Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality
In the final chapter, the author mentions, "vapid, syrupy tomes with the word Zen in the title and some serene image on the cover." Okay, so ha ha, you put a toilet on your cover! Very funny, Brad Warner!
Still, if you can get past smartass stuff like that, this is a pretty good introduction to Zen Buddhism. Warner's style can be a little annoying, especially w ...more
Any book on Zen that quotes South Park, Phi ...more
At first the author started off with a real punk, "screw off if you don't like it" attitude, but by the end of the book he had changed. Because of the progression, it felt like, as the reader, I was going on this journey with him. I'd originally written Zen Buddhism off as the sect that "meditated all the time, and didn't care about ethics", but I was wrong. I quickly learned as I flipped the pages that I needed to take a second look at Zen. No ...more
I enjoyed the emphasis on reality. Trascendental nothing. Was also somewhat reassured to learn that Buddhists do not believe in reincarnation (that's asking the wrong question).
Enjoyed the author poking at his own past misconceptions about Zen; or showing the kinds of places where you'll think you've got something down pat, but not really because you've only got it on ...more
If you want to learn anything about Japanese Soto Zen, while ignoring all the nitty-gritty ceremonial stuff, and as it looks through the irreverent eyes of a punk rocker/Japanese monster movie maker (Go Ultraman!), gr ...more
about 2 weeks ago, i came across Warner's second zen teacher (i didn't know it was ...more
Hardcore Zen didn't really hi ...more
Hardcore Zen chronicles Warner's path from punk rocker to Zen priest with humor and the irreverence I truly appreciate in books about faith or spiritual practice. That is to say, it doesn't take itself or its subject too seriously. As its cover copy proclaims, "This is Zen for people who ...more
The back of the book urges the reader to "Question Authority. Question Society. QUestion Reality. Question Yoursel ...more
It's most evident in the section anchored by his encounter with Gene Simmons of KISS. Gene Simmons is not a Zen master, but as an artist (yeah, I'll call him an "artist") he comes closer to some apprehension of "that which just is" than do most of us.
Warner himself comes from a background in the performing arts. His description of the punk scene in Akron, Ohio in the early '80s ...more
Had it not been for meeting my husband I would likely, or it would have probably taken me more time, not be as interested in Buddhist practices. Not Buddhism, not the picture the media paints of Buddhism but the carried down practice of it, ...more
Most of the reasons I didn't always enjoy it had to do with personal taste. Warner promises that "this is not the same old crap you've seen in a thousand books you don't want to read." That just doesn't apply. I do want to read those books. I've already found the study of koans useful and clarifying.
I probably could have taken the tone of that statement as a hint for the overall tone of the book. Warner makes a lot of declarative va ...more
Warner lays out the maddening contradictions of Zen but pairs it with his insight. He doesn't answer the questions for you, he le ...more
This is a voice you're not going to hear much of anywhere else in published books on Zen Buddhism. No stereotypical wise Buddhist master stuff here. The author writes in a very straightforward, very down-to-earth style and that's part of his point: a lot of the new-agey pseudo-Buddhism centering on transcendental whatsit and enlightenment are focusing on the wrong thing, because there is nothing real except what is right now.
I rated this book as only OK for a few reasons.
I will say that I am not a huge follower of the punk scene, I am not even very knowledgeable about music in general. I don't know who Brad Warner is or if that even matters. I guess for me, it doesn't. Objectively, this book i ...more
OK, so I enjoyed that aspect of the book, but Warner's logic kinda falls apart for me. He spends the whole book relating how much he hates systems, authority, and the idea of truth...he ...more
There's a Zen story about a teacher who holds up his finger, then reminds his student to look beyond the finger itself, to what the finger is pointing at-the moon. That's what this book does: it transcends itself-and with outrageous style. Warner, an early-'80s hardcore punk musician, discovered Zen in college, moved to Japan to make B-grade monster movies, and eventually became a bona fide Zen master by formally receiving "dharma transmission." Yet true to his punk spiri...more
I bought Hardcore Zen a few months ago when I read an introduction to Buddhism. It interested me very much and I liked a few of the concepts represented. Of course, my purpose of reading on Buddhism was not to be committed to it, but to benefit from whatever it has to offer. The reason I chose a book on Zen is that it's the only school of Buddhism I knew about, and I didn't want to read a book that's spiritual in the cheesy way (since I absolutely hate those), which explains the title.
The author ...more
Brad was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1964. In 1972, his family relocated ...more