Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master Read Online Free - A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen’s Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
“Even if the whole universe is nothing but a bunch of jerks doing all kinds of jerk-type things, there is still liberation in simply not being a jerk.” — Eihei Dogen (1200–1253 CE)
The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered eight-hundred-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand and daunting to read. In Don’t Be a Jerk, Zen priest and bestselling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen’s teachings to modern times. While entertaining and sometimes irreverent, Warner is also an astute scholar who sees in Dogen very modern psychological concepts, as well as insights on such topics as feminism and reincarnation. Warner even shows that Dogen offered a “Middle Way” in the currently raging debate between science and religion. For curious readers worried that Dogen’s teachings are too philosophically opaque, Don’t Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.
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August 13, 2017
Those of us who have looked at the precepts of religions from around the world are often intrigued at how similar they can be across religions. There is something ultimately freeing in realizing that the roots of goodness, happiness, and wealth are not based, as is imagined by some unenlightened...
June 22, 2016
Like all of Warner's other work, this is wonderful. Direct, straightforward, funny, no-nonsense. While it's certainly clear enough to be used as an introduction to Zen (after all, beginner's mind is an important concept; sitting down for the millionth time is essentially the same experience as si...
May 21, 2016
Brad Warner is that rare thing, a Buddhist teacher who primarily teaches by writing. In fact—though he leads retreats and gives lectures, does podcasts and has even appeared in a movie or two—I would call him a writer first and a teacher second. He’s the author of six books, and writes the most c...
November 10, 2017
I’ve mentioned it before in reviews of books about Zen: the Shobogenzo intimidates me. It’s a huge book, I am not naturally inclined to trust translations all that much (especially when the original work was written in an archaic form of Japanese!), and it has a reputation for being very dense an...
July 23, 2016
I'll admit that I'm a fan of Warner's work. I discovered him via his first book, Hardcore Zen, many years ago, and have been hooked ever since. For as long as I can remember, I've had a layman's interest in Zen. Some years it's stronger than others, and I've never actually tried meditation or any...
November 17, 2016
The title isn't accurate. Very little in this book could be considered "practical advice." On reflection, I don't know what I was thinking. Reading about Zen is like writing about music. The medium is the message. In this case that medium is zazen.
This is my first Brad Warner book. He practices t...
March 27, 2016
I just finished reading Brad Warner’s latest book Don’t be a Jerk and Other Practical Advice from Dōgen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master and have to say that I quite enjoyed it.
I must begin by admitting that I’m not a Zen student, so I come at this with a particular lens that may differ from someone...
August 05, 2016
"If you define yourself as deluded or imperfect and imagine a state that is perfect and undeluded, you can make an effort to transform this state into that one. But in doing so, you'd miss out on the perfect this-ness of this real state. What we're working on in Zen practice is to notice clearly...
December 18, 2016
This is the best summary/translation/elucidation of Dogen that I have ever read. Dogen's Shobogenzo has a well earned reputation for being inpenetrable, but with Brad Warner's guidance, it is possible to get a lot from it.
I started reading this several months ago, and for some reason put it down....
February 24, 2017
This book was quite entertaining. From what I understand, Japanese is difficult to translate fully into English with all of the nuances it contains. Now imagine that the Japanese being translated is about 800 years old and even native speakers have trouble with it. Considering this, I feel that B...