Sex, Sin, and Zen: A BuddhistExploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything In Between

Sex, Sin, and Zen: A BuddhistExploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything In Between

Brad Warner / Aug 18, 2019

Sex Sin and Zen A BuddhistExploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything In Between With his one of a kind blend of autobiography pop culture and plainspoken Buddhism Brad Warner explores an A to Z of sexual topics from masturbation to dating gender identity to pornography In add

  • Title: Sex, Sin, and Zen: A BuddhistExploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything In Between
  • Author: Brad Warner
  • ISBN: 9781577319108
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • With his one of a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A to Z of sexual topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism emptiness, compassion, karma from a sexual vantage Throughout, he stares down the tougWith his one of a kind blend of autobiography, pop culture, and plainspoken Buddhism, Brad Warner explores an A to Z of sexual topics from masturbation to dating, gender identity to pornography In addition to approaching sexuality from a Buddhist perspective, he looks at Buddhism emptiness, compassion, karma from a sexual vantage Throughout, he stares down the tough questions Can prostitution be a right livelihood Can a good spiritual master also be really, really bad And ultimately, what s love got to do with any of it While no puritan when it comes to non vanilla sexuality, Warner offers a conscious approach to sexual ethics and intimacy real world wisdom for our times.

    Is sex a sin GotQuestions Sex is a God given mandate, so there is no way that sex is a sin if done with one s lifelong marriage partner of the opposite sex The word sex is not found in the Bible The numerous mentions of the word in society, and the world s tendency to sneer, have given the word a certain amount of notoriety. Sexual Sins Every Christian Should Avoid Charisma News As in modern day America, sexual sin and nakedness were celebrated in the city of Corinth too and was infiltrating into the church there Thus Paul had to remind the Corinthian saints that their bodies were now the temples of God and not their own Their bodies, as ours, are now members of Christ, so a sin against our bodies is a sin against Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy A Guide to America s Censorship Wars is a non fiction book by lawyer and civil libertarian Marjorie Heins that is about freedom of speech and the censorship of works of art in the early s by the U.S government The book was published in by The New Press. Sex, Sin and the Pursuit of Purity United Church of God What are we running from We re told to flee sexual sin, flee idolatry, flee the love of money and desire for material things, and flee youthful lusts Corinthians Corinthians Flee fornication Every sin that a man does is without the body but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. Sex, Sin, and Zen Sex, Sin, and Zen A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between is a book written by Zen priest and punk rock bassist Brad Warner The book is an exploration of sex from a modern Zen Buddhist perspective It alternates between practical chapters and arcane, conceptual ones. Sex, Sin and Marriage Bible Tools Why is sex promoted so extensively Because sin is pleasurable, and sex sins are particularly so Moses chose to forego the passing pleasures of sin Hebrews for a greater ultimate reward and pleasure Unaware of their glorious potential, the people of Sex, Sin, and Science A History of Syphilis in America Sex, Sin, and Science A History of Syphilis in America Healing Society Disease, Medicine, and History John Parascandola on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Social and cultural factors, as well as medical ones, help to shape the way we understand and react to diseases In the case of a disease associated with sex What makes sexual sin such a big deal GotQuestions Question What makes sexual sin such a big deal Answer Modern culture has tried to redefine sexuality as a personal right to be exercised any way an individual wishes Sexual behavior is considered a personal choice, akin to the decision of whether to buy a house or rent a condo. Overcoming Sexual Sins Christian Broadcasting Network Overcoming Sexual Sins By CBN If you are struggling with sexual sin, you are not alone Even King David a man after God s own heart wrestled with sexual sin When he saw a beautiful woman named Bathsheba, he was overcome by his own lust He then went to great lengths to hide his sin. The Real Root of Sexual Sin Desiring God

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        Brad Warner is an ordained Zen Master though he hates that term in the Soto lineage founded in Japan by Master Dogen Zenji in the 13th century He s the bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx aka Zero Defex and the ex vice president of the Los Angeles office of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla.Brad was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1964 In 1972, his family relocated to Nairobi, Kenya When Brad returned to Wadsworth three years later, nothing about rural Ohio seemed quite the same any.In 1982 Brad joined 0DFx 0DFx caught the attention of a number of major bands on the hardcore punk scene But they soon broke up leaving a single eighteen second burst of noise, titled Drop the A Bomb On Me, as their only recorded legacy on a compilation album called P.E.A.C.E War.In 1993, Brad went to Japan to realize a childhood dream to actually work for the people who made low budget Japanese monster movies To his own astonishment, he landed himself a job with one of Japan s leading producers of man in a rubber dinosaur costume giant monster movies Back in the early 80s, while still playing hardcore punk, Brad became involved in Zen Buddhism The realistic, no bullshit philosophy reminded him of the attitude the punks took towards music Once he got to Japan, he began studying the philosophy with an iconoclastic rebel Zen Master named Gudo Nishijima After a few years, Nishijima decided to make Brad his successor as a teacher of Zen.In 2003 he published his first book, Hardcore Zen Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality In 2007 he followed that up with Sit Down and Shut Up, a punk informed look at 13th century Zen Master Dogen His third book is Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate.


    1. I popped this book's cherry. There are a lot of great options for how to start this review so I guess maybe it will just keep restarting. On my review of warner's last book I gave one sentence summaries of his books, to continue this practice this book basically is saying: "keep your grubby hands of my god damn practice you bastard."This is why I love brad Warner. Also the what makes you not a Buddhist guy. I can't be part of a spiritual practice. I cannot be attached to a moral dogmatism that c [...]

    2. Brad Warner got himself into hot water with the Buddhist community when he started writing a column for the Suicide Girls website (that’s a website of punk/metal/Goth/emo/alterna-whatever erotica, e.i. pictures of tattooed and pierced girls with little to no clothes on). Some people thought that was not something a Zen master should be remotely associated with, for all kinds of reasons. One of those reasons is a blatant misunderstanding of what actually constitutes pornography, but let’s sav [...]

    3. From the first page of HARDCORE ZEN when I read it in 2004, I've been a Brad Warner fan. His humor and ease within his literary voice masks the depth of his topics, which I find amazing in a philosophical text. Reading his work through four books always feels like I'm having a series of talks with the man about whatever subject has been kicking around his brain recently and, like all such good talks, seems to dovetail flawlessly into whatever's been kicking around my own brain as well. In this c [...]

    4. Not Warner's best. Some sections felt like was just filling up space with his random thoughts on a sexual topic that someone had written to him about at some time. It seemed like so many of his opinions went something like: "Weellll, Buddhism doesn't really have a strong opinion about abortion per sebuuuut, here are my opinions, if I as a Buddhist were forced to have one on this issue". He then proceeds to ramble about his ideas on abortion, and how he would approach it if he were ever close to [...]

    5. This was a fun read. My "first time" with Mr. Warner was partaking of his razor-sharp wit in "Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate" and holding him in pretty close company to the great Buddha himself. This man is a hilarious writer! I've always been interested in Buddhism and my current foray into religion via a college classroom sparked a renewed fascination of the topic. There is no better way to approach sexual ethics and intimacy than the Buddhist way and Brad Warner makes the journey wo [...]

    6. Brad Warner is the best thing that happened to zen buddhism in a long time. He has a completely down to earth approach to zen while not watering down any of the philosophical stuff. Plus he is a punk rocker, curses in his books and is pretty laid back about the whole enlightment business. Now he wrote a book about different aspects of sexuality from his/a zen buddhist point of view. A lot of topics are included: celibacy, masturbation, bdsm, porn, prostitution, love, polyarmory, abortion, queer [...]

    7. I think this topic would make for a really great long form essay. But as a book I found it superfluous. I kept thinking that perhaps Warner was just choosing a sexy subject (sex) to sell Buddhist books, and his constant wink-wink footnotes imploring you to buy his other books did nothing to assuage my suspicions. That being said, he often presents a clear and fresh take on Buddhist topics. I just felt like I've gotten that take before and this was a bit repetitive. It was aimed more at attractin [...]

    8. As a long time student of zen, I really appreciated the frank manner in which Brad takes up the hot-button topic of sexuality, not just in zen, not just in Buddhism, but how our sexuality functions in life in general. Tho' I don't agree w/him on all counts, this is nevertheless a useful & thought-provoking exploration of sex, the benefits & misuses of our sexuality, & things to consider when one engages in sex, casual or committed, in relationship(s) or outside of one.He takes up the [...]

    9. I really liked Brad Warner's first two books. I'm not a Buddhist, but more of a Thelemite. And Brad Warner's description of zazen is closer to what Crowley refers to as yoga than what most people do today when they use the term. There are many little bits of silver nuggets in this book if have the time and patience to sift through sand and straw. At times, it is like listening to a friend who has had too much coffee and really wants to express/share their stream of consciousness before they forg [...]

    10. So far I'm really enjoying this book. This is the first American zen teacher/author I've read who speaks on the topic more like an activity with pros and cons vs a sacred spiritual endeavor. Having spent many years practicing with an uber-serious lineage in my 20's ("spMUSTachnshoTODAY!! Lifedath thee!!"), this book has been a cool wind refreshing a oppressed and suffocated practice. This is my first experience with a teacher who on some level is still skeptical of himself as a teacher, and I ho [...]

    11. I love Brad Warner. I've read all of his books and would happily attend one of his talks. Brad Warner used to be work at a Japanese monster movie studio, and played in a punk band. Now he's a Zen monk. In this book, he tries to give a Buddhist analysis of sex and the Buddhist attitudes to sex.I am happy to say that I really agree with the Buddhist attitudes toward sex as outlined by Warner. It's healthy! It's natural and not a sin! Who cares what you're doing as long as you're not hurting anyone [...]

    12. You know I really felt the need to come back and reassess this book. I wanted to like it, I really did, but months after I read it my dissatisfaction with it is just as fresh. I felt the idea for this book was wonderful but I'm extremely disappointed with the author's delivery. He basically said "I'm no expert, there are other books that say more about this" in every chapter.I wanted facts, not a recommendation to look elsewhere. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON IT, rent it from the library as an outl [...]

    13. I've read several of Brad Warner's books so I knew what to expect from this one. I enjoyed it highly with few exceptions. The extensive question and answer format he used to write about his interviews with Nina Hartley got annoying after awhile, but that might not be so irritating in a paper edition of the book. His story about the utter normalcy of seething with hatred towards the person seated on the next cushion at meditation retreats was particularly well told.

    14. I've read all of Brad Warner's books, and read everything he's written on the web, and I feel the same way about all of it. I disagree with things he says about various subjects, like music, politics. But everything he actually says about Zen practice seems right on the money to me. This book is not groundbreaking in what it says about sex. It's actually fairly naive. But what he says about Zen in the book seems great to me. He really has a deep understanding of Zen and Zen practice.

    15. I loved his first book Hardcore Zen, but not this one. I don't know how you can have a book about sex and about Buddhism either of which should be interesting that is SO BORING. I think he put sex in the title to get people to buy the book, but it was just an odd mix of topics some of which seemed completely unrelated. I felt like parts of it came across as bitter.

    16. Lots of good ideas. He's a lot more "these other people are doing it wrong!" than I expected, but he also comes right out and says not to listen to him if you don't want to, so it balances out. Makes me want to look into Zen more Interesting that the whole idea behind Zen is to not get too excited about anything but in a drama-is-uncomfortable way, not in a robot way. Hmmm

    17. I feel like I got to the end of this book and it had basically said nothing. In general, Buddhism doesn't have one official stance or a lot of restrictions for lay people when it comes to sex other than the wonderfully vague precept to not commit sexual misconduct. So most of this is just Brad Warner waffling on about his own opinions and experiences with little to nothing to back them up. Half the time he seems to say "I haven't had to deal with or think about this but if I was forced to I gues [...]

    18. I've read only one other book by Brad Warner, "Don't Be a Jerk," which was a summation/translation of Dogen's Shobogenzo. I liked that because it had a fair bit of substance, and it was fairly easy to follow, though a bit dry sometimes.This book is different. I have to admit that I picked it up because the cover and title were titillating. I've seen this book on the shelf at Book People for as many years as I've been practicing Zen (about 5? 6?), but never could muster up enough interest until r [...]

    19. One of my biggest problems with reading about Zen Buddhism is the struggle to find parallels to my life in some of the practices. I love Brad Warner and he was the first author to really pull me in to any sort of meditation practice. While I also read a lot of books from people like Thich Nhat Hanh, Brad Warner understands that we are human. This book has to be the furthest hes gone from more traditional books I've read. It is right there in your face. I totally recommend this to anyone who trie [...]

    20. I bought this book for someone a year ago, based on a line I read in it while flipping through it. The line had something to do with even the staunchest vegans taking lives, by eating a living thing called a vegetable. A little later in my perusing there was something else that made me think this was the perfect book for her. At the time I was looking at it, I didn’t even realize the same author as one of my all time favorite Zen books, Hardcore Zen, wrote it. When I realized it, not feeling I [...]

    21. I loved Brad Warner's first two books. I put off reading this one. One of the five Buddhist precepts is to abstain from sexual misconduct. True to Buddhist belief, I interpret this as one has to decide for one's self, what constitutes sexual misconduct. I didn't need or want Brad to interpret for me. However, I read the book and it was entertaining. Only Brad Warner, a Soto Zen priest who penned a column for a porn site, could make a case for Mistress Ivy (a BDSM dominatrix who is also a Buddhis [...]

    22. This book has issues. Quite of few of them, in my opinion. Brad Warner is a blogger I very much enjoy and he is a very interesting person in his own right. But his book was lacking in many places. While he's quite knowledgeable about Zen, even if I don't agree with him on several points, he's actually not, it would seem, all that well versed in many of the other things he talks about in this book. When has has personal experience with a topic in the book, he's dead on target, but other times, su [...]

    23. I really enjoy reading Brad Warner. I don't agree with him 100% On everything, but from the outset, he hopes that is the case. Any "teacher" worth listening to feels this way.A quote form page 254-255:"As for the matter of authority, any decent Zen teacher will toss back any authority you try to hand her like a hot potato. A hot potato with spikes on it. That explodes. In other words, a decent Zen teacher does not take you authority away from you. Her job is to help you learn to manifest your ow [...]

    24. The cover intrigues me, like some B-movie version of "If You Meet the Buddha on the Road, Kill Him", yet simple wisdom need not suffer from embellishment. Sometimes humour is just the vehicle to take us through dark waters where we might not want to go. It comes across like Carlos Castaneda arguing with himself, while Don Juan looks on in wonder at what complex animals we are in our own minds. You have to be completely open and in the moment just to read it, because Buddha's going to tell it to [...]

    25. This is certainly an interesting book! At first I was admittedly frustrated by Warner's seemingly blasé attitude about virtually every aspect of the discussion in that it provides no "answers" in the typical sense of the word. However, as I read I realized that the author was being somewhat ingenious in his approach to the subject matter. By making no true distinction of right and wrong, even as he points out some historical Buddhists views, he actually gets to the heart of Buddhism in terms of [...]

    26. Compared to Warner’s other books I think “Sex, Sin and Zen” falls a bit short. Although a promising topic coved in his usual self revealing and no apologies style it somehow seams to lack the edge one might expect of this author coving such a topic, especial if you are aware of his writing for the “Suicide Girls” blog.Although writers can make the mistake of assuming to many of his readers have read their previous works, Warner goes in the other direction. Many things in this book will [...]

    27. I only read the first 50 pages or so. I couldn't really get past Warner - I didn't like how prominent he placed himself in the discussion (if it was another person that might not've been a deal breaker, but something about his voice just rubbed me the wrong way). I also found his writing to be very disorganized or, rather, not organized in a way that helped me dig deeper into this topic. He seemed to bounce around and get very tangential. I have another of his books and I'll give it a go. The ti [...]

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