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Awesome Brad Warner uses the writings of his favorite zen author, Dogen, as a springboard to discuss a little of everything, and a lot of nothingthereby striking the perfect balance for a kick ass zen book.The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars is Warner s tendency to pick on other schools of Buddhism for getting it wrong Although even this punky attitude is presented in a totally zen manner, since he simultaneously has it all figured out while admitting to being just as dumb Awesome Brad Warner uses the writings of his favorite zen author, Dogen, as a springboard to discuss a little of everything, and a lot of nothing thereby striking the perfect balance for a kick ass zen book.The only thing that kept me from giving this five stars is Warner s tendency to pick on other schools of Buddhism for getting it wrong Although even this punky attitude is presented in a totally zen manner, since he simultaneously has it all figured out while admitting to being just as dumb as the rest of us.The whole point of the book is perfectly encapsulated in its title Sit Down and Shut Up Just meditate Don t seek enlightenment whatever you think that is , and don t assume the act of meditation makes you super special or anything What happens happens, what is is Just sit down, and shut up Occupies a nice space between Hardcore Zen which is a great overview and introduction to Warner s outlook and Don t be a Jerk which digs much deeper into Dogen and the Shobogenzo A great book to follow up with if you got anything out of Hardcore Zen. I love titles like Sit Down and Shut Up Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death and Dogen s Treasury of the right Dharma Eye because while the title is waaaaay too long and the book focuses little one God, Truth, Sex and Death however, the core of the entire novel flows throughout Sit Down and Shut up I ve learned a lot about Buddhism from Brad Warner s writings From my own background, I have a mild understanding of buddhism I ve taken 3 seminars on Buddhism well, it I love titles like Sit Down and Shut Up Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death and Dogen s Treasury of the right Dharma Eye because while the title is waaaaay too long and the book focuses little one God, Truth, Sex and Death however, the core of the entire novel flows throughout Sit Down and Shut up I ve learned a lot about Buddhism from Brad Warner s writings From my own background, I have a mild understanding of buddhism I ve taken 3 seminars on Buddhism well, it was on Buddhist art, but you can t really have an understanding of art without the cultural religious context wrapped in as well hence, why art is so important to understanding anything, but that s another tale , and even then I m feeling a bit fluxed and washy on what Buddhism really is Warner walks us through Buddhism, through the eyes of one Zen master Dogen, and explains in very apt chapters on God, Truth, Sex, and Death andwhat the Dogen meant and how we can apply these ideas to our current practice of Buddhism And being a Zen practitioner, this means that your practice of Buddhism comes chiefly in the form of zazen, or seated meditated Heh, Sit Down, and Shut Up If you are curious about Buddhism or would like Dogen explained in laymen terms and I guess in Warner s antiquated Punk Rock jargon, which is actually very funny and refreshing, but totally screams like a 13 year old at some points , this is a really great book Warner does a wonderful job of breaking down the meaning and understanding of what zen practice is, what buddhist philosophy concentrates on, and how to achieve the ability to recognize and appreciate reality I found this a really fun, light read on heavy concepts that really appeal to my interest I ve even started meditating, in an effort to concentrate on how my body and mind operate simultaneously I m not sure what I ll get out of this, Brad Warner even writes the disclaimer that he won t know what I ll get out of this, but in the meanwhile, it s a good practice to sit down and shut up I have always enjoyed and held the greatest respect for Zen Buddhism The problem with Zen is that frequently, what you are reading is poorly translated materials from 14th century Japan or was written in the late sixties and is therefore steeped in hippy dippy vibes Lately, however, a new generation of young Buddhists have become mature enough to write about the experience and Brad Warner is my favorite From former punk rock bassist to ordained zen monk to working in the Japanese Monster I have always enjoyed and held the greatest respect for Zen Buddhism The problem with Zen is that frequently, what you are reading is poorly translated materials from 14th century Japan or was written in the late sixties and is therefore steeped in hippy dippy vibes Lately, however, a new generation of young Buddhists have become mature enough to write about the experience and Brad Warner is my favorite From former punk rock bassist to ordained zen monk to working in the Japanese Monster Movie Industry, Brad is irreverent, smart and dead on and he ll answer e mails Gotta love that accessibility in an author Read his first book too,,, Warner doesn t mess with evocative metaphor or fluffy language to talk about Zen practice and life His direct, irreverent, no bullshit attitude toward the subject is not only refreshing, but imperative to cut through the sheer about of misinformation out there about the subject Unfortunately, most will undoubtedly find this approach off putting simply because it s not how books on religion spirituality are typically packaged and presented Too bad There s great wisdom to be had here. Overview of some of Zen legend Dogen s teachings as Warner interepretes them Not aimed quite so much at the casual reader as HARDCORE ZEN but still not really a full on Zen textbook.Didn t enjoy this as much as HARDCORE ZEN but I think that s partly cos I kept slogging through it when was I too tired to give it my full attention and partly cos Warner kept quoting Dogen using Japanese characters, then again in English, then gave his own extremely paraphrased version where he finally explains Overview of some of Zen legend Dogen s teachings as Warner interepretes them Not aimed quite so much at the casual reader as HARDCORE ZEN but still not really a full on Zen textbook.Didn t enjoy this as much as HARDCORE ZEN but I think that s partly cos I kept slogging through it when was I too tired to give it my full attention and partly cos Warner kept quoting Dogen using Japanese characters, then again in English, then gave his own extremely paraphrased version where he finally explains Dogen s Zen wisdom Got a bit annoying Personally I feel he could have skipped the Japanese bit as this isn t an in depth Zen book so it served no purpose other than to show off the fact that Warner can read Japanese .DOWNLOAD EBOOK ♘ Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye ♲ In Sit Down And Shut Up, Brad Warner Tackles One Of The Great Works Of Zen Literature, The Shobogenzo By Th Century Zen Master Dogen Illuminating Dogens 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 I super liked it It s pretty blah blah at points, but I found myself enjoying it like crazy The chapter on death blew my mind a little. Probably the best Buddhist text I ve read all year, and definitely one of the most valuable I have in my library As someone who has been struggling with the concepts of traditional Tibetan concepts and interpretations, it was quite enlightening no pun intended to get a different perspective on things Brad Warner does an excellent job of cutting through all the BS and laying out Buddhism and specifically Zen Buddhism in a practical, accessible manner I can t wait to read his first book Sit Down and Shut up is a pretty decent set of reflection on various topics, sex, death, greed, informed by the writings of the early japanese Zen teacher Dogen, author of the Shobogenzo, Treausry of the Right Dharma Eye.Brad warner does a good job of presenting how buddhist ideas apply to the lives of ordinary people, in a down to earth manner Sometimes he tries a bit too hard to be funny, adding footnotes where he makes little digs at himself, but that s no big deal.I did learn various Sit Down and Shut up is a pretty decent set of reflection on various topics, sex, death, greed, informed by the writings of the early japanese Zen teacher Dogen, author of the Shobogenzo, Treausry of the Right Dharma Eye.Brad warner does a good job of presenting how buddhist ideas apply to the lives of ordinary people, in a down to earth manner Sometimes he tries a bit too hard to be funny, adding footnotes where he makes little digs at himself, but that s no big deal.I did learn various things about buddhism from his take on it, in particular with regard to the the japanese term inmo, it which means something like the inexpressible law of the universe Sometimes I found the book frustrating, Warner might start a chapter about a mysterious and interesting buddhist topic, but in the middle of the chapter he would get kind of sidetracked onto a line of discussion that he feels is important from his perspective of serious pragmatism, where I myself would have preferred that his discussion continue in ametaphysical, philosophical, and speculative vein But that s just how I would have preferred it In any case,much of buddhism is a discussion about various things in this world, not a preachy ultimate pronouncement about them And as a work of discussion SDSU is a very substantive and meritorious work that stimulates thought, whether you agree or disagree with a given point that Warner is making