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Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharmaby Brad Warner
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"Zen monk and punk rocker Warner offers a 'big snarly ball of confessional vomit' in his third book, following Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut Up. The snarly ball is his own suffering, fodder for the Zen cushion: his mother's and grandmother's deaths, the dissolution of his marriage and lots of day-job insecurity when the Japanese monster-movie company he works for downsizes and gets sold. As ever, Warner is unafraid to smash idols, including his own celebrity status as a Zen master. 'Not only am I not that thing, but no one is,' he writes, and that means everybody from the Dalai Lama to fellow students of his Japanese teacher who disliked his being picked as the teacher's successor. Warner is honest — he would say his attitude is seeing things as they are, a Zen bent. Those familiar with his previous work will find this book exceptionally plainspoken and pungent, in keeping with his idiosyncratic vow 'to be an a**hole for the rest of my life.' That's a lot of honesty. (Mar. 1)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
How does a real-life Zen master — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by mainstream culture — help others through hard times when hes dealing with pain of his own? How does he meditate when the world is crumbling around him? Is meditation a valid response or just another form of escapism? These are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.
During a year that Warner spent giving talks and leading retreats across North America, his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddhas teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isnt some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.
In one year, Zen teach Warner lost his job, his mother died, and his marriage fell apart. In this work, the author mixes his real-life adventures with Buddhist philosophy, and provides a practical and rational way to deal with what life dishes out.
About the Author
The bassist for the punk band Zero Defects, Brad Warner is a Zen priest, filmmaker, and Japanese monster-movie marketer living in Los Angeles. The author of Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut Up, he is also is also the director and producer of Clevelands Screaming, a documentary about the Ohio punk scene. He teaches Zen in Santa Monica and writes a monthly column for Suicidegirls.com. His website is hardcorezen.blogspot.com.
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