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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

What type of Buddhist are you?

Haven't been asked that recently, but one answer I've given a lot - especially if it was for some sort of media, is that I'm a Joe Gould Buddhist. Joe Gould was a Greenwich Village Bohemian in the forties and fifties. He was a writer with famous poet friends who either just wrote one poem or, of his writing, only one poem survives. And it has gained some fame. There was a whole movie about him and this poem was the tag line. Here is that poem:

In the winter I'm a Buddhist.
In the summer I'm a nudist.

For more on Joe Gould, go to this DC report on the April 1, 2006, St. Stupid Day parade in San Francisco.