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19. In Dude We Trust


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In Dude We Trust


One thing that I like about Dudeism is it isn't selling this "other shore" shit that often comes with Zen and the like.  You know?  Like you've gotta get to somewhere you're not already.


Dudeism draws a line in the sand and says "just here, man, just where you are."


We just dig what we are doing.  Dudeism says, "fuck it man, let's go bowling."  Let's take that hill. You start jamming, free-flowing, having fun, digging a new riff.


And you know what this does?


It makes you open to whatever shit is going down in the moment.  And that means you are less uptight.


We aren't staring into space thinking, I shouldn't be thinking here, man.


Or sat facing a wall with shaved heads wondering what all this is about.  They're obviously not golfers, man. 

Non-attachment to non-attachment


Ikkyu (an ex-Zen priest who left the temple following enlightenment) said it good, "That Buddha statue deserves all the bird shit it gets."  He chose to spend his time frequenting the bars and brothels of the area, and thought the shaven ones were actually not that calm.   They were quite tense about what they should and shouldn't do.


Which reminds me.  Have you ever noticed those bib things (Rakusu) that Zen monks have around their chest.  In fact, let me see if I can dig out a photo:




Do you know what this is?  At some point in Zen's history, the monks were suppressed by some dog breath emperor who forbid them to wear priestly robes and as a show of revolt, they cut off the top of it and kept that, so it looks like a bib.


But that's just like an idea, man.


It's still holding on to shit.


How can you teach non-attachment while not being able to let go of your bib?


Hey, but it sounds like I'm trying to slam Zen, and I'm not.  I'm just saying that in religion, there's too many people teaching about something that's beyond where you are, and who you are right now.  And sometimes, they need to let go of their own shit.


When you're told to just let that shit go, chill the fuck out, and breathe out the bullshit, it all gets kinda funky, and the heavenly flow of grooveness says "just dig it kiddo".  And that's the cosmos, duding its thang.




See you further on up the trail Dudes.


The Reverend Thomo






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