Yukue Fumei (行方不明)

YukuefumeiI wanted the title to display in Japanese. But I failed to understand how to make that happen in Word Press. So I wrote it in MS Word and then took a screen shot of it in Preview. You can see it over there to your left. I use computers the way a caveman might.

The phrase yukue fumei (yoo-koo-eh foo-may) has been much on my mind lately. The Chinese characters used to spell out this Japanese phrase (the Japanese language uses Chinese characters) mean, from top to bottom; “go,” “direction,” “not,” and “clear”. The most common way of translating the phrase is to use the English word “missing”.

But I always liked the phrase yukue fumei because it has a different sense than the word “missing” even though you could argue that it means the same thing. It literally says something more like “it is unclear where (the thing or person in question) has gone.” I used it in Japan sometimes when a more common word like nakunatta (missing) or wasureta (forgotten) would suffice. It has a more formal sound. It probably made me seem quirky or made me seem like I didn’t know the colloquial terms. Actually, though, I just preferred yukuei fumei because it usually seemed to express the situation better.

Last Sunday I was in charge of bringing the chant sheets to Against The Stream. For those who don’t know — and judging by the attendance last week that’s pretty much all of you — we are now doing a Zen style morning service every Sunday at 10 am at Against The Stream (Noah Levine’s meditation space at 4300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA). Chanting is the main thing one does at a Zen style morning service. So the awesome Jessie Bandur made us up some nice little booklets with all the chants in them.

Up until I arrived at ATS at 9:45 last Sunday I believed those chant sheets were in the back seat of my car. I was thus very much surprised to discover that they were not there. This was doubly troubling because I seemed to recall putting them in the car along with the other items we needed for the service, which were, in fact, precisely where I thought they should be.

We had a little emergency on our hands. In a mere 15 minutes we were supposed to start chanting and no one, including me, had the chants memorized. Nor could we expect the handful of people who showed up to the service to know the chants. Luckily Rylend Grant, a regular goer-to of these events, had a single copy of the older version of the chant sheet in his car. He ran off to a Kinko’s and copied it and we were in business.

But the matter of where the damned chant books were really twisted my cranium up the whole morning. I searched my car a total of four times for the things, even though my car is not very messy right now and I had thoroughly exhausted any possible hiding place for them within the first two minutes of the first search. I just could not comprehend how they could not be there.

This got me thinking about the unknown and how it fits in with Zen practice. The Sanskrit word shunyata is most often translated in books about Buddhism as “emptiness.” Older books will sometimes say “the void.” But a better translation of shunyata might be “the unknown.”

We human beings get really uncomfortable when we don’t know things that we think we’re supposed to know. I was supposed to know where those chant sheets were. It was physically painful to not know that. It gave me a headache.

Furthermore, we human beings like to think that we ought to know pretty much everything. So when it comes to stuff that is categorically unknowable, such as the Nature of the Universe, or what happens after you die, or why Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen made $400 million dollars, we feel like we have to invent explanations. We do this to ease the nagging discomfort of not knowing these things.

The problem is, nobody ever really completely believes those explanations. Yet we’ll kill each other over them just to convince ourselves that we really believe them. Because why would you kill somebody over something you didn’t actually believe in the first place? Therefore the fact that you killed someone over it must prove you really believe it. Right?… uh… I said… right?

Much of Zen practice is about becoming comfortable with not knowing. This is common among a lot of meditative traditions. But I think it’s most clear in the Zen tradition and in certain forms of Christian contemplative meditation. One of the greatest Christian contemplatives wrote a book called The Cloud of Unknowing all about this. The Korean Kwan-Um school of Zen emphasizes “don’t know mind.” Shunryu Suzuki expressed the same idea by speaking of “beginner’s mind.”

If we become comfortable with not knowing, our life becomes easier, and we become freer. Krishnamurti talked about “freedom from the known.” It’s a wonderful feeling. We often become mired in that which we think we know. We become trapped by it, stuck in it. This is a problem because knowing is always to a greater or lesser extent an illusion.

There are a few things we reliably know. I know there’s a cup of water to my right. I know how to drive a car. I know where I parked it. I know how to make really good curry.

But most of the really important stuff we just don’t know. I don’t know how to end gun violence. I don’t know what to say to a girl after I’ve taken her to dinner. I don’t know where I’ll be in five years. I don’t know if my forthcoming book will sell a bazillion copies or none. I don’t know a lot of stuff. And this makes me uncomfortable.

But the extent to which I can let go of my need to know those things that I do not or cannot know determines to a large degree how happy I’m able to be. And I do know that I want to be happy.

Shikantaza style meditation seems to me to be the ultimate way of truly letting go of the known. There is no voice guiding you, telling you what you should do. There is no mantra or mandala to focus on. Some teachers tell you not even to focus on on your breathing, just to let all of it go. This can be terrifying.

But once you get over the terror, it’s the most liberating thing I know of.

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And I know we’ll be sitting zazen tonight at 8:30 pm at Yogavidala, on the corner of Franklin and Vermont in Los Feliz, behind the 7-11.

And I also know we’ll do our monthly day-long zazen this Saturday starting at 10 am at Hill Street Center 237 Hill St., Santa Monica, CA 90405. If you don’t want to stay all day that’s no problem. The day-long is structured so that we do the normal 10am-Noon program, followed by lunch, followed by a couple more hours of zazen for those who want to stay on. But you can go home at noon if you want.

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60 Responses

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  1. GoatRider
    GoatRider April 11, 2013 at 2:15 pm | |

    So what ever happened to the chant sheets?

    I was missing my pajama bottoms the other day. My wife bought me matching pajamas and bathrobe, in red plaid. Well it turns out the cleaning lady had picked them up from the floor, and hung them on the same hook. I spent like 15 minutes hunting for them, I looked everywhere. They were perfectly camouflaged in plain sight against my robe.

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 4:04 pm | |

      He don’t talk to us no more, mate. He’s over on FB…having fun, with his friends :/

  2. anon 108
    anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | |

    I liked that article a lot, Brad. Except -guess what -for this bit:

    The Sanskrit word shunyata is most often translated in books about Buddhism as emptiness. Older books will sometimes say the void. But a better translation of shunyata might be the unknown.

    That might be nice, but a “better translation”? I don’t think so.

    You could try avidita – that’s pretty much ‘literally’ “unknown”. Or if you want to reclaim a more well-known standard Sanskrit Buddhist term, you might go with avidya – usually translated as “ignorance”. That could work.

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 3:43 pm | |

      Edit: That might be nice, but a better translation? I dont think so.

      ‘Shunyata = “the unknown”‘ might be nice at all. It’s like “the void” – too Twilight Zone. Could cause a whole heap of fresh avidya to co-arise.

      (avedya is closer to what I think you’re talking about than avidya – means “not to be known, unascertainable”. But it’s not a standard Buddhist term, far as I know.

      1. anon 108
        anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm | |

        * Shunyata = the unknown’ might NOT be nice and close the bracket.

  3. Shodo
    Shodo April 11, 2013 at 3:37 pm | |

    Shunyata doesn’t mean unknown… As the noun, it really simply means “emptiness”…. But it means emptiness of something very specific – svabhava, which means “self-essense”… it is truly a re-stating of the Buddha’s teaching of “anatman” which means “no self”.

    Don’t try to reinvent the wheel here…

  4. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 4:06 pm | |

    Red Pine says that is a negation of a negation, or a return to the original state.

    Emptiness of self essence could be an unknowing, a stripping away of agent, place and time.

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm | |

      Wow! I understood something Fred said. Kind of. Sounds close to the use of shunyata in the Pali suttas. Possibly. From what I’ve been told.

      It’s a shocking word, shunyata, meaning different things at different times to different people. Let’s ditch it for all purposes other than erudite discussion of Buddhist Scripture.

  5. Shodo
    Shodo April 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | |

    Fred said:

    “Emptiness of self essence could be an unknowing, a stripping away of agent, place and time.”

    I don’t agree.
    Shunyata is not saying agents, places and time doesn’t exist… but that agents, places and time exist without self-essence. All real things are empty of self-essence. Even emptiness is empty of self-essence.

    When you start changing the definitions of these words, Nagarjuna’s arguments don’t make any more sense…

  6. sheelamonster
    sheelamonster April 11, 2013 at 4:22 pm | |

    And since we’re getting all linguistic here, “shunya” is zero in modern Hindi.

    ???????????????Test

    1. sheelamonster
      sheelamonster April 11, 2013 at 4:41 pm | |

      (I too was unable to get Japanese characters to display.)

      1. stonemirror
        stonemirror April 18, 2013 at 5:05 pm | |

        I’m working on that…

  7. Shodo
    Shodo April 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm | |

    Edit… Damn you anon 108…. you beat me to it! :3

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm | |

      Hard to tell…I’m ‘replying’ here and there. It’s all out of wack :)

  8. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 4:42 pm | |

    “Even emptiness is empty of self-essence.”

  9. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 4:44 pm | |

    “Im replying here and there.”

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm | |

      Yes, Fred. Agent, place, time.

  10. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm | |

    “Shunyata is not saying agents, places and time doesnt exist but that agents, places and time exist without self-essence.”

    A stripping away of agent, place and time leaves a clockwork without a
    self-essence.

    Action is occuring without an inherent driver.

  11. Fred
    Fred April 11, 2013 at 5:09 pm | |

    “Yes, Fred. Agent, place, time.”

    I didn’t mean it that way.

    In and out like the Cheshire cat.

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm | |

      How did you mean it – your repetition of Im replying here and there ?

      And what do you mean by “In and out like the Cheshire cat” ?

  12. boubi
    boubi April 11, 2013 at 5:45 pm | |

    +++ I dont know what to say to a girl after Ive taken her to dinner. +++

    That’s a koan, Brad.

    Drop the self … jump from the airplane … the gong rang and you are there alone, you the other one and yourself, and the ring is the whole universe, there’s nothing else … in fact you are alone with yourself

    So just tell her that you like here, what you see in her eyes, tell her what you feel and get rid of it, don’t let it weigh on your head (?) pull you down because you didn’t say anything.

    You say it (whatever it is) then you are free of it … she likes it? Good. You’re a sweet guy many girls like it, you are real, the real ones like it. She smiles it’s eternity.

    She says “let’s stay friends” … just say OK and forget her.

    You did your job, you fell as a cherry flower, leave this life behind you and reincarnate in the next life that starts in the same millisecond.

    Jump

    .

    .

    .

    that’s a f***en koan! So you got yours :)

    1. boubi
      boubi April 11, 2013 at 5:53 pm | |

      Yes, you really got your koan :) :) :)

  13. Ted
    Ted April 11, 2013 at 6:45 pm | |

    Interestingly, the feeling you had about the chant sheets is _exactly_ what we are taught in my tradition that shunyata means: the thing you were _sure_ was there was never there. That thing, of course, being a thing that has a self-nature.

    But I like your word anyway. It seems like a more definite statement of non-knowledge than merely “missing.”

    Did you ever find the chant sheets?

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot April 12, 2013 at 4:51 am | |

      “I was in the Last Chant Saloon, and a bunch of Theosophists were in the back raising the Devil. They had him about ten feet off the floor. I could see by his red horn and muddy hooves that he was up to no good, and I said ‘Sam Pacoo, there ain’t enough room in this life cycle for both of us!’ Why that devil up and challenged me to a game of Ten Card Tarot–Pentacles wild. I seen him slip a high Priestess from the bottom of the deck…”

  14. tysondav
    tysondav April 11, 2013 at 9:04 pm | |

    you guys are arguing on a ZEN BLOG what the precise definition of a non-living foreign language word means???

    KATZ!!!

  15. John H
    John H April 11, 2013 at 9:17 pm | |

    Brad mentions Noah Levine and Against the Stream. How do people who read Hardcore Zen feel about Noah Levine?

  16. Leah
    Leah April 11, 2013 at 9:18 pm | |

    Hey Brad,

    I enjoyed reading this. I’m wondering, though, about the chant sheets. Was (or is) it the unknown that was troubling? Or was it something more like the inability to fulfill your obligation that was troubling?

    I think “I don’t know” is the one of the most useful phrases in the English language. In a store, for example, if I ask a salesperson or clerk a question, I’d rather that he or she says “I don’t know, but I’ll call my manager” (or something like that) than try to bluff or point in any ol’ direction. Same applies in any conversation. There’s nothing ‘wrong” with not knowing something. Makes life a lot easier and more interesting to say “I don’t know” (or realize we don’t know) than to pretend we know something we don’t. Or think we should know. Not knowing is a fine place to be. Until you need to find something in a hurry :)

    And about the characters in the headline thing. Maybe try this: http://socialplex.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-show-japanese-characters-on.html

    I tried it with (http://leahmcclellan.com/2013/04/11/814/)and without that suggestion and didn’t have a problem: http://leahmcclellan.com/2013/04/11/%E8%A1%8C%E6%96%B9%E4%B8%8D%E6%98%8E/

    Well, that URL looks weird but it works on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. If you copied straight out of Word, that might be the issue (though Word code doesn’t copy into WordPress headlines, I don’t think). If you did, try pasting into a text editor first (Notepad, TextEdit) to clear code and then put it in the headline.

    Not knowing whether I could make that work or not troubled me until I found out that I could :)

  17. Khru
    Khru April 12, 2013 at 12:25 am | |

    Good post, Brad. But there was no mention of sex or sexy sex.

  18. muscimol
    muscimol April 12, 2013 at 1:34 am | |

    One of the most inspiring articles I’ve read lately on your blog Brad. Thank you :).

    IMO arguing about the meaning of shunyata seems pointless. There is no word in any language which would fully describe what we call shunyata it’s just the etiquette and depending on language, times we live in the etiquettes may differ to better capture the spirit of it :).

  19. anon 108
    anon 108 April 12, 2013 at 2:49 am | |

    To those of you complaining about those of us complaining about Brad’s new translation of a non-living foreign language word I ask: Who started it and for what reason?

    The Sanskrit word shunyata is most often translated in books about Buddhism as emptiness. Older books will sometimes say the void. But a better translation of shunyata might be the unknown.

    Why, in the middle of an otherwise smashing article referencing modern, everyday problems, would Brad want to redefine a word from an ancient, largely unspoken language? I have an idea why…

    If Brad’s truly wants to make these crusty terms relevant for modern folks, then he won’t mind a little debate about the usefulness of his choices. I trust.

  20. mai_neh
    mai_neh April 12, 2013 at 4:11 am | |

    I love that you wrote a post about my screen name :-) Supposedly “mai neh” means “it is uncertain”.

  21. The Grand Canyon
    The Grand Canyon April 12, 2013 at 9:57 am | |

    You say “shunyata” and I say “potato.”
    You say “avidya” and I say “tomato.”
    Shunyata, potato, avidya, tomato,
    Let’s call the whole thing off.

  22. Fred
    Fred April 12, 2013 at 10:48 am | |

    ” you guys are arguing on a ZEN BLOG what the precise definition of a non-living foreign language word means??? ”

    Words mean whatever you want them to mean.

    So what does it matter, when the unknown is described by an illusion in a play
    called reality.

  23. Ted
    Ted April 12, 2013 at 10:54 am | |

    Words don’t have inherent meanings, but they also don’t mean “whatever you want them to mean.” Don’t let your study of emptiness lead you off the cliff into nihilism.

  24. Fred
    Fred April 12, 2013 at 10:55 am | |

    “How do people who read Hardcore Zen feel about Noah Levine”

    I read his father’s book about mindfulness in 1980. It was very good.

  25. boubi
    boubi April 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm | |

    Brad

    I know it’s a process, we learn doing it.

    How was it to dive from that rather high place into the water? How was the first time?
    You had to gather all yourself to step beyond and the fall took forever. You felt elated you didn’t die … and then it was easier and easier.

    Wordy wisdom has it that “the first step is the more difficult of the whole travel”

    So, you did do many things, do another one :)

  26. boubi
    boubi April 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm | |

    People tend to cling (attachment) to bad experiences and don’t want to repeat them, realize it’s attachment … just don’t go for the bimbos.

  27. Proulx Michel
    Proulx Michel April 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm | |

    Actually, being able to admit one doesn’t know is fundamental. People usually get upset when they realise they don’t know, and direct their upsetness at you. Where it would be so much easier and better to just say, “no, I don’t know, tell me”.

  28. King Kong
    King Kong April 12, 2013 at 3:13 pm | |

    WHAT DOES AGNOSTIC MEAN ??

    1. minkfoot
      minkfoot April 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm | |

      “Unknowing”, “without knowledge”.

      Two flavors:

      “I don’t know.”

      “No one can know.” Of this, one can reasonably ask, “How do you know that?”

  29. Fred
    Fred April 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm | |

    ‘How did you mean it your repetition of Im replying here and there ?

    And what do you mean by In and out like the Cheshire cat ?’

    If emptiness is the unborn, the undead, the unformed and the unknowing,
    although it is the ground state of pre-cognition, to the extent that we identify
    with this state of conditioned knowing, we are in and out like the Chesire cat that fades from view and re-appears on a tree branch.

  30. Broken Yogi
    Broken Yogi April 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm | |

    Brad, have you heard about the latest Kalu Rinpoche tulku uproar?

    http://www.elephantjournal.com/2011/12/the-sex-lives-of-monks-confessions-of-kalu-rinpoche/

    He’s now 21, and says he was molested by monks when he was in Tulku training, and his manager/teacher tried to kill him. Now he’s in the process of coming out as an ordinary human being, and trying to reform his sect of Tibetan Buddhism in the process.

    Seems like something right up your alley.

  31. Broken Yogi
    Broken Yogi April 12, 2013 at 4:38 pm | |

    btw, something on this page is locking up my Opera browser badly.

    There’s also an interesting message from him here on monastic reform:

    http://www.paldenshangpa.net/2011/09/a-vision-for-the-future/

  32. Fred
    Fred April 12, 2013 at 5:50 pm | |

    Yes, BY, Norton says it blocked a virus from the elephantjournal link.

  33. Mumbles
    Mumbles April 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm | |

    It is not the simple statement of facts that ushers in freedom; it is the constant repetition of them that has this liberating effect. Tolerance is the result not of enlightenment, but of boredom.
    -Quentin Crisp

  34. AnneMH
    AnneMH April 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm | |

    After wading through all that, good post. I find some words do have a different meaning of course in other languages, I have some words I always think of in French. My kids taught me one Japanese phrase but I think it means ‘school is green’, not real helpful. I actually prefer saying dukkha than suffering because there is more to it than just the English word suffering.

    I think I see when people get into deep arguments where it matters a LOT about the meaning of a translation of a word then it feels like a tight attachment, to either the word or being so smart. You can examine a word and a translation in a curious way that brings meaning to it as well. I like those type of conversations and generally feel like that happens here. So this is very interesting, and I promise to not be an uptight intellectual type Buddhist because I know a Japanese word now.

    BTW, I read one of Noah Levine’s books. It was fine, not as challenging as what Brad is writing. However the people I have met at their Against the Stream groups are very nice and welcoming. I would love to see more connections between Hardcore Zen and Dharma Punx in the future.

  35. mika
    mika April 14, 2013 at 6:34 am | |

    It’s a real shame if Brade is indeed no longer reading and responding to the comments on these posts, as somebody suggested. Or perhaps he’s just too busy, trying to figure out what to say to the girls after dinner and all?

  36. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote April 14, 2013 at 10:24 am | |

    On WordPress and kanji, I found this thread:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/confirmation-on-japanese-fonts-issue

    complex. A dearth of other info.

    Brad, you’re going to talk about goal-lessness and unknowing in your sex life, right after dinner. Of course, not knowing and speaking, the conversation may not be immediately evident as such. Assuming, that is, that you have gotten down to the core of the matter at hand in your small talk, and are barrier-less at that moment in the stream of conversation. I know, you’d probably say, “don’t even think about it”, but what was that book, “you have to say something”? ha ha…

  37. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote April 14, 2013 at 10:34 am | |

    Some relevant commentary, from Henri the cat:

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

  38. Terrytrueman
    Terrytrueman April 14, 2013 at 11:01 am | |

    Good post Brad. Talking/writing that rings true is rare enough–and is why I return to yer blog: cat talk, dog talk, human talk, wind talk, yer talk. That’s all for now.

  39. Mumbles
    Mumbles April 15, 2013 at 4:35 am | |

    Brad has another short article “The Enlightenment Pill” available through Tricycle: I don’t get the magazine anymore, but the weekly/daily freebie online thing posted this today, may be a funky link, may not work here, but posted anyway as a public service if it flies:

    http://www.tricycle.com/cushion/enlightenment-pill

  40. Mumbles
    Mumbles April 15, 2013 at 4:42 am | |

    Tricycle: Awake in the World
    Tricycle Daily Dharma April 15, 2013

    Living a Virtuous Life

    Buddhist practice is never about creating goals and trying to achieve them. Its about learning to see clearly for ourselves our own real state in each and every moment. As we come to see what life really is, we begin to behave more logically and ethically, because thats what makes sense.

    - Brad Warner, The Enlightenment Pill

    1. anon 108
      anon 108 April 15, 2013 at 7:09 am | |

      That is a good bit.

      …As we come to see what life really is, we begin to behave more logically and ethically, because thats what makes sense.

      Shame he can’t find 5 minutes to say ‘Hi! And whatever.’ to his blog’s (now much better behaved) commenters – and answer the questions some people have asked.

  41. anon 108
    anon 108 April 15, 2013 at 6:46 am | |

    The link worked for me, John. Thanks.

    Here’s another good bit. A related point, made in the context of what’s done “in many Zen temples” – but not so much these days, I hear. Not in the West at any rate.

    Once during a sesshin I attended, another participant waxed lyrical about the benefits of the kiyosaku, the staff of instruction used in many Zen temples to stimulate effort in sleepy meditators with a sharp whack across the shoulders. My teacher, Gudo Nishijima (who never used the kiyosaku), listened patiently and finally said, Maybe thats true. But I think its better to learn to wake up by yourself.

  42. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote April 15, 2013 at 7:19 am | |

    “The basic problem with Dr. Hughess speculations is that a crucial element of Buddhist practice is learning to wake up by oneself. Even if drugs and genetic manipulation could be used to create real compassion, lovingkindness, and so forthand I dont believe they canthis would not be at all the same as learning how to develop these qualities on ones own. What happens when your prescription runs out or your insurance gets canceled? How much does lovingkindness cost at your local Walgreens pharmacy?”

    special today, lovingkindness six packs $1.98 with your Walgreen’s card.

    Loving kindness as it comes to us today I think was a later invention, somewhere in Thailand in the 1800′s. A product of your local Thai Walgreen’s temple, for mass consumption?

    1. Terrytrueman
      Terrytrueman April 15, 2013 at 10:16 am | |

      Good one Mark Foote, the Walgrean’s loving kindness pill. LOL . I’m 65 yrs old now and find myself constantly challeneged to not let the little bit of wisdom or at least desire for wisdom I have attained be trumped by my ability to spot phoniness and meanness, pettiness and cruelty in people’s words and deeds; and spotting such, that lead me towards feelings of hopelessness and cynicism. Zen practice, at which I am a novice, has already helped me often look at these ‘negative’ behaviors, words, actions, opinions with greater compassion and understanding. Yayyyy! I’m all enlightened now! LOL Okay, no so much, but Brad’s comments in the Tricycle quote give me hope that I’m on the right path.

  43. Mumbles
    Mumbles April 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm | |

    Ian Dury explained in song why I have never been what anyone might mistake for a “Zen Buddhist.”

    Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll, baby!!!

    Er, what did Dogen have to say about playing music that you can dance to sometimes? Maybe I get a pass on the rock & roll part???

  44. alfayate
    alfayate April 16, 2013 at 5:48 am | |
  45. stonemirror
    stonemirror April 18, 2013 at 5:26 pm | |

    今、日本語でコメントすることができる!

  46. CosmicBrainz
    CosmicBrainz May 18, 2013 at 4:19 pm | |

    “Shikantaza style meditation seems to me to be the ultimate way of truly letting go of the known.”

    And inevitable knee damage is also a way of truly letting go, huh?

    You’re really an idiot, Brad. Everything you said up to that point was good, but the fact you used the word “ultimate” really makes you come off as a farce. Elsewhere you have claimed a similar things, going as far to say Shinkantaza is the only way to realize oneself. It may be a useful tool for some people, but it is by no means the “ultimate” or “absolute” tool, you dogmatic piece of shit. You can go fuck yourself, you half-wit, and you are just as bad as intolerant Muslims and Christians.

    Andr3w was right about you. You really have a stick up your ass. I think running a bit will help it slip out… rather than sitting around all day heralding Shikantaza as the “ultimate” expedient means. Fuck you.

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