Book Review: Name Brand Zen
- By Chuan Zhi
- Feb 13
- (Hits: 229)
In response to emerging trends in Zen throughout the western hemisphere, numerous authors, themselves long-time Zen practitioners, have begun shouting their opposition to a malignancy that is rapidly spreading wide and deep within our society. Like a cancer that starts as a small nodule, if left to grow it spreads, creating systemic illness that reaches into all parts of the organism. In Name Brand Zen, Andrew Halaw explores the powerful influences of popular culture, advertising, master-worshiping, greed, and power, on the Zen institution, and the disastrous effects these influences have on the foundational intent of Zen and the development of the spiritual mind. Distorted and corrupted beyond recognition, Zen is no longer a path of salvation, a path of Self-discovery, but a commodity that is bought and sold. This is a quick and easy read—the author writes fluidly and from the heart, drawing on his own extensive experience. A must read for anyone interested in Zen.
Selected Writings of Chuan Zhi: