Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)

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Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)

Single White Monk Tales of Death Failure and Bad Sex Although Not Necessarily in That Order In this sequel to the laugh out loud funny Zen Confidential the author finds even humor and wisdom in his experiences as a Buddhist monk in confrontation with an often puzzling world Fans of the hila

  • Title: Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)
  • Author: Shozan Jack Haubner
  • ISBN: 9781611803631
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this sequel to the laugh out loud funny Zen Confidential, the author finds even humor and wisdom in his experiences as a Buddhist monk in confrontation with an often puzzling world Fans of the hilarious essays that made up the author s first book, Zen Confidential, will find even hilarity here along with Zen insight applied to the things that happen in thisIn this sequel to the laugh out loud funny Zen Confidential, the author finds even humor and wisdom in his experiences as a Buddhist monk in confrontation with an often puzzling world Fans of the hilarious essays that made up the author s first book, Zen Confidential, will find even hilarity here along with Zen insight applied to the things that happen in this thing called daily life Whereas Shozan Jack Haubner s first book presented the Zen teaching in terms of outhouse building, oyroki bowl stacking, and anatomy adjustment as one takes one seat on the zafu, this one goes deeper into experiences of love, death, and sex And though the writing is still funny, it bears the mark of a guy who s been through the mill and who s come back to save all beings The wide ranging experiences of this funny and insightful monk both inside and outside the monastery include his memories of the dysfunctional Midwestern family life that led him ultimately to Zen practice with a father resembling Mel Gibson on a bad day and his confrontation with the everyday insanity that seems to arise whenever anyone declares, I think I should be a monk Among the less funny stuff is his harrowing brush with death from pancreatitis and his moving experience of the death of a dear friend There s also a graphic account of the night he got stoned and went over the wall from the monastery to have some real fun That he pulls it all off and it s still hilarious, moving, and profoundly expressive of Zen wisdom is a tribute to Haubner s gifts as a writer and humorist, but also to the sincerity of his practice The insight makes the humor even funnier somehow, and the humor makes the insight hit home with much power.

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    One thought on “Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order)

    1. Gabrielle on said:

      I first heard about Shozan Jack Haubner because of Brad Warner (for frequent readers of my review: yup, I'm kind of a fangirl), and I really enjoyed Haubner's first book "Zen Confidential" (/review/show), and "Single White Monk" is more of the same: essays about his experience as a monk in a Zen monastery. This is a much more challenging calling than most people might think, and Haubner writes about his experience with candor, self-deprecating humor and (often slightly off-putting) honesty.The w [...]

    2. Ionia on said:

      This wasn't a terrible book, but it wasn't what I thought I was going to get, either. When you use the word 'hilarious' in the blurb, I'm expecting a good time. Instead, this was an introspective journey into the world of the author throughout his younger years, mostly and at times had a line or two that made me smile, but really that was about all. If teenage boys tended to keep journals, this could have been from any random one. The last half of the book, in my opinion, did not work with the f [...]

    3. David Guy on said:

      I was not a big fan of Shozan Jack Haubner’s first book, Zen Confidential. I thought it was overwritten, and that he often seemed to be trying too hard. I did appreciate his honesty, and the way he debunked a lot of what we think about Zen practice, but when material is inherently interesting there’s no need to strain to make it more interesting. In his first book he sometimes did that.I felt that way about passages in this book as well. When Haubner is writing about the trials of his adoles [...]

    4. Skye on said:

      I found this book to be admirable in its radical honesty and insight. If more clergy were as candid as this about their human failings and strivings, there might not be so many scandals. In case you were expecting comedy, this isn't David Sedaris. If you are looking for simple jokes, this isn't the book though there is hilarity in the author's radical honesty: that's the nature of the existential beast. I found in the reading of this book laughter, tears, an enlarged sense of the ego's limits an [...]

    5. Sandra on said:

      In this book, our author describes to the reader what it was truly like in his Buddhist monastery. Parts are funny, but most parts are sad to me. I realize that we are all human beings striving for awakening, but this is not the book to read for insight on that subject. I found this book to be discouraging, as if awakening is not quite attainable by the average human being. I realize that the monastery may not have been the place for the author to find that for which he was searching, but I foun [...]

    6. Steve on said:

      Single White Monk offers up a series of anecdotes from the author’s life that supposedly deal with the subtitled topics of death, failure, and bad sex. This effort is a continuation of the pop culture Buddhist writings that made his first book so popular. Shozan Jack Haubner, a former Catholic, stand-up comic, and screenwriter, tries to keep his hip sensibilities while channeling the intimidating cannon of Buddhist teaching through the funnel of the 21st century crowd. At heart, he seems to be [...]

    7. Greg Soden on said:

      Read his Zen Confidential first I’d you check him out, but this was certainly an interesting, funny, and uncomfortable way to spend some time!

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