The "Zen of Surfing" we understand: The effortless beginner's mind is easy to relate to. The waves do the work. There are already Buddhist trainee-monks (novices) who skateboard. But the asphalt does not cooperate. There is a lot of effort in pedaling and turning, flying off steps and landing hard. But it has now gotten a bit easier to gain jhana (zen) while wheeling through the city.
Buddhist novice monk flying through the air
Scientists have created a "mind controlled" skateboard. It attaches to electrodes on the scalp and moves by thought. This would seem no more than a hoax except there are already mind-controlled Mattel-brand toys on the market using this militarized technology.
Boys' toys are the instruments of cultural indoctrination: novices in the totalitarian military-dictatorship that is Burma/Myanmar (Woutertje010/Flickr.com).
New generations of drones are in our Brave New World Order future. Empire has its privileges -- until we find ourselves on the receiving end. Then we cry "war crimes!" about others.
The US military outfits its tanks and armored vehicles with CD
players for soldiers to play aggro and deathcore heavy metal tunes.
Driving Hummers blasting Drowning Pool's "Bodies" through countries we invade and rape and pillage is great -- until someone figures out the technology to rig a roadside IED (improvised explosive device). Then its on to the PTSD Ward at the VA to be ignored. The Pentagon, as part of the M.I.C., has plans to give soldiers the reins to drones to call in their own air attacks when they are pinned down. The fantasy is that they would be the only ones with this technology beyond the first battle. Once the virus is released into the wild, everyone gets infected.
The US is secretly bombing and dumping the defoliant Agent Orange on Buddhist countries (Laos, Cambodia) and openly in Vietnam in the name of capitalism in the wake of taking over French colonial duties. Stars Charlie Sheen's dad Martin, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall (surfer), Laurence Fishburne, Harrison "Indiana Jones" Ford, and Easy Rider's Dennis Hopper.
In the meantime, instead of falling in love with the smell of Napalm in the morning, someone should teach Charlie to surf [references to "Apocalypse Now" (REDUX)]. It beats war, which is what boys are trained for with most toys. In a better world, in a future world, maybe Chinese recruits would have the guts to go head to head with Tibetan Buddhist novices on the court?
(Durbanbay) Out in Xiahe, after morning chanting and an early lunch, the novices head out to the basketball court for hoops before afternoon chanting and meditation. Monasticism has many hidden privileges.
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