In Sit Down and Shut Up, Brad Warner tackles one of the great works of Zen literature, the Shobogenzo by 13th century Zen master Dogen. Illuminating Dogen's enigmatic teachings in plain language, Warner intertwines sharp philosophical musings on sex, evil, anger, meditation, enlightenment, death, God, sin, and happiness with an exploration of the power and pain of the punk rock ethos. Riffing on his triumphant return to Ohio for a reunion concert of Akron punk bands, Brad uncovers the real heart of Zen, in teachings and stories with a sharp smack of truth.
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Another excellent book on Buddhist theory mixed with the bluntness and disrespect for authority of punk rock, but I think I finally see Warner’s big flaw: he neglects love and kindness. All of his writing is purely factual — this is the way things are — and that’s fine as far as it goes, but it misses the great potential of being alive in the present moment for those around you. I still enjoyed the book immensely. Excerpt: “The truth is always with you at every moment, or, as Dogen puts it, ‘the Buddhist truth exists under the foot of every human being.’ It’s not something far away, abstract, or difficult. It is the uncomplicated and direct truth of what is right here, right now. Truth is not removed from your day-to-day existence. God, way up in heaven on his big gold throne, is just an idea. That itch on your left ass cheek right now is the truth. It’s way bigger than God could ever hope to be.” Grade: A-
P.S. Great narration, with an occasional cat meowing in the background.
This audiobook was far better than I recall the print book being. That just means that I got more out of it the second time around, and that Brad's voice got his meaning across better then the print did. IMO
Great listen to those interested in zazen, especially those 30-50 years old. Book spoke very clearly about zazen and Zen philosophy and practice in a way that people in gen x age group can understand. The book de-mystifies the Zen practice and sets realistic understanding on what Zen practice is really about. Highly recommend!
Simple, straight forward, humble, humorous and packed with tons of Zen wisdom. Brad knows his stuff & it was a joy a listen to. It was great to hear examples of how to practice this material in every day life. I was going to say this book is nothing... & filled w.zen nothing...yet Im rebelling in my zen way. Its a book for everyone & anyone... on any level. Thank you Brad, I bow... to you & to the past teachers as well as the universe.
I have read and listened to a lot of spiritual mumbo jumbo over the past few years, and Brad really brings it home with this one! He cuts through the crap, they bring the listener to their own truths...right here and now! Plus, it was downright hilarious and entertaining! Zen for you and I...working stiffs in a mind dominated world.
I still think that a professional audio recording set, would have been well worth it but by now I believe he is just trying to against convetionalism of any kind.
It's mostly a downer but definitely very interesting and informative. You can't go wrong listening to it.
Great book and great audiobook. I'll listen to the audiobook again. Looking forward to his other books becoming available to download.
"Good, solid, reliable Zen Wisdom."
I like the way Brad brings Dogen's Zen wisdom into the 21st century. I've been studying and practicing Soto Zen for 25 years and as far as I can tell Brad's teaching pure Buddhism. I will read "Don't be a Jerk" next :-)
Some nuggets of wisdom, and somewhat entertaining but comes across as a little arrogant and judgemental in a small minded way (he certainly has massive disdain for the sheep so to speak) also some concepts he over-complicates and in my opinion gets wrong. Such as the last garbled bit about living forever, the short answer from Alan Watts is "you can't have an experience of nothing", I have no idea what the mumbo jumbo ending here tried to do except make you feel stupid. Bought this and the first audiobook together otherwise would not have listened to it...
"Better than the amazing book"
Yeah that says it. Really brought the book to life. Just finished it and I'm going to listen to it again. So much amazing content. As close as it gets to explaining the truth of what I am and what I could be ( or I am already, if you know what I mean ). Buy it.
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