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Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest… (edição 2016)

por Brad Warner (Autor)

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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 eight-hundred-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 and daunting to read. InDon't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and bestselling 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 readersworried that Dogen's teachings are too philosophically opaque,Don't Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.… (mais)
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Título:Don't Be a Jerk: And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master
Autores:Brad Warner (Autor)
Informação:New World Library (2016), 328 pages
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"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.
  Langri_Tangpa_Centre | Jan 26, 2020 |
This book was quite entertaining. From what I understand, Japanese is difficult to translate fully into English with all of the nuances it contains. Now imagine that the Japanese being translated is about 800 years old and even native speakers have trouble with it. Considering this, I feel that Brad Warner did a very good job of getting the point across.

The book is arranged as follows. Each chapter starts out with Warner talking a bit about the piece he is about to paraphrase. This is followed by the paraphrased text itself. Finally, it has some thoughts and input from Brad Warner himself. This book only has the first 25 chapters of the work being paraphrased, but this is explained by the author.

The work itself was written back in the 1200s in Japan by Dogen. Since he dealt with a lot of rubes and hicks, he had to include stuff that seems a bit odd nowadays. Dogen included chapters on hygiene and how to wear your robes and where to get robes and other such things. A lot of the other stuff he includes is pretty good, though. ( )
  Floyd3345 | Jun 15, 2019 |
In this book, Brad paraphrases a some of Dogen's work into sort of a casual English. Even so translated, a lot of Dogen's stuff sounds like gobbledygook, but still fascinating in a weird way. You wonder what the hell he's talking about. Brad then talks about it, explaining what he thinks about it, and after that it makes a little more sense. In a few cases I thought the observations were actually pretty damned profound and I highlighted them on my Kindle. Considering its title and all, you might be surprised to find out the book is actually very well documented - lots of discussions of other translations of this very unique Japanese writing. My point being - Brad didn't just throw this together. There's some real scholarship here, and it shows that Warner isn't just some hack who decided to get into this. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Aug 16, 2018 |
Wow. Paraphrases the first few chapters of the shobogenzo into 'hippy' english. ( )
  jefware | Oct 25, 2016 |
Eihei Dogen, the founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism, was a guy who liked to have his fun with language. He wasn’t above making puns that required people to be literate in Chinese and Japanese. And eight centuries later, this makes him rather tricky to translate. I once put together nine different translations of Genjo Koan, just for comparison, when we were studying it. And in this book, Brad Warner brings his characteristic bluntness to creating a rendering of the first part of Dogen’s classic Shobogenzo that is comprehensible by native English speakers. The result has a great deal more clarity than the normal renderings, and Warner supplies copious references for people who want to follow up on his translation. ( )
  slothman | May 30, 2016 |
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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 eight-hundred-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 and daunting to read. InDon't Be a Jerk, Zen priest and bestselling 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 readersworried that Dogen's teachings are too philosophically opaque,Don't Be a Jerk is hilarious, understandable, and wise.

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