The Eternal Fishnu
The Eternal Fishnu is space and the stars, where the sea meets the sand, the air and the wind, and all that has been.
I’ve written about how I met The Eternal Fishnu in a blog.
The Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet
Reached Enlightenment on November 3, 2017. His primary teacher is the Eternal Fishnu. The Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet established the Order of the Common Area Ponds, where ducks throughout the world congregate at nice suburban housing areas. Rubber Ducky says the landscaping of nice subdivisions are like cathedrals compared to wild ponds.
On December 9, 2018, when his work on Earth was done, the Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet broke his ties to this realm and extends infinitely in all dimensions. It is the supreme demonstration of no dukkha – no clinging.
I’ve written about how I met Rubber Ducky and a little bit about his background in a blog.
Reverend Dukkha Hanamoku
I reached Enlightenment on December 8, 2017. My primary teacher is the Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet. Additionally, The Eternal Fishnu, my teacher’s teacher. On that same day I was given my Zen name of Dukkha Hanamoku and ordained a Zen Priest of the Order of the Common Area Ponds by the Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet.
According to Fishnu, “Hanamoku” means “he who finds things in rocks” in a long-lost Neanderthal language. This is referring to those “flint knappers” who turned simple rocks into tools essential for the survival of our hominid kin. In my case, Hanamoku says “he who finds patterns in data”.
Among the three of us, I’m the only one still of this world. I live a normal life continuing along The Path, practicing my Zen Art of Software Development, learning, teaching, doing; being of value to my fellow hikers on The Path. The World is our Dev, Test, QA, and Prod environment.
The principles of the teachings are encapsulated in three Zen stories; The Empty Cup, Is that So?, and The Man with the Bag.
Pitifully Inadequate Model of the World
As a software developer my job is to model the world. Or rather, at least the part of the world my customers have carved out for themselves. For humans the job of our brains is to model the world. In both cases, it’s so our enterprise and our bodies, modeled by software and our brains, respectively, can thrive in this world. But both my software and my brain are pitifully inadequate models of the Universe. The only adequate model is the Universe itself.
No Dependence on God
I do believe there is something greatly unimaginable for us for which nothing is impossible. But I also believe that dependence on “God” is not the purpose for being here. Our purpose for being here is to bang out the rough edges in this “ugly stage” we’re at between that big leap from a low-sentience animal of a Big Life of Chance to Designers.
Mrs. Hanamoku and I are big on Bodhi Day. The “Lunar Bodhi Day”, which like Easter, is on a different day each year. It is the 8th day of the 12th lunar month of the lunar year.
There is also what I call the “Secular Bodhi Day”, which is standardized to December 8 – the 8th day of the 12th calendar month.
This Web site was formed this past Bodhi “Season” of 2017 when the Lunar Bodhi Day coincided with Christmas. For the seven days prior to Christmas, I posted a lesson based on a Bodhisattva. It’s a good encapsulation of how I convey Buddhist/Zen teachings of the Rubber Ducky Buddha of Joliet and The Eternal Fishnu.