To the best of my knowledge he also wrote in those days the rst American Zen story, as a result of a visit to the Oracle Tribes mansion. Published in his book as Enlightenment of a Seeker, it is about a young man who didnt know what to think of himself. Then one day he overheard another say of him, Some say he is a holy man.
Others say he is a shithead. As Camden explains, Hearing this, the man was enlightened. Among the scholars of hip I did not know personally, Gary Snyder was into something he called Zen Anarchism. Everything else he said also attracted me. In the interview with Ginsberg, Leary and Watts he seemed at once the most sensitive and the most politically sophisticated. As a libertarian I was acquainted with that astute minority among us calling themselves anarchists. That they were not a bunch of psychopathic bomb throwers out to stir up chaos and violence, but a group of sociologists independent of the constraints of institutional nancing, was just beginning to dawn on me.
At the library I was always obtaining books about Zen Buddhism, for I was aware that it was one of the keys to the fresh liveliness of what was happening. When I was serving in the Marines in Japan Id made a cursory study of the subject, but came away more puzzled than enlightened both with Zen and Japanese culture in general.
Now Zen struck me as the natural lifestyle implied by anarchist politics and from the Taoistic perspective of Zen, anarchism seemed the logical political option. Like the Yin and the Yang, they belong together in a dynamic synergy of creative power. Pondering the words of Alan Watts in the Oracle interview, about the destructive power of names, I decided it was not the labels so much as our attachment to them that constituted the problem.
Much like the Psychedelic Movement, our consciousness began to narrow. As the Hip Culture we were used by Madison Avenue to sell fashions. As the Love Generation we became hateful and angry because we saw ourselves as loving and young, and those opposing us as spiteful and old.
Perhaps the secret of survival, now that we were being named from the outside anyhow, was to forever create new names and always be ready to let the old ones go. Early one Saturday morning, wooden blocks seemed to tumble and clatter away from my mind in all directions. Had it been satori enlightenment , I wouldnt have been so annoyed since then by the trials and tribulations of living. But it was something that nearly allowed me to understand what those old guys meant. When my mind closed in on it, it slipped away like an eel but that took time because I was quite. After that, my fascination with Zen outstripped my devotion to rigid anarchist ideology.
Then there was the night I was having a bout of insomnia and jumped from bed, ran into the dining room, grabbed a sheet of paper and a laundry marker and wrote one single bold word: Zenarchy! I hope that didnt kill anything. The Birth of Zenarchy During the days at 77 th Street, I didnt write much about Zenarchy, but I contemplated the notion of a periodical by that name.
I was experiencing considerable frustration over lack of editorial freedom as managing editor of the libertarian newsletter. My fascination with the counterculture was not shared by the publisher. But then nearly everything was getting on my nerves by the middle of the summer. Degenerating under police pressure and media hoop-de-la, the hip culture was becoming steadily more dicult to defend as my enthusiasm for promoting it increased. Smog-ridden Los Angeles with its maze of freeways kept bringing to mind Timothy Learys advice to turn on, tune in, drop out.
Or as Camden was to phrase it: y up, freak out, fuck o. Everyone was saying urban existence was not for heads. I was turned on and I fancied that I was tuned in, so I began making jaunts to the woods to see what smoking a number there was like. A whole new drug experience seemed to result in natures universal living room both overwhelming and comfortable.
As did many before and after me, I searched for a place to live in the outskirts of Los Angeles only to discover there were none. Expensive hill property or desert comprised the major alternatives to the megalopolis. So my wife, Cara, and I decided to sell our Volkswagen and use the money to move to Florida.
Our ultimate aim was to purchase or build a houseboat and plunge into the Everglades. As it happened, we never got any farther in the direction of unspoiled wilderness than a cottage on a farm near Tampa, Florida. Then, I got a job across the bay and we moved into town.
At least there was no smog. After becoming immersed in the writings of Chuang Tzu the only person in history besides Diogenes whose reincarnation I would care to be I began publishing a sporadic newsletter in yleaf format called Zenarchy. Principally this was to keep in touch with my California friends.
Usually I would type up a page or two when the mood suited me, paste a dingbat or two swiped from another publication between blurbs, and then pay the local oset printer to run o two or three hundred copies. My original ambition in California had been for a monthly or quarterly journal, but the sparse format proved serendipitous. Most of my friends were inspired to begin issuing newsletters of equally simple design, stimulating their friends in turn to do the same.
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Following are portions of the Zenarchy broadsides, beginning with the August 19, issue published in Tampa: Zen is Meditation. Archy is Social Order. Zenarchy is the Social Order which springs from Meditation. As a doctrine, it holds Universal Enlightenment a prerequisite to abolition of the State, after which the State will inevitably vanish. Or that failing nobody will give a damn. Having said that zen study is knowing yourself, the roshi went on: In America you have democracy, which means for you government of the people, by the people, and for the people. I in my turn am bringing democracy to Japan.
You cannot have democracy until people know themselves. The Chinese said that government was unnecessary and they were right. When people know themselves and have their own strength, they do not need government. Otherwise they are just a mob and must be ruled. On the other hand, when rulers do not know themselves, they push the people around. When you do not know yourself, you busy yourself with other people. Zen study is just a matter of getting your own feet on the ground.
So when one of his followers Moreover, Dogen ordered the portion of oor where the erring monk customarily sat in zazen torn out and in the earth beneath it he had his students dig a six-foot-deep hole. Zenarchy is new in name alone. Not only is it the Bastard Zen of America which has grown to ower over the recent decades in nearly everybodys pot it is the heretofore nameless streak that zig-zags back through the Zen Tradition, weaving with delirious deance in and out of various sects and schools slapping the face of an Emperor here, rejecting a high oce there, throwing a rule-blasting koan at a bureaucrat elsewhere and coming to rest nally in the original true words of Lao Tzu from a translation in Laotzus Tao and Wu-wei by Dwight Goddard, Thetford, Vermont, : When the world yields to the principle of Tao, its race horses will be used to haul manure; when the world ignores Tao, war horses are pastured on the public common.
Nevertheless, there was never a greater Zenarchist than old Dogen Zenji for in that astounding hole of his can be found a monument to Freedom as enduring as the very Void. Such gentle tolerance as he displayed is a rare thing, too, in the world of men and Buddhas. But then his Compassion for the foolish monk was no doubt boundless, as bets an Enlightened One.
That was followed by a September 4, , yleaf titled Quotations from Chairman Lao containing these statements from Lao Tzu: It is taught in books of strategy: Never be so rash as to open hostilities; always be on the defense at rst. Also: Hesitate to advance an inch but be always ready to retreat a foot. In other words, it is wiser even in war to depend upon craft and skill instead of force. When well-matched armies come to conict, the one which regrets the need for ghting always wins. The good commander strikes a decisive blow, then stops. He does not dare assert and complete his mastery.
He will strike the blow, but will guard against becoming arrogant. For he strikes from necessity, and not out of a zest for victory. Both arms and armor are unblessed things. Not only do men come to detest them but a curse seems to follow them. Therefore, the True Man avoids depending upon arms. I am teaching what others have taught that the powerful and aggressive seldom come to natural deaths. But I make this wisdom the basis of my whole outlook. If one attempts to govern either himself or another, he is sure to become frustrated. For it will seem that whatever he tries to grasp, slips away.
The Sage makes no such attempts, makes no failures, has nothing to lose is therefore at peace with himself. He who wants to take over the country and remake it under his own reforming plans will fail. Mankind is an abstract concept that cannot be remade after ones own ideas. Under any system of reform, a ruler must make use of dierent, real-life people some as they seem and some not, some who will assist and others who will resist, some strong and some brittle and unsafe to rely on. That is why the Sage never tries to take over things and reform man, but is instead content to reform himself letting others follow his example, but never forcing them.
Nothing is more fragile, yet of all the agencies that attack hard substances nothing excels water. Likewise, the powerless can wear down the mighty and the gentle survive the strong. Everyone knows this but few can practice it. So the Sage accepts the disgrace of his country and in so doing becomes a true patriot; he is patient under the misfortunes of his cause and is therefore worthy to lead it.
Appearing promptly on September 16, , the next Zenarchy began with a verse from a poem I had written just before the Easter LoveIn: Come and play the poet game with me! Lets call out the cries of anarchy! Lets be happy; lets be soft, and free; Come and play the game of liberty. Totalitarian states, however, know the danger of the artist. Correctly, if for the wrong reasons, they know that all art. They know intuitively that the artist is not a harmless eccentric but one who under the guise of irrelevance creates and reveals a new reality.
If, then, he is not to be torn to pieces like Orpheus in the myth, the liberated artist must be able to play the countergame and keep it as well hidden as the judo of Taoism and Zen. He must be able to be all things to all men, for as one sees from the history of Zen any discipline whatsoever can be used as a way of liberation making pots, designing gardens, arranging owers, building houses, serving tea, and even using the sword; one does not have to advertise oneself as a psychotherapist or guru.
He is the artist in whatever he does, not just in the sense of doing it beautifully, but in the sense of playing it. In the expressive lingo of the jazz world, whatever the scene, he makes it. Whatever he does, he dances it like a Negro bootblack shining shoes. He swings. Come and play the poet game with me! For nowhere in recent Western history is the life of the Eastern renunciate more closely paralleled than in that of the dedicated revolutionary, forsaking all attachments for a single goal. And no Eastern sage comes closer to the zestful life sense of the Anarchist than the Zen Master.
But the deeper fruits of this union, speaking at least with reference to the Anarchist, are yet to be realized. What Zen has most to oer Anarchism is freedom here and now. No longer need the Anarchist dream of a utopian millennium as he struggles to outwit the State for For if a man has renounced inward ownership of property, renounced possessive attachment to his loved ones, and is cheerfully detached from time, with no fear or hope for what the future might bring he is immune to all threats and pleadings of any State in the world.
On the streets or in prison indeed, on his very way to execution he can play! That is, he can become aware of his true nature as a player in the cosmic maya game, and can therefore openhandedly let his karma play itself out. He can blend with the life forces around him, as a dancer to his music, and prance boldly into the collage of events with no fears, no regrets, and no compromises turned on, tuned in, and made One. Come and cry the cries of anarchy!
Running through the streets of history, Lets be happy; lets be nice, and free. In the year the persecution of the Christian ceases. Christianity, which for three hundred years had borne a shining fruit in the darkness of the catacombs, could blossom on the surface. The Christian is liberated from the permanent fear of death.
The church of the early community, whose power lay in prayer and the formation of the ascetic personality irradiated by Christ, becomes now a power which also carries weight in the world. Dogma is xed, wonderful churches are built, the magnicent liturgy develops. But the face of the Christian alters. Where formerly a Christian was a Christian, now he is Everyman. Where formerly there had been a community of saints, now saints become more and more rare in the community. They ee into solitude, to prayer, meditation and need of union with God.
Thus in the fourth century ends the wonderful experience of a closeness to God, a bringing. Oh the peace youll know, the ecstasy! Spin your inhibitions o and see! Come and play the poet game with me. As you can see, in spirit I was still issuing invitations to Love-Ins. That was my gospel, and in no way was it intended to be taken the least bit esoterically. Authoritarian psychology was also of interest to me, for it was our failure to make appropriate psychological warfare against the bureaucratic mentality that was our undoing in California. So I addressed myself to that issue in the October 5, , Zenarchy, briey, as follows:.
How to Reason with Authorities Hold up! Six pence for the privilege of passing by the private road! He was bowled over in an instant by the impatient and contemptuous Mole, who trotted along the side of the hedge chang the other rabbits as they peeped hurriedly from their holes to see what the row was about. Then they all started grumbling at each other, How stupid you are! Whey didnt you tell him Well, why didnt you say You might have reminded him and so on, in the usual way; but, of course, it was then much too late, as is always the case.
Shun proposed to resign the throne to Shan Chuan, who said, I am a unit in the midst of space and time. In winter I wear skins and furs; in summer, grass-cloth and linen; in spring I plough and sow, my strength being equal to the toil; in autumn I gather my harvest, and am prepared to cease labor and eat.
At sunrise I get up and work; at sunset I rest. So do I enjoy myself between heaven and earth, and my mind is content: why should I have anything to do with the throne? Thereupon he declined the proer, and went away, deep among the hills, no man knew where. The Only Solution is a Yin Revolution What is really being said is that intelligence solves problems by seeking the greatest simplicity and the least expenditure of eort, and it is thus that Taoism eventually inspired the Japanese to work out the technique of judo the easy or gentle Tao do.
Reichs distinction between matriarchy and patriarchy, as given in The Mass Psychology of Fascism. According to Dr. Reich, work-democracy and self-regulation of primary drives were characteristics of primitive matriarchy, and both. Recent anthropology has cast doubt on the existence of the primitive matriarchy, but, as G.
Rattray Taylor shows in his Sex in History, there can be little doubt that cultures do show more Matrist tendencies in some periods of their development, and more Patrist tendencies at other periods. Patrist periods are characterized by sexual repression, limitation of freedom for women, political authoritarianism, fear of spontaneity, worship of a Father God, etc. Matrist periods, on the other hand, are characterized by sexual freedom, high status for women, political democracy, spontaneity, worship of a Mother Goddess, etc.
This agrees with Dr. Reichs picture of the distinction between Patriarchy and Matriarchy. Blakney considers the early Taoists to have been recruited from peasants who remembered the Shang State and its Matrist orientation. Being such, though they might make mistakes, they had no occasion for repentance; though they might succeed, they had no self-complacency. Being such, they could ascend to the loftiest heights without fear; they could pass through water without being made wet by it; they could go into re. This was followed by a portrait of the archetypal counter-cultural woman drawn exclusively from my old New Orleans French Quarter friend, Loy Ann Camp.
Therein I compared her to the woman in Bob Dylans song of whom he says, Shes got everything she needs; shes an artist; she dont look back. For in the most literal sense Loy, like so many of the hip females of the early Sixties, was an artist by profession who was nobodys child and who never stumbled because she had no place to fall a perfect balance of gentleness and strength.
Like a waiter I once met who acquired a reputation as a karate expert because he slipped and kicked his opponent just as he was beginning to get in a ght, I inadvertently gave the impression that I knew what I was talking about at least in relation to what I have since gathered about intelligence community secret societies based upon matriarchy, etc.
Since, in order to add a sense of universality to the image of the modern-day Eternal Female, I did not mention Loy by name, many people seem to have assumed that I understood the deeper levels of Dylans lyrics, up to and including who he was really singing about. As a matter of fact, I assumed it was Joan Baez. Here is what I had to say:. Incarnations: Everything She Needs And upon this day I say unto you: Each Sentient Being is an Incarnation of Me, and whosoever upon hearing this Truth shall come to know it, is blessed; and twice-blessed are they who shall be unable again to forget it; but thrice We all do.
Anyone who has ever lived in the Haight or North Beach or Taos or Old Town or the French Quarter or the East Village or anyplace like that has met her, because thats where she belongs, and she knows it from childhood. She has a horsey angular face and long straight hair and is dedicated to her art, whatever it may be. Bob Dylan had to be thinking about her when he wrote that song about how Shes got everything she needs; shes an artist; she dont look back. So serene is this chick that everybody wants her for friend, lover or just to have around and it is that serenity which so transcends her features that on everyone else would be homely , making her the center ower in every bouquet of Beautiful People.
Usually she hangs out with heads. Not because she is necessarily a head herself, though she may or may not blow a little pot, but because she has that thing about her that cool.
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And she never goes around boasting about not needing a crutch to get there and thereby revealing a far greater dependency than anyone ever develops for drugs. But you know shes turned on by her ways just watch her pet a cat! I used to sit up all night with her once in awhile. Shed sketch and Id write. Maybe between us wed have a dime and so we would buy a coee or Coke and relax in a place where they didnt care how long we sat around.
When our asses got numb, wed go for a walk and go up and sit on her balcony in the summer night air. No matter what her name is, her voice is always soft except when she expels that hyena laugh. And then it doesnt matter because what she is laughing about is really very funny. She is so thin and frail, and you think her blood must be ten degrees cooler than yours. You worry about her because you know that she is a poor judge of character, accepting as friend everyone who comes along, no matter how bad their scene. This gets her into an occasional creepy situation and sometimes puts her through some drastic changes.
But when it is all over, you feel silly that you got uptight, because shell be the same as before. Maybe some night when youre talking, shell tell you that the squaw boat, made from hide stretched over a light wooden frame, is the safest way to go because in a storm thatll sink the mighty battleship, the little saucer-like vessel just rocks up over the biggest waves and down again on the other side. In the next Zenarchy newsletter, I decided to be cute. Here is the entire content of the November 25, , edition:.
Mind is not of several kinds and there is no Doctrine which can be put into words. As there is no more to be said, the assembly is dismissed! There followed a page and a half of blank paper. As Christmas was nearing, I decided with the December 1, , issue that it was time to say a thing or two about Jesus. What follows continues to this day to seem to me an accurate representation of the personality that comes through when I read the Gospels:. As Dr. Edward Conze points out: In the ocial theory, the Buddha, the Enlightened, is a kind of archetype which manifests itself in the world in dierent personalities, whose individual particulars are of no account whatsoever.
From this point of view, Jesus of Nazareth would undoubtedly be accorded the John, as both uniquely Enlightened and the Enlightener. Moreover, the Edgar Cayce readings quoted in Many Mansions by Gina Cerminara, New American Library, inform us that Those who walk closer with the Creative Forces should indeed be full of joy, pleasure, peace, and harmony within, and that the principle of the Christ life is joyous!
Remember, they urge, He laughed even on the way to Calvary not as so often pictured; He laughed. Yea: This is what angered them the most. So: Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous and retain the ability to laugh. Can you dig that Jesus was a Buddha? Can you grok a laughing Savior? A Zen Buddha from Nazareth? Nothing is more heretical. Nothing is more treasonous.
Jesus had a sense of humor. That idea will destroy Western Civilization as we know it. Come, brothers.
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Come, sisters. Lets all join hands and enter the Church Invisible of the Laughing Christ. Lets all join hands and nd the Hidden Temple of the Happy Jesus. Lets all join hands and giggle. Another Zenarchy yleaf did not appear until May of By that time we had moved to Atlanta, but it concerned an experience in California in One night as I sat in the half-lotus position stoned on grass and listening to an Indian raga, my eyes rolled up behind my eyebrows, the images I saw enacted the following drama, which I now titled Bummer: God appeared.
He looked o in three directions at once. His four arms ew out. Time to dance!
A display of Divine Majesty lightning steaks, planets on His ngertips a Cosmic Juggler, moving so fast He became a still pattern, humming. Like a rock whirling on the end of a string becomes a ring or a fast-spinning wagon wheel turns into a disc. Then disintegration! A skull-headed machine gunner popping people open. I fear. Drop out down into the body. Into a cell. With rats underneath! Or worse reptilian rats, gnawing upward. Fangs of steel break through the oor. The oor is a door. And I am a poor Jew, clinging to the wall.
The door gave way. The drum was silent. Outside was Nothing, the Void. But the rest of it actually happened with the plot resolving itself precisely at the nal drum beat of the raga. In those days I was doing a lot of LSD and, as any head will attest, acid heightens the marijuana experiences that occur immediately afterwards. Rolling the eyeballs back enhances your ability to perceive internal images in psychedelic states of consciousness, as simply pressing them with your ngers applying pressure against your closed eyelids will also do.
Such images are a natural phenomena of consciousness and are to be seen, albeit less vividly, in ordinary states of mind. But that was the only time they ever enacted a drama for me as well plotted as a nocturnal dream! In July of I published a parting shot before turning my attention as a Zenarchist to politics. Aimed at the excessive seriousness that by then was transforming the open-minded spirituality of the hippies into a regular occult reich of competing and increasingly fanatical cults, this Zenarchy was titled Lila Yoga, meaning: the discipline of play: Laughter is the Universal Salute of the Cosmic Mind.
It is loves loudest voice. Humor and cheerfulness not only do not interfere with the progress of meditation but actually contribute to it. Meher Baba Humor is not sinful, unless it be cruelly directed against one who is helpless, honest, and sincere. When directed against hypocrisy, stupidity, and error, humor can be a aming beautiful weapon in the cause of light and beauty.
We must learn to love so deeply, widely and purely that our instincts for laughter will always be true ones, and our capacity for humor another facet of our joyous sense of power and being. Gina Cerminara I shall be a tornado of laughter, toppling the timbers and towers of sorrow. Zooming over endless miles of mentalities, I shall demolish their troubles.
Paramahansa Yogananda Cultivate the ability to see the ridiculous, and retain the ability to laugh. Edgar Cayce It is time to come to your senses. You are to live and learn to laugh. You are to listen to lifes radio music and to reverence the spirit behind it and to laugh at the bim-bim in it. So there you are. More will not be asked of you. Hermann Hesse In the year B. Look at all the order about you, he said. And from that, he deluded honest men to believe that reality was a straitjacket aair and not the happy romance as men had known it. It is not presently understood why men were so gullible at that particular time, for absolutely no one thought to observe all the disorder around them and conclude just the opposite.
But anyway, Greyface and his followers took the game of playing at life more seriously than they took life itself and were known even to destroy other living beings whose ways of life diered from their own. The unfortunate result of this is that mankind has since been suering from a psychological and spiritual imbalance.
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Imbalance causes frustration, and frustration causes fear. And fear makes a bad trip. Man has been on a bad trip for a long time now. It is called the Curse of Greyface. Malaclypse the Younger. Unfortunately, the Meher Baba people and the Edgar Cayce enthusiasts and the Hermann Hesse fans of my acquaintance, as well as the Hare Krishnas and the Jesus freaks, not to mention the Paramahansa Yogananda devotees, were all victims of the Curse of Greyface. Worse, my Zenarchy about lila yoga did nothing at all to expand their personalities.
In this chapter I have used some words with which some of you maybe unfamiliar. So Ill explain what those terms mean as I also relate what I learned from publishing the Zenarchy newsletter. Rational arguments alone, together with quotations from the arguments of others, are insucient to transform the human mind and everything that resembles it in the words of Andre Breton, the Surrealist so in Zen there is zazen sitting in meditation. As Gary Snyder points out this is a natural function of all higher mammals except for humans of the civilized variety.
We might gather that it is therefore a manifestation of, as well as a means of attaining, unconditional consciousness. Cats and dogs are excellent examples, readily at hand, of animals who practice what the Zenji Zen people sometimes translate as just sitting. Zazen is usually practiced in a Zendo Zen center , and is particularly emphasized in the Soto sect. Within the Rinzai sect more attention is paid to the koan a paradox or riddle of sorts for contemplation , designed to stop the student short of a supercial understanding that goes in one ear and out the other without aecting the nervous system.
Nothing is less inclined to cultivate spontaneous gifts, of which humor and intellectual generosity partake, than pointing out to anyone their lack in that department and advising them to correct it. All it does is put them on the psychological defensive. For as Alan Watts said in Psychotherapy East and West, an essential ingredient of the countergame is tact and I must admit that I am as tactless today as I was then, especially when it comes to lecturing and scolding those who do not display tact.
As Watts also observes in that most valuable book, the one condition where spontaneity becomes next to absolutely impossible is when one person puts another on the line and orders them: Be spontaneous! Zen masters understand this, but they do it anyway for the poor monk is likely to Another word I have used in both this and the rst chapter is raga, a form of Hindu music that illustrates the balance of spontaneity and discipline, of chaos and order, that we are talking about very much as jazz music attains the same eect. As propaganda, the Zenarchy yleaves were very successful in preaching to the converted.
And for that reason I guess they served a purpose in raising the morale of the people who already knew what I was talking about. After a student of Zen attains satori enlightenment it is necessary to undergo further training to become a master skilled in the art of transmission. Son of Zenarchy I do not remember when or where it was that inspiration struck again with the nom de guerre of Ho Chi Zen.
Ho Chi Minh was of course the prototype, the courageous leader of the North Vietnamese called in his own language Son of the Nation. Calling myself after such a great revolutionary and on top of that changing the denotation to Son of Zen was of course outrageous, inexcusably so and I guess thats what I liked most about the idea.
For it partook of the chip-on-the-shoulder spirit of Zen. With me very much in the early days in Tampa, the name endured our move to Atlanta in late although I had used it only once in Zenarchy, designating Ho Chi Zen translator of Quotations from Chairman Lao. Actually those quotations were not translations at all, but a rephrasing based upon a number of dierent translations of Lao Tzu. So Ho Chi Zen began his career as a rascal, and he has not changed in the least since then. Like most of the colorful pen names my eristic friends and I have fallen into using, the Ho Chi Zen moniker is just as often used as the name of a character in my writings as by-line.
Intended as the rst chapter to a book I never wrote called The I Tao Way of Changes , the article rst appeared under our real names and then was reprinted again in the same publication under Ho Chi Zen. In Zen Without Zen Masters, Ho Chi Zen makes a number of guest appearances, usually to steal one of my best lines, such as: By the study of Zen one can learn to help people or, that failing, at least to get them o your back. Moreover, he surfaces every now and then in the Illuminatus! In the summer of in Atlantas very political Marxist-Leninist underground paper, The Great Speckled Bird, was when and where he rst rode to fame.
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Most of the serious young Bird staers were out of town that season, cutting sugar cane in Cuba or running guns for the. Palestinians in the Middle East. Someone mentioned to me that for that reason the editors were extremely hard-up for material. They didnt pay anything, but what the hell? Here was a chance to have some fun, especially since they were in search of material that would appeal to the freaks, hippies living in the 10 th Street area and engaging in violent struggle from time to time with local police and rednecks.
My rst instinct was to endeavor to dampen tempers with a certain amount of instructive humor.
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For I saw more creative ways to make revolution than by grabbing for a gun at the least provocation. Briey, it argued that the essential element of Zen tactics is surprise. For surprise is natures way of saying, Youre wrong! Think again! Sanctied by aeons of evolution, this survival trait, the capacity for surprise, could be used by revolutionists to change minds. To illustrate, Ho told a Zen story. There are no reviews for the current version of this product Refreshing There are no reviews for previous versions of this product.
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Jay Gould, the monopoly capitalist, once boasted that he could cure unemployment by hiring one half of the jobless to kill the other half. What's really staggering is how many people you know who think that's a critique of capitalism. Upon noting that the largest adult book center in town was located right next door to the Baptist book store, also the largest of its kind, he commented, "Why not? They keep each other in business! Sociality comes as easily to the unconditioned mind as reason or sex. I liked this one because it's evolutionarily solid. We're compelled to associate. Introversion is a learned response.
Validation: A Stoned Sermon Cultures that validate their elders possess wise old people; cultures that invalidate them have senile old ones. Cultures that validate sexuality enjoy clean, healthy and beautiful erotic play; societies that invalidate it have dirty, exploitative commercial smut.
Societies that validate women possess strong, serene and intelligent females; societies that invalidate them suffer dumb broads and bitches. Societies that validate children possess cheerful, wise and responsible youth; societies that invalidate them end up with delinquents and brats. A culture that validates its ethnic minorities boasts of rich pockets of exotic cultural variety; a society that invalidates them is divided between drab suburbs on one hand and filthy ghettos on the other.
Validation is not automatic agreement with someone you think is wrong. All forms of flattery are deceptive and, hence, invalidating. Validation is treating someone with a respect that assumes that if they are given enough information, they'll use it with their minds. That's the whole damn game, boys and girls. Nothing more to it than that. People act how you treat them.
I watched my high school turn into a prison, and the countermeasures were preemptive. They treated us like criminals, so that's what we showed them. Zenarchist Coffee Drinking Ceremony One of the few formalities of Zenarchy, the Coffee Drinking Ceremony must be observed in strict conformity with the following procedure: Roll five joints of high quality marijuana and prepare one large pot of very strong coffee.
Place these items in the center of a kitchen table together with a book of matches. Next, place on the table two large earthenware mugs and one simple but attractive ashtray. Now sit at the table with someone you love very much and spend the hours from late night until sunrise in animating conversation. Inwardly observe the discipline of always keeping in mind a heartache during intervals of the discussion that are light and full of laughter. When you chat of sorrowful things keep in mind something beautiful, funny and hopeful.
Christ, what more is there? I loved Zenarchy because it's my favorite of both without the worst parts of each. Like peanut butter and jelly, but filling and it doesn't stick to your fingers. Anarchists become dogmatic almost immediately, and they never fucking shower. Zen is full of anxiety-ameliorating wisdom that borders on magic, but is likewise held in bondage by arbitrary ancient rules, still acknowledged only because of their age.
Exactly the sort of shit Zen was invented to remove from Buddhism.