“There Is No God and He Lives on Long Island”

While Brad is away at Tassajara, and away from the Internet, we’ll be periodically filling in the gaps with some recordings of talks Brad’s given on his recent book tour. Thanks to John Graves of Dōgen Sangha LA for editing and providing the recording.

Enjoy!

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  1. Ramessestheaardvark
    Ramessestheaardvark August 15, 2013 at 12:41 am | |

    Can i download it? How?

  2. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 15, 2013 at 4:41 am | |

    You forgot the rest of the title to this:

    “There Is No God And He Lives On Long Island Ice Tea”

  3. Fred
    Fred August 15, 2013 at 4:54 am | |

    “There is No God and She Leaps Clear of the Long Island Iced Tea”

  4. Fred
    Fred August 15, 2013 at 5:07 am | |

    Actually Sasaki said, ” There is no God, and he is always in my pants. Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. “

  5. Fred
    Fred August 15, 2013 at 5:16 am | |

    Leaping clear of the one and the many, there is realizing beyond realization.

    Can you know it? What is you.

    Here now this moment is pregnant with itself.

  6. Harlan
    Harlan August 15, 2013 at 8:06 am | |

    There Is No God and he was last seen backstroking out to sea in Sag Harbor, Long Island..

  7. mtto
    mtto August 15, 2013 at 10:31 am | |

    Hi Ramesses,

    http://hardcorezen.libsyn.com
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    http://podgallery.org/hardcore-zen-podcast/
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    http://player.fm/series/hardcore-zen-podcast
    http://podbay.fm/show/380011515

    Take your pick!

    I’d really appreciate it if you’d download from iTunes and write a review, if you’re going to download. That will bump up the podcast in the iTunes Podcast charts.

    To everyone: I’m sorry I’ve taken such a long time since the last podcast episode. Life has been hectic, and I’ve had energy directed towards getting Dogen Sangha Los Angeles off the ground as a functioning non-profit. My hope is as the group grows eventually someone will show up who wants to help with the editing of the podcast and we’ll be able to increase output.

    Thanks,
    John

  8. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm | |

    “The Buddha has not preached anything for you, and there is nothing for you to ask a teacher. Not only have sound and form not been distinguished, there are not even any eyes and ears. And yet the mind moon shines clear and bright; the eye-blossom blooms, its patterns fresh and clear. You should go all the way to reach this realization.

    How can you understand this principle? I’ll add a saying in your behalf– quickly set your eyes before being:

    The mind-moon and eye-blossom have fine bright color–
    Opening beyond time, who is there to enjoy them?”

    That would be from Denkoroku #42 (Tongan), translated by T. Cleary.

    Now I want to know, how does one quickly set the eyes before being? A bunny trick, like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGsfXoq48wE

  9. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 16, 2013 at 4:35 am | |
  10. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 16, 2013 at 1:25 pm | |

    Roger McGuinn solo acoustic on Austin City Limits, “Eight Miles High”:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWHhdnQ46AY

  11. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm | |

    Attributed over on Tao Bums in “Further Discussion” under General Discussion to Nisargadatta:

    “Q: I cannot say that I am now a different man. But I did discover new things about myself, states so unlike what I knew before that I feel justified in calling them new.

    M: The old self is your own self. The state which sprouts suddenly and without cause, carries no stain of self; you may call it ‘god’. What is seedless and rootless, what does not sprout and grow, flower and fruit, what comes into being suddenly and in full glory, mysteriously and marvellously, you may call that ‘god’. It is entirely unexpected yet inevitable, infinitely familiar yet most surprising, beyond all hope yet absolutely certain. Because it is without cause, it is without hindrance. It obeys one law only; the law of freedom. Anything that implies a continuity, a sequence, a passing from stage to stage cannot be the real. There is no progress in reality, it is final, perfect, unrelated.

    Q: How can I bring it about?

    M: You can do nothing to bring it about, but you can avoid creating obstacles. Watch your mind, how it comes into being, how it operates. As you watch your mind, you discover your self as the watcher. When you stand motionless, only watching, you discover your self as the light behind the watcher. The source of light is dark, unknown is the source of knowledge. That source alone is. Go back to that source and abide there. It is not in the sky nor in the all-pervading ether. God is all that is great and wonderful; I am nothing, have nothing, can do nothing. Yet all comes out of me — the source is me; the root, the origin is me.

    When reality explodes in you, you may call it experience of God. Or, rather, it is God experiencing you. God knows you when you know yourself. Reality is not the result of a process; it is an explosion. It is definitely beyond the mind, but all you can do is to know your mind well. Not that the mind will help you, but by knowing your mind you may avoid your mind disabling you. You have to be very alert, or else your mind will play false with you. It is like watching a thief — not that you expect anything from a thief, but you do not want to be robbed. In the same way you give a lot of attention to the mind without expecting anything from it.”

  12. Andy
    Andy August 18, 2013 at 1:15 am | |

    Adam Shining Heart Tebbe would like donations for his latest project.
    Jesus sweet-cakes Christ. Buddha balls. Yeasty.
    I’d like 20 dollars. I’ll bend misself yoga-over and kiss the moon with it.

    Please give, you stupid mofo snot gobbers.
    I had a spat with my girlfriend, and that goes to show – the Dharma.
    I cut and paste. I cut and paste for you., Meaty.

    Honesty is a shining light and in no way bat-shit crazy with a cardiovascular system like a steam engine.
    Psst shoo Psst shoo Psst…

    Will you be my mummy?
    Will yoo?
    Psychcozenopy goo. Psst shoo.

    Adam Shining Bleeding Bloody Heart Tebbe is God too.
    Aw man, practice sucks.
    Anyone ever seen Deliverance? Donate. Oink. Donate. It’s your ass.

    Adam Spinal Asymmetrical Shit Splinters of a Down, Bitch.
    Prajna McEye-socket Jelly.
    Caught Stroking The Underside of an Ingrate Koan. Teeeeeeeeeeeeeebbe.

    It is in this way that I celebrate and magnanifify all that I find
    uglificous, and yet in no way condone
    alongside affiliated institutions, of which I am against, on our behalf.

    Vodka

    Can I make a film about it? Can I – Please?

  13. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 5:20 am | |

    Take you meds boy.

    Life rarely works out the way you dream it to be.

    Don’t come unglued in the dream.

  14. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 18, 2013 at 5:21 am | |

    Now you’re talkin’ Andy! Not sure what you’re saying, but it was entertaining!!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfrichup4h4

    1. Andy
      Andy August 18, 2013 at 6:12 am | |

      ‘ Was just fartin around with the cog diss that Sweeping Zen provides me like bitter sweet honey on the even occasion – only, of course, when I find myself straining towards its eager nipple. Yum.

      Just in case folk thought I was merely and only a psychotic analytical fict That’s just a hobby.

      Now I know why the tatagatha prefers vodka mornings. Even if he still understands the pertainment of dripping eyelets of water into a Noah’s Creek at five minute intervals as a means to lap at the weave of the Emperor’s undergarment.

      x

  15. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 5:25 am | |

    “The state which sprouts suddenly and without cause, carries no stain of self; you may call it ‘god’”

    Or you can call it the universe, or the absolute. An3drew calls it infinity.

    Or you can call it nothing at all.

  16. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 5:27 am | |

    Yeah, a bit like some of the paragraphs in Naked Lunch, William Burroughs.
    Excellent

  17. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 18, 2013 at 5:28 am | |

    Be Drunk
    by Charles Baudelaire
    translated by Louis Simpson

    You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.

    But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.

    And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish.

    1. Andy
      Andy August 18, 2013 at 6:23 am | |

      Baudelaire and I should probably not be in the same room together. I have a wife, and what with the absolute, a foursome would just induce a delinquent game of whimsy. (We prefer a direct, yet tremulously intimate fuck).

      I love you, Fred.

  18. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 5:30 am | |

    When you lose your job and the only women you ever loved leaves you for
    another man, you can wake up or have a depression.

    1. Andy
      Andy August 18, 2013 at 6:35 am | |

      Howzat workin our for ya, Cuddles?

    2. Andy
      Andy August 18, 2013 at 11:50 am | |

      Marky Marks wrote:

      “I’m sure Adam is sincere as can be and is performing a service”

      I’ve no gripe that that particular recurrence of electrons necessitates all being. And so I’m kinda thankful for that, and any, gas producing bio-matrix’s interpenetrative necessitude, contigent as it is upon my own alacrity..

      However.

      Let us not forget such as the Bavarian Sleight (circa 1922). Historical vagaries notwithstanding, the Munich Throng (as the Leder Swamps went under the moniker of then), cosset within their annals a most grave anecdote concerning their Little Addy (Adolf Saxos Hitler to you and me, and innumerable others thereafter).

      For dearest Addy was known to harbour a certain rural angst against the carrot. A minor congenital condition, well known in the most southerly of Germanic regions, and especially amongst the homosexual community east of Baden Baden. Unfortunately for friends and aquaintances of feisty Addy, one of the side-effects of said condition was a compulsive, crypto-donkey hautishness, quite unbecoming of one of Addy’s standing amidst the Green Munich Ubermensch (of whom he was honorary treasurer and Secondary Jade).

      Indeed, if it were not for Addy’s sniffy attitude, sound conjecture has it that the musical note ‘H’ might have found it’s way – via Addy’s gifted girlfriend, one Heidi Vlunk – into western musical structure, and thus inaugurating, 2000 or so years before subsequent projections would have it, The Age of Fun (or That Of Not Being a An unwholesome Dick- academicians still quibble over the positive or negative ascriptions and nomenclature, but I think the gist is clear).

      And so, I put it to you, dear Mark, that whereas one might point to the certitude of equity with regard to the ontological valorization of the like of a Tebbe, one’s grandiloquently empathic veracities regarding unobstructable presence yet be countermanded by that very humanistic compunction to ululate counterpointed semantics against the unreason of a fool, when such,as it were, levigates inside the honey pot of communal value, as though it beckoned with the kind of arousal, best left to pubesesnt girls.

      I say no more.

      1. Shodo
        Shodo August 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm | |

        “I say no more.”

        LoL… Are you sure?? :3

        1. Andy
          Andy August 19, 2013 at 8:38 am | |

          Irony. Self-satire.

  19. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 18, 2013 at 6:02 am | |

    “…but in this case the wine is the love of God.”

    Or whatever you want to call it or not (see Fred’s list above at 5:25 a.m., then add every word for everything in the dictionary in every language and then be silent and listen, and another “word” will come..).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mast_%28Sufism%29

  20. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 18, 2013 at 10:12 am | |

    Andy, your diatribe brought a smile to my face! I’m sure Adam is sincere as can be and is performing a service, but I also find Brad’s pitches much easier to take and even occasionally respond to. Something about a sense of humor and a commitment to keep at it as long as the life savings hold out, maybe.

    I need to read that book about encounters with Mast masters, thanks for that, Mumbly Peg.

    Drunk on Love by Bonnie Hayes

    Somebody steady me please cause I’m drunk on love
    I’ve caught an incurable disease– I’m drunk on love
    My world is spinning around, I’m so drunk on love
    But I’ll be laughing when I hit the ground, drunk on love
    And I don’t care, I don’t care anymore
    Because the world keeps turning around
    It makes a beautiful, frightening sound– I hear it in my sleep
    I don’t care, I don’t care anymore
    Even though I know what’s coming
    Even though my head is humming, I want to drink deep

    Don’t try to give me champagne, I get drunk on love
    Only one thing will ease my pain– to get drunk on love
    All day every day I wanna get drunk on love
    I’m throwing my life away to be drunk on love
    And I don’t care, I don’t care anymore
    Don’t try to intervene
    I want to fall into this dream and never wake up
    I don’t care, I don’t care anymore
    If it pulls me gently down
    My sorrows are only drowned when you fill my cup

    I wish I could share the recording, but it’s apparently not available online (yet?).

  21. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 18, 2013 at 10:15 am | |

    “Masts can be in varying degrees of the states of salik or majzoob. Salik means more in touch with outward surroundings — grounded and ordinary. Majzoob refers to that state of being immersed in the inner plane and divorced from the outside world.”

    Majzoob, love that word!

  22. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 18, 2013 at 11:00 am | |

    There’s a good chunk of the Wayfarer’s book here, Mark:

    http://www.ambppct.org/Book_Files/Wayfarers_1.pdf‎

  23. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 18, 2013 at 11:11 am | |

    This genius (R.I.P. brother Al) art/zine collaborator, mentor, and dear friend of mine back in the ’80′s and ’90′s turned me on to a battered pale green copy of The Wayfarers back in the day.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blaster_Al_Ackerman

  24. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm | |

    In Buddhism it’s called a Dead Void Heretic

  25. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm | |

    “And so, I put it to you, dear Mark, that whereas one might point to the certitude of equity with regard to the ontological valorization of the like of a Tebbe, one’s grandiloquently empathic veracities regarding unobstructable presence yet be countermanded by that very humanistic compunction to ululate counterpointed semantics against the unreason of a fool, when such , as it were, levigates inside the honey pot of communal value, as though it beckoned with the kind of arousal, best left to pubesesnt girls.”

    No I don’t want to swing with you and your wife, but thanks.

  26. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm | |

    Adam Tebbe ( Sweeping Zen ), August 14:

    “To answer Dave, I’d also love to interview Brad for this. If he is open and willing so am I. If not there are other Nishijima sangha members who I’m sure I could get some interview time with, like Jundo and Gustav Ericcson. So I plan to compile a bulk of interviews, asking a variety of core questions of people. When it comes time for the editing, I plan to call on the help of people like James Ford, author of Zen master Who?, in order to flesh out a general historical overview of Zen here.

    My hope is that, in the end, the film will have a broad appeal to many demographics. I’d like to do segments on women in the practice and persons of a variety of ethnic groups in the practice, as well.”

    1. Harlan
      Harlan August 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm | |

      Thanks Adam. Sounds like some correct shit. What women and “a variety of ethnic groups” think and feel about stuff is cool.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uh_hIs9jUTM

  27. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm | |
  28. Fred
    Fred August 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm | |

    James Ford:

    “I believe there is such a thing as awakening. I have experienced it. It is the direct insight into the fact we are two things at once. We are creatures woven out of a constantly moving dynamic of relationships, including genes and our experiences. And we are one. Or, I do like the Buddhist metaphor for this, we are empty. We lack any abiding essence. But that “essencelessness” is actually an openness. My experience of this is that this knowing, or again, the Zen metaphor better describes, there is a not knowing that is permanently a part of who I am. But, but both things are happening at once, the constrained and the open. In fact there is no way to unravel the temporal and conditioned from the boundless and free.”

  29. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm | |

    Grandpaboy, blew me away; thanks, Mumbles!

    I had to go here and then locate the Wayfarer on the list, the link above didn’t get there:

    http://www.ambppct.org/Book_Files/

    “In fact there is no way to unravel the temporal and conditioned from the boundless and free.”

    The place where I am, the temporal and conditioned; the openness to how consciousness generated by the muscles and ligaments affects my equalibrium and my sense of place, boundless and free or not really experienced. Did I mention gravity, the surface of a silver mountain, the iron of a wall miles high?

  30. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 18, 2013 at 9:48 pm | |

    The strange ravel of the temporal and conditioned with the boundless and free, a ravel that turns and twists, winds forward and back, and rolls side to side in the one place I am now; everyone comes to their senses once in while, some more than others, evidently.

  31. Fred
    Fred August 20, 2013 at 5:36 am | |

    ” I saw that this was not me at all.”

  32. Fred
    Fred August 20, 2013 at 5:41 am | |

    ” With an advanced practitioner, inner recognition may even seem to be a regressed state, or seem absurd—you cannot allow yourself so easily to say “I’m okay.” To say “I am Kobun” is understandable. To say “I am not Kobun”—now I am in trouble! And yet…form is emptiness. No eyes, no nose, no ears, everything chopped down and thrown away. Heart Sutra, Nagarjuna, five hundred years of Buddhist theories, all put under “no.” This “no” is more exactly called “no no zero.” What kind of eye, what kind of mind, can receive this insight of emptiness? “

  33. Fred
    Fred August 20, 2013 at 5:42 am | |

    Any kind of mind can receive this if there is no holding onto anything.

  34. Fred
    Fred August 20, 2013 at 5:47 am | |

    And you don’t have to travel around America to document any whos who of
    insight. That’s comical, and leading away from insight right here now.

    You don’t have to call it Zen, or practice, just what happens right here now.

  35. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 20, 2013 at 9:56 am | |

    “no no zero.” Is that like Suzuki’s characterization of Soto: “yes, but…”.

    Just what happens right here is sufficient, isn’t it?

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot August 21, 2013 at 11:49 am | |

      My comment would be “no comment.”

      1. minkfoot
        minkfoot August 21, 2013 at 12:00 pm | |

        Suzuki also said something like, “Zen can be summed up in two words: Not always so!”

        So we go, merrily qualifying the unconditioned.

  36. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 21, 2013 at 8:25 am | |

    right here is a sense
    each movement of breath provides
    everything changes, now

  37. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 21, 2013 at 8:27 am | |

    not 5-7-5, oh well.

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot August 21, 2013 at 11:52 am | |

      right here is a sense
      each breath movement provides
      everything changes, now

      Is 5-6-6 good enough?

  38. minkfoot
    minkfoot August 21, 2013 at 11:54 am | |

    Just heard a talk by Ajahn Sumedho about “the Unborn.”

    He announced the topic, said, “We’ll, there really isn’t anything to say, is there?,” laughed, and left.

  39. Fred
    Fred August 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm | |

    Yes, very good. Now hand in your robe and go get a job.

  40. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 21, 2013 at 3:43 pm | |
  41. Fred
    Fred August 21, 2013 at 5:36 pm | |

    Ajahn Sumedho had this to say :

    “In Thailand, they differentiate the conventional realities and the Ultimate Truth. We tend to regard conventional realities as ultimate, as the real world, and live according to our conditioning, to our prejudices, assumptions, and personal identities. But in awakened consciousness we are observing this. The Buddha emphasized mindfulness, and as far as I know this emphasis is not found in any other religious convention. It is very interesting that the Buddha takes this mindfulness and calls it the “Gate to the Deathless.” It’s very difficult for us to define it because it is indefinable. But it is recognizable.”

  42. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 22, 2013 at 9:12 am | |

    “It’s very difficult for us to define it because it is indefinable. But it is recognizable.”

    Is he talking about mindfulness, or Ultimate Truth?

    1. Fred
      Fred August 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm | |

      Ultimate Truth is experienced by/is the Unknowing.

      That which observes the conditioned self is still the self.

      That which attempts to define ” It ” is still the self.

      That which recognizes ” It ” without words or thoughts is ” It”

      1. Fred
        Fred August 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm | |

        How do I know this? I don’t.

        1. Fred
          Fred August 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm | |
  43. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 22, 2013 at 9:13 am | |

    Mr. E. Mumbles, that link doesn’t get there- where do I go from the http://www.bahaistudies.net/ link?

  44. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 22, 2013 at 9:17 am | |

    Mr. E. Mumbles, that link doesn’t get there- where do I go from the http://www.bahaistudies.net/ link?

    “Since the Vestibular system only provides information about the position and movement of the head it relies on wellintegrated links with the senses of proprioception and vision to facilitate postural
    adjustments in the rest of the body” from the article here.

  45. Mumbles
    Mumbles August 22, 2013 at 9:59 am | |

    Hmmnnn. Just tried it and you’re right Mark, sorry about that. If you copy the link and paste it in google use the top choice that comes up, Sounds of Silence pdf.

  46. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote August 22, 2013 at 9:23 pm | |

    “If there is a doubt about something, doubt arises and then there is desire for something. But the practice is one of letting go. We keep with what is, recognizing conditions as conditions and the unconditioned as the unconditioned. It’s as simple as that.”

    Ajahn Sumedho, Sounds of Silence pdf.

    I don’t know.

    “But if you have a way of turning from conditioned phenomena to the unconditioned, then there is no kind of kamma being made, and the conditioned habits can fade away and cease. It’s like a ‘safety hatch’ in the mind, the way out, so your kammic formations, “sankharas”, have an exit, a way of flowing away instead of recreating themselves.” (Ibid)

    Remind me, who is turning?

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