Victoria M Gallagher

Episode #73 – Brad Warner – Zen 101 and Letters to a Dead Friend

Power of Your Mind Podcast Interview with Brad Warner  Zen 101 and Letters to a Dead Friend

In Episode #73, I am talking with Brad Warner.

Brad Warner is the author of Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen and numerous other titles, including It Came from Beyond ZenDon’t Be a Jerk, and Hardcore Zen. A Soto Zen teacher, he is also a punk bassist, filmmaker, and popular blogger who leads workshops and retreats around the world. In addition to his books, his writing appears in Lion’s RoarTricycleBuddhadharma, and Alternative Press. He lives in Los Angeles where he is the founder and lead teacher of the Angel City Zen Center. Visit him online at

We talked about:

  • What the title of Letters to a Dead Friend about Zen is about
  • Who the real Marky Moon was and the kind of relationship Brad has with him
  • Why Brad never told his friend about his Zen practice
  • What one of the letters, entitled “Truth vs. Buddhism”, means
  • What the chapter on Zen Bozo is about
  • Why he was writing letters to a dead friend as a Buddhist – Wouldn’t that mean he believes his friend has already been reincarnated?
  • What Brad wanted to tell Marky about Zen that he didn’t tell him in the book
  • Why his approach to writing about Zen doesn’t seem like the one most writers about Zen usually take
  • The future of Zen in the West as Brad sees it
  • Brad’s letter called “The Goal of Having No Goals” – What’s the deal with Zen being called a goal-less practice?
  • And much more!

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