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  • Don't Be a Jerk

  • And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered 800-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand. In Don't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and best-selling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen's teachings to modern times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You don't need to use bad theology

  • By Clint J. Latham Jr. on 03-24-17

Very accessible, very fun

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Reviewed: 08-06-18

I'm a fan of Warner's work. He makes Buddhism accessible and places it in a modern context, keeping it fun and interesting the entire time, while not seeming to water it down or make it something it is not. This work was no exception. I'm fairly certain that his paraphrasing of Dogen was intended for someone just like me and hearing him actually read some of the more amusing parts of the book had me laughing more than a few times, very enjoyable.

The drawback to the audiobook was that it referenced a lot of other material and I don't find audiobooks as a good way to go back and follow up on things like this. One might be better served by having a paper or ebook edition available for references. I know that is what I did.