In this inspiring evening, Zen priest and bestselling author Brad Warner will discuss his new book It Came From Beyond Zen!, which paraphrases Dōgen’s Buddhist classic work The Shōbōgenzō: The True Treasury of the Dharma Eye for modern times. Brad will explain the middle way Dōgen’s teachings describe and will explore his views on a wide range of topics from compassion to cause and effect to living and dying.
In Japan in 1253, one of the great thinkers of his time died — and the world barely noticed. That man was the Zen monk Eihei Dogen. For centuries his main work, the Shōbōgenzō, languished in obscurity, locked away in remote monasteries until scholars rediscovered it in the twentieth century. What took so long?
In bestselling author Brad Warner’s view, Dogen was too ahead of his time to find an appreciative audience. As he writes in It Came From Beyond Zen! More Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master (New World Library, October 10, 2017), “He understood aspects of human nature that we take for granted today but that there weren’t even words for in his time.” In order to bring Dogen’s work to a bigger audience in the West, Warner began paraphrasing the Shōbōgenzō, recasting it in simple, everyday language. The first part of this project resulted in Warner’s Fall 2016 book entitled Don’t Be A Jerk, and now in It Came From Beyond Zen!, he presents a follow-up volume. For each of Dogen’s essays Warner explores in the book, he provides a short introduction, a simplified paraphrase of the essay in question — with requisite jokes — and a commentary. The commentary gives you details about what he’s changed in his paraphrase as well as alternative ways of reading certain problematic parts. It will also tell you what Warner thinks Dogen means and why he thinks so.
Brad Warner is the author of It Came From Beyond Zen! and numerous other titles including Don’t Be A Jerk, Sit Down & Shut Up, and Hardcore Zen. A Soto Zen priest, he is a punk bassist, filmmaker, Japanese-monster-movie marketer, and popular blogger based in Los Angeles. Visit him online at www.hardcorezen.info.
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