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Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma Paperback – February 10, 2009
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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
More About the Author
He's also a writer for the Suicide Girls website, bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx (aka Zero Defex), director of the film "Cleveland's Screaming!" and former vice president of the US branch of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla.
While playing hardcore punk in the early 80s, Brad became involved in Zen Buddhism. The realistic, no BS philosophy reminded him of the attitude the punks took towards music. He made it to Japan in 1993 where he began studying the philosophy with an iconoclastic rebel Zen Master named Gudo Nishijima. After a few years, Nishijima decided to make Brad his successor as a teacher of Zen.
He has also published work in the Buddhist magazines Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and Tricycle as well as rock magazines such as Alternative Press, Maximum Rocknroll and Razorcake.
Since 2004 Brad has spoken in a variety of settings from Zen centers to public libraries, from vocational high schools to university auditoriums. Though Brad's talks always focus on the Buddhist dharma, the actual topics covered can range from the words of the ancient masters to the finer points of slam dancing, from insights to be found in the depths of marathon meditation sessions to whether Godzilla could beat up Yog the Space Monster. Lively and full of self-effacing humor, Brad prefers to respond to an audience rather than lecture them. A sampling of these can be seen on Brad's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/doubtboy
Top Customer Reviews
I feel like he did what he set out to do-- write an honest account of a bad year to illustrate how Buddhism applies to life as we know it. I found it funny, sad, disturbing, and thoughtful... giving me a lot to think about and act upon. I don't see where he is vain or egotistical; it's a memoir, so of course he refers mainly to himself and his own experiences. I never get the impression that he is talking just to hear himself speak-- he has things he really wants the reader to know, and he does everything he can to get his message across, in his own way.
I did want to know more about his wife and their relationship, because she does not come across as a "real" person in the book-- but neither does anyone else, except Brad himself. Maybe that is a conscious choice or an example of his limited ability as a writer; I think it's both. He is an entertaining and thoughtful writer, but he's not a novelist so I don't expect characterization, and I don't see what value it would add. At most, it might satisfy (or worse, further tantalize) the reader's curiosity about things which are best kept private.
That said, I didn't want to read about the awesome sex he had with exceptionally hot & special women other than his wife... It did seem like he was bragging a bit, which annoyed me. But then I'm kind of a prude about other people's sex lives, and I know he didn't include these stories just to brag.Read more ›
when i read brad's first book, i thought "this guy is not zen. he is an egomaniacal pretender." after having read all three of his books i am still not convinced that my original impression was wrong. part of me still thinks brad says what he says not because he is a zen priest, but because for some psychological reason he is extremely anti-establishment. i am sure in his personal life he owns a mac and hates bill gates. having said all of this, i think there are great messages in each of his books, this one included. we are all human, even the "enlightened" ones. we all make mistakes and do dumb $h1t sometimes. its ok, just try not to do too much of it and dont hurt others while doing it.
overall i liked this book and if brad writes a fourth (which i am quite certain he will) i will purchase and read it too. i dont agree with everything he says and i think he tries way too hard not to be part of the established zen order (whatever that is, right brad?), but there is still enough of a very good message in his books to keep going down this path with him.
Good work, Brad. Get a job.
That's his intention: to get a Soto Zen message of facing down reality on the cushion and then getting up to do better than you do habitually. He rejects fantasies and fear, to as "Sit Down and Shut Up" (see my review) used the Soto founder Dogen's precepts to keep a balance and to live life now, in the moment, while admitting that "I Don't Know" can be a fine way to navigate its challenges.
He can write movingly; much of this book concerns his mother's slow death from Huntington's Disease and his fears of inheriting the same when he grew up. This pragmatism made him determined to sort real from false desires, and even if he calls it "a ball of big snarly confessional vomit," he can reach beauty. Considering his grandfather's death, he notes how even if he himself does not believe in reincarnation or an afterlife, he admits how Grandpa's presence remains: "The same thing that stared out of my grandpa's eyes and wondered what he wondered what the f[--]k it was all about stares at the world out of your eyes and out of mine.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was good enough for 5-stars. It's a book about suffering, and it's good to learn about this. As always, Brad's writing is too easy to ingest, and I breezed through this one... Read morePublished 4 days ago by J. O'Leary
When I first finished this book, I wasn't disappointed, but I felt like Brad was a fraud. But after sitting on it for a while, I realized that Brad did exactly what he set out to... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Stefanic
I always like Brad's books, and this one's no different. It's got a good pace and the stories of his life are far more interesting than the tired religious story arcs for the... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Michael V. Kich
Fantastic book. A thanks to Brad in writing it and the wonderful lessons it contains. Bringing me back to Zen. I'm reading all his books after starting with this one. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marlene Larkin
I loved Hardcore Zen, but this book just seemed like Warner, the author, was trying to explain himself and still trying to center it around zen. But, for me, it fell short.Published 7 months ago by MoJo
Brad Warner's story continues. The events of a very heavy year in the life of a man who realized how zen had given him the tools to deal with a number of crippling losses without... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Charles C. Tucker
First thing first, the distributor shipped from Texas and got the book to me in a timely manner. Kudos! The book had a couple highlighted lines in it, wah. Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Bookrusseller