Sit down and shut up.

Finished the book; Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality. Nice and inspiring read, very down to earth book written by a Punkrock Zen Master. “Lemme give you my take on these truths. The first noble truth, suffering, represents idealism. When you look at things from an idealistic viewpoint everything sucks, as The Descendants said in the song called ‘Everything Sucks’ (from the album Everything Sucks). Nothing can possibly live up to the ideals and fantasies you’ve created. So we suffer because things are not the way we think they ought to be. Rather than face what really is, we prefer to retreat and compare what we’re living through with the way we think it oughta be. Suffering comes from the comparison between the two.”

“Buddhism won’t give you the answer. Buddhism might help you find your own right question, but you’ve gotta supply your own answers. Sorry. No one else’s answer will ever satisfy you-nor should it. But the real magic is that once you have your own true answer, you’ll find that you’re not alone. As unique as your own true answer is-the one you find after questioning and questioning and questioning-it will be absolutely in tune with the answer Gautama Buddha found and those centuries ago…”

Zen is boring

At Amazon: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality.