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

How does a real-life Zen grasp — not the preternaturally calm, cartoonish Zen masters depicted through mainstream tradition — aid others via difficult occasions whilst he’s facing soreness of his personal? How does he meditate while the area is crumbling round him? Is meditation a legitimate reaction or simply one other type of escapism? those are the questions Brad Warner ponders in Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.

During a yr that Warner spent giving talks and top retreats throughout North the USA, his mom and grandmother died, he misplaced his dream activity, and his marriage fell aside. In writing approximately how he utilized the Buddha’s teachings to his personal real-life affliction, Warner shatters expectancies, revealing that Buddhism isn’t a few esoteric pie-in-the-sky final resolution yet an extremely sensible method to care for no matter what existence dishes out.

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Dr. Chappel loved what i used to be doing and requested me if I’d wish to educate on the Hill highway middle. like any the opposite lecturers there, I’d need to pay a proportion of the hire, in accordance with how a lot time I’d be utilizing the distance. yet i used to be incomes adequate from Nakano Productions that i'll have enough money to pay, no matter if the donations I acquired from attendees at my type didn’t hide it. So i used to be in. Dr. Chappel requested if I had a following. I acknowledged i actually didn’t be aware of. My ebook was once promoting, my weblog was once getting lots of hits. yet I had no suggestion if that might translate into humans really coming to do zazen perform with me.

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I can’t feel free if I make the folks round me depressing below the incorrect influence that their distress isn't really in detail hooked up with mine. So if I don’t are looking to be depressing i have to behave morally towards everybody I stumble upon. In Buddhism behaving morally doesn’t suggest following a few fastened code of behavior. It potential being cautious. yet one other element of Buddhist morality is you want to do your half. You’re now not the following only for your self. You’re the following for everybody and every thing you come across. Your position is to do and say the issues that have to be performed and acknowledged out of your detailed viewpoint.

That makes it lovely challenging to again out of. The precepts we absorb Dogen Sangha are as follows: Don’t smash existence. Don’t thieve. Don’t hope an excessive amount of. Don’t lie. Don’t stay via promoting liquor. Don’t speak about the mess ups of Buddhist priests and of lay-people. Don’t compliment your self or berate others. Don’t begrudge the sharing of the Buddhist teachings and different issues. Don’t develop into offended. Don’t abuse the 3 perfect values: Buddha, the woke up one; Dharma, the genuine teachings; and Sangha, the neighborhood of Buddhists.

The ensuing close to overall loss of intensity notion made it nigh on most unlikely for me to pass judgement on no matter if I’d trap a ball or get hit within the nostril by way of it. due to the fact that I hated getting hit within the nostril by way of balls after which being made enjoyable of for it, I hated activities. because I had one excellent eye i'll nonetheless learn and do all types of different stuff, so not anyone ever learned how undesirable my imaginative and prescient out of the opposite one used to be. now not even me. My mom and dad obtained me my first guitar as a manner of seeing if i actually used to be uncoordinated or simply unmotivated.

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