Let me sum up this person’s issue. “Wah! You don’t like my teacher! Wah! My teacher is sexually promiscuous. Wah! He charges absurd prices for lame New Age crap! Wah! No-one give Genpo any legitimacy anymore…Wah!” ~ ed.
Bottom line. When you question a guru’s livelihood, even on some crappy little blog, all the crazies come out! Big Mind is now followed by little ™ and ®. It is a corporate entity shoveling corporate shit to open maws. Just look at all the “benefits” of joining!
Anyway…on to the crying…
600 BC there was this Hindu saying, “That boy Sidharta seven years! Noooo seven lifetimes, boys not a Real Hindu.”
So who told you you cannot have money and be enlightened?
Why did you decide to believe this?
Do you all cut your wood with stone axes?
Walk in the woods and only eat wild foods?
I really am trying to figure out how you get on the internet without computers! You guys have got to be so much more enlightened than I am. Genpo Roshi tells you straight up he is competitive. He was an olympic athlete. He went through Zen training the same way. Do you think he became a roshi using a fly-by-night mail-order zen-moneystarry? He did this in Japan, a place I lived for 14 years and know exactly how “follow the rules” that culture is. To the gentleman who says Genpo seduced his wife, stole her away from some bodybuilder, obviously has never had a girlfriend honest enough to tell him the truth. Women allow men to think we seduced them. Your girlfriend-wife chose you long before you even knew she was in the room. Genpo is honest enough to say he is a pervert. Fact is we all are, but not many are willing to dig deep and be honest. Have you DONE Big Mind?
Oh it costs money? So none of you pays for the internet, your electricity, food, the clothes you wear and anything else in life. None of you drives a car or flies on planes?
Genpo is trying to advance a technology and make it accessible to as many people as possible. So you sit zazen with 6 or 10 people and this makes it the Real stuff, but Genpo charges money so it must be the fakes stuff? All that said, I do not sit zazen much anymore. I rarely go to buddhist anythings because it is filled with people who are so attached to their Point of View that it clouds everything they do. Allow me to leave you with the words of George Bernard Shaw: Those who can, Do.
Those who can’t, Teach.
and those who can’t teach are critics. Me? I am an @sshole of the first waters, certified, total and utter. I recommend you ignore me.
After all your righteous indignation looks so good on you. Bet you get all the best zazenettes when you wear it. Now there’s an interesting sit.