I am a Zen Buddhist practitioner from the humble stretches of the South Jersey lowlands who is now an expatriate to the Great Plains of South Dakota – Buddhist Purgatory. In reality, Purgatory isn’t all that bad. I strive in my practice from day-to-day. Some days it is a success and other days it is a failure. The best days, though, is when isn’t viewed as either good or bad. Like a wave ~ I crash on the shore, roll back and build momentum for another attempt.
I suppose that this blog expresses that oscillating practice. Sometimes it is pretty and inspiring, spreading warm feelings, sunflowers and free puppies, and at times it is the exact opposite, ugly, biting and cold. Oh, well that is life – random and impermanent – Beautiful and Ugly. I rant and sometimes I think I may inspire but for the most part I just talk too much.
I am not a monk, lay-ordained, or even affiliated in any way. I am not even a particularly good Buddhist but I strive. And in that striving I walk the path. And that path is taking me through this life fairly well. Any of these posts that I make here are my opinions on people, religion, belief and the Dharma. The last thing I want you to think is that I am trying to convert you. I honestly don’t care what you are or what you practice – as long as you take a moment to stop and think.
Although when asked for a quick two-line bio from a friend this is what I received – John is a failing and stumbling Zen asshole that drinks far too much, engages in pagan rituals, reads the Necronomicon (in the original Arabic), yells at Jehovah’s Witnesses and spends too much time on dharma-drama and on his stupid blog. He is a dipshit and you should tell him so at admin[at]zendirtzendust[dot]com.
I think that sums it up well enough.