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It Came from Beyond Zen!

More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
New World Library
 | 
October, 2017
ISBN:
9781608685110
Quantity: 
2
$24.50 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

In Japan in 1253, one of the great thinkers of his time died, and the world barely noticed. That man was the Zen monk Eihei Dogen. For centuries his main work, theShobogenzo, languished in obscurity, locked away in remote monasteries until scholars rediscovered it in the twentieth century. What took so long? In Brad Warner's view, Dogen was too ahead of his time to find an appreciative audience.

I don’t think I can stress enough how important Dogen really is. His philosophy is the key to seeing the world in an absolutely new way that is more realistic than the way you saw things before. Once you get it, you’ll never be the same. Once you go Dogen, you never go back.

In order to bring Dogen’s work to a bigger audience in the West, Warner began paraphrasing theShobogenzo, recasting it in simple, everyday language. The first part of this project resulted in Don’t Be a Jerk, and now Warner presents “Volume 2 of a Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye”, It Came from Beyond Zen. While Warner is sometimes irreverent—and always entertaining—he is also as astute scholar who has studied the Shobogenzo for nearly 30 years. Once again, Warner uses humor and pop-culture references to bridge the gap between past and present, making Dogen’s words clearer and more relevant than ever before.

We humans think about a lot of stuff that’s not actually real. We crave certainty in areas where there can never be any. That’s when we start in with believing the crazy stuff.

 

Dogen is interesting because he tries to cut right to the heart of this. He gets into what is real and what is not. Probably the main reason he’s so difficult to read is that Dogen is trying to say things that can’t actually be said. So he has to bend language to the point where it almost breaks.

Also by Brad Warner are Hardcore Zen and Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate. He’s a Soto Zen priest and punk bassist.

Publisher’s Description: 

In Japan in 1253, one of the great thinkers of his time died - and the world barely noticed. That man was the Zen monk Eihei Dogen. For centuries his main work, theShobogenzo, languished in obscurity, locked away in remote monasteries until scholars rediscovered it in the twentieth century. What took so long? In Brad Warner's view, Dogen was too ahead of his time to find an appreciative audience. As Warner writes, He understood aspects of human nature that we take for granted today but that there weren't even words for in his time." In order to bring Dogen's work to a bigger audience in the West, Warner began paraphrasing theShobogenzo, recasting it in simple, everyday language. The first part of this project resulted inDon't Be a Jerk, and now Warner presents this follow-up volume,It Came from Beyond Zen. Once again, Warner uses humor and pop-culture references to bridge the gap between past and present, making Dogen's words clearer and more relevant than ever before."

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