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Brad Warner Says We're Beholden

Just ask Brad Warner, he'll tell you.

Here I go again. And yes, I will.

Brad wants to talk about zen center's abbots. Yet he admits he doesn't really know how the abbots are chosen, he pretends to know our problems.

Brad says, "The other more serious problem with the SFZC solution is that it makes the abbots beholden to what Marx called the “tyranny of the majority”

He goes on to insinuate that our teachers are"forced to act and speak according to the wishes of the majority of her students, she becomes unable to speak the truth as she sees it and the teaching suffers." He might say he didn't mean to say that about SFZC and he was applying it broadly, but this quote follows the previous quote in the following paragraph. 

Why am I bothering to say anything? Because he doesn't know what he's talking about. He's never been anything but a guest student at SFZC. He is not qualified to make the above statements. 

Here's what I know: I'm anja to …

Vow As Inquiry

"Sometimes, we are such dark emptiness we can't even hide in the sleeve of our own robe.

And yet, when we tear petals off cherry blossoms we don't make cherry blossoms; only spring does that."

                                       --Ikkyu


You would think we could do anything. I've seen little dry newts climb up the mountain. The wrong way of course, since the creek and pond are in the valley. Picking them up and turning them around in an attempt to save all beings doesn't quite do it. They turn around just as fast, climbing towards the sun. What's in store for them? I don't really know, but I've got a gut feeling it's not good. 
So a student from the past called. He's 18 now, in New Orleans. I'm in that valley with the newts. Hawks circle here and baby foxes play in the shadows. He has a 6 month old baby girl and he was just released from prison. He has a misdemeanor and felony charge to answer to; he's looking at 1-30 years in A…

"Look, look! Speak, speak!." Self, No Self, Dogen and Me.

One day Lin-chi gave this sermon: "There is the true person of no rank in the mass of naked flesh, who goes in and out from your facial gates. Those who have not yet testified to this fact, look! Look!"
A monk came forward and asked, " Who is this true person of no rank?"
Lin-chi came down from his chair and, taking hold of the monk by the throat, said "Speak! Speak!"
The monk hesitated.
Lin-chi let go his hold and said, "What a worthless shit-stick this is!"
The first time I heard this, I was terrified. The Tanto was screaming at the Shuso, and a lot of the elders of our community were laughing. But I had no idea what they were talking about. And I still don't.
What can be derrived from this exchange is that we don't know who the true person of no rank is, but it's coming through this body's eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. My question started in our Genjo Koan class when we were asked by that same Tanto who screamed at that Shuso,…

Pro-Black Out, Anti-Capitalist

"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it."  
-Martin Luther King
Capitalism is an environmental disaster. It's a system based on perpetual growth, high return and low risk (low pay for those who create the high return), and uses an alienating foreign currency (dollars, yen, euro,yuan) that directly opposes the well fare of our planet and all humans.

  Our planet's true currency is clean air, clean land, and clean water, and our human Buddha nature currency is wisdom and compassion, and that's what we should invest in. Our true currency is based on balance; capitalism is based on imbalance. Capitalism is about acquiring surplus. Surplus is not natural. Even in terms of agriculture, surplus is a response to market projections. Did you know that organic farms plan on losing 20% of the harvest? We sow more than we can sell based on projected loss. We're lucky at Green Gulch to have a forgiving kitchen that will se…