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Brad Warner

January 31, 2009

Subforum: Traditions > East Asian Buddhism > Chan/Zen/Seon General Forum
Thread title: Brad Warner
Date: 8th Sept 2007

Namdrol (Former E-sangha global moderator):

Brad Warner is a materialist i.e. he denies rebirth; and therefore, the only conclusion he can assert is that the mind is merely an ephiphenomena of brain activity. That is principally why knowledgable Buddhists take issue with him.

That being so, he isn’t teaching Buddhism, but instead teaching a Worldly dharma that he and his teacher call “Zen.”

Forum member:

Namdrol has made his opinion known. I have not read Brad Warner’s books, but I have read a few of his articles and blog entries, and listened to a some of his interviews. While I was initially put off by his ‘bad/punk boy’ image which he has cultivated, once past that initial reaction I find him refreshingly down-to-earth.

What are the opinions of the participants of this (Chan/Zen) forum regarding Brad Warner, who is now the designated dharma heir of his teacher, Master Gudu Nishijima?

Forum member:

Just curious, is Brad out on a limb with his interpretation or have there been “respected” Zen teachers who have presented this view as well?

Namdrol (Former E-sangha global moderator):

Who cares, the Buddha clearly defined this view as annihilationism [ucchedavada].