White Buddhist tells Singhalese Buddhists about Buddhism / Philly Debut!

SickestBuddhistThis coming Saturday I will make my debut into Philadelphia society! All y’all who keep saying, “When are you gonna do something in Philly?” are required to be there. Here are the details.

SATURDAY MAY 3, 2014 10:30 AM

MONKEY MIND ZENDO (operating out of Studio 34) 4522 Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19143.

The program will begin with 20-25 minutes of chanting in Korean (Monkey Mind is part of Seung Sahn’s Korean Kwan Um Zen lineage), followed by 30 minutes of zazen, a short break and then a talk by me. I’m also hoping to meet and talk with those interested in helping me set up a stable and regular sitting group here in Philadelphia. So if you want to help with that, come on by!

Also happening in Philly, on MAY 21, 2014 at 6:30 pm the film BRAD WARNER’S HARDCORE ZEN will have its Philadelphia premiere at Drexel University! I will do a Q&A after the screening. I’ll announce the exact location once I get it.

The film will also play in Cleveland at the Cleveland Buddhist Temple on May 17th, 2014 at 6:30pm. I’ll do a Q&A afterwards and there is talk of Zero Defex doing a short performance before the film.

Also, you can still sign up for our 3-DAY ZEN & YOGA RETREAT at Mt. Baldy near Los Angeles, CA May 9-11, 2014. Cushions are going fast, so book now if you want in! I will be there and offering dokusan (private consultations) to anyone who attends.

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Last week I read a story about a British woman who was deported from Sri Lanka for having a tattoo of Buddha. I tweeted a link to the story adding, “Anyone who thinks a tattoo of Buddha is offensive doesn’t understand anything the Buddha ever said.”

Most of the responses I got were pretty positive. But a few people objected. A guy on Twitter said, “White Buddhist tells Singhalese Buddhists about Buddhism.”

It’s the prevailing attitude among certain folks that those of the white, privileged West shouldn’t arrogantly impose our attitudes upon other cultures.  The days when our Western attitudes were considered more advanced and therefore better than the primitive ways of other peoples are over. And we certainly should not feel entitled to steal ideas from those cultures, change them around, make them our own, and then come back and tell those cultures the “right” way to do the things they came up with in the first place.

Generally I would agree with that sentiment.

My Twitter friend appears to believe that my sentiments represent those of an arrogant, over-privileged American telling people who have been steeped in Buddhism for thousands of years what their religion is really about. How dare I?

But does the mere fact of being an American Buddhist really make one less qualified to say what Buddhism is actually about? If we were to follow that line of thinking to its logical conclusion, then I, as a person who grew up in a Christian country, would be more qualified to speak about the true meaning of Jesus’ life than a Singhalese Catholic monk who spent thirty years studying and practicing Christianity.

Having lived a large portion of my life outside of the United States, as a child in Kenya and an adult in Japan, it seems to me that people all over the world are very much alike, often in surprising ways. The kinds of Buddhists who find tattoos of Buddha offensive or who attack their neighbors for being of the wrong religion are pretty much the equivalent of American Christians who think Jesus had blond hair and blue eyes and hated homosexuals. They don’t know any more about Buddhism than our homegrown reactionary, racist “Christians” know what Jesus’ message was about.

I think it is perfectly reasonable for those of us who know better about what the Buddha taught — whether Asian or not — to take these folks to task, and to shame them for using their woeful misunderstanding of the Buddha Way as a justification for acting like assholes. The same as I would accept a Sri Lankan Christian shaming Americans who used Christianity as excuse for intolerant violence and just plain ridiculousness.

Simply growing up in a culture in which most people answer “Buddhist” when asked what religion they follow does not automatically qualify a person to explain what Buddhism is really about. Most Japanese people I knew when I lived in Tokyo knew far less about Buddhism than I did.

I was surprised by this at first. But as I continued to live in Japan, learn more Japanese, and become more attuned to the culture, it dawned on me that it made perfect sense that I would know way more about Buddhism than they did. I’d spent a significant proportion of my life studying and practicing it and they hadn’t. It had nothing at all to do with what race I was or where I was born. People who study and practice a thing know more about it than those who don’t. That’s just how life works.

This begs another question about whether Western Buddhism is more or less legitimate than Asian Buddhism. This question, which used to come up all the time when I first started practicing Zen in the early 80s, seems to be less important to people I meet these days. In fact, once I was accused by someone on the Internets of not being a legit Zen teacher because I was ordained in Japan! That was an interesting turn around, I thought. Because back when I started it was the teachers who were ordained by fellow Westerners who were considered somehow less legit.

When people ask me about the differences between Buddhism in Japan and in the US and Europe, I usually tell them that in the US or Europe you’re far more likely to be able to walk into a Buddhist center and actually start practicing Buddhism than you are in Japan. Japanese Buddhists, by and large, are far less interested in meditation, which is the core of what the Buddha taught, than Buddhists in the West.

But I think this is what usually happens when Buddhism travels from one country to another. The Chinese Buddhists brought meditation back into Buddhism when Buddhists in India had largely abandoned it, the Korean and Japanese Buddhists brought meditation back into Buddhism when the Chinese had largely abandoned it, and now we in the West are bringing meditation back at a time when the Japanese, Koreans, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan and other cultures we’re getting our traditions from have largely abandoned it.

I think those of us in the West who are deeply interested in Buddhism also tend to understand Buddhist philosophy better than the average Asian who tends to assume they know all about Buddhism because they’ve grown up around it. It’s a bit like how some of our most hardcore Christians in the US don’t know much about what’s actually in the Bible.

A Pew Forum survey showed that agnostics and atheists in American tend to know more about the Bible than those who call themselves Christians. That’s because atheists and agnostics don’t just assume they know. They go look the stuff up! It’s the same with Western Buddhists. We don’t have any reason to assume we know what the Buddha said just because we’ve been raised around a miasma of mixed up misquotations and folk sayings wrongly attributed to the Buddha — the same as American Christians often think that things from Dante’s Inferno and Shakespeare are part of the Bible.

Tattoos of the Buddha are not offensive to anyone who really understand the Buddha. That’s all there is to that.

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Your donations are always gratefully accepted!

I will be hosting a five-day zazen retreat at Benediktushof in Germany (near Wurzburg) October 12-17, 2014. Contact Benediktushof directly to ask about registration.

I am going to be in Norway from Sept. 24 to 28, Finland from Oct. 3 to 5, the Netherlands from Oct. 24 to 29 and the UK sometime after that. I do not have details yet. But I do have a few large gaps in my schedule that I’d like to fill. They are:

OCTOBER 6-11

OCTOBER 18-23

I’m talking to some folks in Munich about doing something there during one of these weeks. I’d really like to set something up in Berlin one of those weeks as well. If you’re interested in helping me set that stuff up, please write to me at bw@hardcorezen.info and we’ll get to work on it. It doesn’t have to be Munich or Berlin!


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Sometimes a movie is made to tour.

Are you interested in seeing HARDCORE ZEN with your local community? Would you like Brad Warner to speak at your university, meditation group, or personal guests?

Now you can have both. The film will screen at a location at your discretion. Simply contact booking@bradwarnershardcorezen.com with the following specifics: your location, contact info, and potential date for the event.

 

 

 

231 Responses

  1. Andy
    Andy May 3, 2014 at 9:41 am | |

    Mumbles you cheeky muslim, what about that dance?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOORvpiu4co

    1. Mumbles
      Mumbles May 3, 2014 at 3:09 pm | |

      Ha ha had that stuck in my head all afternoon at my kid’s soccer games.

  2. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz May 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm | |

    Python is better than JavaScript. It’s funner.

  3. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 4, 2014 at 10:51 am | |

    1000 CLC
    1001 LDA $80
    1003 ADC $4009
    1006 STA $80
    1008 LDA $81
    100A ADC $400A
    100D STA $81

  4. Fred
    Fred May 5, 2014 at 9:39 am | |

    White singlese Buddhist seeks self without a self ………

  5. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 5, 2014 at 4:12 pm | |

    No reply necessary.

  6. Andy
    Andy May 6, 2014 at 10:37 am | |

    The Straw Man Shovels The Foaming Breakers of the Void

    With the stench of winter hanging about the place, I figured best to ignore it and head out for Christmas. The weather was both vast and tiny, until a drunk with jaundiced whiskers foisted his breath upon me and a few stark optimists. The beginning is nigh, in an ornery blather reminiscent of Will Ferrell, came fingered through frost–we knew that much. The deceptive charms of public glazing flummoxed the season of miracles and angels, as it galvanised the snow into snowmen eager to press on with childhood. A part me wished to remain, of course, and that was fine. We could always correspond.

    You see, I was ready to live life, then. Betty and yours truely were decided on the condo in San Franciso — yet were still in a quandary, on account of her dicky ankle and all those steep roads.–Peeled a bum’s bum from the sidewalk, that day, but insisted he was merely gazing at the Baccarat-crystal firmament the sick moon had shattered, and into his own, private asteroid belt of Wild Turkey tears and hopeless Froot Loops.

    What weighed him down that night, stumped like the old Brummie Reference Library attending to Time’s revisionist sentiments on its brutally inverted pyramid, the sweaty bar in its bowels, warm ale necked in thirds, and the politeness of patrons swayed by bladders of consequence to muffled, sarcophagal quiet–an is-tiz of urine fume and cubicle ghost, staring the Formica parallax into thoughtless sacrament that this heart at least, fitfully floods across snow-drifts, should give him his due: he didn’t cough his ah lichtige Chanukah awry, nor that dry invitation to a “filthy three-way in Art Nouveau heaven”, asparkle then on his tram to Nancy. Of all places!

    So insert the homeless Monsieur we unearthed there, too, self-shorn of his wife and tenure and wedded since to teach History its future, by all means: “He was fractious, yet a nexus whose nodes are but the breath of each in us, telling its bead in dead-beat dreams.” Forsoothe, dear brother, love has me heaping these snow men and the terrible gifts they bestow upon the desert’s conscience. O O O.

    Write ‘soon’. Yours ever,
    Santa

    P.S. At least try to put the waste out, Thursday. The bright green sack is for bottles and cans, the blue for cardboard and paper. The dog is dead–Rain unravells its shattered moment in the stinking air. Eat well and walk…

    And so I did, done with wonder and mystery and what God might dress them in. Moonlight poured out New Year, supple and clear-eyed as a stray cat or Batman at the edge of choice. The street was grey. Grey as a beard on a sun-dashed windscreen.

    1. Andy
      Andy May 6, 2014 at 8:56 pm | |

      typo: ‘scattered moment’ not ‘shattered moment’

  7. Fred
    Fred May 6, 2014 at 11:02 am | |

    “came fingered through frost” – Dylan Thomasnesque

  8. Fred
    Fred May 6, 2014 at 11:04 am | |

    “nor that dry invitation to a “filthy three-way in Art Nouveau heaven”

    You and your filthy threeways.

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot May 6, 2014 at 4:36 pm | |

      I can’t figure out if he means threesomes or three-hole action.

      1. Andy
        Andy May 6, 2014 at 8:43 pm | |

        Neither can I. And that’s the way I like it.

        (Sorry to slip missen in here, but what with all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd person play between you two lovebirds…)

        1. minkfoot
          minkfoot May 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm | |

          It’s just that THA conventionally involves a foursome.

          That’s a hell of a loose end.

          1. Andy
            Andy May 8, 2014 at 2:28 am |

            God is the girl, darling.

  9. Fred
    Fred May 6, 2014 at 11:07 am | |

    ” The dog is dead–Rain unravells its shattered moment in the stinking air.”

    yellow, mellow custard
    leaking
    from a dead dog’s eye

  10. Fred
    Fred May 6, 2014 at 11:15 am | |

    “The jacks of frost they finger in the hives;

    There in the sun the frigid threads

    Of doubt and dark they feed their nerves;

    The signal moon is zero in their voids”

  11. Andy
    Andy May 6, 2014 at 11:16 am | |

    My dearest informed me of the reference:

    Yellow belly custard, Green snot pie
    All mixed up with a dead dogs eye
    Slap it in a bucket eat it up quick
    Then wash it all down with a cup o’ cold sick

  12. Alan Sailer
    Alan Sailer May 6, 2014 at 11:39 am | |

    Andy,

    I think you misspelled Froot Loops, shouldn’t it be Foote Loops..?

    No offense intended Mark…

    Cheers.

  13. Harlan
    Harlan May 6, 2014 at 1:40 pm | |

    They call him Matted Yellow, quite rightly..

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8DgszzXOo0&feature=kp

  14. Mumbles
    Mumbles May 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm | |

    Dear Dr. Zen, I have this rash…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqPb6KahSko&feature=kp

  15. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm | |

    Yes, me as well. It’s affecting my hair…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCHpl3oX044

  16. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz May 6, 2014 at 6:51 pm | |

    True Detective is a depressing but essential watch. It’s definitely not entertaining…

    It was heavily inspired by The Conspiracy Against the Human Race (which I’ve already read), Emily Cioran (which I’ve read a bit of), and The Handsome Family (band).

    I don’t know. I think one has to be childless in order to practice Buddhism/Zen most efficiently.

  17. Andy
    Andy May 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm | |

    I don’t know. I think one has to be childless in order to practice Buddhism/Zen most efficiently.

    With or without children, I think it’s worth letting practice take care of the ‘efficiency’ seeker. As the saying goes, life happens, and it seems to me that the discipline of practice is there to encourage the same. After all, pitting our ideas about Zen or whatever against our ideas about life seems at best fruitless; at worst, one might end up looking back on everything one has stripped away from one’s life to meet a set of notions based on a context that no longer pertains.

  18. Andy
    Andy May 6, 2014 at 9:45 pm | |

    A haiku threesome
    involves the cosmos reading
    a single sentence.

  19. Fred
    Fred May 7, 2014 at 4:58 am | |

    meeting a set of notions
    in the foaming breakers
    of the void
    the signal mooncasting shadows
    in vapours rising from my miasma
    the cosmos reading
    a single sentence

  20. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 7, 2014 at 10:41 am | |

    Where are my car keys?
    Where is my other blue sock?
    Who let the dogs out?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkuu0Lwb5EM

  21. Proulx Michel
    Proulx Michel May 7, 2014 at 11:33 am | |

    You may ask yourself, “What is that beautiful house?”
    You may ask yourself, “Where does that highway go to?”
    And you may ask yourself, “Am I right? Am I wrong?”
    And you may say to yourself, “My God, what have I done?”

  22. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 7, 2014 at 12:34 pm | |

    This is not my beautiful wife !!!

    :0)

  23. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm | |

    The Supreme Court Just Blew A Gaping Hole In The Wall Of Separation Between Church And State

    Town of Greece v. Galloway is the case that proponents of the separation of church and state have feared every since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor left the Supreme Court in 2006. It strikes at the heart of the constitutional prohibition on government endorsement of religious doctrine or belief. And it brings religious conservatives within inches of a victory they have sought for more than two decades. For the sort of people who believe America should be a “Christian nation,” today is a today to celebrate.
    http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/05/05/3434141/the-supreme-court-just-blew-a-gaping-hole-in-the-wall-of-separation-between-church-and-state/

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot May 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm | |

      C’mon over, boubi, and join a bunch of us activist Buddhists in going to Greece and insisting on chanting the Heart Sutra before their next meeting. We’ll let you ring the bell.

  24. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:22 pm | |

    “So I say to you -
    This is how to contemplate our conditioned existence in this fleeting world:”

    “Like a tiny drop of dew, or a bubble floating in a stream;
    Like a flash of lightning in a summer cloud,
    Or a flickering lamp, an illusion, a phantom, or a dream.”

    “So is all conditioned existence to be seen.”

    Thus spoke Buddha.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjSFR40SY58

  25. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:23 pm | |

    Macrocosm and microcosm is an ancient Greek Neo-Platonic schema of seeing the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale (macrocosm or universe-level) all the way down to the smallest scale (microcosm or sub-sub-atomic or even metaphysical-level). In the system the midpoint is Man, who summarizes the cosmos.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS5XJcmMMWc

  26. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm | |

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RduPZ2FIZPc

    “Subhuti, how can one explain this Sutra to others without holding in mind any arbitrary conception of forms or phenomena or spiritual truths? It can only be done, Subhuti, by keeping the mind in perfect tranquility and free from any attachment to appearances.”

  27. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:38 pm | |

    “All living beings, whether born from eggs, from the womb, from moisture, or spontaneously; whether they have form or do not have form; whether they are aware or unaware, whether they are not aware or not unaware, all living beings will eventually be led by me to the final Nirvana, the final ending of the cycle of birth and death. And when this unfathomable, infinite number of living beings have all been liberated, in truth not even a single being has actually been liberated.”

    “Why Subhuti? Because if a disciple still clings to the arbitrary illusions of form or phenomena such as an ego, a personality, a self, a separate person, or a universal self existing eternally, then that person is not an authentic disciple.”

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5d/John_Smibert_-_Bishop_George_Berkeley_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

  28. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:42 pm | |

    Dropping body and mind … at least trying hard to

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

  29. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm | |


    Mahamudra cannot be taught. But most intelligent Naropa,
    Since you have undergone rigorous austerity,
    With forbearance in suffering and with devotion to your Guru,
    Blessed One, take this secret instruction to heart.
    ….

    The mind’s original nature is like space;
    It pervades and embraces all things under the sun.
    Be still and stay relaxed in genuine ease,
    Be quiet and let sound reverberate as an echo,
    Keep your mind silent and watch the ending of all worlds.

    http://writescience.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/solvaycolored.jpg

  30. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm | |

    The Buddha then spoke to Subhuti: “All that has a form is illusive and unreal. When you see that all forms are illusive and unreal, then you will begin to perceive your true Buddha nature.”

    Megatraum is a Martian feeding off weed and cash
    I dash for my shipment of Roswell crash
    You smash when you dash with the clashing ox
    Saw you in half without a fucking magical box
    Wet pussy always seems to splash my cock
    I’m dead they just didn’t leave the casket locked
    Pass my block I let shots drill in your spleen
    We’re I’ll marines with hand held killing machines
    Steal dreams with the armored steel
    Guard your grill
    Nigga, I was brought up by the kids in Smallville ….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGTRgV2thac

    1. boubi
      boubi May 7, 2014 at 5:01 pm | |

      Wet pussy always seems to splash my cock

    2. boubi
      boubi May 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm | |

      true Buddha nature = true nature of the mind

      ;)

  31. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 5:06 pm | |

    “How do I know this? Because this person must have discarded all arbitrary notions of the existence of a personal self, of other people, or of a universal self. Otherwise their minds would still grasp after such relative conceptions. Furthermore, these people must have already discarded all arbitrary notions of the non-existence of a personal self, other people, or a universal self. Otherwise, their minds would still be grasping at such notions. Therefore anyone who seeks total Enlightenment should discard not only all conceptions of their own selfhood, of other selves, or of a universal self, but they should also discard all notions of the non-existence of such concepts.”

    “When the Buddha explains these things using such concepts and ideas, people should remember the unreality of all such concepts and ideas. They should recall that in teaching spiritual truths the Buddha always uses these concepts and ideas in the way that a raft is used to cross a river. Once the river has been crossed over, the raft is of no more use, and should be discarded. These arbitrary concepts and ideas about spiritual things need to be explained to us as we seek to attain Enlightenment. However, ultimately these arbitrary conceptions can be discarded. Think Subhuti, isn’t it even more obvious that we should also give up our conceptions of non-existent things?”

    http://www.diamond-sutra.com/diamond_sutra_text/page6.html

    1. Mumbles
      Mumbles May 8, 2014 at 4:51 am | |

      Wot?! Why, that dude famous.

      He rankin’ full stop!!

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

  32. boubi
    boubi May 7, 2014 at 5:16 pm | |

    “Virtuous monks, at present I’ve no other choice than to speak so much trash and rubbish. Don’t be mistaken.” (Discourse XIX)

  33. Andy
    Andy May 8, 2014 at 2:31 am | |

    It’s just that THA conventionally involves a foursome.

    That’s a hell of a loose end.

    God is the girl, darling.

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot May 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm | |

      Now it all makes sense!

      Thanks a lot, snookums . . .

  34. Andy
    Andy May 8, 2014 at 2:33 am | |

    Mmm, perhaps I’ve stumbled upon a genre. Void Porn.

    1. Andy
      Andy May 8, 2014 at 2:34 am | |

      MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARK!

      does this resonate with you?

      1. Andy
        Andy May 8, 2014 at 2:35 am | |

        AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARK!

  35. Mumbles
    Mumbles May 8, 2014 at 4:54 am | |
    1. Andy
      Andy May 8, 2014 at 5:24 am | |
  36. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm | |
  37. boubi
    boubi May 8, 2014 at 2:16 pm | |
    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot May 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm | |

      He’s missing it by about ten degrees.

      How many empty bottles in the sack? At least he recycles.

  38. boubi
    boubi May 8, 2014 at 2:17 pm | |
  39. boubi
    boubi May 8, 2014 at 5:40 pm | |

    Then Buddha asked Subhuti, “What do you think, Subhuti, has the Buddha arrived at the highest, most fulfilled, most awakened and enlightened mind? Does the Buddha teach any teaching?”

    Subhuti replied, “As far as I have understood the lord Buddha’s teachings, there is no independently existing object of mind called the highest, most fulfilled, awakened or enlightened mind. Nor is there any independently existing teaching that the Buddha teaches. Why? Because the teachings that the Buddha has realized and spoken of cannot be conceived of as separate, independent things and therefore cannot be described. The truth in them is uncontainable and inexpressible. It neither is, nor is it not. What does this mean? What this means is that Buddhas and disciples are not enlightened by a set method of teachings, but by an internally intuitive process which is spontaneous and is part of their own inner nature.”
    http://www.diamond-sutra.com/diamond_sutra_text/page7.html

  40. Mumbles
    Mumbles May 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm | |

    Then the Lord asketh ShoeBootie, Forsooth ShoeBootie, doth they sock keepeth they bootie from stinkin’ loudly? And spitaneously he spun forth this business: Bro, you know m’ socks don’t loudly bereft any day through lonely holes. WTF(oot)? Spork lordly: Call mama’s house, it is limbo how pink drapes fit t’ shade. And the inner nature? Wot about der innerd nat, sure. Oh ShoeBootie, Thot you’d never asp. You clean’d tem fish, I’ll pork trey loin lung (wink wink). And then’t forsooth, the tooth tanked int. What processed hair ham would thou intuit? Foresakedly, Lordie, I would diamond a guess that that dank spanky round out yer lip independently. Put a dull spin on der, ShoeBootie, proud he sad, monkey fur, monkey fur.

  41. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm | |

    Italics are better.

  42. The Idiot
    The Idiot May 8, 2014 at 8:47 pm | |

    Oh yeah.

  43. comment
    comment May 8, 2014 at 9:17 pm | |

    194

  44. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz May 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm | |

    Finished True Detective.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8x73UW8Hjk

    The final episode though was very Zen. I don’t want to spoil it, but the last 5-15 min. involved a cool experience Rust had.

    Anyways, the series was very dark and reminded me of Thomas Ligotti’s The Conspiracy Against the Human Race. I remember getting into Zen because of my extreme pessimistic leanings at that time and because I felt it may help.

    I’m dropping Zen again for the pessimism. I just don’t think people know what they’re talking about when they can’t answer stuff like the Hard Problem of Consciousness. I feel it’s an insult to my intelligence to be told others got it when it’s established no one has it. It’s just a bunch of a gibberish at the end of the day that leads nowhere in this mass of suffering.

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot May 9, 2014 at 1:05 pm | |

      Exactly so.

      See you next time.

    2. Andy
      Andy May 9, 2014 at 1:13 pm | |
  45. Fred
    Fred May 9, 2014 at 1:21 pm | |

    “I’m dropping Zen again for the pessimism. I just don’t think people know what they’re talking about when they can’t answer stuff like the Hard Problem of Consciousness. I feel it’s an insult to my intelligence to be told others got it when it’s established no one has it. It’s just a bunch of a gibberish at the end of the day that leads nowhere in this mass of suffering”

    “It neither is, nor is it not. What does this mean? What this means is that Buddhas and disciples are not enlightened by a set method of teachings, but by an internally intuitive process which is spontaneous and is part of their own inner nature.”

  46. Fred
    Fred May 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm | |

    I just don’t think people know = illusion
    what they’re talking about = illusion
    when they can’t answer stuff = illusion
    like the Hard Problem of Consciousness = doesn’t exist

  47. Fred
    Fred May 9, 2014 at 1:30 pm | |

    “Then the Lord asketh ShoeBootie, Forsooth ShoeBootie, doth they sock keepeth they bootie from stinkin’ loudly? And spitaneously he spun forth this business: Bro, you know m’ socks don’t loudly bereft any day through lonely holes. WTF(oot)? Spork lordly: Call mama’s house, it is limbo how pink drapes fit t’ shade. And the inner nature? Wot about der innerd nat, sure. Oh ShoeBootie, Thot you’d never asp. You clean’d tem fish, I’ll pork trey loin lung (wink wink). And then’t forsooth, the tooth tanked int. What processed hair ham would thou intuit? Foresakedly, Lordie, I would diamond a guess that that dank spanky round out yer lip independently. Put a dull spin on der, ShoeBootie, proud he sad, monkey fur, monkey fur.”

    Now that is poetry

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