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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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?