Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality

Brad Warner

Language: English

Pages: 232

ISBN: 1614293163

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Zen, plain and simple, with no BS.

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.

This new edition will feature an afterword from the author.

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