January 2, 2014

Waylon talks with Brad Warner & Pirooz Kalayeh: Hardcore Zen!

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Waylon (at Shambhala Mountain Center, a big wild Buddhist meditation retreat up in the Rocky Mountains) talks, live via Google+, with famous Buddhist troublemaker Brad Warner and filmmaker Pirooz Kalayeh about Hardcore Zen! What’s that? Stop reading, watch!

“Happiness may not be the goal of Zen.” ~ Brad Warner

Kalayeh and Warner  teamed up to work on “Brad Warner’s Hardcore Zen”; a documentary about a controversial Zen master who strips the sheen off many taboo topics in Zen Buddhism and exhibits a healthy dose of reality to his readers. The film will be screened in Boulder, CO on January 18, 2014.

Hardcore Zen Trailer:

“Teachers come in all packages.” ~ Brad Warner

“The Human War”, directed by Pirooz, is a narrative film about the difficulties of poverty and conflict in America. Set in 2003, the film covers a day in the life of a teen in Youngstown, Ohio, who discovers and reacts to the declaration of the Iraq War.

Human War Trailer:

Brad Warner is a Zen monk, writer, bass player and filmmaker. He has written several books, including Hardcore Zen, Sit Down And Shut Up, Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate, and his latest, Sex, Sin, and Zen. He received Dharma Transmission from Gudo Nishijima Roshi, who received his transmission from Rempo Niwa Roshi who, at the time was the head of the Soto Sect in Japan. He writes about Zen and other topics on his blog, Hardcore Zen, and as a writer for Suicide Girls.

Pirooz Kalayeh is a filmmaker, artist and author. His films include “Shoplifting From American Apparel”,  “The Human War”, and Brad Warner’s “Hardcore Zen”. His novel The Whopper Strategies details an advertising executive’s journey to package Enlightenment in a Box. His fourth feature “Zombie Bounty Hunter M.D.” is currently in post-production with Ilikenirvana Productions.


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