Friday, July 22, 2016

Would the Buddha SURF? (video)

Seth Auberon, Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly; Vans; Visit Huntington Beach
Vans US Open of Surfing (, Huntington Beach, July 23
Southern California heat wave in full swing as summer "sizzles" on the west coast

Is it okay to yellow the water in the sewer if it is going out to sea?

SURF CITY, USA - Would the Buddha surf? What is "surfing," paddling out on a board or plank and riding the waves, going with the flow, attaining balance on a restless sea of turmoil and surprises?

Fat Budai (Hotei)
If that is the definition, then it seems obvious he would. But what if "surfing" is taken to mean what it has become in practice -- a sport for BURN OUTS smoking pot, staring at girls, breathing with your mouth, and saying "dude" as an all-purpose exclamation --  he would not.

Prince Siddhartha might have, but not the Buddha. Anyone who thinks so must be thinking of "Fat Happy Budai" from the local Chinese restaurant, who isn't a buddha at all.

Budai is a jolly bodhisattva, a chubby monk who used to give out candy to kids from a big sack he lugged around like an Asian Santa.

The sort of balance one practices in the body can often also be achieved with a skateboard or through martial arts.

(Redd Kross) The SoCal punk classic ditty "Burn Out"

I'm not the Buddha; I'm Budai.
But to gain it in the mind/heart, something more thoroughgoing is needed.  The Buddha advised two kinds of meditation to achieve it, serenity (samatha) and insight (vipassana).

Whereas serenity settles the heart/mind, insight purifies it through the intrinsic liberating power of wisdom.

There is something sublime and addictive about playing with the planet as it sloshes its frothy brine onto shore. Kids in Hawaii are addicted to their sport and can spend all day everyday on the waves, as many Westerners have come to find out.

Outrage in Buddhist Burma (NBC/TDB)
The Whole Earth Catalog once had an edition long ago entitled "Would the Buddha use Headphones?" The purpose of the question was to sell commercial goods and promote spiritual materialism under the guise of Eastern philosophy, but it was in jest.

The Buddha would not have liked being branded for the sake of increasing sales of anything. His mission, and ours, is promoting freedom -- liberation from samsara and suffering  and the realization of enlightenment and nirvana in this very life.
2 million gallons of SEWAGE spill onto LA/OC beaches
Raw sewage is still flowing from a broken pipeline in downtown Los Angeles -- and it's spilling down the L.A. River into the ocean near Long Beach [and also Seal Beach on  its way south to Huntington Beach or "Surf City USA"]. Roughly 2.4 million gallons has spewed into the water since Monday afternoon. All beaches in the Long Beach area are shut down until at least Thursday. More
The marketing geniuses over in beautiful Huntington Beach were not satisfied with their famous trope, suing to keep it off other city's marquees, so satisfied that they got a new one. in  Huntington Beach starts Saturday July 23, 2016. Don't mind the smell.

People got sick at Pyramid Lake, LA County, before the state reported toxic algae bloom. Could it have been avoided? (

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