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Autobiographical journey to gain insight, cheap movies and Far Eastern life training Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review Just if you might be interested.Once an entirely different approach to the Asian mentality that Warner has operated in his life From an original punk musician to a Zen student and finally master in Japan as well as a profession in the form of designing monster films After a relatively long introduction, including entertaining, autobiographical anecdotes, the path of insight begins for the Westerners seek for meaning Nor does it lack a certain irony that a punker who rejects all conventions and social regulations mutates into an avid monkish student In the form of a typical 180 degree change, this is part of the attraction of this reading Also how difficult and frustrating it is for the highly unconventional young man to submit to the rigid and sometimes seemingly meaningless practice What stands out in contrast to sometimes too confident and lightly brimming literature on Buddhism, meditation and Asian philosophy in this work, is the predominantly non corroding confirmation of a circumstance That apprenticeship years are not men s years Moreover, this is particularly evident in zazen, the concentrated, and as far as possible motionless, sitting and meditating on the total focusing and extinction of all disturbing internal and external influences An activity is typical of Zen, with which the primary character of this faith is well illustrated Where the emphasis is placed on active meditative practice or mindfulness in other orientations of the teachings, Zen is a slightly quirky character head Full of puzzles and sometimes difficult to understand requirements such as zazen The hardships, setbacks and sometimes tristesse to the path of knowledge are relentlessly and honestly explained This contrasts nicely with the public, no requirement feel good quest that is continuously rampant in this genre category.The description of the motives of his search for meaning and the necessary requirements, practice rituals, and practices are handled by the author The advantage of this combination of insertions from the Vita and passages describing philosophical and practical aspects increases the flow of reading in comparison to the purely theoretical literature on the subject Which, however, also brings with it the negative point of the interim inserts, which in principle are fiction Although these partly explain the motivation for change, in the majority they are not directly connected with the practical chapters For those interested, the explanations from the musical phase or the affinity of the author to cheap Japanese monster movies may be entertaining However, readers who have been beaten with other preferences are left out and can not generate practical added value from these sections The tendency, however, to pack a relatively heavy food like Zen in a handy and quite attractive form, may find imitators in this form It is quite likely that one or the other interested reader has been deterred by too dogmatic, esoteric or merely dull works to the topic block This form of performance has the potential to mitigate concerns over complexity and inaccessibility Because the mixture of sometimes artificially casual language and the detailed portrayal of the life of the author s lows aroused the interest and basic voyeuristic needs are satisfied too Overall an, although not overly substantial, entertaining way to approach the complex issue and lay the foundation for a change in the philosophy of life Younger readers, in particular, will respond much better to this type of portal opening and find motivation than in too systematic or unrealistic mediation attempts Moreover, now please look at the wall and call the sound that comes from clapping a hand.Autobiografische Reise zu Erkenntnisgewinn, Billigfilmchen und fern stlicher LebensschulungEinmal eine g nzlich andere Herangehensweise an die asiatische Mentalit t, die Warner in seinem Leben betrieben hat Von einem urspr nglichen Punkmusiker zum Zensch ler und schlie lich Meister der in Japan Liebe sowie Arbeit in Form der Gestaltung von Monsterfilmen findet Nach einer recht langen Einf hrung samt unterhaltsamen, autobiografischen Anekdoten beginnt der Weg der Erkenntnis f r den Sinn suchenden Westler Es entbehrt auch nicht einer gewissen Ironie, dass ein s mtliche Konventionen und gesellschaftlichen Vorschriften ablehnender Punker zum eifrigen M nchssch ler mutiert Das macht in Form eines klassischen 180 Grad Wechsels einen Teil des Reizes der Lekt re aus Auch wie schwer und frustrierend es f r den h chst unkonventionellen jungen Mann ist, sich der rigiden und mitunter sinnbefreit anmutenden Praxis zu unterwerfen Was im Gegensatz zu mitunter allzu positiv und vor Leichtigkeit strotzender Literatur zu Buddhismus, Meditation und asiatischer Philosophie an diesem Werk auff llt, ist die berwiegend unbesch nigende Best tigung eines Umstands Dass Lehrjahre keine Herrenjahre sind Und das zeigt sich besonders im Zazen, dem konzentrierten, auf die totale Fokussierung und Ausl schung s mtlicher st render innerer und u erer Einfl sse konzentrierten, m glichst bewegungslosen Sitzen und Meditieren Eine f r Zen typische T tigkeit, mit der der Grundcharakter dieser Glaubensrichtung gut verdeutlicht wird Wo in anderen Ausrichtungen der Lehre mehr auf aktive Meditationspraxis oder Achtsamkeit Wert gelegt wird, ist Zen ein recht schrulliger Charakterkopf Voller R tsel und mitunter schwer nachvollziehbar anmutender Anforderungen wie eben dem Zazen Die H rte, R ckschl ge und mitunter Tristesse zum Weg der Erkenntnis werden schonungslos offen und ehrlich dargelegt Das hebt sich angenehm von der stark verbreiteten, keine Anforderungen stellenden Wohlf hlsinnsuche, die permanent heftig in dieser Genrekategorie grassiert, ab.Die Beschreibung der Motive seiner Sinnsuche und die grundlegenden Anforderungen, bungsrituale und Praktiken gehen dem Autor gelungen von der Hand Der Vorteil dieser Kombination aus Einsch ben aus der Vita und Passagen der Beschreibung philosophischer und praktischer Aspekte steigert den Lesefluss im Vergleich zu rein theoretischer Literatur zu dem Thema Was aber auch den negativen Aspekt der im Prinzip Belletristik darstellenden Zwischeneinsch be mit sich bringt Diese erl utern zwar teilweise die Motivation zur Wandlung, sind in der Majorit t jedoch nicht direkt mit den praktischen Kapiteln verbunden.F r Interessierte m gen die Erl uterungen aus der musikalischen Phase oder die Affinit t des Autors zu billigen japanischen Monsterfilmen unterhaltsam sein Mit anderen Vorlieben geschlagene Leser bleiben jedoch au en vor und k nnen aus diesen Abschnitten keinen nutzbaren Mehrwert generieren.Die Tendenz hingegen, eine relativ schwere Kost wie Zen in eine handliche und durchaus attraktive Form zu packen, darf in dieser Form gern Nachahmer finden Es ist durchaus anzunehmen, dass doch der eine oder andere interessierte Leser bisher von allzu dogmatisch, esoterisch oder schlicht langweilig anmutenden Werken zu dem Themenblock abgeschreckt wurde Diese Form der Darbietung hat das Potential, die Bedenken bez glich allzu gro er Komplexit t und Unzug nglichkeit zu mindern Da mit der Mischung aus mitunter gek nstelt l ssiger Sprache und der detaillierten Schilderung der Lebenstiefs des Autors das Interesse geweckt und voyeuristische Grundbed rfnisse befriedigt werden.Insgesamt eine zwar nicht berm ig gehaltvolle, aber kurzweilige Art, sich der komplexen Thematik anzun hern und den Grundstein f r eine nderung der Lebensanschauung zu legen Speziell j ngere Leser werden auf diese Art der Pforten ffnung wesentlich besser ansprechen und Motivation finden als bei allzu dogmatischen oder realit tsfernen Vermittlungsversuchen Und jetzt bitte Wand anschauen und das Ger usch nennen, das beim Klatschen einer Hand entsteht. i ve seen this book in the buddhist section at barnes noble for years now i never bothered to give it a try, because frankly, it looked stupid he doesn t get it, i would think he s just trying to make a joke out of zen and exploit it for money, fuck him and fuck his book and then i d get some other mystic book written by some other dude who shared the intention that i mistakenly placed on Brad Warner.about 2 weeks ago, i came across Warner s second zen teacher i didn t know it was his teacher at the time , Nishijima, i was reading his quotes, and some quotes about him obviously Warner s were in there, and i did a little bit reading, and found that this was his teacher Warner learned legitimate zen from a legitimate zen source my curiosity rose i looked up Warner, and found his youtube page where he talks about big questions westerners have for buddhism all of them were sound and simple, it blew me away i watched an interview about one of his books, i was laughing because of how unconventional he was he sat there with unkempt hair and a fucking god zilla t shirt while talking about the necessity of zazen to have a better life i was out the door quickly to go buy one of his books even if it was poorly written, i thought, his personality is genuine, i d enjoy anyway.in a nutshell easily the best zen book i ve ever read in my life. @Free Kindle î Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies, & the Truth about Reality â This Is Not Your Typical Zen Book Brad Warner, A Young Punk Who Grew Up To Be A Zen Master, Spares No One This Bold New Approach To The Why Of Zen Buddhism Is As Strongly Grounded In The Tradition Of Zen As It Is Utterly Revolutionary Warner S Voice Is Hilarious, And He Calls On The Wisdom Of Everyone From Punk And Pop Culture Icons To The Buddha Himself To Make Sure His Points Come Through Loud And Clear As It Prods Readers To Question Everything, Hardcore Zen Is Both An Approach And A Departure, Leaving Behind The Soft And Lyrical For The Gritty And Stark Perspective Of A New GenerationThe Subtitle Says It All There Has Never Been A Book Like This This is one of the best books I ve read on Buddhism.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 Not only did the book reaffirm a lot of things for me about my own morality, it taught me a lot of things too The author may be a Zen Priest, but he s also a regular guy, with a regular job, who grew up in Ohio, and honestly there needs to be Buddhist books written for Western society books that cover actually Buddhism and actual meditation by actual Western practitioners Some of the things covered in this book, I knew Some, I couldn t believe I d finally found someone else that agreed with me I recommend this book for anyone who s interested in a look at Zen or Buddhism in general that doesn t live in Tibet or Japan This book makes the philosophy so accessible Something to note, this isn t a how to book, there s no such thing This is Brad s story of his life and what led him to Buddhism, with teachings thrown in The hope is that you ll read it and start down your own spiritual path, not copy his So if you re looking for a teach me how to get there type book, this isn t it, but this is a great start if you re interested in learning what Zen is all about. Very nice straightforward book Unlike the Mathieu Ricard book, I don t feel the least bit embarrassed or guilty for liking it 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 a superficial, intellectual level and especially showing the many ah hah moments that turned out to be fundamentally empty haha Nice warning signs Don t be fooled by yourself, and especially do not be fooled by anybody who purports to be a master Eat a tangerine and know reality Probably not going to prevent me from getting it horribly wrong and thinking I know something But I m happy to have some advance warning.Seems like the kind of book I m glad to own because I might want to go through and reread bits of it again, bits that I might not have really understood the first time around. The word that comes to mind, surprisingly, is crude Warner is apparently a former Punk Rocker who has found Zen and written a book about it He isn t the first to find Zen in the world of the mundane, nor the last to write a book about his discovery I think of The Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and the Tao of Pooh It is always cool to explore the experience of one who has reached a place of bliss in the real world, but the grotesque and obscene make this book not for the faint of heart.Warner has attempted through his own journey, to share the principals of Zen with his fellow human beings In his youth, he was a Punk Rocker and as he matured, he discovered that he had a soul He tells his story and teaches Zen with Punk Rock and monster movies as analogies I think the lectured of Allen Watts or Joseph Campbell might provide equally valid insight, but Warner is speaking to an audience that relates to being spit on than lectured In the end, this is a solid introduction to Zen for folks who turn off anything that doesn t bring them back to the mosh pit I wouldn t have thought it possible to make a point about the Buddha with a Monster Movie analogy, but Warner does it quite well If you are curious about Zen and have no problem with leaving concerts with serious injuries, this book is for you I thought his writing was clever, reasonably accurate but crude. Hardcore Zen was a fun book, and a quick read I liked the author he seemed to be very keen to make sure the reader understands that Zen does not condone drug use, nor do real Zen practitioners chase after wild enlightenment experiences He eagerly exhorted me to challenge all authority, including his own A lot of the book was about authority, the spiritual quest, and the mistakenness of chasing enlightenment These topics don t feel very relevant to me personally.Hardcore Zen didn t really hit its stride until around page 130 I felt like Warner was dancing around the core of Zen despite his title He refers to reality a lot but doesn t talk about the reality of deep suffering, real disappointment, and emotional confusion, and how those things can be the gateway to understanding Zen practice I guess I am still comparing Zen books to my favorite, Everyday Zen, Love and Work.This was Warner s first book I ve heard his subsequent book books get better, so I might try him again. This book was given to me by a very well meaning, music centric friend who handed copies out to many peeps as appropriate So I had very high hopes Unfortunately, the author s personal story got in the way of the Zen stuff for me I found it extremely difficult to absorb any lessons on Buddhism or zen practice or even punk rock, because the author s voice kept getting in the way The back of the book urges the reader to Question Authority Question Society QUestion Reality Question Yourself All excellent questions that should be explored But this book, well meaning and intentional as it no doubt is, didn t help me question Your mileage may vary. True story I met Brad Warner when he came to Montreal to give a talk about Buddhism and he drew a stegosaurus in my copy of Hardcore Zen He s a lovely guy When I started studying Buddhism years ago, a teacher suggested I look into Zen Buddhism specifically I think he understood that I had no interest in frills and just wanted a no nonsense, straightforward approach which is essentially what Zen Buddhism is As I was looking for some literature on that specific school of thought at the bookstore, I stumbled upon a copy of Hardcore Zen It caught my eye because not unlike Brad Warner, the punk subculture has been a hugely influential part of my life and the idea of approaching Buddhism through a punk lense question authority, question society, question yourself, question everything was very appealing Maybe this resonated with me because I have a problem with arbitrary authority figures, whether they are parental, governmental, professional or spiritual and by that I mean that authority figures have to show me that they deserve my respect, and that I won t just bow and scrape to someone without a good reason and this dude was clearly not thinking of himself as an authority figure Maybe it was because he was a simple, down to earth, self deprecating guy who has had real modern life experiences Don t get me wrong, I have tremendous respect and admiration for a lot of Buddhist writers, but monks and nuns who have spent their lives in an ashram are sometimes very difficult to relate to, and their advice often hard to apply to the horribly mundane realities of daily Western life Whatever the reason, I bought the book, brought it home and read it in a day.I decided to re read it because life has been a bit of a mess lately, and I wanted to re sharpen my focus to deal with the mess in a healthier way It helps sometime just to be reminded that some of the things our mind does make life seem complicated, but that its ultimately a trick we play on ourselves, and books like this one are perfect reminders Of course reading that kind of stuff stirs some internal dust, but that s usually a sign that its doing something good This book contains quite a few stories about Warner s life, mostly about how he discovered Zen Buddhism, but also often moments in his life that he began to look at differently after he started practicing Zen I feel like these anecdotes serve to show you how Warner s life changed with his practice and study of Buddhism Warner also wants to make it very clear to the reader his book is not a manual on how to live your life or how to reach enlightenment It s a book about reality because that is the ultimate aim of Zen practice Hardcore Zen was originally published a long time ago now 2003 , and Buddhism has become a lot mainstream since, which is great, but this book is still incredibly informative, because as with anything else that becomes mainstream, a lot of bollocks is written on the subject and Warner wants his readers to know that not all the pop Buddhism out there is actual tradition or practice His chapter on Buddhist morality gloriously titled No sex with cantaloupes is a wonderful text about what it means to apply the philosophy of action that Buddhism is to your life, and is worth the price of the book on its own.Highly recommended for people who don t mind a bit of irreverence, who are looking for accessible literature on Zen or who are simply interested in Buddhism but are deeply annoyed by hippie wishy washy writing about it However, if you are looking for a set of instructions on finding enlightenment and can t handle crass humor and geekiness, I suggests you look somewhere else And finally, if you like this book, his other works are also well worth reading It s a book about Zen, obviously, from the point of view of an American who went from punk rocker to zen master over the course of many years It s very different from most other zen books out there in that Warner doesn t try to affect the wise and learned sage voice in his writing I imagine him as a jittery skinny guy, chain smoking cigarettes and telling you about the time he saw the entire history of the universe unfold around him in a dream.Any book on Zen that quotes South Park, Philip K Dick and Bart Simpson is a book worth reading.Zen interests me, for many reasons, and a lot of them were addressed in this book The idea that the past is the past and the future doesn t exist is one that I picked up years ago and has made life a lot less stressful He does drift into the We are all one vein of Buddhist philosophy from time to time, which I m still not entirely down on, but he s a lot of fun to read Go give it a look.