Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate
A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma
By Brad Warner
How does a real-life Zen master — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by mainstream culture — help others through hard times when he’s dealing with pain of his own? How does he meditate when the world is crumbling around him? Is meditation a valid response or just another form of escapism? These are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.
During a year that Warner spent giving talks and leading retreats across North America, his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddha’s teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isn’t some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.
About the Author:
The bassist for the punk band Zero Defects, Brad Warner is a Zen priest, filmmaker, and Japanese monster-movie marketer living in Los Angeles. The author of Hardcore Zen and Sit Down and Shut Up, he is also the director and producer of Cleveland’s Screaming, a documentary about the Ohio punk scene. He teaches Zen in Santa Monica and writes a monthly column for Suicidegirls.com. His website is hardcorezen.blogspot.com.
“Christ Consciousness and Buddha Consciousness
The heart chakra is the epitome of Christ consciousness and Buddha consciousness. It brings to mind the energy of a bodhisattva. In Tibetan Buddhism, a bodhisattva is someone who is motivated by pure compassion and wisdom. The bodhisattva seeks enlightenment, not only for himself or herself but for all beings. Those who seek this enlightenment for others as well as themselves are often willing to suffer in order to achieve the goal. Jesus the Christ was a true bodhisattva.”
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