The Enlightenizer

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I’ve been messing around with the iMovie program on my Mac. I once had Final Cut. But the program I bought no longer works on the machine I’m using. This iMovie thing does a lot. Although there are a huge number of counter-intuitive aspects to it. And the current iMovie program is far more difficult to use than the earlier versions of iMovie.

I wrote this first as an audio commercial. My friend John Graves put it together. Steve Velerio and a special mystery actor did the voices. Today I decided to put together a very quick cartoon based on the audio. It’s kind of crappy. But it’s also kind of funny. I’ve never drawn a backhoe before today.

The commercial is a parody of Big Mindâ„¢, Sedona Method, Mind Master and all the rest of the ever growing number of Enlightenment-in-a-box things that are raking in tons of dough these days. I know I go on and on about these things. But somebody’s gotta do it. And I guess it’s gotta be me.

I will be in Los Angeles in March. If you want to come meditate and hang out with me, here’s where you can go:

March 10, 2012
10 AM until 3:30 PM
Hill Street Center
237 Hill St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
This is Dogen Sangha LA’s monthly all-day zazen get-together. This one will be extra super special because they’ll be filming part of the documentary movie they’re making about li’l ol’ me. Come and be a STAR!!

If you can’t do the whole day come just for the morning or show up at around 12:30 and do just the afternoon. The filming will be in the afternoon.

March 15, 2012
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Against the Stream
4300 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029
This is the regular Thursday night Against The Stream meeting. I’ll lead it zazen-style rather than doing the usual guided meditation.

Here are a few other iMovie experiments I’ve made lately.

This is the latest commercial for Dave Materna’s presidential bid.

This is a cover of the Sex Pistols “Pretty Vacant” done up psychedelic style. I once had the idea to do a whole album’s worth of psychedelic covers of punk rock classics. But I only got as far as this one. That’s not me singing. But I wrote the arrangement and played the guitars, bass and mellotron.

This one’s a video for the first song on the first Dimentia 13 record. That’s me playing and singing everything. I was 21 years old. This is about what I imagined Satori would be.

This was a song I contributed to a flexidisc given away with a British neo-psychedelic magazine called Freak Beat.

And this is a song of mine from probably the late eighties that I found while trolling through things I hadn’t listened to in a long time.

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous February 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |

    various explanations of "the mind"

    The mind comes before everything.
    Everything includes explanations.
    Everything includes evidence.
    The mind comes before evidence.

    How do you find this out?
    By following the instructions, finding reliable teachers, and seeking the support of others who go this way.

    You have no idea how long it will take to find out if this is true.

    (ok so that's what the books seem to say. maybe they are wrong! maybe some evidence will pop up and make it easier to understand? I have a hunch this is misguided, but no evidence.)

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