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 generation.
The subtitle says it all: There has never been a book like this.
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Clear understanding with colorful personality
Absolutely! The author is 100% into the presentation. It is done professionally but with personality and spirited with music and the occasional sound effects. In print you miss the illustrations - in this audio presentation of the book you actually gain music and fun sound effects at just the right time.
This is a very unique book/perspective on Zen given Brad Warner's Punk background. While Buddhist fundamentals are intact and there is good clarity the insight is provided in an atypical manner. If talk of boogers and nasty farts offends you then you may not like his presentation style. However, if you are the type of person who can giggle when someone farts then you will like Brad's unique presentation style. There is no farting - just an analogy for context.
Personality, personality, personality. Reading and listening to Zen based material can get a little dry and homogenized. While there is a time and place for everything it is nice to have some bumps in the road to keep you awake. Brad Delivers with his upbeat attitude and occasional impromptu comments “kitty off the keyboard” during the reading. But, don’t let this detract you into thinking this was not well recorded or professionally done. Audio quality and reading of the text is excellent.
- Robert Leverton
Best Zen book ever