"The power of the light within must vary with the individual; the lighting of the lamp is the purpose of Zen Buddhism, and the light is Zen."~C.Humphreys, Zen Buddhism, (pg. 39.)

The path through the above picture's SMiLE Shop leads to the lighted lamp.

"BRIAN & VAN" and "THE BOYS" are represented
on the original
SMiLE album cover by the wave-framed seven smiles
outside the
SMiLE Shop.

"Having returned to the East or
West Indies - we always got them
SMiLE lyrics
as described by artist
Frank Holmes.

"Up at his house there is considerable re-
construction--the place is becoming a struct-
ural symphony Western in origin with
Eastern overtones."~Derek Taylor
(LLVS pg.136.)

"There was...'Cabin Essence' with its eerie
Aaron Copland-like segues into 'Who Ran
the Iron Horse' and the Zen-like 'Have You
Seen the Grand Coolie Dam' sections..."
~Nick Kent, The Dark Stuff

Flower Power

"The legendary story of the origin of Zen in India runs as follows: Sakyamuni was once engaged at the Mount of the Holy Vulture in preaching to a congregation of his disciples. He did not resort to any lengthy verbal discourse to explain his point, but simply lifted a bouquet of flowers before the assemblage, which was presented to him by one of his lay disciples. Not a word came out of his mouth. Nobody understood the meaning of this except the old venerable Mahakasyapa, who quietly smiled at the Master, as if he fully comprehended the purport of this silent but eloquent teaching on the part of the Enlightened One."
~Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings Of D.T. Suzuki,(pg. 59.)

"For Mahakashyapa's smile was not an ordinary one such as we on the plane of distinction often exchange; it came out of the deepest recesses of his nature, where he and Buddha and all the rest of the audience move and have their being. No words are needed when this is reached. A direct insight across the abyss of human understanding is indicated. Our smiles are sense-bound and on the surface of our consciousness, they are like bubbles, they come and go, but Kashyapa's smile is the singing of the bird, the blossoming of the cherry, the rustling of a breeze through the autumn-leaves, the murmuring of the waters along the winding mountain stream."~D.T. Suzuki, Essence Of Buddhism,(pg. 26.)

"It is further said that the Wisdom which this smile revealed was handed down through the centuries by twenty-eight successive Patriarchs...Many of the intervening Patriarchs were mighty men in the world of Indian thought, and Asvagosha, Nagarjuna and Vasubandhu, to name but three, will be honored as long as Indian wisdom is preserved."~C. Humphreys, Zen Buddhism, (pgs.24 & 25.)

"Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it."-Karl Menninger

The Smile That You Send Out Returns to You
Indian Wisdom
("Indian" as in India)
from the back cover of


The twenty-eight patriarchs of Zen

1. Sakyamuni.
2. Mahakasyapa.
3. Ananda.
4. Sanavasa.
5. Upagupta.
6. Dhritaka.
7. Micchaka.
8. Buddhanandi.
9. Buddhamitra.
10. Bhikshu Parsva.
11. Punyayasas.
12. Asvaghosha.
13. Bhikshu Kapimala.
14. Nagarjuna.
15. Kanadeva.
16. Arya Rahulata.
17. Samghanandi.
18. Samghayasas.
19. Kumarata.
20. Jayata.
21. Vasubandhu.
22. Manura.
23. Haklenayasas.
24. Bhikshu Simha.
25. Vasasita.
26. Punyamitra.
27. Prajnatara.
28. Bodhi-Dharma.

taken from Zen Buddhism: Selected Writings Of D.T. Suzuki,(pg. 60.)


SMiLE's SMiLE Shop contains twenty-eight smiles.


"...Oneness (that is, the effacement of every concept of self and other)..." ~Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars Of Zen,(pg.313.)

"When this state of mind is realized comes at last comprehension of the spirit of the ancient
patriarchs." ~Philip Kapleau, The Three Pillars Of Zen,(pg.321.)


The SMiLE Shop album cover is a paradox.
It is a pop art piece of Americana steeped in Zen symbolism,
SMiLE's West-East paradox.

The SMiLE Shop's "OPEN" sign invites one onto the path that leads beyond the
Opposites(represented by the male and female shopkeepers.)

The blue and white tiles at the bottom of the SMiLE Shop actually lie behind the SMiLE Shop.
"Imagine a multidimensional spider's web covered with dewdrops. Every dewdrop contains the reflection of all the other dewdrops, and in each reflected dewdrop are the reflections of all the other dewdrops in that reflection, and so on, ad infinitum. That is the image of the Buddhist concept of the universe. The Japanese call that ji ji muge. Ji means a thing, event, or happening. Muge means "no separation." So, between happening and happening there is no separation: ji ji muge."
-Alan Watts, Buddhism: The Religion Of No-Religion,(pg.28.)

"It (satori) is the plane whereon Jijimuge is reality..."
~C.Humphreys, Buddhism,(pg.186.)


"...he breathed heavily, his hands in his lap, eyes staring nowhere."
Goodbye Surfing, Hello God!

"The drug is only one component of a psychedelic session. Equally important is the mental and spiritual preparation, both before and in the course of taking the drug. The authors find no need to invent new mental and spiritual materials for this purpose. The great literature of meditation lends itself very well to this use. This particular manual uses for this preparation material from THE TIBETAN BOOK OF THE DEAD."~from the back cover of The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert.

'"Not many people take more than three or four trips a year. Some fast a little beforehand, or read Huxley or dwell on Zen koan to limber up the brain; others say they concentrate mainly on their own psychological "hang-ups."'~Barry Farrell, "Scientists, Theologians, Mystics Swept Up in a Psychic Revolution." LIFE, March 25, 1966: 31.

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