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Selections from Brad Warner's Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Selections from Brad Warner's Sit Down and Shut Up:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four

Brad Warner

Brad Warner is a Zen priest, filmmaker, Japanese monster-movie marketer, and former bassist for the punk band Zero Defects. He is the author of Hardcore Zen, Sit Down and Shut Up, and Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

Zen Wrapped in Karma

In Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate (review or buy), author Brad Warner writes about a year in which his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddha’s teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isn’t some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.

Sit Down and Shut Up

In Sit Down and Shut Up (review or buy), Zen priest Brad Warner tackles one of the great works of Zen literature, the Shobogenzo by 13th-century Zen master Dogen. Illuminating Dogen’s enigmatic teachings in plain language, Warner intertwines sharp philosophical musings on sex, evil, anger, meditation, enlightenment, death, God, sin, and happiness with an exploration of the power and pain of the punk rock ethos. Brad uncovers the real heart of Zen, in teachings and stories with a sharp smack of truth.