To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye Paperback – April 13, 2007
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
Remember the Fuller Brush Man? One used to come lugging a suitcase to our neighborhood periodically when I was young. My Mom would always be glad to see him and he's spend time showing her his latest products. She's always buy at least one. He was well-trained, could explain each product convincingly and was polite with her.Read more ›
What a huge relief it was, then, to encounter this book, where Warner actually uses his own, clear, funny, insightful voice to discuss Buddhist perspectives on life, death, compassion and consciousness. He interweaves these topics into a sort of travelogue of his return to Akron, Ohio to appear with a reunion show of punk-rock bands from the 80's. This helps to "ground" the concepts being addressed, but in a day-to-day way which is more interesting than a typical corporate cube experience.
I and a few friends have been on a bit of a Dogen "kick" for awhile, and "Sit Down and Shut Up" is an extremely valuable commentary to support that effort. All the other commentaries I have read have been earnest but plodding, and I have had about all the earnest, plodding prose I can handle for the next fifty lifetimes. Warner takes his subject seriously, but he doesn't take himself too seriously, and that is a huge relief.
With all this praise, I must point out that Warner does make a few errors. For example, in his discussion of the Lotus Sutra's parable of the Burning House, he does not mention the super-dooper-cool prize (i.e.Read more ›
This book by Brad Warner is a fine followup to his 2003 Hardcore Zen. Warner is an unusual combination of punk-rock-band bass player, marketer for Japanese monster movies, and Zen priest. He brings his straight-talking, playful punk to his crystal clear explanation of Zen, in this instance the writings of ancient Zen master Dogen. When Warner explains Dogen's admonition to "practice wisdom," he notes that "Real wisdom is the ability to understand the incredible extent to which you bullshit yourself every single moment of every day. . . At some point, if your practice deepens enough, . . you'll discover that you were never, ever, not for even a nanosecond in your whole entire life the least bit unaware of the truth. And you'll see that you couldn't possibly be unaware of the truth because the truth is what sustains you. . . But just because you get this doesn't mean you're enlightened. You have to live it every moment of every day. And if you think that's effortless, think again." And one more admonition from Warner: "How many once-in-a-lifetime experiences have we missed completely because they were just ordinary once-in-a-lifetime experiences and not supercool kick-ass once-in-a-lifetime experiences? Everything you ever do, no matter what it is . . is always, always, always a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don't miss your life."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So many words to say sit down and shut up.
Why? The habits of the target audit, that is why.
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... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mark
An excellent commentary (in modern idiom) of a very important Zen work.Published 5 months ago by Timothy W Raine
I have to over look the punk rock referencea in most of Brad Warner's books. I've read this one twice. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic. Bought one of the other books right after i was finished...Published 9 months ago by Berg&Tal
A great book hampered by far-too-conversational writing and editorial laziness (or lack of an editor) to correct this. Page 242: "Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Matthew Snope
Brad Warner provides an enticing outlook on Zen Buddhism. Touching base on some of the historical teachings through the writing of Dogen, he really brings to light a clearer... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Keifer Joedicker