SHAMBHALA SUN ARTICLE

Here’s a nice article that’s going to be published in the upcoming issue of Shambhala Sun. You can also go here to read it on-line instead of as a PDF file. I’m not sure I see myself quite the way the writer does. But that ain’t no thang. It’s still an interesting article. To me it’s interesting to be able to see that perspective. I don’t see myself as part of any movement. As I’ve said a zillion times, I really, honest to God thought there was absolutely no possibility at all for Hardcore Zen to even get published, let alone become popular. Shows you what I know. Cuz last Friday for the first time ever in my life I was stopped on the street by someone I’d never met before who recognized me from the photos on the backs of my books. That’s a very strange thing…

Anyway they wanted me to include a link to the Shambhala Sun website if I used the article here. So there it is.

Don’t forget, if you’re in the LA area tomorrow, you are hereby ORDERED to attend the screening of my movie Cleveland’s Screaming at the Egyptian Theater.

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  1. Jared
    Jared July 24, 2007 at 10:51 am | |

    Get used to it, Brad! Mysterion’s got a shrine to you tucked away somewhere. But it doesn’t even come close to touching the 873 photo collection I have of you grocery shopping, sitting zazen, and vomiting blood on helpless onlookers. I wallpapered my bathroom with them!

  2. diarmuid
    diarmuid July 24, 2007 at 12:15 pm | |

    It’s not a bad article, though I don’t think it’s quite fair or even accurate to lump you guys together, due to the different schools and approaches, etc., but it seems to me to be a shift from what people were doing in the 60′s and 70′s. There are apparently enough people interested in this approach to warrant calling it a “movement”? Whether it’s suitably convincing to actually get people to sit down and practice… we’ll see.

    I’ve been to a few sittings with Nichtern here in NYC and he is a pretty straight up character from what I can tell, so it’s unnecessary to be too apprehensive about that–but yeah, the media is going to have a freakin’ field day with you guys.

    Stay cynical!

  3. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 24, 2007 at 12:18 pm | |

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  4. ed
    ed July 24, 2007 at 12:19 pm | |

    How does Brad qualify as a young turk? He’s two years older than my Grandpa.. Did Mysterion write that article?

  5. aumeye
    aumeye July 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm | |

    I, too, have been to sittings with Ethan Nichtern in NYC. Also, his Dad, David Nichtern. I like both of them very much. The thing is, once I found out the Dad, David, wrote the music and lyrics for Midnight at the Oasis, quieting my mind was far more difficult. Whether you like the song, or you hate it, there is something about it . . . it just kept knocking at my brain, testing me, driving me mad. send your camel to bed . . . Uh-oh.

  6. Jinzang
    Jinzang July 24, 2007 at 5:18 pm | |

    Hell, the writer was just looking for a hook to hang a story on. “Buddhism: The New Generation” is as good a hook as any. Not true, not false, just a story, or a “meme.”

    Brad, when you do kinhin at your weekly sit, do you make everyone walk like Godzilla?

  7. Jinzang
    Jinzang July 24, 2007 at 5:20 pm | |

    I must have met David Nichtern sometime during my long wander through Shambhala. And now his son is teaching. Fuck, I’m getting old.

  8. Rubiolio
    Rubiolio July 24, 2007 at 5:50 pm | |

    What is big-E enlightenment as a way of doing things rather than a way of understanding things?

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 24, 2007 at 5:53 pm | |

    Jinzang said… “Fuck, I’m getting old.”

    join the club

    :)

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 24, 2007 at 6:45 pm | |

    “Buddhisms Young Turks” sounds
    an awful lot like
    “Buddhism’s Young Butt-Buddies”!

    Y’know, “punk” as in
    Turkish prisons
    and all that jazz…

    or maybe it’s more like

    ))((
    forever

    and “butt-buddies” is just another
    way of saying “sangha”
    –people who sit on their butts together–
    me and you and everyone we know .

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 24, 2007 at 6:53 pm | |

    A monk asked: what is buddha?

    Yun-men said: dried poop-scoop.

  12. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 24, 2007 at 7:04 pm | |

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  13. Professor
    Professor July 24, 2007 at 7:27 pm | |

    What is it with Buddhists over the age of 43 and their terminal affection for buckets!

    Buckets, buckets, buckets!

    Brad does not belong in a bucket with Noah or David.

    Brad cannot be put in a bucket!

    There is no bucket!

    Yeeeeaaahhhhh! No buckets!

  14. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 24, 2007 at 8:13 pm | |

    Jinzang asked,

    “Brad, when you do kinhin at your weekly sit, do you make everyone walk like Godzilla?”

    Speaking from my own experience at the Hill St. Center, our kinhin is more like the Quasimodo Cakewalk. :D

  15. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 25, 2007 at 9:12 am | |

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  16. aumeye
    aumeye July 25, 2007 at 9:56 am | |

    . . . kick up a little dust.

  17. Imperatrix
    Imperatrix July 25, 2007 at 10:30 am | |

    ” . . . kick up a little dust.”

    Cooooome on…the cactus is our friend….

  18. Jules
    Jules July 25, 2007 at 3:55 pm | |

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  19. Jules
    Jules July 25, 2007 at 3:56 pm | |

    Professor said: What is it with Buddhists over the age of 43 and their terminal affection for buckets! Buckets, buckets, buckets

    They’re not the only ones. Lotsa folks like buckets.

    http://www.ihasabucket.com/
    bucketcats.jpg
    ihasabukkets1.jpg
    bukket-02.jpg
    babybucket.jpg
    mournsit.jpg

    It’s the Internet. All things are possible.

  20. Jinzang
    Jinzang July 25, 2007 at 4:45 pm | |

    EYE HAD BUCKET BUT BOTTOM BROKE!! LOL!!!

  21. Jared
    Jared July 25, 2007 at 8:20 pm | |

    >>Mysterion

    Just yankin’ yer mala, friend :-)

  22. Smoggyrob
    Smoggyrob July 26, 2007 at 1:17 am | |

    Hi everyone:

    Cleveland’s Screaming! was great! I brought my wife and our friend, neither of whom likes or cares about punk, and they loved it. It’s very personal, funny, and it draws you into the story. I’m going to alert our city attorney to all the libelous LA-bashing in it, but other than that it’s a really good movie.

    And thanks a lot. The next time I walk kinhin, am I going to be observing my mind walking kinhin? No, I’m going to be restraining myself from walking like Godzilla. @#$%^&*!

    Rob

  23. Anonymous
    Anonymous July 26, 2007 at 6:10 am | |

    Don’t forget that Mysterion patronized me.

    –IceBucket

  24. Mysterion
    Mysterion July 26, 2007 at 9:54 am | |

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  25. Jules
    Jules July 26, 2007 at 1:02 pm | |

    Jinzang: LOL :-)

  26. louis
    louis July 27, 2007 at 12:22 pm | |

    Jinzang,
    “Brad, when you do kinhin at your weekly sit, do you make everyone walk like Godzilla?”

    You are a funny guy! You’ve changed my mind, Perl Rules.

    That alone would be worth flying across the country to Santa Monica! Maybe he would take request and do kyosaku as Utraman and zap us with his death ray.

    Just saw this
    , and I thought it would make a great intro for Brads film,
    Henry Rollins as a jujyfruit!

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