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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, as someone who has been studying and practicing the dharma and zazen for over 10 years, this is a great way to get some insights into Shobogenzo. I've really enjoyed Brad's other books as well.
What other book might you compare Don't Be a Jerk to and why?
This is hard because there are not a lot of books that try to give you an understanding of a specific theological work. If you like Brad Warner I would recommend Dharma Punks by Noah Levine.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes, Brad uses some really bad christian theology to try to prove a point. What I mean by that is; he uses theological ideas that are not grounded in the actual Judeo-Christian theology. But rather generic post christian reformation points you would get from an Atheist Facebook group, rather than true 1st century Judeo-Christian theology. This is the reason I'm giving this book 4 stars out of 5. I'm sure if Brad were to read a book by a Christian theologian and they were to make some of the same type of statements about Buddhist Theology to prove their point he'd feel the same way. If you're going to make comparisons make sure you fully understand both sides before you use them.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Great synopsis and "translation" of Dogens book Shobogenzo. Easy to understand in modern terms. highly recommend it to any practitioner of zen!
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Read a lot of Mr. Warner's books but found this obscure at times. Just keep sitting.
What made the experience of listening to Don't Be a Jerk the most enjoyable?
Exploring Zen through a slightly comical view
What did you like best about this story?
Different take and expression of traditional ideas
Have you listened to any of Brad Warner’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
I will read another of his books I enjoyed this one
1 of 3 people found this review helpful