VIMALAKIRTI BUDDHIST SUTRA: MORNING PHOTOSHOOT IN ZEN JAPANESE GARDEN, KYOTO GRAND HOTEL LOS ANGELES. BUDDHISM QUOTES & MEDITATIONS.
What happens when heavy metal combines with Zen Buddhism? This!
The Adventure Team holed up at the Kyoto Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Six thumbs up. The renovated rooms were roomy and had plenty of hairdressing space, as you can see in this video. The hotel is right smack in Little Tokyo, which means you’re surrounded by Japanese food. Best of all, it has a beautiful Zen garden.
Ementhy and I visited the garden barefoot and in pajamas. My tights are such a joke. A small rip got progressively worse as the previous night devolved…
I lent the boys some of my Buddhist books. Did you know I studied Eastern religions/philosophies while at Columbia University, and even took a class with Robert Thurman (Uma’s dad)?
The Vimalakirti Sutra remains one of my favorite texts. Vimalakirti is a businessman; he drinks, gambles, even has a harem of concubines. But despite all these heady distractions — which usually lead to attachment, the barrier to nirvana — he is able to maintain a pure mind. His wisdom, in fact, surpasses that of the most advanced monks.
The sutra speaks to non-duality: no action or behavior is inherently good or bad. It’s possible to be a Buddha while also being out there in the world, living it up.
I’m still reeling: The Washington Post listed my book Cute Yummy Time in their Holiday Gift Guide! Recommended “for globally minded cooks,” Bonnie Benwick describes my cookbook as “Japanese fun with food that is irresistibly charming.” (You can find more info on my book here.)
Got any Zen thoughts in your mind today?
Song of the Day #262: Apoptygma Berzerk – Until the end of the world (Can you tell I’m on a Goth-synth-industrial dance kick? If this doesn’t get you shaking, I don’t know what will.)