Tuesday, February 05, 2013

You Drink the Wine But It Tastes Like Water, and You Broke the Bread But It Had Turned to Stone

Brad Warner:

I love Dogen’s teachings. I am dedicated to zazen practice. I do my best to follow the Buddhist Precepts. I even like some of the ceremonies Zen Buddhists do and do them myself. I haven’t burnt my robes yet. Even when I said I was not a “member of clergy” it was because Zen Buddhist monks are not members of clergy — even those who think they are.

But Zen Buddhism as an organized religion holds no appeal to me. The organizations who claim to uphold the Zen Buddhist Way can be just as corrupt, hypocritical and ineffectual as any other religious institution out there.

Brian Wheeler:

There is a concern among some non-believers that atheism is developing into a religion in its own right, with its own code of ethics and self-appointed high priests.

Jones insists he is not trying to found a new religion, but some members of his congregation disagree.

"It will become an organised religion. It's inevitable. A belief system will set in. There will be a structure, an ethical outlook on life," says architect Robbie Harris.

He believes Evans and Jones have "a great responsibility" if the Sunday Assembly "continues to be as successful as it is now".

George Carlin said that art, music and philosophy are merely poignant examples of what we might have been had not the priests and traders gotten hold of us. I would say that the priests and traders are the inevitable conclusion of art, music and philosophy, not the polar opposite. Spontaneous creativity will always become ritualized, dogmatized, branded and marketed by the power-hungry, at which point that spirit of spontaneous creativity will withdraw in order to emerge somewhere else. Circle of life, yo.

2 comments:

noel said...

"Yes, we are all individuals."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQqq3e03EBQ
("'E's not the messiah; 'e's a very naughty boy!")

Brian M said...

Looking at how NASTY artists can be within their own little cliques, I would say that there are as many power0hungry artists as there are corrupt traders. Especially since art is tied so often to ego, and great artists often develop "folowings" who they exploit for various purposes.