I haven’t done this for a while, but I want to remind everyone that there is a Zazen class at the Hill Street Center in Santa Monica tomorrow morning. It’s open to anyone who wants to show up. Not many ever do, so there’s no worry about it being crowded.
I gave a talk at UCLA on Wednesday night. One girl who was there commented that my personality in “real life” was a lot different from what she’d imagined from reading my books and blog posts. In other words, I guess, I was not some fire breathing punk rock ogre. I dunno. I don’t really see the difference so clearly. But I suppose when you read something, you tend to give it a specific voice in your head. Maybe the voice everyone gives me is Johnny Rotten crossed with Ian MacKaye (both very nice guys in person, I’m told, by the way).
I remember a bazillion years ago there was this band in Akron called Outerwear. When I first heard them, I thought their lyrics were really morbid and depressing. Then one day I was listening to a tape of them and I just burst out laughing. Their songs were actually hilarious. I told one of them about that later and she said that was always the point of their music. To them it was all very funny. Just goes to show you, I guess. Most of the stuff that gets lots of people angry here is hilarious to me.
Anyway, all this is just to say please don’t be scared to show up for Zazen cuz you think I might yell and scream and vomit all over you or whatever, because I usually don’t.