15337Book Review of "Sit Down and Shut Up"
- May 11, 2007Aliyah Salotti is one of the most naturally
spiritually inclined people I know. She recently
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Review of "Sit Down and Shut Up"
At first glance Brad Warners book " Sit Down and Shut Up "
seems much like the rantings of a boy who lost his way,
then found it, then lost it again. Just as many of us
have gone through the trials and tribulations of
adolescence, Warner questions religions and all authority,
even seems to favor anarchy. Warner has the confidence to
write about and understand his own journey and all he has
learned from his experiences. He dares to call Buddhist's
"drippy", and in Chapter 3 he explains the true reasons
his wisdom should be appreciated. His light and humorous
approach to Dharma, Zen, Dogen and spirituality is
refreshing. My favorite chapter is titled "Buddha is
boring". Warner definitely makes Buddha not-so-boring with
his clever interpretations. He is witty and charming even
though his intention is probably the opposite. He explains
a sometimes overwhelming spirituality with a passion that
will spark even the well versed in the world of Buddhism
& true spirituality.
Brad Warner is writing to a 21st Century Western audience
without the usual eighteenth century antiquated verbosity.
Similar to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M.
Pirsig, Werner is ahead of his time with this novel.
Quoting everyone from the Dalai Lama to Ted from Bill and
Ted's Excellent Adventure, this is by far the most
interesting and well rounded of the books on Zen. This book
is a shining adaptation of how we should see Zen. "No one
but you can take responsibility for you.." Pg 51
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