It’s been so damn hard to start my “read or create” project. Until this morning, I had no idea what to do this week. Moreover, I’ve had a “no computer” weekend, so I’ve only been using my brand new tablet and my phone. So, this morning, while having my morning coffee, I decided to buy some new e-books. And I chose one of them for today. “Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate: A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma” by Brad Warner.
I’ve read (and I own) BW’s first book, “Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality” that is a half biography, half introduction-to-zen kind of book. And I absolutely love it as it’s a down-to-earth book about what zen is and what it is not.
Zen Wrapped… is actually BW’s third book. I deliberately skipped the second one as after some research, I decided it’s not really for me. Zen Wrapped is more like ‘what happened after I wrote my first book’ kind of a story. In short, the “moral of the story is”: ‘Even if BW is a so-called zen master who has done zen for twenty years, he still does stupid mistakes in his every-day life, thinks life is hard sometimes and worries a bit too much’.
Also, I bumped into two things that are close to my heart (heavy metal and Doctor Who) and one movie that I intend to watch this summer (Rashomon). Well, first, Randy Blythe, the vocalist for Lamb of God is into zen, too, so it was only natural for Brad to meet him. (Besides, “Redneck” by LoG is one of the metal songs recorded in the 2000s). And no, BW didn’t compare the Tardis to the human mind (because the Tardis is “bigger on the inside”) but just mentioned the famous theme song of Doctor Who. If I was superstitious or religious, I would call these things “divine coincidences”. But they are just fine examples of how small the world is. Well, the world of entertainment, anyway.
Still, I’m slightly disappointed at the book. After the mind-blowing Hardcore Zen, this one was just ok. Nothing new, Who really cares who he has fallen in love with or how much he has f*cked them? There’s nothing wrong with sex, but I just thought that the very short sex scenes could have been written because the masculine side of BW wanted to boast “hey, check this out, I just had a lot of sex!” :D. But well, BW is sometimes a controversial character and nothing like a traditional, stereotypical zen master. He’s just a stupid human being like all of us.
I’d say this is good for those who have already read Hardcore Zen and now think “now what?” and “what has happened to Brad Warner ever since?” So: if you haven’t read Hardcore Zen yet, read it. Or not.
Now Playing: Witherscape – The Inheritance
- “Hardcore Zen” (johannabayne.wordpress.com)
- My Meeting with God, or Enlightenment Porn (realitysandwich.com)
- Energy Stew – Unique: A Zen Buddhist monk discusses God – 08/03/13 (prn.fm)
- LAMB OF GOD Frontman Randy Blythe To Release Memoir About His Time In Czech Prison (metalinjection.net)