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Welcome to The Zen Revolution. The first 22 episodes cover subsequent chapters of the manuscript, with literary excerpts and bumper music. The Field of Weeds essays follow, a weekly series from the desk of H. Grevemberg together with cases from Zen Master Seung Sahn's Road to Enlightenment, an unpublished text from 1965.

Welcome to The Zen Revolution. The first 22 episodes cover subsequent chapters of the manuscript, with literary excerpts and bumper music. The Field of Weeds essays follow, a weekly series from the desk of H. Grevemberg together with cases from Zen Master Seung Sahn's Road to Enlightenment, an unpublished text from 1965.
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Welcome to The Zen Revolution. The first 22 episodes cover subsequent chapters of the manuscript, with literary excerpts and bumper music. The Field of Weeds essays follow, a weekly series from the desk of H. Grevemberg together with cases from Zen Master Seung Sahn's Road to Enlightenment, an unpublished text from 1965.

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The Zen Revolution

12/31/2010
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Chapter One - Fall to the Ground - read by H. Grevemberg - a new chapter every week. The story begins in the wilderness of Louisiana. Bumper music is Queen Adreena - Drink Me - Sleeping Pill.

Duration:00:19:59

The Zen Revolution - The Call to Practice #2

12/8/2010
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Chapter Two - The Call to Practice - author H. Grevemberg reads from the back matter of Kafka’s The Metamorphosis - Wilhelm Emrich - The Animal as Liberating Self - Modern Alienation and it’s Law - before delving into chapter two of the Revolution. Bumper music is Blonde Redhead - La Mia Vita Voilenta - Jewel.

Duration:00:21:00

The Zen Revolution - Open Season #3

11/25/2010
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Chapter Three - Open Season - author H. Grevemberg reads from the fourth chapter of Andre’ Gide’s The Immoralist before diving into the material. The bumper music is Sonic Youth - Anagrama - Tremens.

Duration:00:28:23

The Zen Revolution - Vashon #4

11/20/2010
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Chapter Four - Vashon - author H. Grevemberg reads from Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer. The saga continues, taking the reader from the Zen center to Grevemberg’s first 100-day solo retreat. The bumper music is Azalia Snail - Fumarole Rising - Hidden Addendum.

Duration:00:27:52

The Zen Revolution - Stella #5

11/11/2010
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Chapter Five - Stella - author H. Grevemberg reads from Samuel Beckett’s Molloy. Afterward the revolution continues with a brief run through Seattle, kyol-che in Providence, and a new bearing – toward NYC. The bumper music is AFX – Analord 11 – W32.Mydoom.AU@mm.

Duration:00:26:17

The Zen Revolution - The Desert #6

11/4/2010
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Chapter Six – The Desert - the author begins anew on the West coast. An arduous stint at a desert monastery leads to his eventual indoctrination into a monastic order. The episode begins with an excerpt from Yukio Mishima’s final work The Decay of the Angel. The bumper music is Tricky – Maxinquaye – Black Steel.

Duration:00:28:23

The Zen Revolution - Seoul #7

10/30/2010
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Chapter Seven - Seoul - author H. Grevemberg reads from Camus The Myth of Sisyphus. The revolution continues on the way to Korea, to the author’s first glimpse at a real Zen monastery. The bumper music is Peter Gabriel – Passion – Of These, Hope - Reprise.

Duration:00:26:40

The Zen Revolution - Gye Ryong San #8

10/25/2010
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Chapter Eight - Gye Ryong San - author H. Grevemberg reads from Gogol Dead Souls. In chapter Eight of The Zen Revolution, the author attends a 90-day retreat in the Gye Ryong mountain range, Korea, at a 13-century old monastery. The bumper music is BÖC –Mirrors – The Vigil.

Duration:00:37:51

The Zen Revolution - Haengjanim #9

10/19/2010
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Chapter Nine - Haengjanim - author H. Grevemberg reads from Faulkner The Sound and the Fury. In chapter nine of The Zen Revolution, the author, confined to the monastery grounds, is forced to begin anew as a novice monk. The bumper music is Magik Markers –Boss – Taste.

Duration:00:34:42

The Zen Revolution - Monsoon #10

10/10/2010
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Chapter Ten - Monsoon - author H. Grevemberg reads from Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins. In Monsoon the author struggles to maintain in a pitched battle between two strong women sorting out their order of dominance. The bumper music is Sonic Youth –Dirty – On The Strip.

Duration:00:30:21

The Zen Revolution - Leap Year #11

10/5/2010
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Chapter Eleven - Leap Year - author H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Thomas Mann’s short story A Man and His Dog. In Leap Year the author goes through the final stages of haengja training before the kyoruk - the trial-by-fire for novice monks, coming next week. The bumper music is Blonde Redhead – Fake Can be Just as Good – Bipolar.

Duration:00:29:50

The Zen Revolution - Kyoruk #12

10/1/2010
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Chapter Twelve - Kyoruk - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Dostoevsky’s House of the Dead, and, in Kyoruk, attends the final stage of indoctrination into the Chogye order of Buddhism in Korea - the trial-by-fire for novice monks. The bumper music is The Stooges – Fun House – TV Eye.

Duration:00:42:19

The Zen Revolution - Totem #13

9/25/2010
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Chapter Thirteen - Totem - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Celine’s Death on the Installment Plan, and, in Totem, returns to Louisiana to tend to a dying father, is forced to choose between leaving him to the horrors of a difficult end, or leaving the Buddhist order. The bumper music is AFX – Analord 1 – Where’s Your Girlfriend?

Duration:00:31:45

The Zen Revolution - Noe’mi #14

9/20/2010
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Chapter Fourteen - Noe’mi - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Tom Robbins’s Even Cowgirls Get the Blues before delving into Noe’mi. The end of Season Two - The Formal Aspect is rather poetic, a meltdown between the author and a French witch. The bumper music is Queen Adreena – Djin – Ruby.

Duration:00:24:30

The Zen Revolution - Interview with Tenkai

9/15/2010
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Intermission - Interview with Tenkai - H. Grevemberg reads two short excerpts from Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own before interviewing Tenkai, an old friend and dharma brother of Maezumi Roshi’s line. A lot of ground is covered that reflects back onThe Zen Revolution - worth your time. The bumper music is Peter Gabriel - Security - The Rhythm of the Heat.

Duration:00:23:50

The Zen Revolution - The Open Field #15

9/10/2010
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Chapter Fifteen - The Open Field- H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Season Three - The Fall begins with a terse, poetic look at the author’s break from the institution. The bumper music is The Jesus and Mary Chain – The Power of Negative Thinking – Nineteen666.

Duration:00:25:39

The Zen Revolution - Downtown #16

9/5/2010
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Chapter Sixteen - Downtown - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Henry Miller’sCosmological Eye - An Open Letter to Surrealists Everywhere. Chapter 16 - Downtowntakes the reader along for a day trip via the Los Angeles subway, a documentary framework that turns poetic, transcendental. The bumper music is Folk Implosion -Natural One - the “Kids” soundtrack.

Duration:00:19:43

The Zen Revolution - The Press Forward #17

8/30/2010
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Chapter Seventeen - The Press Forward - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Hunter S. Thompson’s The Great Shark Hunt — an out-of-print collection of essays that covers a good span of the author’s work — this one from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Chapter 17 - The Press Forward is an argument against relationship developed from H. Grevemberg’s Giant essay — a heady look into the production of a saint. The bumper music is Black Sabbath - Volume Four - The Straightener.

Duration:00:22:05

The Zen Revolution - Dead Season #18

8/25/2010
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Chapter Eighteen - Dead Season - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Upton Sinclair’sThe Jungle, of the rare breed of novel that drives real change, political change. Chapter 18 - Dead Season, the final chapter of Season Three - The Fall, describes the final moments before the author’s return to practice. The bumper music is The Cranes -Jewel - Leave Her to Heaven.

Duration:00:19:16

The Zen Revolution - Fire #19

8/15/2010
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Chapter Nineteen - Fire - H. Grevemberg reads an excerpt from Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi - an excerpt that reveals much about life. In Fire, the author returns to formal practice at the desert monastery after a fire nearly destroys it, and finds something extraordinary. The bumper music is the author’s own - Strong.

Duration:00:24:01