Brad Warner talks about his new book
Letters To A Dead Friend About Zen
The night that best selling author and Zen teacher Brad Warner learned that his childhood friend Marky had died of cancer at the age of forty-eight, he had just arrived in Hamburg. Germany where he was scheduled to give a talk to a group of Zen students.
It was the last thing he felt like doing. Instead. Warner was thinking about all of the things he never said to his friend since topics like spirituality and meditation didn’t exactly fit the passion for punk rock the had shared since they were young
As Brad continued his teaching tour through Europe, he began writing out all of the things he wished he has said to Marky before he died. The result is an enlightening and light-hearted book about the concepts of Zen.
We Talk about
- What is Buddhism
- Attachment and the Buddhist
- The ten Buddhist precepts
- What is spiritual bypassing
- The four noble truths
- The concept of Karma
- The different “flavors” of Buddhism
- The bottomless well of misery and anger
- The importance of sitting Zazen
- The Noble eightfold path
Brad Warner is the author of numerous books including It Came From Beyond Zen, Don’t Be a Jerk, and Hardcore Zen. A Soto Zen teacher, he is also a punk bassist, filmmaker, and popular blogger who leads workshops and retreats around the world. In addition to his books, his writing appears in Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Buddahdhrama, and Alternative Press. He lives in Los Angeles where he is the founder and lead teacher of the Angel City Zen Center.