Don't Be a Jerk

  • by Brad Warner
  • Narrated by Brad Warner
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
"Even if the whole universe is nothing but a bunch of jerks doing all kinds of jerk-type things, there is still liberation in simply not being a jerk." - Eihei Dogen (1200 - 1253 CE)
The Shobogenzo (The Treasury of the True Dharma Eye) is a revered 800-year-old Zen Buddhism classic written by the Japanese monk Eihei Dogen. Despite the timeless wisdom of his teachings, many consider the book difficult to understand. In Don't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and best-selling author Brad Warner, through accessible paraphrasing and incisive commentary, applies Dogen's teachings to modern times. While entertaining and sometimes irreverent, Warner is also an astute scholar who sees in Dogen very modern psychological concepts, as well as insights on such topics as feminism and reincarnation. Warner even shows that Dogen offered a "Middle Way" in the currently raging debate between science and religion. For curious listeners worried that Dogen's teachings are too philosophically opaque, Don't Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.


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Found this obscure at times. Just keep sitting.

Read a lot of Mr. Warner's books but found this obscure at times. Just keep sitting.
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- Gareth Galea

Excelent Book

What made the experience of listening to Don't Be a Jerk the most enjoyable?

Exploring Zen through a slightly comical view

What did you like best about this story?

Different take and expression of traditional ideas

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I will read another of his books I enjoyed this one

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- Kev Nw1

Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-02-2017
  • Publisher: Brad Warner