i had a vision in which the sixth patriarch authorised me to teach !
so i'm the seventh patriarch
The other day I heard a song and the lyric was like "from the depths of my soul" and it occurred to me this person just picked this metaphor of the "depths" somewhere - the metaphor itself couldn't come from "the depths" because it comes from the surface (the whole package of metaphors we inherit from the tradition). - He never stopped to reflect on it ... depths of soul? What does it really mean? Do I really have something like a soul and does it have depth for that matter? Or does this metaphor create this phantasmal entity, this "depths of soul" that I am supposed to have? And if I parrot the same metaphor used by 10.000 people daily, how deep can those depths be? - When we "learn how to Zen" we also learn the Indian and Chinese metaphors, like "emptiness" and "emptiness of emptiness" all these topoi / memes that we then unload unto Reddit. Brad is quirky because he mixes Suicide Girls and Godzilla and Dogen - very Californian and likeable. I wish I was as Californian and as rich as him! - I don't want to be Andrew though. Doesn't sound like a lot of fun. It seems Andrew was pushed by peculiar circumstances and beaten enough by everyday annoyances & by Infinity to break through the copy/paste legacy and craft original stuff. My fellow Slovenian philosopher Žižek once said: "Why do you want to be happy if you can be interesting instead? - Happy people are boring." Something to that extent.
lol, a brad warner wannabe ! minus the suicidal episodes of course :o)(brad is not celibate and has never had that mentality, why I came through zen ok and he didn't is I have basically been celibate most of my life and used that power to bulldoze through all the shit !you of course have been completely buried by the shit for reasons you have yet to make clear so brad warner wannbe is where you are at and will remain ! :o()
I've not been very celibate either. Between you and I, Brad's girlfriends don't come close to my wife ! So I don't envy that. My wife's like a Chinese princess. I just wish I had Brad's money. Not even his zazen! Just his money!
you are not going to make money posting here are you ?it's just a problem that can be somewhat solved if you give enough attention to it but here you are meandering about meaninglessly !
Oh, and merry Christmas to you Andrew and to the readers of the blog.