Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate

Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate

A Trip Through Death, Sex, Divorce, and Spiritual Celebrity in Search of the True Dharma

Book - 2009
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Challenges popular conceptions about preternaturally calm, all-wise spiritual gurus to counsel readers about real-world Buddhism as a practical lifestyle approach that enables practitioners to manage challenging times, in a guide that describes the personal difficulties faced by the author during a year spent leading Zen retreats across the country. Original.

Perseus Publishing
How does a real-life Zen master — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by mainstream culture — help others through hard times when he’s dealing with pain of his own? How does he meditate when the world is crumbling around him? Is meditation a valid response or just another form of escapism? These are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a year that Warner spent giving talks and leading retreats across North America, his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddha’s teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isn’t some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.

How does a real-life Zen master — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted by mainstream culture — help others through hard times when he’s dealing with pain of his own? How does he meditate when the world is crumbling around him? Is meditation a valid response or just another form of escapism? These are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a year that Warner spent giving talks and leading retreats across North America, his mother and grandmother died, he lost his dream job, and his marriage fell apart. In writing about how he applied the Buddha’s teachings to his own real-life suffering, Warner shatters expectations, revealing that Buddhism isn’t some esoteric pie-in-the-sky ultimate solution but an exceptionally practical way to deal with whatever life dishes out.


Publisher: Novato, Calif. : New World Library, c2009
ISBN: 9781577316541
1577316541
Characteristics: xiv, 225 p. ; 22 cm

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WordaholicEdmonton
Dec 16, 2012

This is a really decent book. It explains a lot about what Zen Buddism is, and demystifies the topic.

He has a very grounded, pragmatic approach to his spirituality, an encouragement to anyone of any faith.

Shandra Apr 23, 2010

Check out his blog at http://hardcorezen.blogspot.com/

Podcasts are at http://hardcorezen.libsyn.com/

YouTube vids http://www.youtube.com/user/doubtboy

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