By turns irritating, informative but never enlightening, this is well worth dipping into - certainly an alternative to the more scholarly D T Suzuki approach, or the Zig Zag Zen approach of the drug induced mindbenders. Brad Warner comes down pretty hard on these - a position I hold myself ever since reading Thomas Merton's letter to Aldous Huxley regarding the use of drugs to induced mystical experience. Merton spoke of the need for a "contact of two liberties" for any authentic experience, mystical or otherwise. Mr Warner discounts all "experience" if grasped at as "special" and clung too.
I must admit to bleeping over one or two overlong passages. Hopefully I never missed some random sequence of words that would have triggered enlightenment - but as Brad believes in no such thing, my hopes are no doubt fulfilled.
For someone claiming to be VERY anti-authoritarian Brad's apparent insistence that zazen, and by default, Soto Zen, is the sole ( only way ) to find "reality" sits awkwardly ( no pun intended ) within the pages of this book. That aside, well worth reading, whatever your interest in Punk Rock might be ( not to mention Japanese Monster Movies )
I will keep saying the Nembutsu. Each to their own.
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- Print Length: 231 pages
- Publisher: Wisdom Publications (10 June 2005)
- Sold by: Simon & Schuster Digital Sales Inc. (AU)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003XF1LG6
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