Book Review: Sex, Sin and Zen

Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between
by Brad Warner
Published by New World Library

Sex, Sin and Zen answers the question that everyone has been asking Brad for a long time, how can sex and Buddhism come to some sort of reconciliation? As a guest writer for Suicide Girls many questioned his choice to join their writing team. And I think we should have, because if anyone had the answer, it was Brad.

We know of all the vows we take, and accept in our lives, but as Brad explains, never do any of them say do not have sex. Brad breaks this misconception down, simplifies in the easiest of ways. It’s not the act of sex, but how we act about sex. Like any other attachment, it is our grasping at sex that can cause us, and others, damage. Continue reading →

Book Review/ Interview: Zen Wrapped In Karma Dipped In Chocolate

Zen Wrapped In Karma Dipped In Chocolate written by Brad Warner
Published by New World Library

Ed. Note- At the end of this book review is a brief interview I was able to do with Brad over the past day or two via e-mail. As you may or may not know, he is a week deep into his book tour, so I thank him for taking the time to answer some of my banter…

Firstly let me say this, for those that don’t think this book was one that needed to be written, it did indeed need to be written and I’ll explain. In a world where we put “masters” and “teachers” on pedestals (or on mountaintops) and think they are infallible, this book dispels that myth. Brad Warner very much so is a “zen master” in today’s world, his dharma transmission is not only legit but is irrefutable.

Brad shatters the image we have of what we think a “zen master” should be like. His life is not unlike mine or yours, he breathes the same air we do, and deals with the same problems we all deal with, and this book details those things. I think the book is very relevant in the 21st century world of Buddhism and I recommend you give it some time to read through.

In “Zen Wrapped In…” Brad opens up to the readers and goes to great lengths to tell the story of his most recent past. He details the passing of his mother, his grandmother, the downfall and eventual end of his marriage as well as issues he has at work and more.

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Sex and Hardcore Zen

From The San Francisco Chronicle

Brad Warner had just drawn the Japanese characters for “monster” down the soft side of my inner arm beneath my tattooed character, “flower.” Over the local beers I had just introduced him to in a Lower Haight cafe I became “flower monster.” He had just introduced me to what it’s like to hang out with an author, punk rock bassist, and Zen master.
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Saturday at Green Apple Books I met Brad Warner at the signing for his new book “Zen Wrapped In Karma Dipped In Chocolate.” We immediately started talking about sex. Not because I asked him if he’d seen the cult film, Hong Kong action porn farce “Sex and Zen,” nor because of my own work. It was because Warner’s subtitle reads “A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity In Search Of The True Dharma.”

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Punk Monk

From San Antonio Current

Brad Warner has practiced Zen for more than 20 years. He’s become an internationally noted teacher of the spiritual discipline, but it hasn’t eliminated his problems. Staring down a divorce and pondering an affair, the punk-bassist-turned-Zen-teacher had the idea for his new book, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of True Dharma. In it, Warner recalls his original inspiration.

“It would be a book that destroyed once and forever any myths anyone could hold about what Zen masters were or should be,” writes Warner. “In its place would be a real-life-warts-and-all portrait of what a Zen teacher in the twenty-first century actually is.” Then, true to his self-effacing style, he notes, “I knew I would fail at this.”

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Sock Monkey on Brad Warner’s “Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate”

Heard about this video from a friend today and just now viewed it. From what I understand, there is an unmentioned “squabbe” going on here, and the sock monkey is supposed to signify that. I am not getting into the nitty gritty of said “squabble” but I just wanted to get your take on it, is this type of stuff even necessary?

I thoroughly enjoy reading Brad’s books, and for the most part, they speak in a way that is very palatable. His books are straight to the point, pack no punches and basically tell it like it is. I don’t like hearing people sugar coat the teachings, or their particular beliefs based on experience. BUT it’s these types of arguments that seem to turn some people away… what do you think?

Buddhism And The Zen Of Punk Rock

From NPR
By Anil Mundra

The word “punk” doesn’t usually bring to mind meditation. But the growing popularity of Buddhism in the U.S. is attracting an unlikely fan base among punk rock enthusiasts.

What does punk rock have to do with Buddhism? “There’s a disdain for authority. There’s a strong sense that the individual is responsible for herself or for himself,” says Brad Warner, a bona fide punk rocker and ordained Zen master.

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