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The 8 LEVELS of American Zen

                                   

 LEVEL 8

This is the highest level. Go start at the bottom.

Final result of reality processes = absolute calm with a cooperative instinct and determined compassion.  

(Militant niceness? heehee)

Bodhisattvas are Buddhist Buddhas who have decided to share their wisdoms with the world.

The American Zen band is NOT here at this level... yet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
   
                                                                                                                                 
 LEVEL 7

All elements and beings exist in motion or are the cause of unrest, or cause annhilation.

(Physics = magic = science = life)

Mastery of life on earth is much more than survival for humans.

A passionate spiritual pursuit of realistic perfection.

The American Zen band is NOT here at this level... yet.

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 6

Ignorance is a basic quality creating specific realities of birth and death.

Comprehension and awareness alter basic realities into higher levels of control.

(Reality = perception)

Religions can lead to this level of accepting death, preparing one's soul, and being useful to mankind.

The American Zen band WAS here in 1996. They will be here again in 2018?

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 5

Reality is a process of cooperation of 72 Elements, per Buddhism 500 years B.C.,
that create the many causes which create death.

(There are many forms of death.)

This is the highest level of cause and effect.
Understanding the cause of the cause leads one to see the future by undstanding the past.

The American Zen band WAS here in 1995. They will be here again in 2017?

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 4

All elements interact with each other which creates the LAWS of Cause And Effect.
(I feel like interacting with a feminine element.)

Here's Hebrew and other "eye for an eye" religions.

They get stuck here thinking that punishments and rewards will balance reality.

The American Zen band WAS HERE in 1994 and returned here again in 2010
with the release of LEVEL 4 = Kung Fu Cowboy PART 1: KING SOLOMON'S TEMPLE album.

 ENTER LEVEL 4

 

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 3

The Zen dudes purse romantic relationships.
(Dirty sex is good sex if it is clean sex of mutual contentment.)

Elements exist for only one moment.
The next moment is a new element in a new location.
Everything is in movement with nothing fixed in the same place beyond each moment.
Therefore, nothing and nowhere exists for more than a moment.

(I'll settle for a momentous moment.)

The American Zen band WAS HERE in 1993 and returned here again in 2008
with the release of LEVEL 3 = I WANT YOU TO LOVE ME album.

 ENTER LEVEL 3

 

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 2

The Zen dudes go beyond questioning their religions.
(Yeah. No more hand-smacking for asking too many questions.)

Armed with the vitality of youthful awareness (that's a contradiction)--they attack religion.  
("It was in my way!")

Hey, whether fun or folly, if their religions cannot withstand their disappointment or disagreement, how divine is it?  ("Sounds like my lovelife.")

Every element is its own identity and exists only in its own reality.  (Sounds like my parents.)

The American Zen band WAS HERE in 1992 and returned here again in 2007
with the release of LEVEL 2 = CHRIST KILLER album.

 ENTER LEVEL 2

   
 
   
                                 

 LEVEL 1

This is where our story starts. Coyote moves out of the United States.  
(Deported to Canada. My mother told my friends 'I died.').

Now he's back in the U.S. but he's in the process of getting kicked out of Utah.
('A Long Way Home' tells the story pretty good.')

Weird. They made fun of him in Canada for being a Californian. 
(Well, the girls thought it was cool.)

Every element is different and possesses a different energy and potential.
(That Mormon pioneer religion had its' purpose to help them survive, but now they're the 5th largest corporation on the planet!)

The American Zen band WAS HERE in 1991 and returned here again in 2005
with the release of LEVEL 1 = PEACE OF MIND album.

 ENTER LEVEL 1

   
 
 
Written by Richard O'Connor with comments by The Coyote
                                   
America's First Buddhist Rock Band, American Zen

 

 

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