Warner, B. (2009). Zen wrapped in karma dipped in chocolate: a trip through death, sex, divorce, and spiritual celebrity in search of the true dharma. New World Library. US$14.95, CAN$19.50 (paper). source: Shambala Sun, May 2009.
While living in Japan in the nineties, Brad Warner was ordained a Buddhist monk. In 2004, he returned to the U.S., began teaching Buddhism in his homeland, and earned a name for himself as the author of Hardcore Zen and Sit down & shut up. To Warner’s dismay, he became what he’d always despised—a religious authority figure and spiritual celebrity. “People began expecting me—of all people—to be the thing they envisioned a Buddhist master ought to be,” writes Warner.
“But let me clue you in on a little secret, friends and neighbors, not only am I not that thing. No one is.” In [this book] Warner unpacks his failed marriage and the deaths of his mother and grandmother and in the process reveals that the shit can hit the fan for anyone, even so-called spiritual supermen. That said, he tells us, even when the worst does go down, the philosophy and practice of Buddhism can provide rational, realistic ways to cope.