This webpage is based upon the idea that the SMiLE album is in essence a Zen koan, or riddle,
-Brian Wilson, Wouldn't It Be Nice(pg.129)
~Alan Watts, Behold The Spirit(pg.107)
It is said that once, when the Buddha was seated with his Bhikkhus, a Brahma-Raja came to him and, offering him a golden flower, asked him to preach the Dharma. The Enlightened One accepted the flower, and holding it aloft, gazed at it in silence. After a while the Venerable Mahakasyapa smiled. Such is the origin of Zen Buddhism, for it is said that this smile was handed down by twenty-eight successive Patriarchs, the last being the Indian philosopher Bodhidharma, who arrived in China in A.D. 520."
~Christmas Humphreys, Buddhism(pg.181)
The Buddha is the above story's
Dumb (silent) Angel.
the album cover's SMiLE Shop.
"When the bird sings, it transmits God's voice. When the Buddha held out a golden flower, Mahakashyapa smiled."
~D.T.Suzuki, The Essence Of Buddhism(pg.25)
The Buddha said:
You should think of the four elements* of which the body is composed. Each of them has its own name, and there is no such thing there known as ego.
As there is really no ego,
it is like unto a mirage.
~from The Sutra of Forty-two Chapters,
Zen For Americans(pg.13)
~Alan Watts, The Book(pg. 156)
Zen For Americans(pg.25)
~Carl Wilson(LLVS pg.26.)
~D.T.Suzuki, Zen And Japanese Buddhism(pg.34)
~Derek Taylor(LLVS pg.192.)
~Behold The Spirit(pg.xxv)
~Brian Wilson, 1991.
~Wilson Van Dusen, "LSD and the Enlightenment of Zen."
Psychologia 4:11-16, 1961.
"Satori is in fact remarkably similar to psychedelic experience,
if not indeed identical..."
~William Braden, The Private Sea, pub. 1967. (pg.49.)
"Now, he thought, that all these transitory things have slipped away from me again, I stand once more beneath the sun, as I once stood as a small child. Nothing is mine, I know nothing, I possess nothing, I have learned nothing. How strange it is! Now, when I am no longer young, when my hair is fast growing gray, when strength begins to diminish, now I am beginning again like a child. He had to smile again. Yes, his destiny was strange! He was going backwards, and now he stood empty and naked and ignorant in the world. But he did not grieve about it; no, he even felt a great desire to laugh, to laugh at himself, to laugh at this strange foolish world."
'"...I had what is called a "toehold". I got that from a book "A Toehold On Zen". I learned from that book and from people who had a toehold on...say somebody had a grasp on life, a good grasp - they ought to be able to transfer that over to another thing. That's what happened with me; I got good with a great many things in my life."'
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