Sunday, November 2, 2014
Buddhism NOT (waiting for the altar call)
So after the SFZC event, I had a chance to chat with an old Zennie about the good old days. The good old days ended just 20 minutes before you were born (regardless of your generation). In fact, I spent 25 years (on the log) working in Broadcast (e.g. free, over-the-air) Television - retiring in 1998. And the good old days of television ended just 20 minutes before I got my first job in television in 1971. "The more things change, the more they stay the same." Anyway, in the good old days of Richard Baker, [the discussion went...] just WHAT did some (wanna-bes) expect? AN ALTAR CALL! There is a bit of fetchin' up HERE. Well, there IS NO ALTER CALL in Buddhism! And there are a few cracks in the gloss... Don't trash the midgets! CHANGE doesn't happen like on TV. Buddhism isn't Willy Graham and Cheeses on Rye! The closest thing is Joya no Kane participation... Medium sized here. The Jumbo version is HERE. The Toyokuni Shrine is an old Buddhist temple that was converted to a Shinto Shrine (WWII?). Them Shinto Folks don't know how to SWING. In my thinking, to do it (Joya no Kane) right, SFZC needs a 9 ton bell. Zazen is nothing special.
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