SHUSO HOSSEN CEREMONY: SEGMENT 4

Hello,

Today’s video captures the last of my musical presentations at the Shuso Hossen in March.  As I see it now, the first three (see previous videos) were really “preambles”; where I amble around aimlessly before getting down to addressing the Koan in a straight forward way.  Below I’ve printed the Shuso Koan which may help you get a better understanding of what I was trying to do in my final rap/singing presentation.

Actually, this was not my final presentation.  As you will see in the video, this rap/song segues into my singing, along with the help of the group, an altered version of Sly Stones “I Want To Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again”.  Shorty after the Ceremony, I crossed paths with blues singer Richard “Stoney” Stone and asked him to do a rendition of that song in my studio.  You can hear this version, along with the visuals that accompanied it the night of the Ceremony, at.(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdWtlB6cphI).

Today’s video can be viewed by clicking here :

https://youtu.be/cr_1080EtN8

 

                                                   SHUSO HOSSEN KOAN

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A student came to the teacher and said I want to study with you. Fine, you may study with me but, you are an artist and I want to know how you can fulfill your Bodhisattva Vows as a Zen Buddhist while painting at your easel or playing your trumpet.

 Who is your picture freeing? What  delusions are your tunes transforming? What dharma gates are being embodied when you sculpt? How does your art awaken anyone, including yourself??

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  THE FOUR BODHISATTVA VOWS

 —–

Sentient beings are numberless, I vow to free them.

 Delusions are inexhaustible, I vow to transform them.

 The Dharmas are boundless, I vow to embody them.

 The Buddha Way is unsurpassable, I vow to awaken.

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Lady Gaga, Passion and Creativity

For years I’ve been vaguely aware of  singers Lady Gaga and Amy Winehouse, but never made an effort to really listen to their music.  Both seemed too “over the top” for my tastes and somehow not worthy of my attention. A year or so ago, I happened upon a concert special featuring Lady Gaga on TV and found myself pulled in, at first,  by the spectacle of it all.  As a result, I came to realize that she could really sing.  More recently I ordered the documentary “Amy” from Netflixs and was equally surprised at the quality of her music.  ( I should mention that everything I am saying here applies to Michael Jackson as well.) 

If you haven’t seen the movie “Amy”, I would suggest that you do so.  It not only provides some insights into her creativity but also explores what I call the “thin line between creativity, spirituality and crazy” (see article “SUN RA, THE ALIEN: THE THIN LINE BETWEEN GENIUS, SPIRITUALITY AND CRAZY” at http://artandzentoday.com/?p=928)

Why some artists end up like Amy and others like Lady Gaga is a fascinating question that I don’t think  can be answered fully.  However, my friend and Zen teacher Jake Roshi recently brought my attention to an article that may provide some insight on the matter. The article was written by  David Brooks, a New York Times correspondent and is titled  “Lady Gaga and the Life of Passion”.  The link below leads to a video based on Roshi’s reading and commentary on the article at the Vista Zen Center.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEEBANvGgVc&feature

 

 

 

 

SHUSO HOSSEN SEGMENT 3: AXEL LEADS “FOUR VOWS” AND MANOJ RAPS “THINKAHOLIC”

Hello,  Welcome to another edition of Art and Zen Today.  The video below is Segment #3 of my Shuso Hossen Ceremony held in March of 2016 at The Vista Zen Center.  This installment contains an alternative chanting of “The Four Vows” and “Thinkaholic” one of my rap responses to my Shuso Koan.  Below that is a copy of the Program for the Ceremony.

 

 

https://youtu.be/fKCgygJejbM

SHUSO HOSSEN PROGRAM       

  Roshi/Manoj         

Entrance and Opening Ceremony

    Manoj                    In Trance and Settling

*****

 Manoj                    PRESENTATION  #1 

Chorus

                         A Roshi named Jake gave me a snake.                     Or was it a stick?  You choose or Pick.”

 

    Eyal                         “The Primordial Light”

                                    (A Jewish Chassidic Tale)                

    Jo Smith                  Tai Chi Demonstration

    Elenah  (Kyojo)      ”Loving Kindness Chant”

                       

LOVING KINDNESS CHANT

May (I, you, we) be filled with loving Kindness,

May (I, you, we) be well,

May (I, you, we) be filled with loving Kindness,

May (I, you, we) be well,

May (I, you, we)I be peaceful and at ease

May (I, you, we) be whole.

    David (Kaishin)          Poems

Manoj              PRESENTATION #2   Chorus

                                      Males   “Master Bodhidharma,                                            Bodhisattva   Bodhidharma”

                                     Females   “Wu Wu Master                                                                           Bodhidharma”

 

     Jon  ( Jon )               Poems

     Axel                         ”Four Vows

     Eyal                          “Longing For” (Kabir)

     Video                       Little Kwan Yin

     Judy                          ”Enmei Juku Kannon Gyo”

                                        (Lyrics in the Video)

     Eric (Tetsuei )           Short Story

*****

         

     Manoj                        PRESENTATION #3

     Ian                              ”It’s all over now, Baby Blue”

     Beth (Esho)               “Art From the Heart”

     Jane (Chandra)         “Gate of Sweet Nectar”

     Sean   (Taigu)            “Practicing the Doughma”

     Eyal                            ”The Guest House” (Rumi)

Manoj                         FINAL PRESENTATION   

                                    Chorus      “I wanna thank you

                                     for letting me            be myself  again”

     Ritual Play

    Alessandra/ William

                     Questions From the Sangha

                     Closing Ceremony

                Dessert

*****

 Thanks to Roshi and all the Sangha members who helped

in making this event a reality.  A special shout-out to

Howard (Kakusho) for coordinating the food  preparation and other “behind the scene” tasks and to my wife, Cherie for

help with the program.

 

“MASTER BODHIDHARMA, BODHISATTVA BODHIDHARMA”: SEGMENT 2 FROM THE SHUSO HOSSEN CEREMONY

 

Hi and welcome to another edition of Art and Zen Today.  Today’s post consists of more video from my Shuso Hossen Ceremony.  We start off with Eyal Raz reading Rumi’s “The House Guest.  This is one of three short stories read by Eyal during the Ceremony.  All of them come from a tradition other than Zen but all convey the same depth of wisdom found in the most profound Zen texts.  The texts of the other two stories read by Eyal are printed below.  Following that is the second of my performance raps, which were intended as responses to  the Koan I was given.  It’s called “Master Bodhidharma, Bodhisattva Bodhidharma”.   For more on the Shuso Hossen Ceremony and other topics related to Zen and art use the SEARCH option or click on relevant CATEGORY at the right.

To see Video, click on link below:

https://youtu.be/el-YN0Oea5c

The Primordial Light ( A Jewish chassidic tale)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

In the first day - God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

In the fourth day – God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven… to give light upon the earth.

Question : What did happen to the first, primordial light after the light in the firmament of the heaven was created?

Answer : God hid it

Question : For whom did he hide it?

Answer : For the enlightened ones

Question : How can we observe it?

Answer : It is reflected in their daily activities.

Longing for (Kabir)

Friend, hope for the Guest while you are alive.

Jump into experience while you are alive!

Think… and think… while you are alive.

What you call ‘salvation’ belongs to the time before death.

If you don’t break your ropes while you’re alive,

do you think ghosts will do it after?

The idea that the soul will join with the ecstatic just because the body is rotten that is all fantasy.

What is found now is found then.

If you find nothing now, you will simply end up with an apartment in the City ofDeath.

If you make love with the divine now, in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.

So plunge into the truth, find out who the Teacher is, believe in the Great Sound!

Kabir says this: When the Guest is being search for, it is the intensity of the longing for the Guest that does all the work.

Look at me, and you will see a slave of that in 

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“A ROSHI NAMED JAKE GAVE ME A SNAKE” : SHUSO PERFORMANCE # 1.

Below is a link to my first rap performance in response to my Shuso Koan (see:  http://artandzentoday.com/?p=4380     ).  There are three pieces of information that might make my rap a bit more meaningful.  The first is that, following Zen tradition, the Shuso Hossen ceremony started off with my teacher handing me a Shippei;  a staff that is a  symbol of a Zen master’s authority.  I held the Shippei before the audience and spoke the following worlds:

“This is a 3 foot long black snake. A long time ago it had become a konpura flower on Mt Gudrakuta, and on Mt. Shorin it had become plum blossom.  Sometimes it transforms into a dragon and swallows heaven and earth.  Sometimes it transforms into a diamond sword with freedom to kill and give life.  Right now, in accord with the order of my teacher, it lies in my hands.  I feel like a mosquito trying to bite an iron bull.  However, being assigned as head trainee, I have to fulfill my duties”.

Secondly, in a series of lectures leading up to the Shuso Hossen Ceremony, I explored the nature and function of Zen ritual.  I spent a great deal of time in these lectures discussing an article entitled “Rituals” by Robert Sharf.  The author suggests that it is useful to view rituals as a form of transubstantiation where the participants understand that many aspects of their ritual activities are a form of play and yet can be taken seriously. He says that just as a child who uses a stick to represent a horse when playing cowboys understands that the stick is not really a horse, ritual participants act “as if” certain things are true or real, while knowing that it is only “as if”.  The most common example of this is the idea in communion that the wine offered by the priest is the blood of Christ.  I suggested, in my lectures, that engaging in the “as ifness” of rituals can be a way of learning to remain engaged in everyday life while not being attached (i.e. in society by not of society). To see two earlier posts on “transubstantiation”, type that term in the Search Box on the right and hit “enter” on your computer.

The third  item that might be helpful to look at before watching the video is a poem written by Jake Roshi several years ago and published on this site in an article titled “Poems and  Images of Five Vista Zen Center Artists”  (see:   http://artandzentoday.com/?p=3541     ).  The poem is not long but it is laid out in a visually interesting way and so you have to scroll down a bit to get to the video.

 

 No Choice?

By Jake Roshi

The Way is not difficult

for those who do not pick and choose.

The Way is not difficult

for those who do pick and choose.

When you walk the Way,

just walk the Way.

It is not near,

it is not far.

It just is.

Just do not get in the way

of the Way.

Or, Just get in the way

of the Way.

Either way Is the Way.

Either way is.

Either way

Is neither

The Way

Nor not

the

Way.

I think I’ll go away

Now.

Click on link below to watch the video:

https://youtu.be/x0q15sWm77I

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POEMS READ BY DAVID CLARK AND JON WESICK AT MANOJ’S SHUSO HOSSEN CEREMONY.

My recent posts have had to do with my Shuso Hossen Ceremony held at The Vista Zen Center on March 5th, 2016. (Click on “Shuso Hossen Ceremony” in the CATEGORIES BOX to the right to see other articles on the topic).   In addition to several performances on my part, I also asked other members to perform or make presentations and many of these will be the subject of future posts.  This post is devoted to poems read by David ( Kaishin) Clark and Jon Wesick (see their biographies below).

The link below will take you to a video made of their readings, along with subtitles so you can read as well as hear the poems.  The video was recorded from a stationary camera in a room with low light, so the visuals are not great, but you can hear the poems clearly. Also, below the Bios and the Link are transcripts of the poems read by these poets at the Ceremony and a few others as well.  Enjoy

https://youtu.be/McVr3ML-9zY

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David Clark was born and raised in San Diego. A life-long resident of the county, he and his wife, Diane, have lived in Vista for the last twenty years.  His poetic work reflects his many interests, but is especially informed by his study and practice of Zen Buddhism and key Buddhist texts such as the Avatamsaka and the Lankavatara Sutras. David is an admirer of the concise poetic forms of classical Chinese and Japanese poets. His work has been published in the yearly San Diego Poetry Annuals for 2012, ’14, ’15 and ’16.
Host of the Gelato Poetry Series, author of the poetry collection Words of Power Dances of Freedom, and an editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual, Jon Wesick has published over three hundred poems in journals such as the Atlanta Review, Pearl, and Slipstream. He has also published nearly a hundred short stories. One was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of his poems won second place in the 2007 African American Writers and Artists contest. Another had a link on the Car Talk website. Jon has a Ph.D. in physics and is a longtime student of Buddhism and the martial arts.
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Shuso Hossen Poems by Kaishin David Clark

The following are the poems that I read at the Shuso Hossen Program at the Vista Zen Center. I present them here in the order in which they were read. These poems will  be included in an upcoming  volume of selected poems to be published later this year. 

 

A Fool Once Again

Writing poems again?

Old fool!

Capturing thoughts in words

Is like collecting butterflies

Made of smoke.

                                                           Sweet Drum

                                                           I left the many

And I took the one,

Now I dance to the beat

Of my own sweet drum,

                                                    And I don’t have a care

For what may come,

While I dance to the rhythm

Of my own sweet drum.

When you add the columns

And you read the sum,

You may gain the many

When you take the one.

And you won’t be ruled

By the things that come,

When you dance to the beat

Of your own sweet drum.

 

 

                                                           Drop the Blade

Although you cut it

All day long,

It never bleeds.

Dice it a thousand times,

There are no pieces.

Chop at it with all your might,

You will never carry a stick away!

Drop the blade and you

May take the whole thing.

Which Bird?

Look now, in the garden!

Tell me what you see.

Is that the Blue Bird of Happiness,

Or just a gray bird of regret?

No matter either way,

In this garden

No bird alights for long…

Gone on the next breeze!

 

 

                                                               Eternal Now

 

Sit quite still

And you will see,

Freed from the bonds of

Was and will be,

The boundless realm

Of is.

If you watch attentively,

You’ll see that what is,

Endlessly,

Changes every moment,

Yet remains.

It’s the curious nature of this

Perpetual domain,

Always morphing into something

Quite the same.

Sesshin Poem

Dharma brothers and sisters

Believe it when you hear,

Once you’ve seen his face,

That damn ox is everywhere!

 

Poems by Jon Wesick                             Meditation Instruction

 

Even if an A-frame of chicken bones

is all that’s left of your last meal

and the executioner will come for you soon,

settle your awareness in the here and now.

 

Even if the turkey is still raw

ten minutes before the banquet,

Even if you lost the winning lottery ticket

and your future prosperity tumbles with pants in the dryer,

practice the here and now.

 

Even if your joke about the porn star

brought a grimace to the pastor’s lips,

Even if a fart loud as an air horn

erupted at Toastmasters,

let waves of awareness return you to the here and now.

 

Even if your neighbor uses your lawn as his dog’s toilet,

Even if that SUV takes two parking spaces,

Even if you obsess over your upcoming scene in Tarantino’s film,

Even if your Nobel Prize acceptance speech is tomorrow,

let your mind be a redwood rooted in the here and now.

 

Even if a naked Angelina Jolie (or Brad Pitt)

calls you from the bedroom,

Even if a new Lamborghini gleams in the driveway

and the keys are in your pocket,

let your mind be an immovable mountain in the here and now.

 

Even if you fantasize this immovable mind

will make you an action hero,

Even though this poem is only a metaphor

and such a mind is impossible,

Even though Einstein proved that now does not exist,

your here and now are enough.

 

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Ode to Sesshin Participants

 

Scientists of consciousness

holders of postgraduate degrees in awareness.

The meditation hall is your laboratory.

Knees and backs aching, feet numb as clubs

you gather wearing sweatpants and rakusu

to hear the endless repetition of a Boz Scaggs song

in your thoughts while certain that damn jikido

should have rung the bell ten minutes ago.

 

Yesterdays’ breakfast clogs your bowels and you would kill

for a half hour without someone knocking on the bathroom door.

You hope to finally get six hour’s sleep. And although discovering

buckwheat zafu make great pillows, you toss and turn all night,

wake at 5 AM, and do it all over again – sit, walk, chant,

move zabutons, obsess about when to brush your teeth,

and unfold oryoki napkins made into red warning flags

by first-day tomato sauce. Despite wanting to punch

that guy blocking the coffee pot, you make gassho

and bow anyway.

 

Worst day of your lives, You don’t belong here,

don’t belong anywhere so you pack your bags

and are out the door when you decide to give it one more day.

Sometime before breakfast a geyser of joy erupts inside.

Smells of delight waft from the kitchen,

One with fruit trees and rocks you sit in the garden at ease,

convinced you are the Buddha’s children.

 

Somewhere past joy your inner narrators finally shut up

leaving your minds still ponds. You who couldn’t wait to leave

now find kindness in the rules and schedule.

And when you return to the world outside

you find it noisy, strange, and cruel

 

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DILETTANTE ZEN POEM

 

The real Zen students were sitting in full lotus before dawn

wearing their black robes and rakusu1.

I stayed up too late watching TV.

Real Zen students don’t have TV’s.

Eventually I wake up,

light a candle on the altar,

and kneel on my meditation bench.

A gasoline powered edger begins its serenade,

and a lawnmower joins in the chorus.

 

By now the real Zen students are constructing monastery buildings,

working with the dying, or reaching out to the homeless.

I drive to my wrong livelihood job,

where I’m harassed by my wrong livelihood boss.

Real Zen students call this “good training.”

I call it a pain in the ass.

 

Real Zen students vow to return to this world of patience

for countless lifetimes to save all beings.

I wonder how I’ll get through another day.

 

I’ve given up trying to be a real Zen student.

I think I’ll become a dilettante instead.

If you’d like to be one too,

we meet at 7:00 most nights in the meditation hall.

 

 

 

 

Refuge

 

If you don’t fit in at the in-crowd’s circus

and find no shelter on concrete streets of commerce,

If patrolmen of conformity roust you from your bed

of newspaper and all the bathroom doors are locked,

If faces leer from under hellish neon lights

as your nostrils sting and swell from diesel fumes,

If the masses shove you aside to snatch at shiny nickels

and hustlers’ lies drown out all thought, then let these words

be your battered spirit’s refuge: Come inside

 

and peel off that filthy uniform. It never fit. After a shower

you’ll find the courtyard’s a good place for reflection.

It contains an odd garden, mostly agave and cactus,

but you can pick guavas and custard apples from the trees.

The legs on the wooden bench by the well are uneven,

so try not to tumble when watching hummingbirds

probe California fuchsias with needlelike beaks. Stay

as long as you like. There’s no place else you need to be.

 

2005/VIII

 

This poem appeared in SpeedPoets Zine, Vol. 10.8 in November 2011.

 

 

JAKE ROSHI AND MANOJ DISCUSS THE SHUSO HOSSEN CEREMONY

Last week’s post was the beginning of a series having to do with my Shuso Hossen Ceremony held on March 5th.  Since the format of the Ceremony was a bit nontraditional, Jake Roshi wanted us to sit down and “process” the event.  I brought a series of questions to the meeting that had been sent to me by Judy after the Ceremony.  I used her questions as sort of a jumping off point for our conversation.  I video taped my discussion with Roshi and the video below is one segment of our conversation, prompted by some of Judy’s  questions.  I will likely release more parts of our discussion in the future.  Warning: this video will have more meaning for viewers who attended the Ceremony. To see earlier posts regarding my Shuso Hossen Ceremony, use the Search Categories to the right or type in “Shuso Hossen” in the Search Window.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmKaRF4lLg0

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THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE MYSELF AGAIN (Music Video)

Below is a link to a new video that was used in my Shuso Hossen Ceremony. It involves images of the Vista Zen Center and music produced by me and Central Florida’s favorite blues singer “Stoney” Stone.  For more background on the ceremony, the video and Stoney, read below before watching.

About a month ago I published a post titled “Koan For Manoj’s Shuso Hossen” (http://artandzentoday.com/?p=4380).  In that article I wrote:

 In this ceremony a student offers his or her understanding of the Koan and fields questions from other students about the Koan to demonstrate their readiness to be considered a senior student.  Usually, students are assigned to work on one of the traditional Koans that have been part of the training for Zen monks throughout the centuries in China and Japan.  However, my teacher has decided to explore alternative Koans that speak more to  Westerners living and practicing Zen in non-monastic circumstances.

The Ceremony was held on March 5, 1916 and  many of my upcoming posts will either entail segments from the video recordings made that night or will be based on my experiences as a Shuso at the Vista Zen Center. The essence of my Shuso Koan (see below) had to do with how I would or could fulfill the Four Bodhisattva Vows as an artist. During the Ceremony I presented 5 different musical performances that I saw as answering my Koan. In addition to my presentations, about 15  other members of the Center  also gave short performances displaying their understanding of Zen and their creative interests.  So the Ceremony consisted of a full evening of poems, songs, stories, demonstrations and short talks etc.

                                                            Shuso Koan

I ended my portion of the evening by singing Sly Stone’s “I want to Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again” using altered lyrics that I hoped expressed my appreciation to my teacher and fellow students for providing a safe place to practice Zen.


A week after the Ceremony, my wife’s niece Elene and her boyfriend “Stoney” visited with us for a few days. They both are musicians and play together in various venues in central Florida.   Stoney’s other band “Stoney and the Housebreakers” also play for events throughout Florida and have produced numerous CDs.  Their album “Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ ” was the recipient of the prestigious Central Florida “CD of The Year Award” in 2009 @ The Brevard Live Florida Music Awards.(See the band’s  website: http://www.stoney3.com/ )

                                                          Elene and Stoney

Anyway, soon after our visitors arrived, I had Stoney in my studio singing the altered lyrics to the Sly Stone classic.  The short video below incorporates the recording Stoney and I produced and is accompanied by images compiled for the Shuso Hossen Ceremony to display the talents and dedication of the members of the Vista Zen Center.

https://youtu.be/WdWtlB6cphI

 

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THE ROLE OF MUSIC AND THE MUSICIAN IN SOCIETY.

 

Japanese jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako on music, cultural differences, and a quest for balance.

Japanese jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako on music, cultural differences, and a quest for balance.

Below I have posted a neat article that was sent to me by Jane Mushinsky.

I find it of interest because the author’s viewpoint supports what I will be attempting

to express at my Shuso Hossen Ceremony in March.  Thanks Jane!

A thought on musician’s role in society

 

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As working musician, I often think about our role in society. I never had offical education in music, instead I graduated from the medical school of Tokyo University, with B.S., license of nursing and public health nursing, and worked for the medical school hospital, wrote articles for psychiatric nursing text book, etc. When received job offer form a college of nursing as teaching faculty when I was 25, I doubt if this path is really what I want to take. So, in order to reset my established status in Japanese society,I moved to U.S. and restarted my life, that seemed to open chances for me to experience different possibilities of myself.

Being medical professional was very satisfying experience, since I could help people directly and physically. However, I found being musician is as meaningful (if not more) way of life as being in the position of helping people physically.

Here is my thought about musician’s role in society.

“A thought on musician’s role in society”

If we think music as a kind of entertainment business, it seems necessary for musicians to survive through demanding competition by stimulating consumer’s desire and greed especially in this modern capitalistic society based on free competitive market. However, I think musicians role in society is not providing services and/or items to provoke peoples desire to “want to have more”. Desire leads to craving, and the more we feed our desire, the more we crave. As a result we will never be satisfied with whatever we have and experience inner fulfillment.

The role of music in humanity seems to me providing listeners more ideal environment for realizing how miraculous it is to just “be here and now”, accepting how they are as they are now, and experiencing of sense of internal fulfillment.

If musicians try to make living by sincerely taking this role in society, conventional way of marketing and advertising can not be used, because they are designed to provoke desire for more, that is opposite from inner fulfillment with what they are now. Instead, we musicians can create music that make ourselves feel fulfillment and acceptance, put them out there and wait for people who are looking for music with the same purpose with which we are creating music, and can resonate with our music.

I don’t have desire to make a big money out of my music since the process of creating music is already rewarding me of experiencing of inner fulfillment, miracle of just being here and now and opportunities for personal growth. I think we desire for big money mostly when we feel that we are not rewarded by the activities themselves we are engaged. My business activity as musician is pretty much limited within the amount of money with which I can continue playing the role of musician in society, earning enough to keep up the activities that are useful for my growth as human being next few weeks.

I often play at restaurant/cafe where people don’t pay much attention for music. Under such a non-ideal circumstance for music performances, it is still meaningful for me to keep making effort for approaching the state of inner fulfillment, that may not mean much for customers. This kind of job is rather considered low class performance job since quality of music is not so important and most of what we play there is ignored anyway. However, I don’t consider this kind of job as “bad job” because I can still earn a little money that keeps me being musician, and it is not my business whether they use the impression of music I sincerely made effort for.

While I am playing at noisy restaurant and cafe, I often call up an image of mendicant buddhist priest standing at the corner of street. When I see them, I am reminded of the importance of pursuit for spiritual development above ordinary materialistic success. I often make an offering with gratitude and respect for someone who is seriously pursuing spiritual path, and wish for him to be able to continue the path. However, the amount of offering he can get doesn’t effect the quality of his internal work. I try not to change the quality of my effort to create music depending on the amount of money and/or attentions form audience, although those external factors effect internet state of mine and quality of music. As far as I am trying to keep my aim as ‘providing listeners more ideal environment for realizing how miraculous it is to just “be here and now”, accepting how they are as they are and experiencing of sense of fulfillment internally’, I have to accept whatever conditions I am under and find the way to feel fulfilled there.

If I were trying to be a good businessman by trying to expect accurately what can be wanted and sold in market and putting priority on creating what I can sell out there, the spiritual side of being musician, that I care most, would be ruined. I believe there is definite objective value on sharing the spiritual direction between musician and listeners through the music that is the result of the process of musician’s striving effort to experience inner fulfillment and can resonate listener’s spirit. I understand business people don’t pay much attention to this aspect of music, that can not be measured by money, however I want to cherish this as the most important and meaningful aspect of music.

AARP: A MUSIC/VIDEO PARODY OF “LOUIE LOUIE”

We are all aging but most of us don’t start worrying about it until we

receive an invitation to join AARP.  Although you can’t stop the aging

process, I find that it does help to maintain a sense of humor about

it all.  Thus, the Rap/Music/Video below as performed by “The Senior Moments”.  I hope you enjoy it.  It appears that the hyperlink below is not working so you may have to copy

the address below and paste it in your Browser.

https://youtu.be/Jg5WFONo9xA