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Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical…

Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's…

by Brad Warner

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Wow. Paraphrases the first few chapters of the shobogenzo into 'hippy' english. ( )
  jefware | Oct 25, 2016 |
Eihei Dogen, the founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, was a guy who liked to have his fun with language. He wasn’t above making puns that required people to be literate in Chinese and Japanese. And eight centuries later, this makes him rather tricky to translate. I once put together nine different translations of Genjo Koan, just for comparison, when we were studying it. And in this book, Brad Warner brings his characteristic bluntness to creating a rendering of the first part of Dogen’s classic Shobogenzo that is comprehensible by native English speakers. The result has a great deal more clarity than the normal renderings, and Warner supplies copious references for people who want to follow up on his translation. ( )
  slothman | May 30, 2016 |
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The Sh?b?genz? (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered eight-hundred-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei D?gen. 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 D?gen's teachings to modern times. While entertaining and sometimes irreverent, Warner is also an astute scholar who sees in D?gen very modern psychological concepts, as well as insights on such topics as feminism and reincarnation. Warner even shows that D?gen offered a "Middle Way" in the currently raging debate between science and religion. For curious readers worried that D?gen's teachings are too philosophically opaque, Don?t Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.… (more)

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