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Hardcore Zen:punk rock, monster movies and the truth about reality
Author Warner, Brad
PublisherWisdom Publications
LocationSomerville, MA, US [薩默維爾, 麻薩諸塞州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
NoteIncludes index.
LCCN: 200311829
KeywordSpiritual life -- 禪宗=Zen Buddhism=Zazen Buddhism; Spiritual biography -- United States;Spiritual biography -- Japan;
AbstractFrom Publishers Weekly
There's a Zen story about a teacher who holds up his finger,then reminds his student to look beyond the finger itself,to what the finger is pointing at-the moon. That's what this book does:it transcends itself-and with outrageous style. Warner,an early-'80s hardcore punk musician,discovered Zen in college,moved to Japan to make B-grade monster movies, and eventually became a bona fide Zen master by formally receiving "dharma transmission." Yet true to his punk spirit,he relentlessly demands that all teaching,all beliefs, all authority-including his own-must be questioned. ("Why should you listen to me? Who the hell am I?... No one. No one at all.") By turns wickedly funny,profane,challenging and iconoclastic-but always with genuine kindness-Warner devotes chapters to some common Zen notions such as the oneness of reality ("Why Gene Simmons Is Not a Zen Master"),reincarnation ("In My Next Life I Want to Come Back as a Pair of Lucy Liu's Panties") and the vital importance of the present moment ("Eating a Tangerine is Real Enlightenment"). Yet this is no litany of Zen orthodoxy designed for study. By liberally sharing anecdotes from his own life as a down-and-out punk rocker and maker of monster movies, Warner constantly focuses on the importance of a direct experience of reality in all its rawness over adherence to any set of beliefs-even Zen ones. Entertaining,bold and refreshingly direct,this book is likely to change the way one experiences other books about Zen-and maybe even the way one experiences reality.
(Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information,Inc.)
ISBN086171380X (pbk. : alk paper)
Created date2003.08.05

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