Sit Down and Shut Up

  • by Brad Warner
  • Narrated by Brad Warner
  • 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Sit Down and Shut Up, Brad Warner tackles one of the great works of Zen literature, the Shobogenzo by 13th century Zen master Dogen. Illuminating Dogen's 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 rock ethos. Riffing on his triumphant return to Ohio for a reunion concert of Akron punk bands, Brad uncovers the real heart of Zen, in teachings and stories with a sharp smack of truth.

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Still excellent but I see a flaw

Another excellent book on Buddhist theory mixed with the bluntness and disrespect for authority of punk rock, but I think I finally see Warner’s big flaw: he neglects love and kindness. All of his writing is purely factual — this is the way things are — and that’s fine as far as it goes, but it misses the great potential of being alive in the present moment for those around you. I still enjoyed the book immensely. Excerpt: “The truth is always with you at every moment, or, as Dogen puts it, ‘the Buddhist truth exists under the foot of every human being.’ It’s not something far away, abstract, or difficult. It is the uncomplicated and direct truth of what is right here, right now. Truth is not removed from your day-to-day existence. God, way up in heaven on his big gold throne, is just an idea. That itch on your left ass cheek right now is the truth. It’s way bigger than God could ever hope to be.” Grade: A-

P.S. Great narration, with an occasional cat meowing in the background.
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- Mark

DIY Audio version is better than the book!

This audiobook was far better than I recall the print book being. That just means that I got more out of it the second time around, and that Brad's voice got his meaning across better then the print did. IMO
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2014
  • Publisher: Brad Warner