Following Our Bliss, II



New American Buddhism



Hare Kr.s.n.a





pp. 64, 67-8 Spirit Rock

p. 64

"Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a four-hundred-acre Buddhist retreat on the rural edge of Marin, the California county".

p. 67

"Spirit Rock is ... one of many centres where Americans who first discovered Buddhism in the 1960s and the 1970s have pooled their resources, founding meditation retreats ... . ...

p. 68

By 2000, Spirit Rock had emerged as one of the nation's major meditation centers. That year the Dalai {b}Lama chose Spirit Rock as the gathering place for ... meditation teachers ... . ... But perhaps the most extraordinary thing about that ... gathering of 220 Asian and Western {Occidental} Buddhist leaders was that half of the assembled teachers were women."

p. 69 inspiration from spiritual leaders

"D. T. Suzuki, a Buddhist scholar who came to the United States in 1897 ... was still teaching Buddhism at Columbia University in New York in the 1950s and helped inspire such Beat writers as Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and Gary Snyder.

Perhaps the most influential writer and popularizer of Buddhism in the 1950s and 1960s was Alan Watts, the freethinking Anglican priest who came to New York and eventually set up shop on a houseboat in Sausalito, just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco."

p. 69 protection by cinematics-industry etc.

"Largely because of the news media, Hollywood, and other purveyors of pop culture, the protection of Tibetan Buddhism has become cause ce'le`bre among the spiritual intelligentsia. ... Films such as Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet have spread the faith, as have Buddhist movie stars such as Richard Gere and Steven Seagal."

pp. 67-8, 70 Jack Kornfield

p. 67

"Jack Kornfield, cofounder of Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock ... has taught ... Vipassana meditation. ...

p. 68

Kornfield trained as a Theravada Buddhist monk in Burma and Thailand in the 1960s but returned to the United States to become a ... Buddhist teacher. ...

p. 70

His book After the Ecstasy ... looks at the way many longtime meditators have gotten the ... Buddhist nirvana. ...

Kornfield was born and raised in Boston and Philadelphia".

Jack Kornfield : "Eightfold Path for the Householder".

pp. 72-75 Stephen Levine

p. 72

"at Spirit Rock was Noah Levine, the son of Stephen Levine, a well-known Buddhist teacher ... . ... Noah's parents, Steve and Patty, lived in a small cabin in Garberville, the northern California town Noah remembers as "hippie central." ...

Stephen married Ondrea, his third wife and spiritual partner for the next two decades. They met at a "Conscious Living, Conscious Dying" retreat at the Lama Foundation in northern New Mexico. Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, Noah Levine went back and forth between his father's place in New Mexico and his mother's home in Santa Cruz. Stephen['s] ... own work as a meditation teacher with prison inmates led to the publication of a best-selling book, Gradual Awakening. In the 1980s Stephen and Ondrea became popular teachers on the once-taboo subject of death and dying.

p. 73

... They were doing their book Who Dies? ... . ... .

... in the summer of 2001 ... Noah Levine ... writing ... already had a title in mind, Dharma Punx ... . ... .

[p. 249, n. 2:7 Noah Levine Dharma Punx. HarperSan Francisco, 2003.]

p. 74

... Noah ... taught meditation at ... San Quentin Prison. ...

Stephen Levine was born in New York to Jewish parents of Russian, German, and Polish ancestry. ...

p. 75

Stephen ... read the book, A. E. Burt's The Compassionate Buddha, and began meditating".

p. 74 (quoted from Levine 2000) punkism

"There was a whole generation of punk rockers saying, 'We realize that we're being lied to, that

this is all a sham, the American dream,

{The name of this sham is not "the American dream", but rather "the capitalist delusion" (fostered by ploutokrats for whatsoever nationality).}

that the Western world is lying to us about what the nature of happiness is.'"

{It is not so much "the Western world" as the monotheist (and Christian) world, that is deceitful concerning the nature of happiness.}

Levine 2000 = Noah Levine : "Confessions of a Dharma Punk". TRICYCLE : A BUDDHIST REVIEW, winter 2000, pp. 21-2.

{Capitalist greed-maddened destructiveness and Christian intent to torture-to-death God (or alternatively, intent to worship a false prophet whom God hath forsaken and punished with crucifixion) : these false systems are based on shams, on humbugs.}

p. 75 (quoted from Levine 2002, 24) the beat generation

"The gods of the beat generation , musically and poetically, were often an odd improvisional mixture of a ...

somewhat gaudy Buddha and

{All Vajra-yana deities are quite gaudy.}

a generous, even inspiring Morpheus."

{The name /MORPHEUS/ is supposed to be cognate with the name /BRAHMA/.}

Levine 2002 = Stephen Levine : Turning Toward the Mystery. HarperSan Francisco, 2002.



Hare Kr.s.n.a


pp. 82-3 Prabhu-pada

p. 82

"in 1965 ... Prabhupada ... came to New York to found the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ... Prabhupada died in 1977 ... .

p. 83

... Two years before his death ..., a devotee asked the aging guru ... : "What will happen when you die?" His answer is enshrined on a plaque inside the ornate temple ... . ... "I shall live through my books.""

pp. 86-89 life in the Kr.s.n.a Consciousness Society

p. 86

"Swami Prabhupada was already seventy years old when he arrived in New York in 1965 ... . "I am so disgusted with ... complaint from husband or wife," he wrote in a 1972 letter. "So henceforth I am not sanctioning any more marriages." Years before, this former businessman {viz., Prabhu-pada} and father of five -- then known as Abhay Charan De -- had walked out of his own family {marriage etc.} in pursuit of Krishna consciousness."

p. 87

"Today ... Most of the members are, not Caucasian converts, but Asian Hindus trying to keep connected to their native religion. ... .

p. 88

... about five hundred worshipers come for the main weekly celebration, but ... most of them are recent Indian immigrants, not American converts. That same ethnic shift has occurred at other Hare Krishna temples across the United States."

"Prabhupada ... preached a form of Vaishnavism ... . It teaches that the human soul is composed of Lord Krishna's highest energy, but [that] people are deluded by maya, the lower energy ... .

p. 89

Devotees seek a return to Krishna consciousness by chanting ... . ... Dozens of devotees would be dancing down the street to great throbbing of drums, clashing of finger cymbals, and amplified organ music, chanting "Hare Krishna" all the way. Presiding over it all on an ornate float would be Praphupada, sitting serenely on a plush red throne beneath a giant statue of Krishna. ... His first write-up was in the October 15, 1966, edition of the East Village Other. ... the alternative newspaper reported, Swami A. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada has succeeded in convincing the world's ... bohemians, acidheads, potheads, and hippies -- that he knows the way to ... a brand of 'Consciousness Expansion' that's sweeter than acid, cheaper than pot ... .""

p. 89 Keith Ham (svamin Kirtana-ananda)

"Keith Ham ... had come to New York City to work on a doctorate in religious history at Columbia University. ... Ham, in the form of Swami Kirtanananda, would become one of Prabhupada's most powerful successors and build the grandest Hare Krishna temple in North America -- New Vrindabana. That golden temple in rural West Virginia".

p. 95 Jim Jones

"Jim Jones was an ordained minister in the Disciples of Christ ... . ... in San Francisco in the 1970s, he was seen as a liberal prophet for social justice ... . ... He was named chair[man] of the city's Housing Authority and ... was invited to the White House during the Carter administration. ... Peoples Temple mixed religious revival, leftist politics, social justice ... of the Sixties counterculture.

That is why the horror in Guyana can be seen as a final chapter of the Sixties."

{The horror can be more accurately be seen as a final chapter on Christianity, for it was because of the apocalyptic nature of Christianity (advocating the destruction of the world) that his acting out this nature was a direct consequence of the doctrines of Christ. Decades earlier, a tribe at the settlement Beckeranta in the Kukenaam valley to the west of mt. Roraima of that country had slaughtered off itself (DSh, p. 146) for the same reason (i.e., after the tribe had been converted by Protestant missionaries to an apocalyptic brand of Christianity -- DSh, pp. 143-145).}

DSh = Neil L. Whitehead : Dark Shamans. Duke U Pr, Durham (NC), 2002.





pp. 100-102 Rajn~is` Candra Mohan

p. 100

A "philosophy professor former known as Rajneesh Chandra Mohan, had begun ... in the late 1960s with a few devotees gathered in his Bombay apartment. He opened a bustling ashram in nearby Poona in the 1970s, attracting thousands of sannyasins, an Indian term for "wandering monk." ... In the early 1980s they bankrolled the purchase and development of a sixty-four-thousand-acre ranch in the desolate hills of central Oregon. There they built a small city and farming commune, legally incorporating it as the City of Rajneeshpuram. ... For paying guests, it was party time, a kind of Club Meditation for mind-body swingers."

p. 101

"the whole thing was a cosmic joke. ... .

... to respond to allegations that he had engaged in sexual relations with his {female} devotees ... Rajneesh ... said, ... "I have made love to more women than any {other} man on Earth."

You gotta love the guy! Was he kidding or not? Nobody knew. ...

p. 102

Rajneesh's writings often were insightful. He had a real knack for explaining Hindu, Taoist, and Buddhist concepts to a Western audience. He had a working knowledge of Freud, Jung, Reich, ... and he borrowed many of their techniques. He could be a sharp critic of all forms of religious hypocrisy ... . He could be funny and wise".

pp. 103-4 erotic bodily energies

p. 103

[quoted from Rajneesh 1984, p. 191] "Sex[ual activity] should be more fun than such a serious affair as it has been made in the past ... . It should be like a game, a play; two persons playing with each others' bodily energies."

[quoted from OTI, Nov 16, 1992, p. 15] "every man has

his woman within him

{designated /anima/ by Carl Jung}

and every woman has

her man within her,"

{designated /animus/ by Carl Jung}

he said. "Only the meditator comes to know his {or her, if a meditatrix} whole being. Suddenly his inner woman and the {her?} inner man

melt and merge into each other.

{Cf. the mystical erotic experience known as "melding".}

This creates an orgasmic state ... ."

{Is a similar explanation for orgasm used by Wilhelm Reich or by his followers?}

p. 104

[quoted from Franklin 1992, p. 18 : (describing sexual activity between her and an instructer at the Rajn~is` meditation centre in New York)] "the energy between us was so intense we shook and tremored at the slightest touch. Sex between us was as powerful as an earthquake."

Rajneesh 1984 = Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh : The Book : an Introduction to the Teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Rajneeshpuram (OR) : Rajneesh Foundation Internat, ser. 3.


Franklin 1992 = Satya Bharti Franklin : The Promise of Paradise : a Woman's Intimate Story of the Perils of Life with Rajneesh. Barrytown (NY) : Station Hill Pr.

pp. 104-5 ghostwriteress for Rajn~is`

p. 104

"Jill Franklin ... took the sannyasin{i} name Ma Satya Bharti, ... "the divine truth of India." ...

p. 105

Franklin was with Rajneesh from 1972 to 1985. This poet[ess] and former student at Sarah Lawrence College, ... served as a ghostwriter for her guru. She wrote three of her own glowing accounts of life with her spiritual master, books that attracted countless others into the fold."

p. 251, n. 2:35

Ma Satya Bharti : Death Comes Dancing. London : Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1981.

Satya Bharti : The Ultimate Risk. London : Wildwood House, 1980.

Satya Bharti : Drunk on the Divine. NY : Grove Pr, 1980.

pp. 106-7 Gitan & Zorba

p. 106

"in Los Angeles ... at an exclusive Rajneesh retreat center in southern California called Gitan."

p. 107

"in Oregon ... at Zorba the Buddha Rajneesh Disco, a music club the sect set up in Portland."

p. 109 praecocious sexually

[quoted from Franklin 1992, p. 209] "Ranch kids were notoriously praecocious sexually, teenage girls hopping into bed regularly with men old enough to be their fathers, often at their own initiative. ... . ... it was prevalent enough to seem acceptable ... .If their parents didn't object -- at least someone was paying attention to the kids they were ignoring -- how could I?"

Don Lattin : Following Our Bliss : How the Spiritual Ideals of the Sixties Shape Our Lives Today. HarperSanFrancisco (a division of HarperCollins Publ), 2003.