2/17/03: Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.
2/10/03: I am a partner with Change, moving every moment to make union with all things. Nothing happens to me. Things happen. (Courtesy of the Minister of Leaves from a canister of Maté Latte from Republic of Tea) [Ellen's note: Change? What's that?]
RVD: You need your mask to fight? Who are you: Spider-Man? Kane: It's all a joke to you, isn't it, Rob? RVD: What? Is all your strength in your mask? Kane: We're not all COOL like you, Rob! We can't all be cool like Rob Van Dam! RVD: Oh, so you were being COOL when you left me to get my ass kicked! (Courtesy of Rob Van Dam, Zen Master, and Kane)
**** 1/27/03: You've got the Chokeslam...and I've got the Five-Star Frog Splash. And the Van Daminator, and the Van Terminator...and the Split-Legged Moonsault, and the Rolling Thunder...did I mention you have the Chokeslam? (Courtesy of Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
**** 1/20/03: We are giving you nothing! (Courtesy of D-Von Dudley) [Ellen's note: See, you have to understand the Zen concept of nothingness being a good thing...hey, they're just not giving me enough to work with here!]
**** 1/13/03: (Courtesy of Vincent Kennedy McMahon and Randy Keith Orton) Vince: How's that shoulder doing? Randy: 94%! Vince: Attaboy! (Slaps him loudly on the shoulder) Randy: *wince* [Ellen's note: Well, it's more like a Raw Moment of Karma.]
**** 1/6/03: As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance. (Hui-Neng, courtesy of www.maximumbliss.com) [Ellen's note: RVD finally got his high-five! Didn't he look happy?]
**** 12/31/02: Here we are at the end of the year! I hope everyone had a good time of it, and continues on to 2003 with good health, happiness and prosperity. With that in mind, I'm going to give you a present, to make up for no new Raw material last night...an end-of-the-year special: not one but TWO Moments of Zen for your reading pleasure! Here goes:
Courtesy of Mallory Mahling: RVD is the thinking women's sex symbol.
Courtesy of "Zen Flesh, Zen Bones" compiled by Paul Reps: "A Cup of Tea" Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring. The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!" "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"
**** 12/23/02: We're ALL Hungry Hippos. The marbles represent obstacles in our life that block our Chi. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master) [Note from Ellen: Have a happy, safe and blessed holiday!]
**** 12/16/02: You need to relax. Release your inner Kane. It's a source of positive energy, you know, like your inner child. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
**** 12/9/02: Whoa whoa whoa, where's all this hostility coming from? Triple H used a chair on me. You guys didn't do a thing about it. So I figured, if that's how it's gonna be, it'd be cool with you if I, you know, used your chair. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
**** 12/3/02: I had that match won. I was the new World Heavyweight Champion. And then Triple H showed up and ruined everything. As usual. (Courtesy of Rob Van Dam, Zen Master) [Forgive me...I'm still so excited about the direct contribution from RVD...and it happened to be extremely helpful for where I am spiritually! Thanks again, Rob!]
**** 12/2/02 (special direct contribution):
These Zenful entities definitely did put a smile on my face. A peaceful smile, indeed. I'd like to contribute one for the day... 11/28/02-- Positive energy is all around us. We have to train ourselves to be aware. RVD
HBK: There's something missing... RVD: Enlighten me. HBK: *SLAP* RVD: *gasp!* *SLAP* HBK: Now you're speaking my language, kid. (Courtesy of Rob Van Dam, Zen Master, and Shawn Michaels, Holy Bible Kid)
**** 11/19/02: In wrestling, sometimes you're the windshield, and sometimes you're the bug. (Jerry "The King" Lawler)...(Yes, I know RVD spoke last night...at length! Yes, I know it's the first time he's been given a microphone since No Mercy. But, infuriatingly enough, just as he started to talk to Shawn Michaels about how he'd inspired him, my phone rang. It was Andy, telling me how great it was that RVD was cutting a promo. As a result, I missed the whole beginning of what was said. If anyone can recall it for me, please let me know.)
**** 11/12/02: To become a master of your discipline, you must learn the true meaning of survival. (Zen Survivor Series commercial featuring RVD)
**** 11/5/02: What's the sound of one hand clapping? If RVD cuts a promo and there's no camera or microphone to hear it, did he make a sound? (Courtesy of Andy Cohen)
**** 10/28/02: Sorry, but there was no Moment of Zen on Raw. Completely unenlightening. But you can read about enlightenment here: http://www.kalavinka.org/jewels/nagajuna/mppu/webpati/14quest.htm
**** 10/20/02: I'm a chair-smashing...WOO!...frog-splashing...risk-taking...WOO! WOO!...yinning-and-yanging...VanDaminating...dude...named Rob-Van-Dam! (Rob Van Dam at No Mercy)
**** 10/14/02: http://www.geocities.com/rvdfanpage/raw/raw093002a.jpg for screen shots of that beautiful Zen Master promo from 9/30!
**** 10/7/02: Sorry, but this episode of Raw was abominable, so I flashed back to Raw one year ago (10/8/01): C'mon, drop the hostility! Seriously, everything's cool, man. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
**** 9/30/02: You're all worked up over nothing. You just need to chill. You're not even yourself. (Kudos to Raw for providing a 30-second RVD Zen Master promo! This was originally RVD to Kanyon on Raw, 9/24/01.)
**** 9/23/02: You know, some people take peace of mind and confuse it with lack of passion. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
**** 9/16/02: Let me tell you something, man--anger is a negative energy--you need to shake that right now. (Rob Van Dam, Zen Master)
http://www.webpost.net/guestbooks/star-dancer.html For the full collection, commentary, corrections, submissions, etc. :-)
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This has been your Raw Moment of Zen™. See you next week! Ellen
Man, it's too bad there is no one from New Hampshire. I guess the closest hometown pride I can feel is for Hunter, since he's from Connecticut. Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeat. Subsequently, I don't have a huge grasp of this whole hometown thing.