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By Brad Warner

How does a real-life Zen grasp — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by means of mainstream tradition — support others via not easy instances whilst he’s facing ache of his personal? How does he meditate while the area is crumbling round him? Is meditation a legitimate reaction or simply one other type of escapism? those are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a yr that Warner spent giving talks and top retreats throughout North the United States, his mom and grandmother died, he misplaced his dream task, and his marriage fell aside. In writing approximately how he utilized the Buddha’s teachings to his personal real-life soreness, Warner shatters expectancies, revealing that Buddhism isn’t a few esoteric pie-in-the-sky final resolution yet a very useful approach to take care of no matter what existence dishes out.

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Zen is basically a “back to fundamentals” kind of Buddhism that emerged in China probably 1000 years or so after Buddha died (he died round 480 BCE). Over these thousand years, Buddhism, which had all started as a very easy perform and philosophy all in favour of seated meditation, had bought lots of different stuff - gods, demons, chants, statues, big-ass temples jam-packed with tricky work, and every kind of alternative equally lifeless junk. The Zen circulate sought to strip all that away and come again to what mattered, the bare-bones meditation perform Buddha had stumbled on as he sat lower than a ficus tree trying to find the reality. There’s extra to it than that, in fact. yet that’s it in a nutshell. i found Zen completely unintentionally while i used to be the eighteen-year-old bass participant for the Akron, Ohio-based hardcore punk band 0 Defex (aka 0DFx). on the time, the early Eighties, hardcore punk was once the loudest and hardest form of tune there has been. It used to be additionally a social circulate meant to create a extra reasonable framework during which to appreciate the realm. In Zen i found whatever way more strong and actual than hardcore. but I by no means stopped being a punk rocker. actually, 0 Defex re-formed a few yr after the booklet got here out, and we nonetheless play exhibits once we can celebration. My moment publication, sit and close Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, fact, intercourse, demise, and Dogen’s Treasury of the real Dharma Eye, acquired deeper into the explicit Buddhist philosophy that I perform and educate. That philosophy stems frequently from the works of Dogen Zenji, a thirteenth-century eastern Buddhist monk who wrote plenty of deeply philosophical tomes, in addition to a ton of super nuts-and-bolts manuals on the best way to perform and reside the Zen means. occasionally he combined the 2 so completely it’d make you dizzy. in a single bankruptcy he’s telling you concerning the nature of being and time, and within the subsequent he’s writing approximately how a monk may still take a sell off. No funny story, fogeys. He fairly does dedicate a complete bankruptcy to tips to use the bathroom. Dogen didn't think of this to be in the least ironic. To him, taking a unload and studying the character of being and time have been the exact same factor. I lived in Japan whilst I wrote the 1st e-book. yet whereas i used to be writing the second one I moved to l. a. and commenced, for the 1st time, attempting to train Buddhism within the kingdom of my delivery. a result of books i discovered myself changing into the very factor I had regularly hated - a spiritual authority determine, a religious superstar, a well-known Zen grasp. humans started to anticipate me - of each person - to be the object they anticipated a Buddhist grasp should be. yet allow me clue you in on a bit mystery, pals and buddies. not just am I now not that factor, yet not anyone is. nobody. no longer even what’s-his-face whose smiling mug graces the canopy of each different factor of the massive Buddhist rags by way of the checkout counter on your neighborhood new age book place. i started to determine that it used to be essential to exhibit that during a truly transparent and unambiguous method. a few parents have attempted this prior to.

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