Brad Warner (secret sweetheart) At the risk of busting Brad Warner's 'outrageous Zen wildman' rep, let me say that when he came around to my area promoting "Sit Down and Shut Up", his second book, I went to see what he was like. He couldn't have been more affable, kind, and accomodating to the small but varied audience of punk youngsters and excessively ordinary older folks like myself. It's true that he doesn't suffer foolishness gladly-- if it's inflated, commercially hyped, cynical perversions of dharma. But I'd say he's quite gentle with the common, garden-variety ignoramus. He drew a charming Brontosaurus-like creature in signing my copy of his book. I particularly recommend "Sit Down..."; it is an incisive, accessible presentation of Do-gen's Shobogenzo. One of the main points is that practice IS enlightenment: nothing more-- or less-- extraordinary than that. In spirit, Brad Warner seems to keep the good company of Chogyam Trungpa, my teachers, and his own fierce Zen lineage.