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

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

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by Brad Warner
     
 

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Can the Zen approach provide an answer to the seemingly irresolvable God-or-no-God debate? Is there a way to be an atheist and yet still believe in God? Is there a way to be a true believer and yet still doubt? And why frame things in terms of God anyway?See more details below

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Can the Zen approach provide an answer to the seemingly irresolvable God-or-no-God debate? Is there a way to be an atheist and yet still believe in God? Is there a way to be a true believer and yet still doubt? And why frame things in terms of God anyway?

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Publishers Weekly
In his new book, Warner (Hardcore Zen) momentarily sets aside his punk weapons of iconoclasm and takes a more respectful, even reverential tone to a perennial question: does God exist? As a practicing Zen Buddhist, his way of considering this question is entangled in oft-misunderstood concepts such as enlightenment. Warner never shies away from such complications; instead, they become grounds where the Western understanding of God and the Buddhist approach to reality and experience meet. For Warner, his practice is “a way to approach and understand God without dealing with religion.” His God is one to be experienced, felt, and intuited, something that lies beneath the surface of reality that is already naturally understood, if only one could “learn to listen to silence, to listen to nothing, and to learn from nothing.” In accompanying the punk Zen priest on such a singular journey through his understanding of God, the reader is asked to partake in meditation with Warner not on the Hebrew, Christian, Islamic, or any other traditional God, but rather One that can be found in daily experience when conceptual thinking has been silenced. (July)
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“At times in my life I’ve been an atheist, a Bible study teacher, a lover of quantum mechanics, and a believer that the universe is older and vaster than anything I could imagine. This book reflects the paradox of being a human interested in anything that might be divine.”
Moby, musician and recording artist

“Insightful, refreshing, serious, humorous, and enjoyable, There Is No God and He Is Always with You takes a deep dive into the actual meaning of the word God and how it can be as useful for Zen Buddhists and atheists as for monotheists.”
David Chadwick, author of Crooked Cucumber: The Life and Zen Teaching of Shunryu Suzuki

“Brad Warner frames Buddhism with something that touches my soul on the very deepest level — humor!”
Vicky Jenson, director of Shrek and Shark Tale

Library Journal
Warner (Hardcore Zen) insists that Buddhism is not a godless religion but instead a way to God without religion. By no means would all Buddhists endorse his view, but his arguments—which include rendering our conventions about "God" false—are convincing in their context. Warner writes fluently and informally, and touches gracefully on many aspects of modern culture to enlarge his case. VERDICT A work of mature spirituality for the mature reader of any age; excellent for study groups as well and of interest to as many non-Buddhists as Buddhists.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608681846
Publisher:
New World Library
Publication date:
05/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
166,088
File size:
1 MB

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