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It Came from Beyond Zen!
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Ordained as a Soto Zen priest, Brad Warner is also a punk bassist, filmmaker, and blogger. He is the founder of Angel City Zen Center in Los Angeles and the author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, and several other books about Zen Buddhism. His writing appears on SuicideGirls.com and in Lion's Roar, Tricycle, Buddhadharma, and Alternative Press. He lives in Los Angeles.

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"Warner blends accessible language and irreverent humor in his second paraphrase of the work of 13th-century Buddhist monk Dogen (after Don't Be a Jerk). Warner parses both highly philosophical and fairly straightforward works of ethics and shows the range and depth of Dogen's Zen teachings by staying true to the original meanings while excising stumbling blocks for modern readers. . . . Warner's slightly silly but still serious renditions create a charming and readable (though not particularly systematic) exploration of Buddhist approaches to the good life." -- Publishers Weekly Praise for Brad Warner's Don't Be a Jerk "A delightful blend of irreverent everydayness, precise scholarship, and heartfelt commitment to practice." -- Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism "Warner renders the esoteric [Shobogenzo] into a fun, readable text, conveying its spirit with humor and deep respect." -- Publishers Weekly "What's clear in reading Warner's book is his deep respect and lifelong engagement with Dogen. . . .While Warner's approach to Dogen may be unorthodox, its freshness might be exactly what the doctor ordered for anyone wanting a way in to the old monk's still fresh perspective." -- Adam Frank, 13.7: Cosmos & Culture blog, NPR.org "Each chapter opens with a passage from the original, which is then carefully and often humorously unpacked. . . . Although the tone may be irreverent and humorous, the book shows the utmost respect for the monk, who has influenced so many over the centuries." -- Booklist Praise for Brad Warner's Don't Be a Jerk "A delightful blend of irreverent everydayness, precise scholarship, and heartfelt commitment to practice." -- Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism "Warner renders the esoteric [Shobogenzo] into a fun, readable text, conveying its spirit with humor and deep respect." -- Publishers Weekly "What's clear in reading Warner's book is his deep respect and lifelong engagement with Dogen. . . . While Warner's approach to Dogen may be unorthodox, its freshness might be exactly what the doctor ordered for anyone wanting a way in to the old monk's still fresh perspective." -- Adam Frank, 13.7: Cosmos & Culture blog, NPR.org "Each chapter opens with a passage from the original, which is then carefully and often humorously unpacked. . . . Although the tone may be irreverent and humorous, the book shows the utmost respect for the monk, who has influenced so many over the centuries." -- Booklist "You couldn't ask for a better guide through The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye. A most warmly recommended read!" -- Nexus Magazine, Germany Praise for Don't Be a Jerk, volume one of Brad Warner's paraphrasing of the Shobogenzo "A delightful blend of irreverent everydayness, precise scholarship, and heartfelt commitment to practice, Don't Be a Jerk is just the kind of book to stub your toe on." -- Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism "Warner renders the esoteric [Shobogenzo] into a fun, readable text, conveying its spirit with humor and deep respect." -- Publishers Weekly "What's clear in reading Warner's book is his deep respect and lifelong engagement with Dogen. I have spent decades of my own life trying to unpack this 800-year-old voice from medieval Japan because, behind all the paradox and poetry, something powerful seems to shine through. So while Warner's approach to Dogen may be unorthodox, its freshness might be exactly what the doctor ordered for anyone wanting a way in to the old monk's still fresh perspective." -- Adam Frank, 13.7 blog, NPR.org "Each chapter opens with a passage from the original, which is then carefully and often humorously unpacked. The book provides plenty of resources in case readers want to subsequently dive into the original work, and Warner clearly explains why he chose some words over others. His tone is direct and engaging, and his paraphrases bring Dogen's thoughts to life for a modern audience. Although the tone may be irreverent and humorous, the book shows the utmost respect for the monk, who has influenced so many over the centuries." -- Booklist "You couldn't ask for a better guide through The Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. A most warmly recommended read!" -- Nexus Magazine, Germany Praise for Don't Be a Jerk, volume one of Brad Warner's paraphrasing of the Shobogenzo "A delightful blend of irreverent everydayness, precise scholarship, and heartfelt commitment to practice, Don't Be a Jerk is just the kind of book to stub your toe on." -- Stephen Batchelor, author of After Buddhism "Warner renders the esoteric [Shobogenzo] into a fun, readable text, conveying its spirit with humor and deep respect." -- Publishers Weekly "What's clear in reading Warner's book is his deep respect and lifelong engagement with Dogen. I have spent decades of my own life trying to unpack this 800-year-old voice from medieval Japan because, behind all the paradox and poetry, something powerful seems to shine through. So while Warner's approach to Dogen may be unorthodox, its freshness might be exactly what the doctor ordered for anyone wanting a way in to the old monk's still fresh perspective." -- Adam Frank, 13.7 blog, NPR.org "Each chapter opens with a passage from the original, which is then carefully and often humorously unpacked. The book provides plenty of resources in case readers want to subsequently dive into the original work, and Warner clearly explains why he chose some words over others. His tone is direct and engaging, and his paraphrases bring Dogen's thoughts to life for a modern audience. Although the tone may be irreverent and humorous, the book shows the utmost respect for the monk, who has influenced so many over the centuries." -- Booklist "You couldn't ask for a better guide through The Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. A most warmly recommended read!" -- Nexus Magazine, Germany

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