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May 11

Review- It Came From Beyond Zen

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I recently finished Brad Warner’s latest book, It Came from Beyond Zen. This was his most recent attempt to share the wisdom of his idol and the creator of the school of Zen he follows, Master Dogen. Several of his books (if not all) have dealt with the teachings of Dogen, and this one followed “Don’t Be a Jerk” in reinterpreting the Shobogenzo, what Warner describes as a tough book to interpret.

It took me a long time to get through this book, and it’s the first of Warner’s I haven’t loved. I found it drier, perhaps more technical, and it seemed to have less of Warner writing about how he applies …