HARDCORE ZEN STRIKES AGAIN!!

My brand new eBook, Hardcore Zen Strikes Again is out now! Hooray! You can get it at the following link:

Hardcore Zen Strikes Again

If you are in the UK, you can order it from Amazon UK here: Hardcore Zen Strikes Again


I’m not sure why you have to order it from Amazon UK to get it over there. Maybe they’ve added extra u’s to words like color and flavor for their version. 

In Germany, you can get it at this link: Hardcore Zen Strikes Again

As far as I know it’s still in English even if you order it from Amazon in Germany. Thanks to Oliver Wunderlich for providing me the link.


For the moment, the book is available only as an electronic version and is being sold exclusively through Amazon. After 90 days, the ebook will be available from other retailers. There will be a printed version as well. I’m still waiting to see and approve the galleys on that. After the approval is done and it goes on sale, I’ll let you know where you can order it. You should also be able to get the print version at stores, but you may have to ask for it. Again, I’ll let you know once I know.

The book itself is a collection of articles I wrote for the old Sit Down and Shut Up website that I maintained from 2001 until maybe 2004 or so. These are some of my earliest writings about Zen. They’re generally a lot snarkier and more acerbic than my more recent postings. It will be interesting to see how some of the people who like to say, “Brad was so much better before, he sucks now” will feel when they actually see some of that old stuff again. 


The book contains such gems as “Zen is Punk,” “Zen is Not Punk,” “The Whole Vegetarian Thing,” “Losing My Religion,” “The Source of All Religion,” “Explaining the Unexplainable” and many more blasts from the past.


In addition, I have written new introductions and afterwords to each of these pieces (of what?) as well as a new introduction and a new afterword for the book itself. How much more could you possibly want?


But wait! There’s more! There’s a spiffy cover by David L. Angstead that’s simply to die for! 

Although these pieces have previously appeared on the interwebs, I took them down ages ago. If they’re still on line anywhere, I don’t know how to find them. (And I really don’t need any clever-trousers putting links to them in the comments section. Thank you!) So even if you’ve read some of this stuff before, it’s not likely you’ve read it in the past eight years. Plus the new intros and afterwords talk about how I feel about what I said all those years ago, and nobody’s read those before anywhere.

So go to Amazon now and download your copy today!







54 Responses

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  1. boubi
    boubi May 16, 2012 at 11:30 am | |

    Now Lee Oswald is a proper testimonial!

  2. Harry
    Harry May 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm | |

    Hee hee, great pics.

  3. Khru
    Khru May 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm | |

    "May I be healthy, happy and free from suffering…"

    "May Brad Warner be healthy, happy and free from suffering…"

    "May the many blog posters, including the 972 different versions of "Anonymous", be healthy, happy and free from suffering…"

  4. Harry
    Harry May 16, 2012 at 12:21 pm | |

    There's bound to be all manner of political fallout after Warnergate.

  5. Uku
    Uku May 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | |

    Congrats for the new shit, Brad! And marvellous pictures, hahhaa!

  6. Daniel
    Daniel May 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm | |

    Hi Brad,

    cool stuff! Already bought it and like it so far.

    But…what would be really cool would be a new zen-book of the current "brad warner". You write a lot about how much you changed and wouldn't express Zen in the way you did 10 years ago. That leaves me wondering how do you actually think about zen now. I don't mean your opinion on some other guru etc. but really the basic stuff.

    What I liked about hardcore zen when it came out was that it was fresh and right in your face. I had the impression that finally someone said things about Zen in a clear and fresh way, not just quoting zen-master XY from 1000 years ago who also just commented on Buddha XY 1500 years ago bla bla.

    So write something about what Zen really is for you NOW. What's it all about finally? And how do you express it in daily life? What is Zazen for you and how's it different from meditation/mindfulnes for you? That would be interesting…of course you probably won't write "that's the truth motherfuckers!" anymore. But that doesn't matter, what I liked about it was that it was clear and in normal language, not that buddhist-style writings that make me gag while reading it…

    Another thing is that I now have the impression that when you wrote hardcore-zen you've been in a little bit euphoric state maybe. And you had to shout out to the world how much JOY there is in everything etc. Would you say that this was kinda of a special state you were in at that time and now things have become much more less euphoric again for you? Maybe more balanced and realistic but also less "JOY!YEA!"?

    Anyway, thanks for that ebook, love it!

    Daniel

  7. ryanbaka
    ryanbaka May 16, 2012 at 1:54 pm | |

    too bad my kindle got stolen.

  8. Mysterion
    Mysterion May 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm | |

    I have already aMailed the link to my conspiracy-nut acquaintances. They often send me doctored pictures – as if…

    Great pictures, I hope they go viral.

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm | |

    Hey Nina, how you doing? I didn't hear one damn thing you said, but rrrrrrrrrr…

  10. Seagal Rinpoche
    Seagal Rinpoche May 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm | |

    Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 3:20 pm | |

    Nina has NICE tits!!!!

  12. Mysterion
    Mysterion May 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm | |

    Your program includes less than professional 'blue screens' (as they are called in film) or chroma-keys (as they are called in television).

    But I liked the cheese.

    Amateurs!

  13. Mysterion
    Mysterion May 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | |

    Sea Gull Rim-shottie is crossing color lines

    Next, he will recapitulate that Irishman – O'Bama.

  14. Obvious Skeptic
    Obvious Skeptic May 16, 2012 at 3:54 pm | |

    "Hardcore Zen Strikes Again" is currently only available as an e-book, therefore all of those pictures of politicians, celebrities and villains holding hard cover copies of the book are fake.

    Also, there is no god and he is not your creator.

  15. gniz
    gniz May 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | |

    Hey Brad,

    So you FINALLY published an ebook. At 9.99 the price is a bit steep but you're going to be shocked at how much money you make relative to your "traditionally" published works.

    I reckon you may never publish with a big house (or small house) again. I think the sweet spot for your book would be more along the lines of 4.99-6.99.

    Currently you're pricing at 9.99 which is what traditional publishers do because of all their overhead and the fact that they want ebooks to be somewhat comparable to print. And that's why many of them will be going out of business soon.

    In other words, 9.99 is not a great price point for ebooks.

    Otherwise, awesome job! Happy you did this…

  16. gniz
    gniz May 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | |

    And I mean a "zen" ebook, I know you did that other novel but this is what your fans want…

  17. gniz
    gniz May 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | |

    P.P.S. I bought it anyway.

  18. Harry
    Harry May 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | |

    It's all true about O'Bamagh:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5206QjFWmAk

    …AND he started a Guinness conspiracy theory when he came home.

    Regards,

    H.

  19. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 4:25 pm | |

    Let the HARDCORE ZEN STRIKES AGAIN meme commence…

    Had to do it ;-)

  20. Mysterion
    Mysterion May 16, 2012 at 4:32 pm | |

    All we need is one with Jundo…

    or Camping*

    LOL

    Chas

    *Siamese twins parted at birth???

  21. Harry
    Harry May 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm | |

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  22. Harry
    Harry May 16, 2012 at 4:47 pm | |

    I see SFZC are looking for a Director of Development:

    "Those applying for this position must be able to lead an “Annual Giving effort” that raises approximately $600,000 a year in annual support. According to their blog, this includes “individual major gifts, membership, foundation support, mail appeals, special events and planned giving.”

    Is 'planned giving' as opposed to the oh-to-hell-with-it-who-wants-to-spend-one's-life-savings-on-a-pink-Harley-Davidson-anyway-I'll give-it-all-to-a-load-of-people-who-sit-around-a-bit-and-then-chant sort of giving?

    I had myself tipped for Director of Development of Dogen Sangha International before Brad overturned the gravy train and failed to have me capitalise on the spiritual leanings of all those impressionable old ladies.

    Regards,

    Forlorn.

  23. Jinzang
    Jinzang May 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm | |

    And I really don't need any clever-trousers putting links to them in the comments section. Thank you!

    (cough) Wayback Machine (cough)

  24. Dany
    Dany May 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | |

    Hey Uku, nice to see you here. Just one thing, could you please please stop adding those "Gudo Nishijima Peter Rocca Brad Warner Kodo Sawaki" Tags to your youtube-videos? When you search for any of those these days like:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=videos&search;_query=brad+warner+zen&search;_sort=video_date_uploaded

    All that comes up is your stuff. Really annoying. You're not brad warner. Brad warner is not even in the room, neither is Gudo Nishijima or Kodo Sawaki.

    Thank you!

    Dany

  25. Harry's Acolyte
    Harry's Acolyte May 16, 2012 at 5:29 pm | |

    I'll buy it because we (Harry and I) support you, but the ebook is overpriced. See Gniz's comments above.

  26. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 16, 2012 at 5:31 pm | |

    If I still had my computer with the warezed Photoshop, I'd fix you up with all sorts of people carrying your book. I don't, so I can't.

  27. jundo cohen
    jundo cohen May 16, 2012 at 8:42 pm | |

    Mysterion said…
    All we need is one with Jundo…

    Well, if it's good enough for Lee Harvey.

    Jundo Endorses …

  28. Uku
    Uku May 16, 2012 at 11:55 pm | |

    Hi Dany

    my talks includes stuff from those teachers, so I'll continue tagging their names. It's that simple.

  29. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 3:29 am | |

    haha… that's awesome Jundo :)

  30. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 4:02 am | |

    great new Stephen Batchelor talks:

    The Phenomenology of Meditation

    http://www.dharmaseed.org/teacher/169/

    and others of 2012

  31. Fred
    Fred May 17, 2012 at 4:32 am | |

    ." Would you say that this was kinda of a special state you were in at that time and now things have become much more less euphoric again for you? Maybe more balanced and realistic but also less "JOY!YEA!"?

    Joy/euphoria can be entered at any
    moment if you want it. Perhaps the
    ego plays some part in that.

    Clinging to bliss is a hindrance.

  32. Fred
    Fred May 17, 2012 at 4:36 am | |

    It's funny that N. Americans are
    taking literally tons of drugs to
    light up their limbic circuits,
    but euphoria can be entered at
    any moment by mind alone.

  33. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 4:39 am | |

    …and so is clinging to commenting.

    How can I give it up? Help!

  34. Fred
    Fred May 17, 2012 at 4:50 am | |

    Batchelor: " vision of life where there is no transcendent awareness or consciousness "outside" ordinary experience"

    It could also be said that there
    is no ordinary experience outside
    transcendent awareness or conscious
    ness.

    Some mystics allow this
    transcendent
    spirit to infuse into the ordinary.

  35. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 5:03 am | |

    Can you put it in a cup?

  36. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 6:53 am | |

    Jundo endorses Brad??

    Not bloody likely..

  37. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 8:11 am | |

    just downloaded this on my ipad. very entertaining so far! thanks brad. is that book about zen and god still brewing in the back of your mind?

  38. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 8:29 am | |

    Hey Jundo!

    Funnt pict :) Why don't you put a link to Brad's new ebook on your forum? Help a brother out!

  39. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote May 17, 2012 at 8:40 am | |

    Brad is a partial success, I look forward to the day when he has his first e-successor and becomes a total wreck- I mean, success!

    And Zen goes viral.

    & thanks Harry, for the pint of Dogen on the last comments.

  40. Pretaville
    Pretaville May 17, 2012 at 9:09 am | |

    Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Hey Jundo!

    Funnt pict :) Why don't you put a link to Brad's new ebook on your forum? Help a brother out!"

    The day that Jundo does something that magnanimous is the day I'll be convinced he is not a Scientologist double agent working for Romney.

    Or maybe not.

  41. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 9:39 am | |

    Well played, Jundo! Good one.

  42. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 10:36 am | |

    Hey Brad, instead of putting up blog posts, how about putting up videos of Nina reading your blog posts?

  43. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote May 17, 2012 at 11:14 am | |

    "I got my sensei card on the Brad Warner site. There are travel discounts, car rental discounts, free coupons for time-share presentations, and I am certified fully enlightened and able to pass the secret samyak-sambodhi mind to you, when you complete my eight week course through the internet. For registration please have your debit or credit card ready (sorry, no checks!), and click here.

  44. Mark Foote
    Mark Foote May 17, 2012 at 11:25 am | |

    Hmmm, that site I linked to is interesting-

    "So what are the criteria (for a teacher of enlightenment)?

    Does the teacher claim enlightenment?
    Does he say that he can enlighten others?
    Can he reveal “No-Mind” (where thoughts seem far away to you)?"

    Take that, Dennis Merkel; "no-mind", different from "big mind", maybe what happens when a person asks to speak to big mind but big mind is not home at the time.

    Good thing Brad has badges. Of course, so do the guys he's been writing about, except maybe Deepak (I don't know). I got stinkin', maybe I should get badges…

  45. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 2:14 pm | |

    @ Fred said…

    Batchelor: " vision of life where there is no transcendent awareness or consciousness "outside" ordinary experience"

    It could also be said that there
    is no ordinary experience outside
    transcendent awareness or consciousness.

    Some mystics allow this
    transcendent spirit to infuse into the ordinary.

    Stephen Batchelor is talking about how Buddhism is non-dualistic

    ______________

    your statements:

    "It could also be said that there
    is no ordinary experience outside
    transcendent awareness or consciousness."

    "Some mystics allow this
    transcendent spirit to infuse into the ordinary."

    is completely dualistic, some mystics may do this but Buddhists do not

  46. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 2:29 pm | |

    @ Fred said

    if you are interested in "understanding" the non-dualism Stephen Batchelor (and Zen Buddhists) is talking about I'd recommend these talks (he'll use the word "chiasm" the intertwining = pratitya samutpada

    The Seer is Seen
    Still
    Grande finale

    Joyful Seeing and Bergson

    http://danielcoffeen.podomatic.com/profile?p=2

  47. Anonymous
    Anonymous May 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm | |

    additionally the Stephen Batchelor talks tie in well with Brad roshi's last post

    "When you reach pure awareness you will have no problems"

    and his pointing beyond dualism

    "Enlightenment (I hate that word) isn't like pole vaulting 18 feet. It's more like walking to the bathroom, if we were to continue that analogy. Most people, instead of walking to the bathroom, which (let's say) just happens to be 18 feet away instead try to pole vault to the bathroom. And they can't do it because the ceiling is too low. Yet they try anyway and keep injuring themselves. The pole keeps breaking, they keep hitting their heads, they keep beating themselves up over not being able to do it, and they still have to pee. The only thing an enlightened person (I hate that term) does differently is that she walks straight to the bathroom, does her business and then goes back to bed."

    that's exactly what Stephen Batchelor is talking about

    gassho

  48. Korey
    Korey May 17, 2012 at 3:28 pm | |

    Well, I purchased my electronic copy of this sacred text last night bradley.

    I'd like you yo spend my hard-earned money on a dirty hooker or something

  49. Jinzang
    Jinzang May 17, 2012 at 6:13 pm | |

    Yes, I'm ready for enlightenment right now! Who do I pay to get it?

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