Sock Monkey on Brad Warner’s “Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate”

Heard about this video from a friend today and just now viewed it. From what I understand, there is an unmentioned “squabbe” going on here, and the sock monkey is supposed to signify that. I am not getting into the nitty gritty of said “squabble” but I just wanted to get your take on it, is this type of stuff even necessary?

I thoroughly enjoy reading Brad’s books, and for the most part, they speak in a way that is very palatable. His books are straight to the point, pack no punches and basically tell it like it is. I don’t like hearing people sugar coat the teachings, or their particular beliefs based on experience. BUT it’s these types of arguments that seem to turn some people away… what do you think?


  1. When people report and comment on squabbles or arguments between two Buddhist teachers, I think it makes everybody appear petty.

    I agree with Brad Warner that there are people who identify themselves as Zen teachers or Buddhist teachers (and some have all the credentials to do so, no doubt) who seem to be teaching a load of crap. Like “instant Enlightenment.” I feel like I’m watching an after-midnight TV commercial when I hear or read these claims, like it’s the magic device or kitchen appliance that does everything for you. Such claims seem suspect to me. But that’s my judgment, my assessment.

    So the question is, should one Dharma teacher call out another one? The defense would be that no one wants to see people being duped or cheated or taught “fake Buddhism,” right? But the teacher who is accused of teaching something fake is always going to say his Dharma is good Dharma. And then, the argument, the accusations.

    In the end, does the public argument hurt more than it helps?

  2. Isnt the whole Punk Rock/Urban/Edgy Buddhist thing a little played out??

    Figure out the next HOT persona and you’re sure to sell some spiritual books in a crowded marketplace..

    Or you can just be anonymous. On a cushion.

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