The main purpose of this entry is to let people know that Zazen will happen as usual at the Hill St. Center in Santa Monica this Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008. Details are at the link over there on your left, just below the “picture of the gay vampire” (as one reader called it). OK?

So I spent Thanksgiving at Green Gulch Farm/Green Dragon Zen Temple in Marin County just north of San Francisco. That was my first Thanksgiving at a Zen temple. Pretty neat. Maybe someday I’ll write eloquently about it. But I don’t have time to do it justice right now. It was a beautiful thing. Thanks to Bryan, Steph and Alec for inviting us up there. The pies were yummy.

Hope everybody out there had a great Thanksgiving and are peacefully digesting today.

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  1. Blake
    Blake November 28, 2008 at 8:36 am |

    My wife and I are dying to spend some time up at Green Gulch. I’m shooting for this summer.

    Happy Digestion Day!

  2. mike the dog
    mike the dog November 28, 2008 at 10:09 am |

    Brad, Hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I bet they put out a nice veggie spread there..

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 28, 2008 at 12:26 pm |


    it’s just the best

  4. Mysterion
    Mysterion November 28, 2008 at 7:28 pm |

    hmmm… I had company at home… my sister flew in from Neva-duh.

    missed you again…

    How was the rain?


  5. Your Thanksgiving Turkey
    Your Thanksgiving Turkey November 28, 2008 at 9:00 pm |

    Don’t be so attached and desirous of beautiful monasteries such as green gulch, u cannot run away and hide there pretending; one day something will come and destroy beautiful green gulch. There is no where to hide.

  6. Ichabod
    Ichabod November 29, 2008 at 6:59 am |

    Acknowledging the beauty of the world is not the same as being attached to it.

  7. jamal
    jamal November 29, 2008 at 7:19 am |

    turkey thinks he is a smart turkey.. maybe he is for a turkey.

  8. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 29, 2008 at 8:45 am |

    I don’t know about beauty, which, after all, is made through the beholder’s eyes
    I do know that zen isn’t just this Saturday, nor is the giving of thanks a one day a year over the top culinary marathon in the company of strange and estranged assorted folks expressing various levels of fealty to persons, places and things.
    Ahhhhh, holy, holi days

    getting away from it all for a weekend is good as if you could

    road maps and exits, 2nd stop light and then a right turn, the address on a scrap of paper: destination

    no matter how far, there is no place to go, and returning to familiar bed and pillow isn’t coming back: you never left, not for a smidge of a sec.

  9. Milan Davidovic
    Milan Davidovic November 29, 2008 at 11:31 am |

    “Hope everybody out there had a great Thanksgiving and are peacefully digesting today.”

    Heck, I hope everybody peacefully digests *every* day.

  10. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 29, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    You are so lucky! What is it like to eat Thanksgiving Dinner with a whole bunch of enlightened people?

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 29, 2008 at 6:28 pm |

    since when have your entries had a main purpose, or any purpose?

    the charm of them was their very purposelessness methunk

  12. Thich nhat turkey
    Thich nhat turkey November 29, 2008 at 8:51 pm |

    I don’t believe that. I’d say something like;

    Ichabod is the difference between acknowledgment of beauty and beauty. That attachment is the term between beauty and acknowledgment.

    I digress, my point was about how nobody is trying to spend summers in an African UN camp. We want, seem to want, a Zen-fantasy land in the mountains where we can drive out to(for the weekend) and become enlightened in the most(ideally) orgasmic fashion. nonsense.

    Jamal, go ahead and call me a turkey but, i’d only have to nod in agreement with you. I just hope you can use the same candor when you look at yourself in the mirror.

  13. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 30, 2008 at 1:08 am |

    i was the guy working at hometown buffet offering up the sacrificial turkey and carving it to ribbons for all to enjoy.

    i’m thankful that i have a job to go to.

  14. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 30, 2008 at 12:08 pm |

    Ha Ha!!

    Brad knows I live!

    I have felt guilty about the G.V. comment TBH – hence no further cheeky posts.

    Apologies – twas meant tongue in cheek (as I hope it was taken!)

  15. Anonymous
    Anonymous November 30, 2008 at 8:27 pm |

    The Dalai Lama, the exiled Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, on Friday said sex spelt fleeting satisfaction and trouble later, while chastity offered a better life and “more freedom.”

    “Sexual pressure, sexual desire, actually I think is short period satisfaction and often, that leads to more complication,” the Dalai Lama told reporters in a Lagos hotel, speaking in English without a translator.

    He said conjugal life caused “too much ups and downs.

    “Naturally as a human being … some kind of desire for sex comes, but then you use human intelligence to make comprehension that those couples always full of trouble. And in some cases there is suicide, murder cases,” the Dalai Lama said.

  16. Matt
    Matt December 1, 2008 at 8:58 am |


  17. Smoggyrob
    Smoggyrob December 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm |

    Hi everyone:

    Rob points up Don’t forget to step outside tonight and take a look at the Truth — those two bright lights next to it are Venus and Jupiter.


  18. Anonymous
    Anonymous December 3, 2008 at 3:27 pm |

    > Venus and Jupiter

    Thanks, Rob!

    I knew the bright one was Venus
    (thanks to that Shakyamuni dude),
    but it was really bugging me that
    I didn't know what that second
    one was. Very cool to look at!

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