Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death & Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye (Google eBook)

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New World Library, Oct 5, 2010 - Religion - 272 pages
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In 2003, Brad Warner blew the top off the Buddhist book world with his irreverent autobiography/manifesto, Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, and the Truth about Reality. Now in his second book, Sit Down and Shut Up, Brad tackles one of the great works of Zen literature, the Shobogenzo, by thirteenth-century Zen master Dogen. Illuminating Dogen’s enigmatic teachings in plain language, Brad intertwines musings on sex, meditation, death, God, sin, and happiness with an exploration of the punk rock ethos. In chapters such as “Evil Is Stupid,” “Kill Your Anger,” and “Enlightenment Is for Sissies,” Brad melds the antiauthoritarianism of punk with that of Zen, mixing in a travelogue of his triumphant return to Ohio to play in a reunion concert of Akron punk bands. For those drawn to Buddhist teachings but scared off by their stiff austerity, Brad writes with a sharp smack of truth, in teachings and stories that cut to the heart of reality.
  

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Easy to read intro to Buddhism. - Goodreads
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Review: Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye

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Brad Warner shines for his loveable personality (especially in the audiobook version) and no-nonsense approach to Zen Buddhism. I found the discussions and breakdown of Dogen's writing helpful. I don ... Read full review

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This book is a continuation from Brad's first book "Hardcore Zen" I recommend it for those who are interested in Zen and would like to apply its teachings relating to the modern world Read full review

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Contents

Why Dogen Matters
2
Genjo Koan
16
Proper Posture Required
31
Four Points of Zazen
39
Zazen by Alone
51
The Colors of the Mind
62
Kill Your Anger
72
Zen and Stress Management
81
The Futile Pursuit of Happiness?
154
The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg
165
Death
175
God
186
It The Thing from Beyond the Realm of Mind
193
Buddha Is Boring
202
Bad Hair Dav
210
The Same Difference
221

Buddha Never Metta Man He Didnt Like
92
Cleaning Up Your Room
107
Evil Is Stupid
113
Hyakujos Fox
125
The Twelvefold Chain
133
Sex and Sin
144
Enlightenment Is for Sissies
228
The Eight Truths of Great Human Beings
236
The Ultimate Truth
246
Acknowledgments
253
About the Author
255
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About the author (2010)

Brad Warner was born in Ohio in 1964. In 1983 he met Zen teacher Tim McCarthy and began his study of Zen while he was still the bass player of the hardcore punk band Zero Defex, whose big hit was the eighteen-second masterpiece “Drop the A-Bomb on Me!” In the 1980s he released five albums of psychedelic rock under the band name Dimentia 13 (that’s the way he spelled it), though Dimentia 13 was often a one-man band with Brad playing all the instruments. In 1993 he moved to Japan, where he landed a job with Tsuburaya Productions, the company founded by Eiji Tsuburaya, the man who created Godzilla. The following year Brad met Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who ordained him as a Zen monk and made him his dharma heir in 2000. Brad lived in Japan for eleven years. In 2003 he published his first book, Hardcore Zen, followed by Sit Down and Shut Up! in 2007 and Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate in 2009. These days he travels around the world leading retreats, giving lectures, and looking for cool record stores. At last report he was living in Minneapolis with two rambunctious kitties.

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