This week we talk to Brad Warner about not being a jerk
Brad Warner is an ordained Zen teacher and author of the books There Is No God And He Is Always With You , Sit Down and Shut Up and Hardcore Zen. He’s also a writer for the Suicide Girls website, bass player for the hardcore punk rock group 0DFx (aka Zero Defex), star of the movies “Shoplifting From American Apparel” and “Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D.,” director of the film “Cleveland’s Screaming!” and former vice president of the US branch of the company founded by the man who created Godzilla.
In This Interview, Brad Warner and I Discuss…
- The One You Feed parable
- His book, Don’t Be a Jerk and Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan’s Greatest Zen Master
- That we become the people we need to become
- How a person can be a buddha one minute and a jackass the next
- That once you realize what your “negative” urges are, they become less attractive for you to respond to
- The answer to the question, “How do you strive to be a better person AND accept life exactly as it is?”
- That the most intelligent course of action is the one that benefits everyone involved
- How one of his teachers said that you need to hold an equal amount of faith and doubt
- The idea that thoughts are just the secretions of your brain the same way your stomach acid are the secretion of your stomach
- According to the Zen practice, there is nothing other than what exists right now
- The powerful truth that Brad Warner states: “you can always improve your situation but you do so by facing it, not by running away”
- The mistake that’s made when designating certain things as “self”
- The role of nature as it relates to the dharma according to Dogen
Brad Warner Links
A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other.
One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.
The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”
The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed
The Tale of Two Wolves is often attributed to the Cherokee indians but there seems to be no real proof of this. It has also been attributed to evangelical preacher Billy Graham and Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It appears no one knows for sure but this does not diminish the power of the parable.
This parable goes by many names including:
The Tale of Two Wolves
The Parable of the Two Wolves
Which Wolf Do You Feed
Which Wolf are You Feeding
Which Wolf Will You Feed
It also often features different animals, mainly two dogs.