This is not your typical Zen book. Brad Warner, a young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one. 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 to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. As it prods readers to question everything, Hardcore Zen is both an approach and a departure, leaving behind the soft and lyrical for the gritty and stark perspective of a new generation.
The subtitle says it all: There has never been a book like this.
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Absolutely! The author is 100% into the presentation. It is done professionally but with personality and spirited with music and the occasional sound effects. In print you miss the illustrations - in this audio presentation of the book you actually gain music and fun sound effects at just the right time.
This is a very unique book/perspective on Zen given Brad Warner's Punk background. While Buddhist fundamentals are intact and there is good clarity the insight is provided in an atypical manner. If talk of boogers and nasty farts offends you then you may not like his presentation style. However, if you are the type of person who can giggle when someone farts then you will like Brad's unique presentation style. There is no farting - just an analogy for context.
Personality, personality, personality. Reading and listening to Zen based material can get a little dry and homogenized. While there is a time and place for everything it is nice to have some bumps in the road to keep you awake. Brad Delivers with his upbeat attitude and occasional impromptu comments “kitty off the keyboard” during the reading. But, don’t let this detract you into thinking this was not well recorded or professionally done. Audio quality and reading of the text is excellent.
It was by far the easiest way to understand what Zen or meditation or not Buddhism' is or is not for most of us who grew up in the late 70's and up to mid 90's. His approach is honest and open. I wished that someone had indeed given him a professional recording, because the audio recording was challenging while driving around... though I didn't mind background noise like hums or the kitty jumping around. Although I believe that this introduction to "Zazen" is very real and true for him and most... I can't help but to feel a bit pessimistic about it too... to those who have not experience enlightenment. Then again what do I know about it? I would definitely put this in my teenager and college bound kids library and also recommend it to my friends who often say "WTF Jane? when did you become so spiritual?" and honestly I think is a good solid foundation for anyone who is interested in the subject.
Very good book. My husband got the Sit down, shut up for me a few years back. I saw its an audible book now, too. Brad does a wonderful job of narrating his own book. This is the first book in a long time I recommended to family and friends.
I read a lot about zen and Buddhism but this one takes the cake. Simple, true and hardcore to the bone. An absolute must read for anyone even mildly interested in zen and Buddhism.
The fact that it is read and edited by the author (and his cat) really makes this a unique listening experience.
His clear and ernest approach to the subject.
The two times he is interrupted by his cat.
His voice is fun and entertaining without sounding over produced.
This is a FANTASTIC book!
Listen to it many times. Why? Don't know. His voice has a way of leading you on.
His other book: Sit Down and Shut Up.
the "farting man"?
Chapters 10 to 12
I liked the last few chapters best. The biography was less meaningful to me, though in the context of the book, I can see why it was included.
The author (and narrator) claims to shun the self-promoting nature of autobiographies, but 90% of this audiobook is shameless self promotion. Poor sound quality which the author claims is "punk." Whatever. He needs to spend a few more years in quiet contemplation and try this topic again for a chance at redemption. Otherwise it's just "I was a cool geek, now I'm a cool zen master. But I'm really super humble despite me doing very little here except telling you stories that prove how cool I am."
"It took a while to get into it but......"
He is dead straight about it being a home made recording which is refreshing and it is not at all bad and a good deal better than many others. I don't share his taste in music but I let that go because the content is just great and blows a lot of dust and BS out of the subject.
Writer has too much prejudices to give him credence on subject matter, he's led an interesting life but still falls into some pitfalls. He talks about compassion but then gives everyone the quest to "save the world" from nuclear war, concentrates far to much on criticizing other writers (great teachers never need do this), dismisses psychedelic experiences though only having experienced questionably sourced drugs himself and asserts himself far too strongly for someone who doesn't seem well read in the subject matter other than head line books, I'm surprised he never even talked about shamanic ritual regarding use of psychedelics.
He ain't nothing special. Tolle and Watts are far more developed and useful.
"Better than the excellent paperback"
Full of honesty and insight and truth.
What more could you want from a book about Zen Buddhism? Well worth a listen for beginners and seasoned Buddhists, something to learn from this book for everyone.
"Great audio version of a great book."
The Cat that isn't even billed as co-star, yet it totally steals the show. :)
Joking aside, great book. I have read it a number of times, along with Warner's other books. This works really well as an audiobook. Very relaxed reading and although "not professionally" recorded, the quality is great.
"profound, clear, fun and accessible"
Gets you seeing things in a way that make sense - in a no-nonsense clear and entertaining way.
Science of mindfulness. Also helps with seeing things in a clear, connected way.
This is the first book of his that I've listened to. I'll look out for more.
Clarity of connection
"Zen made reality"
Zen made reality
Brad takes the mythical and ethereal world of buddhism and makes it a down to earth practice. Striping away your expectations and leaving you a 3000 year old practice that just makes sense.
Brad adds a sense of sincerity to his work that maybe missed upon reading the first time
This book when it was first release turned me to the path of Zen and I haven't looked back since
"Great Reading by the author"
I have read the book several times, but Brad Warner really adds something special to the audiobook by the way he engages the listener with his excellent rendition of his work. There are a few extra bit included here, some snippets of the music, and an appearance by his cat. Absolutely loved this and hoping he will give a similar treatment to all of his other books.
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