Saturday, 24 February 2007

hardcore zen

"Life isn't what we want it to be; because it isn't, we're unhappy; when we decide it doesn't have to be, we become happy; and to help us make that decision, we should get plenty of sleep and eat a good breakfast every day."

I love Zen Books. But especially this one, which tells the story of a punk rock guy who becomes a zen master. It is about reality - and just about reality. Not about living in an abstract astral sphere or about a quick ten-steps-to-enlightenment Zen. The book is funny, interesting and will change your life - and will get yout to sit (again). His second book, "Sit down and shut up", should be available at the end of april. And I'm really looking forward to that one.
You can find further writings by Brad Warner in his blog -

This is not your typical "Zen" book. Brad Warner, the young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one - just like Reality itself. This bold new approach to the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary: Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons a to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear.
The subtitle (and the cover!) say it all: there has never been a book like this one.

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