“I have great respect for organized religion. I have great respect for anything that’s organized. I think we live on the edge of anarchy, so whatever forms operate & nourish its constituents deserve respect.” Leonard Cohen On Religion


Rebirth Of A Ladies’ Man by Steven Blush. Seconds No 22: June/July 1993.

Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Terrorism, Kerouac, Songwriting, Zen, Dylan, Joan Baez, Chelsea Hotel #1 and #2, Jennifer Warnes, & Irving Layton (1993)

Plus Paris Models Recitation, Using Computers To Write & Draw, Origins Of “Way Down Deep” and “Do Dum Dum Dum, De Do Dum Dum” In Tower of Song

Leonard Cohen interviewed about The Future
Vin Scelsa’s Idiot’s Delight – June 13, 1993

From the Soundcloud description:

This originally aired live on the Sunday night sojourn of Idiot’s Delight on WXRK (92.3 KROCK) in New York. The first attack on the World Trade Center in late February 1993 was still on everyone’s mind; thoughts and questions about the nature of “the terrorist mentality” were very much in the air. Leonard’s latest album was “The Future.” He was in New York for a concert. His thoughts on the subject were vivid and have proved chillingly prescient over the years. Note : The music played that night has been truncated for this Podcast; same with the commercial breaks. Otherwise this is how it went down. Leonard Cohen was unique … it was a great privilege to spend this time with him.

Notes:

A transcript of this interview is included in Leonard Cohen On Leonard Cohen, Editor Jeff Burger

“But there are moments when you stop searching. Those are moments without doubt or questions.” Leonard Cohen On The Benefit Of Zen


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If you decide to search and look for an object outside yourself, you’ll, of course, never find it. But there are moments when you stop searching. Those are moments without doubt or questions. And if you practice Zen, there are many such moments.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen als Zen-Mönch, a video shot during one of the several visits Leonard Cohen and Roshi made to a Zen Center in Austria from 1990 to 1996. Quotation interpreted and, in part, translated by Rike.

Note: The words quoted are from a videotaped interview that is overdubbed in German. This quotation as represented comprises Leonard Cohen’s words in English except portions obscured by the overdubbing, in which case a translation of the German overdubbing is used.

“You need this love to be grounded, until there is no difference between you and your love, or what you love or what you are. It’s just the one thing.” Leonard Cohen


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My old teacher told me that the older you get and the lonelier you get, the deeper is your need for love. Like everyone else, I have looked for such deep love. And as you get older, you need this love to be grounded, until there is no difference between you and your love, or what you love or what you are. It’s just the one thing.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen als Zen-Mönch, a video shot during one of the several visits Leonard Cohen and Roshi made to a Zen Center in Austria from 1990 to 1996. Quotation interpreted and, in part, translated by Rike.

Note: “My old teacher” is Roshi. The words quoted are from a videotaped interview that is overdubbed in German. This quotation as represented comprises Leonard Cohen’s words in English except portions obscured by the overdubbing, in which case a translation of the German overdubbing is used.  In this quotation, for example, the phrase “be grounded” is an English translation of the German narration.

A similar Leonard Cohen quotation can be viewed at Leonard Cohen on being asked “What is the best advice you have ever received?”

“In religion, there is God and the relationship with God. When I want to get in touch with God, for that I have Judaism. Zen is not a religion. It’s the study of the self – as it arises and how the self disappears.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen als Zen-Mönch. a video shot during one of the several visits Leonard Cohen and Roshi made to a Zen Center in Austria from 1990 to 1996.  Quotation interpreted and, in part, translated by Rike.

Note: The words quoted are from a videotaped interview that is overdubbed in German. This quotation as represented comprises Leonard Cohen’s words in English except portions obscured by the overdubbing, in which case a translation of the German overdubbing is used.  In this quotation, for example,  the phrase ““for that I have Judaism”” is an English translation of the German narration.

“Every page is informed by a sweet concern for the well-being of her reader” Leonard Cohen’s Foreword To Mental Fitness By Michiko Rolek

Leonard Cohen’s Foreword to Mental Fitness by Michiko Rolek

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My old teacher, Joshu Sasaki Roshi, has asked me to say a few words about the book which you are holding. He never really learned English, and he has forgotten much of his Japanese, but he knows a good thing when he sees it, and he wanted me to thank Michiko Rolek, on his behalf, for her very helpful instructions.

I live with a number of bewildered souls on a mountain in southern California. The place is called a Zen Center, and it probably is, but it is also a kind of hospital for people who have forgotten how to breathe, or sit, or stand, or walk. Michiko has developed a simple and effective approach to these fundamental activities. Some of us are breathing better already.

This workbook may not solve the Burning Issues of Your Life, but you sure as hell can save yourself a lot of trouble by looking into it. You might even be able to skip having to visit a place like this, or if you are already in one, perhaps with this valuable information you can slip away.

In any case, we want to join Roshi in expressing our gratitude to Michiko for her kindness in presenting to us her manual on Mental Fitness. She has made some important matters wonderfully clear, and every page is informed by a sweet concern for the well-being of her reader.

Thank you.
Jikan Eliezer
a Mt. Baldy monk
(Leonard Cohen)

This photo and foreword were posted Feb 27, 2011 at Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen, FunZen Bakery. Thanks to Michiko, who writes

I am honored that Leonard wrote the foreword. Spending an afternoon with him the day we took the photo and had lunch (that he prepared) was truly unforgettable.

Gassho (Gratitude) and Bright Blessings,

Michiko
Author, Great g.daughter ~Sokei-an & Ruth F. Sasaki ~ famous zen family legacy.🍵

Twitter @mindfulposture

http://funzenbakery.com/author/

Mental Fitness: Complete Workouts For Body, Mind, And Soul by Michiko J. Rolek

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill; 1st edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834803739