to be a kindhearted, compassionate cretin… : )

  21. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 8:31 pm | |

    as the enlightened one and 7th patriarch i notice you plebs believe in some sort of path, my exprience is there might be a path but it’s only apparent or visible when you look back over where you have gone

    so actually attempts to steer oneself along or onto it are futile

    there is only one steering star and that’s infinity, projecting your ideas is just that, projecting and unless you are sensitive to what infinity or buddha is, it’s futile and you will end up here balthering nonsense for ever : o )

    actually i do have some sort of sense of path looking back over my time here, sorta of a maturing and latter days “enlightenment”, just tediously slow and perhaps not more difficult than any other disaster area i have been invovled with : o )

    back to watching sniper videos : o )

    i am amazed, i designed my own muzzle brake and it looks very like the one on the macmillan tac-50

  22. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm | |

    don’t get soft in the head khru, it’s not a good sign for brain health : o )

  23. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | |

    I personally think that the practice is very similar in almost any religion that’s been around for awhile. Mostly some kind of physical practice that emphasizes bending the knees. Mentally accepting oneself as a helpless sinner who cannot do right, except through the intervention of a higher power.

    “Making self-surrender the object of thought, one lays hold of concentration, one lays hold of single-pointedness of mind.”

    Andrew drives away the plowman’s ox, he takes away the hungry man’s food, and he gets nothing for it. Alan, I wonder how your teacher would respond to someone off the street at the zendo; I know, it’s hard in institutional settings, disruptive behaviour can’t be tolerated. Let me selfishly say that I can’t help but think that you’d probably never read this type of dialog on a Vipassana or even a Tibetan Buddhist forum, not even on another Zen forum. Just me, though! :)

    I looked for Blue Cliff Record in the fabulous used book store in Grass Valley, California, but they didn’t have it. I’ve read parts of it before. I looked for it because Yuanwu put it together and added commentaries, and I really like “Zen Letters Teachings of Yuanwu”, which the two Cleary brothers translated. I have seen it before, and I think I will be disappointed after Zen Letters, which has what appears to me to be his original content.

  24. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 8:52 pm | |

    alan, still sucking brads dick? i tell you its C A $ H you need : o)

  25. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm | |

    mark, “zen letters” is 7th patriarch disapproved, it’s actually the usual heresy of conciousness being buddha

    yuanwu keqin (commentator of the blue cliff record and writer of zen letters) was not enlightened, but xuedou zhongxian the original collator/author of the koan’s was, you you have to parse a bit reading the blue cliff record!

    i would guess most of the people posting on this board have very little idea that there is an authentic zen literaure, their ideas about it having been derived form popular culture and psuedo stuff like moondog : o )

    future generations can look forward to “sayings of the seventh partiarch” of course, no doubt thoroughly distorted and misinterpreted by the usual know nothing editors and commentators : o )

    actually brad seems one of the least well read people i have known : o )

  26. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 9:25 pm | |

    I told you, I’ve read a lot of the Sutras like Diamond Sutra, Lankavatara Sutra, Platform Sutra, older Theravadan sutras, and etc. I really have no more patience for you and your arrogance. The reason I referenced Moondog is because he was unorthodox and spread wisdom without being a douchebag. You’re like an annoying stupid-version of Moondog on this comment section; you’re idiosyncratic rudeness and inability to genuinely listen to others who aren’t “enlightened” and “fakers” piss me off. Your obsession for Brad Warner, as evident by your blog, as reminds me of the Bjork stalker, and I wouldn’t doubt if you went that crazy.

    You actually make me not want to read anymore about Zen because of your conceitedness and stupidity. I’d rather read something I can apply to my life, such as neuroscience or medicine, and simply practice Shikantaza so I can do my practice more mindfully without subject/object barriers or distracting thoughts (just let them come and go). Not once have you said ANYTHING, besides some New Age claims about infinity, about how to apply Zen to daily living. You’re the fool, and everyone can see that because of your conceitedness.

    JUST

    KILL

    YOURSELF

    OR

    SHUT

    THE

    FUCK

    UP

    YOU

    DEPRESSIVE

    ASPIE

    FUCKER

  27. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm | |

    You just can’t TALK with people with Messiah complexes and stuff. I am just not talking to you anymore because you’re literally like a broken machine, Andrew. As much as you will try to convince me or others through your bullshit, it is obvious you are literally “broken” and incapable of genuinely listening to others or accepting their different paths without insulting them.

    You are not the 7th Zen Patriarch. You are literally a madman that has neurological problems, and while it is true I got worked up for no reason, I will leave for good soon. I just wanted to talk with other people here, but your CONSTANT comments, that constantly repeat themselves in a cycle, piss me off. You are beyond help. You don’t just have autism, you have something much mroe severe and debilitating. I bet you get help from the government or something because of how mentally handicapped you are.

  28. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 9:31 pm | |

    “YOU

    DEPRESSIVE

    ASPIE

    FUCKER”

    yah well thats me : o )

    and dogen and the sixth patriach, basho, emily dickenson,and moon dog

    AND

    YOU

    why not step into your heritage : o )

  29. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm | |

    sadly i see reality truely and there’s no more pyschotic state : o ( )

    mind to mind transmission is what zen is about, that happened with me and the sixith partiarch so that’s the most senior appointment and i am boss

    i’m not a messiah cause it’s abit dangerous and who cares about saving the world, but the fact is i am the most senior zen/chan person alive and if you can’t understand that direct link outside time then…………..

    you

    don’t

    get

    what

    it’s

    all

    about

    :

    o

    )

  30. Andrew
    Andrew August 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm | |

    there’s a special sort of broken machine that repairs itself in the image and reality of buddha and sees buddha and knows buddha and that’s what it’s all about, i keep thinking this is clear but but you self satisfied prigs seem to have a sort of waterproofing so full of your selves and your untrue beliefs : o )

    why

    do

    we

    have

    so

    much

    trouble

    seeing

    ourselves
    a
    s

    abroken

    machine ?

    :

    o

    )

  31. SoF
    SoF August 16, 2012 at 11:26 pm | |

    There is a blurring – especially in these days of modern times.

    Guys are feminized by having ONLY female elementary school teachers. On the other hand, science role models are masculine in higher education. Therefore GIRLS have the edge in elementary school but that advantage fades in upper grades.

    The guys that are feminized by admiring and emulating their elementary school teachers are targets for bullies like Mitt Romney and his odd sons.

    You want to let your branches grow away from the trunk in your family tree. In small communities like the early Mormons, a few too many 1st cousins were married.

  32. anon1253
    anon1253 August 17, 2012 at 1:25 am | |

    Rationalism and Religion:
    On PBS this weekend…

  33. Andy
    Andy August 17, 2012 at 1:55 am | |

    “You are literally a madman that has neurological problems”

    “i’m not a messiah cause it’s abit dangerous”

    This thread might’ve gone way astray, and hit some decidedly dark spots. But the there’s been some real entertainment value! I read back the whole last three pages and I was in stitches. Classic!!

  34. Andy
    Andy August 17, 2012 at 2:02 am | |

    … Sorta like Fawlty Towers, Curb Your Enthusiam and The Big Bang Theory pulped together and then rolled out into a comments thread.

  35. King Kong
    King Kong August 17, 2012 at 3:41 am | |

    99 bottles of coconut milk on the wall !
    99 bottles of coconut milk !
    You take one down
    Pass it around
    98 bottles of coconut milk on the wall !

  36. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 5:49 am | |

    alan sailer did anyone ever tell you you are a complete mother fucking turd!!!!!!!!!!

    you stupid whore of a buddhist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. Ted
    Ted August 17, 2012 at 6:02 am | |

    SoF, just using the word “feminized” means you have bought into the lie.

    Andrew, that we are broken is the reason we practice. To think otherwise is to deny the truth of suffering and the whole of the path. Mere glibness is no indication of insincerity.

  38. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 6:34 am | |

    ted you are broken in the usual human way

    a

    hell

    state

    all

    by

    yourself

    with

    no

    light

    :

    o

    (

    god give you some insight to see what this means : o (

  39. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 6:40 am | |

    well of course if they keep shutting the door……………….

    i have never met such a bunch of obstructing and self obstructing half wits

    even at work : o )

  40. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 6:45 am | |

    ted, it can be a bit scary to be ourselves, but not that scary :o )

    put down the cliches, leave the buddhism in the garbage and step into what is hopefully a fresh you

    the stench of your rotting flesh will abate : o )

  41. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 6:51 am | |

    you

    can’t

    reason

    an

    idiot

    out

    of

    idoacy

    can

    you?

  42. jayce
    jayce August 17, 2012 at 7:31 am | |

    Hi All,
    I see that Andrew is really upsetting some people. What I’d suggest is ignoring him if he’s upsetting you.

    Andrew,
    We ask you to tone down your comments. No need to insult people.

    Thanks,
    Jayce

  43. Ted
    Ted August 17, 2012 at 10:04 am | |

    Andrew, how does one “step into a fresh you?” How does “putting down your Buddhism” help with this? How is God going to help me with this? What you are saying may make sense to you, but it doesn’t make any sense to me—you appear to be giving me advice, but there doesn’t appear to be any content to the advice.

    Jayce, what is the sound of one hand clapping?

  44. Andrew
    Andrew August 17, 2012 at 5:32 pm | |

    ted, at our ages our brains are failing and to make progress one has to address diet and supplements like fish oil in a serious way, otherwise we just run in cricles !

    i have voluminous writings on the subject

    i would be a dead duck if i hadn’t done this

    i think this is basically what i have learnt from this board, everyone is running in circles or falling down some toxic hill and it’s that the brains are failing due to diet, micronutrient deficiencies and age

    people are not meant to be like what is showing here, malfunctional beyond belief : o )

    brad warner is a paradigm for here, schizophrenically rigid, starting to get into the area of failing health, just a liability to those that know him, yet he is an able person : o (

    america is an unbelieveably medicalized culture, you are all damaged from too many vaccines and bad scheduling of them and excess medical interventions and lack needed things like sun on the skin which is discouraged and poor quality food

    —————

    jayce, i don’t notice you speaking up when people write they want to kill me or that turd alan is trying to get me removed and banned from this board

    that said, i do notice americans place more weight on superfical politeness and australians are rougher in manner and more straightforward

    cultural differences

  45. admin
    admin August 17, 2012 at 8:41 pm | |

    Ted – no clue.

    Andrew – I hadn’t read every single post here. Of course, feel free to report any threats you see. Use the contact form on this site. I’m not that familiar with Australian culture, so I don’t know. But thanks for the tip.

    All – more posting suggestions:
    1. Don’t threaten people.
    2. Try not to insult people.
    3. Limit yourself to a few comments per site per day.
    4. Don’t take up vertical space with just one or two characters per line.
    5. Chill out. Take it easy. Don’t feed the trolls.

    I’m going to lie down now.

  46. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 17, 2012 at 8:59 pm | |

    Black Jack OAV is my favorite anime. Check it out…

  47. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm | |

    Here is the Black Jack OAV opening. The lyrics moved me deeply, and I liked the mature nature of the OAV. It really dealt with serious topics such as the importance of maintaining one’s values in the face of greedy corporations, the severity of life or death situations such as surgery, and etc. The series follows the exploits of a Master unlicensed surgeon Black Jack and focuses on his moral code. Black Jack tends to help those that move him emotionally, look down on the greedy rich, and etc. Black Jack is a man who purposefully isolates himself because he has his own self-given purpose in life and practice, and the lyrics go well with him. Black Jack (OAV) is an adaptation, directed by Osamu Dezaki, of Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga series that ran from 1973 to 1982. The OAV is NOT the same thing as the newer TV Series which destroyed Tezuka’s message by always adding a happy twist to the endings. Both the manga and OAV are mature and deal with serious topics, such as corruption in the health care.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6bjXVvhX1A&fmt=18

  48. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm | |

    Here’s the OP. Thought I linked it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6bjXVvhX1A&fmt=18

  49. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm | |

    Youtube “Black Jack OAV Opening”. My bad. Youtube links aren’t accepted, damn.

  50. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz August 17, 2012 at 9:19 pm | |

    Many people do not know, but Miyazaki made an 24 episode anime series called Future Boy Conan. After the Nausicaa manga (which is vastly superior in comparison to the anime adaptation), Future Boy Conan is my favorite.

    Miyazaki is a genius. He is like Masanobu Fukuoka of anime. Masanobu Fukuoka, btw, is a Japanese farmer who was very “Zen-like” (hate to use that word). You can read Fukuoka’s One Star-Man’s Revolution which seems to fit nicely with Miyazaki’s vision too.

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