There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places

  • Title: There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places
  • Author: Brad Warner
  • ISBN: 9781608681839
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Paperback
  • There Is No God and He Is Always with You A Search for God in Odd Places Can you be an atheist and still believe in God Can you be a true believer and still doubt Can Zen give us a way past our constant fighting about God Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism be
    Can you be an atheist and still believe in God Can you be a true believer and still doubt Can Zen give us a way past our constant fighting about God Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions abCan you be an atheist and still believe in God Can you be a true believer and still doubt Can Zen give us a way past our constant fighting about God Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions about God and managed to come up with some answers In this fascinating search for a way beyond the usual arguments between fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner offers a profoundly engaging and idiosyncratic take on the ineffable power of the ground of all being.

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    About Brad Warner


    1. 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.


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    1. This is kind of your typical book on Buddhism, in that if you're looking for answers they aren't in there. (Think "koan".) I didn't expect any answers. (The answer lies within grasshoppa')But this book has a befuddled voice to it. There are all kinds of circular logic and distractions going on. There were parts of this book that were more esoteric than an Alan Watts book. It feels like Warner is working the answer out in his head as he writes and no one does him the kindness of editing afterward [...]

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    2. Brad Warner has been touting this as his best book, and I agree. It is his most mature book, his best written, and it actually takes up the most daring subject. His last book was about sex, which some people might have thought daring, but this book uses the word God in connection with Zen practice, and that causes people to explode.What he says, basically, is that what we're actually connecting with as we sit zazen is God, though he doesn't use that word in the childish simplistic sense that man [...]

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    3. Examination of concept of God seen through a buddhist lens. Very readable and thought provoking.

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    4. First Reads Giveaway Book.------------------------------------Anyone who wants a fresh perceptive of God should read There Is No God and He Is Always with You: A Search for God in Odd Places. In its search for God by challenging us to understand the meanings of words, this book is engaging and funny. These topics include God, Heaven, Hell, creation, existence, death, morality, and miracles.The author, Brad Warner, is Soto Zen Buddhist priest and Punk Rock Bass guitarist. He is also the author of [...]

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    5. Buddhism is a practice, an attitude - not a belief or a philosophy. To convey an attitude, and the feelings associated with it (trust, faith, etc.), is harder than mere description. The author did a very good job of beginning to convey some of that attitude, some of those feelings. It's hard, because a lot of what he conveys is not some grand philosophy or insight that lends itself to dynamic, thought--provoking reading. It's the commitment, the patience, the fortitude, the daily practice and at [...]

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    6. Summary,Its hard to review this book. In general a book has its merit to me by how much I learn/change.I don't feel like I learned anything from this book, but I think Brad said something important. Brad also seems to have matured greatly in this work.Brad, historically, has seemed to intentionally put forward a branding of himself (he is pretty consistent in his humor to the effect it seems forced) and can be too negative (hating on zigzagzen/Deepak Chopra) for my guru tastes.In this book he im [...]

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    7. I absolutely love Warner's writing. He is funny, insightful, and very accessible. He has certainly helped me with my own quest to gain balance through the teachings of Buddha. This book is, more or less, an overview of how he views the concept of God. Why recognizing the existence of God is important and how the creation of the anthropomorphized God is a nothing more than a fantasy. I suppose what keeps the book from getting five stars is I couldn't figure out the entire time I was reading why a [...]

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    8. Unlike some of the other reviewers I haven't been that crazy about Brad Warner's other books, but I loved this one.One caveat -- I've been a formal student of Soto Zen Buddhism -- the same school in which Brad Warner is a teacher -- for lots of years. So he didn't say anything that was utterly new to me, but I think the way he put it together was very fresh and readable. However, I suspect that someone with no exposure to Zen whatsoever might find some of this book baffling. And if you are eithe [...]

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    9. I grabbed up this book because of the title and the fact that when I leafed through it the chapter on Sam Harris caught my eye (his "The Moral Landscape" is one of my favorites). If I had known that this book was primarily about Zen I may have passed it up. My bad- I'm not really into Zen. But I would have hoped that a book about Zen would have at least piqued my interest in it, which this book did not. I didn't find Zen anymore attractive after reading this book than I did before.

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    10. Interesting read about Zen Buddhism. Form is emptiness and emptiness is form or, in other words, material is the immaterial and the immaterial is the material. Get it?

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    11. If you want to think about how our understanding of God can still evolve and be meaningful, Brad Warner gives you a lot of things to think about in an engaging, easy-to-read-and-yet-nuanced way.

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    12. I enjoyed it very much. I get to lead a recovery based sit here in Phoenix. One of my regulars introduced me to Mr Warner and when I saw the title, I had the library send it to my local branch. I am going to read the last two paragraphs of chapter 21 tonight before we get quiet. The amusing thing to me is that this is also a centering prayer practice. I have a strong sense that Mr Warner might smile at this combination also. Zen, Catholicism and Recovery all rolled into 20 minutes of silence. Go [...]

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    13. I have to think about this one. A good read, possibly very good (when it sinks in). Brad Warner is a likable guy with a refreshing view on Buddhism vs god. 3,5 stars for content + 0,5 for author coolness when "speaking up". I recomend this one. Alongside the likes of Timber Hawkeye, Brad Warner represent an important new breed of authors putting buddhism into a down to earth context. (from e western perspective). They make buddhism graspable (if that makes ant sense?)

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    14. I listened to this book (narrated by the author) on Audible. By far it was the most entertaining audiobook I've ever heard. When I was in university I wrote a philosophy paper about how God is so omnipotent that he can choose not to exist. This book is a lot like my paper, but on steroids. Very wise steroids.

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    15. The style may irk a few people, but this is a very succinct explanation of a rather complex way of looking at God, while also touching on things such as the afterlife, faith, morality, and religion as it relates to spirituality. On top of this, Warner keeps a tone throughout that suggests he's both qualified to talk about such matters and willing to admit what he doesn't know.

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    16. I didn't particularly like this book. It probably is just that I am not that interested in the concept of god/universe as the macrosystem of everything.It's well written, but I loved Hardcore Zen and Sex, Sin and Zen way more.

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    17. This is one of those books that I encountered at the right time, though honestly my quest for understanding God has lasted since childhood. If you're interested in the concept of God or Buddhism then you'll likely enjoy it.

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    18. I had avoided this one for a while. It's not the most interesting topic to me and I thought I already understand the Zen perspective on the matter. This turns out to be one of my favorite books that Brad has written though. I really like it

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    19. Many of you know Brad Warner’s writing via his books and articles relating to Buddhism and Zen Buddhism, but with his latest book There is no God and he is Always With You, Brad ventures into the territory of Christianity and the interplay with Buddhist philosophy and perspectives on God, Life, Death, Existence you know… all the big topics.The book itself if very much a koan as it truly is ‘a search for God in odd places’ given that it is a recount of Warner’s travels to locations all [...]

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    20. I've read everything by Brad Warner. I follow his blog. I've given half a dozen copies of Hardcore Zen to friends. I'm completely enamored with his writing, and I was excited to get my hands on his latest undertaking.Yet, the premise in There Is No God seems unnecessary. Using the term God to represent the universe and everything comes off as less than prudent. He makes the argument that the weight the term 'God' is given makes it the best option, but I'm still left with the disagreement. I'm st [...]

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    21. There's the good and the badI didn't particularly care for Brad's writing style; it read as if he were rambling on right in front of me. And this can get really annoying for some, when an author is taking 5-10 pages to express something when he could have simply done it in as few as 2 or 3 pages. However, I understand that he writes in an anecdotal manner that may be more useful for him to form a more concrete level of understanding with the reader.And yet, this is one of those books that I woul [...]

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    22. Interesting but contradictory so hard to grasp at times. Presents some thought provoking ideas with humor.

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    23. I've read (I think) all of Brad Warner's previous books and have found each and every one of them fascinating and entertaining; I've always felt he brought a down-to-earth pragmatism to Zen and never pretended to have all the answers or to be the big I Am.I'm not quite as convinced about this book. While Warner can write attractively about the practical aspects of Zen, this volume has by its nature more of a philosophical nature. I'm not entirely sure what I'm meant to understand by this particu [...]

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    24. I've been a follower of the author's blog for some time now, and that is the first book of his that I've read. I am quite accustomed to theoretical and scholarly literature, and I used to be a bit into philosophy. I'm saying this because I found that with such a background, Brad Warner's style comes with some issues: very autobiographical, very up to showing the rebellious and individualistic side of the author, and almost anxious to avoid anything that can be regarded as speculation - most nota [...]

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    25. Quite solid Brad Warner. It's always interesting to follow my reactions to books like this that I agree with but don't feel like I'm really the target audience. I don't detest the use of the word God since I know God is a girl and His name is Eris. But I do like to read about Brad and his ideas since he writes them so well so maybe I was sort of the target group after all.Anyway, I don't see how anyone smart enough to be reading this book would interpret that Buddhism includes God (which was a c [...]

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    26. Another interesting and complex book from the "punk rock" Zen monk Brad Warner. The book has 22 chapters, each analyzing a particular thought about the meaning of god and the infinite, among other things. I just finished this book and am still digesting it. Unfortunately my mental digestive tract is often clogged, so I might need to read this again. It's a bitter irony that when Buddhism can be most useful to me is when it's most difficult for me to use it. I wouldn't argue that this quote, near [...]

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    27. Having read several of Brad Warner's books, this wasn't my favourite (that would be Sit Down and Shut Up), but I would agree with other reviews that it was one of his best written and definitely his most mature, and he is still one of my favourite Zen authors for his ability to talk about difficult topics in a genuine, no-BS way. He should be commended for diving head-first into the ongoing "God/No God" debate and offering a middle ground that perhaps even atheists could get behind (even though [...]

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    28. Brad Warner, a Zen teacher ordained by Nishijima Roshi, is an interesting writer. I first read his translation/explanation/comparison of the Shobogenzo, and I was mightily impressed. While he has a kind of breezy, "pop" style, he is a serious scholar of the material he handles, and often makes some pretty impressive comments in his offhand manner.So this sent me to try an earlier book of his, namely, this one. Basically it is about looking for a common and useful meaning of "god" and removing go [...]

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    29. I'm glad Brad is writing these books about this paradox in as clear a fashion as one can dare. Zen is a very compatible perspective to a lifelong agnostic/atheist, but the identification with even "the godless" is a hindrance to seeing reality without filters.One can know for certain there is no God "out there" lording over us; but, in what may sound contradictory to that knowledge, our original "ground of being" is stranger than can be imagined. Anyone can sit and eventually see for themselves [...]

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    30. I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. God is a subject I'd rather stay away from. I have read most of Brad Warner's books and he has never let me down so, why not? I enjoyed this book very much. Having been Christian, "It's god's plan" and "God works in mysterious ways" were the typical cop out answers when the questions got tough. It can be very frustrating. I walked away from all the Jesus stuff in search of answers and found some of Brad's books along the way. I love his cut, dry an [...]

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