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Brad Warner (born March 5, 1964) is an American Sōtō Zen priest, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist.
Brad Warner was born in Hamilton, Ohio in 1964. His family traveled for his father's job and Warner spent some time in Nairobi, Kenya but grew up mainly near Akron, Ohio and attended Kent State University. As a teenager Warner got into the music of the 1960s and hardcore punk, and a friend of his took him to a show by Zero Defex. He auditioned for and joined the band after finding out they needed a bass guitarist. He began practicing Zen Buddhism under his first teacher, Tim McCarthy. Warner later studied with Gyomay Kubose.
He has played with Dimentia 13. After the financial failure of his Dimentia 13 albums, Warner got a job in Japan with the JET Programme, and then later in 1994 with Tsuburaya Productions who made Ultraman. Warner played the roles of various foreigners in their programs. While in Japan he met and trained with Gudo Wafu Nishijima, who ordained him as a priest.
He agreed to write articles for SuicideGirls, the online soft porn site.
In 2007 he directed the documentary film Cleveland’s Screaming, which depicts the punk rock scene in Akron and Cleveland in the 1980s.
Also in 2007, Gudo Wafu Nishijima named Warner the leader of Dogen Sangha International which Nishijima had founded. Warner dissolved the organization in April 2012.
In 2008 Warner lost his job with the Japanese company he had been working for in the States and as of January 2009 he was self-employed.
In 2012, Warner moved to California and started Dogen Sangha Los Angeles.
In 2013, Pirooz Kalayeh directed a film about Warner entitled Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen The film premiered on October 5th, 2013 in Amsterdam at the Buddhist Film Festival of Europe.
- Warner, Brad (2013). Gill Women of the Prehistoric Planet. CreateSpace. ISBN 9781482712155.
- Warner, Brad (2011). Death To All Monsters!. Hardcore Zen Books. ISBN 9781257647248.
- Warner, Brad (2013). There Is No God and He Is Always With You: A Search for God in Odd Places. New World Library. ISBN 9781608681839.
- Warner, Brad (2012). Hardcore Zen Strikes Again!. Cooperative Press. ISBN 9781937513078.
- Nishijima, Gudo Wafu; Brad Warner (2011). Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way: Nagarjuna's Mulamadhyamakakarika. Monkfish Book Publishing. ISBN 0-9833589-0-7.
- Warner, Brad (2010). Sex, Sin, and Zen: A Buddhist Exploration of Sex from Celibacy to Polyamory and Everything in Between. New World Library. ISBN 978-1-57731-910-8.
- Warner, Brad (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. ISBN 1-57731-654-1.
- Warner, Brad (2007). Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. New World Library. ISBN 1-57731-559-6.
- Warner, Brad (2003). Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality. Wisdom Publications. ISBN 0-86171-380-X.
- The New Hope. New Hope Records. 1983.
- P.E.A.C.E./War (double LP). RRadical Records. 1983.
- Midnight X-Mess #2 LP. Midnight Records. 1986.
- Midnight X-Mess #3 LP. Midnight Records. 1987.
- Dimentia 13
- Dimentia 13. Midnight Records. 1985.
- Mirror Mind. Midnight Records. 1987.
- Disturb the Air. Midnight Records. 1989.
- T.V. Screen Head. Midnight Records. 1990.
- Flat Earth Society. Midnight Records. 1991.
- Guest appearances
- drop the A-bomb. Get Revenge Records. 2007. (1982 demo reissue)
- Discography. Get Revenge Records. 2007. (1982 demo and 1983 debut, 2 CD)
- War Hero. Get Revenge Records. 2007. (1983 debut reissue)
- Zero Defex. 0DFx Records. 2008. (New recordings 2007/2008)
- ^ Warner, Brad (2007). Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. New World Library. p. 248. ISBN 1-57731-559-6.
- ^ a b c Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, and Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye. New World Library. 2007. p. 254. ISBN 1-57731-559-6.
- ^ a b c "'Question of Authority' ...?" Interviewed by Gary Gach in The Buddhist Channel, Sep. 6, 2007
- ^ "Interview with Brad Warner". Tapestry. 2007-08-14. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
- ^ a b Brad Warner profile
- ^ a b c "Sex, Sin & Zen: Brad Warner and the Lust for Enlightenment". The Huffington Post.
- ^ Brad Warner's articles for Suicide Girls
- ^ "Cleveland's Screaming!". Distrify.
- ^ "Cleveland’s Screaming: New Doc Looks at 80s Punk Scenes". Cleveland Scene.
- ^ "Hardcore Zen (Interview)". Here and Now. 2003-09-26. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
- ^ Brad Warner and Dogen Sangha International
- ^ "Dogen Sangha International is No More". Hardcorezen.blogspot.com.
- ^ "Dogen Sangha International Post Mortem". Hardcorezen.blogspot.com.
- ^ "Going to California". Hardcorezen. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- ^ "I Love L.A.". Hardcorezen. July 6, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- ^ "Dogen Sangha Los Angeles". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
- ^ a b "Hardcore Zen: The Movie". Hardcorezen. Retrieved November 26, 2013.