I decided to help out the Formerly Tough Zen Guy
I was brought into being by Jeff Bridges in order to help his friend Bernie to wage peace around the world.¬† Word on the street is that Bernie was a tough Zen monk who yelled at his students and beat them with sticks to provoke their enlightenment.
However, as I joined my first workshop with him, I instead found a Brooklynite in his early 70’s with a beard and ponytail who travels around telling stories and cracking jokes.¬† It turns out that I’m traveling with a Formerly Tough Zen Guy.
At every workshop, he listens to participants before talking.
I decided to help out.
Heard on the street:
- Heidelberg was spared bombing in WWII because Americans found it so charming.
- The fact that the castle overlooking Heidelberg once served as an alchemist University drew 60’s psychonaut¬† Terrance McKenna, seeking not simply to transform lead into gold, but transform the mind.
- Municipal planners failed to pass a law aimed to push the local homeless out of the view of tourists after citizens of the town objected.
- Formerly Tough Zen Guy: you can’t call me directly.¬† You have to call my assistant Ari.
I feel that I’m not alone.
I believe there are others out there who want to Head for Peace.
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