I’m back in Los Angeles. So there’s a Zazen class tomorrow morning in Santa Monica for all of you who live near by and aren’t TOTAL LOSERS. Shee-oot man, I got 18 times as many people coming to see a lecture in the middle of nowhere Nebraska as I get at these weekly Zen classes. A bunch of ’em even drove an hour or more to get there. I’m sorry, but you guys are just pathetic. California is lame.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous October 27, 2006 at 11:25 pm |

    hah, i’d come if only i weren’t in washington…

  2. DB
    DB October 28, 2006 at 3:22 am |


    If it’s any consolation, while I can’t attend your particular zazen sessions, knowing about yours has at least put my butt in gear enough to attend my first day-long retreat last weekend. I’ve been sitting daily for a while, and with a group on Sundays, but this is the first time I tried an all-day zazenkai. If you want to take credit for the inspiration, that’s fine with me.

  3. Gesus
    Gesus October 28, 2006 at 5:26 am |

    So the whole OC is pathetic,cause fewer people came than in Nebraska.
    And those who dont came are TOTAL LOSERS?
    Think your making some unwarranted genealization here.

    Is it not better to have a few dedcatied people, than a lot of flaky people come once and never again?
    Quantily over quantity, ever time man.

    Oh Wise up, man!!
    And stop WANTING the classes to be anything. And let it be want it is, no matter how few or how many people come. It is want it is, nothing more, or less.

    “Dont be swayed by profit or lose”
    (Doe te ching)
    And just “Sit on in”
    (Happy days)

  4. endofthedream
    endofthedream October 28, 2006 at 7:21 am |

    I’m sorry, but you guys are just pathetic.

    Yes, they would be pathetic…if there was any choice involved.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous October 28, 2006 at 10:47 am |

    for some reason when I read comments like that I hear a lot of sarcasm and think its hillarious. The only thing funnier is the same 10 responses he gets EVERY Time he says something similar.

  6. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey October 28, 2006 at 11:13 am |

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  7. fred
    fred October 28, 2006 at 12:59 pm |

    brad, i enjoy your blog very much, i live in dallas and i am a otr driver, i gave your book to my mother to read. she is a 71 yr old devote roman catholic and she found chapters in your book exceptionally beautiful and wise, people in the santa monica region are lucky to have you and don;’t know it, fred

  8. aumeye
    aumeye October 28, 2006 at 1:15 pm |

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  9. aumeye
    aumeye October 28, 2006 at 1:19 pm |

    California is lame.

    But New York is cool!

  10. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey October 28, 2006 at 3:26 pm |

    But New York is cool!

    NY is so overrated. Miami is much better but I prefer the original CSI because of the indepth storyline that persists throughout the show. I like the quirkiness of the characters too.

  11. Dan
    Dan October 28, 2006 at 3:39 pm |

    yeh brad WISE UP. lol

    (HEL)LA isn’t lame at all. Wait, is santa monica in LA? I don’t know any funny little plays on words with Santa Monica.

    Gesus i think you need to chill out a bit. What would Gesus do?

  12. Matt
    Matt October 28, 2006 at 3:40 pm |

    ::wondering whether shouting “Lighten up!” is in order…::

  13. Dan
    Dan October 28, 2006 at 3:41 pm |

    Miami? No way it’s all about Slough. I’m going on holiday there soon.

  14. Jinzang
    Jinzang October 28, 2006 at 4:33 pm |

    Maybe your SoCal readers don’t come because they’re already attending other Buddhist centers? It’s not exactly an underserved area, like Nebraska.

    Of course, they’re coming here because their center doesn’t have such a kick ass blog.

  15. aumeye
    aumeye October 28, 2006 at 4:33 pm |

    New York is cool.

    Miami is hot.

    Is it not all quite light, Matt?

  16. zenducker
    zenducker October 28, 2006 at 4:38 pm |

    I would say California is lame but I’ve never been there, but if you lived in Wisconsin for a bit you may end up doing like “The Mamas and the Papa’s.” Either Brad is or is not serious in his disappointment in the lack of a crowd in Santa Monica, I for one think he is. In spite of the topic over on the Dogen Sangha blog, which is currently “Don’t expect to get anything out of Buddhist Practice” … or rather don’t go into it with a mind of getting something. I would like to say though Brad has a legitmate concern, if people don’t show up we will all soon be Moslems by force. You know the violent belief systems prevail. I hope someone doesn’t put a fatah on me after this post.

  17. door knob
    door knob October 28, 2006 at 8:47 pm |

    zenducker said, “Either Brad is or is not serious in his disappointment in the lack of a crowd in Santa Monica.” I think he is both, yet neither. How’s that for Zen?

    And the stuff you said about muslims, either you are or aren’t serious about it, or both, or neither. How’s that for doubly Zen?

    Me thinks, however, you were being ironic. Every wanker these days thinks he can do irony, but few can do it well. Mostly, you just end up sounding like a wanker.

  18. Esmerelda
    Esmerelda October 29, 2006 at 9:21 am |

    Hey, I’d come but its a long drive, plus I live in NYC and don’t have a car. Guess what we are all attending Brad’s teaching via the web and its probably more people than Nebraska.

    PS Santa Monica is in LA in so far as any place is. LA is a collection of suburbs in search of a city.

    PPS LA is fun to live in too. Maybe next year in Miami.

  19. zenducker
    zenducker October 29, 2006 at 9:39 am |

    To Doorknob… and you end up sounding like a door-knob. No irony intended in my message, another violent belief system would be Christianity.

  20. Drunken Monkey
    Drunken Monkey October 29, 2006 at 10:54 am |

    Why do people throw around the word wanker as if it were an insult?

    Im going to take a normal and everyday action and use it as an insult. For example; typing.


    So sorry. Im bored.

  21. Dan
    Dan October 29, 2006 at 12:14 pm |

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  22. Dan
    Dan October 29, 2006 at 1:18 pm |

    “I would like to say though Brad has a legitmate concern, if people don’t show up we will all soon be Moslems by force. You know the violent belief systems prevail”

    “No irony intended in my message”

    so ZD you’re seriously saying that if people don’t show up to brad’s or any one else’s zen centres then we will all be forced to become muslims?
    lol,who’s gonna force us? cat stevens?

  23. zenducker
    zenducker October 29, 2006 at 4:07 pm |

    I liked the wanker comment drunken monkey. As far as all of us becoming Moslems, well get serious. Do a bit of research and you will see that many of our present day religions were spread via violence or edicts that lead to their violent distribution. That was all I was talking about, and that is still going on these days. The only thing that tempers religion is a strong secular government that makes them behave themselves. Did Ayatollah Khomeini issue a death warrant for Salman Rushdie? Did Pat Robertson call on the death of Hugo Chavez. The former a major Cleric and the latter a leader of right-wing evangelicals. So the violence is still demonstratable with many examples I’m sure you all can find. Is it right or is it wrong? I have my opinions on that and I’m not afraid to call a spade a spade… but not a wanker.

  24. geisen
    geisen October 31, 2006 at 11:58 am |

    Is an hour too far to dive for it?

  25. Ryuei
    Ryuei October 31, 2006 at 2:26 pm |

    Hi Brad,

    I really empathize with your (dare I say it?) frustration. I get in a funk sometimes too because after two years I only have two semi-regulars at my Faithful Fools Sunday program in the Tenderloin in San Francisco. I feel like everyone is heading off to do naked yoga or the Fulsome Street Faire or whoknowswhat sexy in thing – and there I am like an ass in a well trying to convince people to stare at walls with me in the worst area of the city.

    But I console myself with this: the Faithful Fools Zendo that I have been granted (free of rent even!) is my 10 foot square hut. So even if no one shows up, I can play hermit and be an upright Buddha with all things (even if they don’t explicitly know it). And if my being there and available facilitates others to join me in practice all the better, and if not – the ten foot hut is no less full and no less empty. I am just thankful for the causes and conditions that have allowed me to be present to practice in such a way. Anyway, that’s what goes through my mind.

    Namu Myoho Renge Kyo,

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