October 14, 2007
You won’t find many Buddhist priests who cite punk rocker Joey Ramone as a formative influence.
Meet Brad Warner. He's a Zen priest and punk rock bassist.
It was the early 80’s in Akron, Ohio. A young man named Brad Warner signed on with the punk rock group Zero Defects as the bass player. Something about punk really spoke to him. He loved the music, and the philosophy: question authority; challenge everything society holds dear.
But The Ramones weren’t his only guiding lights. At the same time, Brad Warner was exploring the work of Dogen, a Zen Buddhist whose teachings have been studied for centuries.
Brad Warner is the author of Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death and Dogen’s Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. He's Mary Hynes' guest this week on Tapestry.
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