Great at relating Zen to everyday life,
This review is from: Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Zen and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye (Paperback)
Pretty good, once one gets over the annoying 'how cool' elements.
The man is genuinely insightful into Zen ... aka everyday reality. He has a fine way of putting the essence of the wisdom of Dogen, the great medieval Japanese Zen master, into contemporary language: do the right thing - for its own sake.
I like the way he grapples with the challenges which Zen brings to just about every aspect of modern Western attitudes, continuously relating Zen to everyday life - often with refreshing personal anecdotes.
However, Warner has a typically old-fashioned and hazy understanding of Christianity, which he sees as centring on a crude, father-figure who exists separately from human life. He rightly dishes this type of Christianity, but has not been curious or thorough enough to go deeper. He also has a somewhat mechanistic sense of science, which therefore seems to him to be hard to reconcile with religion.
But there is much in his book - indeed, all of life!