From Publishers Weekly
Zen monk and punk rocker Warner offers a "big snarly ball of confessional vomit" in his third book, following Hardcore Zen
and Sit Down and Shut Up
. The snarly ball is his own suffering, fodder for the Zen cushion: his mother's and grandmother's deaths, the dissolution of his marriage and lots of day-job insecurity when the Japanese monster-movie company he works for downsizes and gets sold. As ever, Warner is unafraid to smash idols, including his own celebrity status as a Zen master. "Not only am I not that thing, but no one is," he writes, and that means everybody from the Dalai Lama to fellow students of his Japanese teacher who disliked his being picked as the teacher's successor. Warner is honest—he would say his attitude is seeing things as they are, a Zen bent. Those familiar with his previous work will find this book exceptionally plainspoken and pungent, in keeping with his idiosyncratic vow "to be an a**hole for the rest of my life." That's a lot of honesty.
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Praise for Brad Warner and Sit Down and Shut Up:
Warner’s intimate, funny, conversational style goes a long way toward imparting his many sensible messages. Deserving of a wide audience.”
— Library Journal
Buddhism has long enjoyed baffling crazy wisdom’ teachers and paradoxical koans, and Warner’s punk iconoclasm fits in nicely.”
— Publishers Weekly
[Brad Warner] seems about as honest as they come, and he shares his personal history and opinions freely.”
I can already smell the beautiful smell of newly soiled meditation mats all across this great land of ours.”
Nuggets of wisdom rarely seen in an author this plugged in to youth-counter-modern-hipster-culture.”
There are plenty of Buddhist/Spiritual’ authors on the market who will gladly sell you a pat on the back. Brad Warner is not one of those.”
— D. Randall Blythe, lead screamer, Lamb of God