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Summary

Can you be an atheist and still believe in God?

Can you be a true believer and still doubt?

Can Zen give us a way past our constant fighting about God?

Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless. In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions about God and managed to come up with some answers. In this fascinating search for a way beyond the usual arguments between fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner offers a profoundly engaging and idiosyncratic take on the ineffable power of the "ground of all being."

©2013 Brad Warner (P)2013 Brad Warner

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A really interesting and thorough examination of Zen and God, with plenty of good humour thrown in. Thanks Brad.

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more than I expected

A good take on 'god' from Brad, more than I expected, I enjoyed this and will enjoy listening again to it

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  • Zach Wilson
  • 17-04-17

Uncontroversially Thorough

The subject matter of Brad Warner's book "There Is No God and He Is Always with You" could be extremely controversial. But Warner has thought through much of the opinions expressed and has explained his points in a way that, even if the reader doesn't agree, they should be able to recognize his position as well dictated and holding equal merit to their own.

I don't know if I agree with all of Warner's arguments, but his perspective is fun, entertaining and addictive enough to keep me listening.

There is something to be greatly respected by the fact that Warner records and narrates his own books. Even with the production flaws that life brings, I find this choice to provide a powerful connection to the man behind the words that just reading or a different narrator would lack.

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  • Jeffrey
  • 03-11-16

Great Book, loved it!

Certainly not what I expected, definitely his best book so far. I am going to listen to it again right now!

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  • Row Z
  • 28-09-16

Great<br />reading by the author.

Great perspectives and stories. It's like sitting down and listening to a good friend. Enjoyed while on my daily walk.

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  • RZ
  • 12-09-16

great insight

great insight. good use of references throughout the book. seems genuine.

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  • T. Hamilton
  • 30-03-18

God and Brad Warner...What's not to like.

I much prefer listening to Brad Warner read his books than read them myself. He's just so good at it. Actually I like to follow alone with the book in case i want to stop and re-read a particular section. This book, like his others on Dogan, Zen, Zazen and God, as well as on life
In general can be dense and complicated, as these subjects are. But his humor and down to earth approach and interpretation of complex philosophies and teachings make these teachings come alive for me. Do not be deceived by what some might describe as Brad's goofiness. This is a pretty smart guy, who as far as I'm concerned, gets "it". So treat yourself to this, or one other of Brad's audio books, because he's fun and certainly gives you food for thought.
You might even learn something.

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  • Bent Krister Larsen Osbakk
  • 25-06-17

The jury is kinda out on this one....

I have to think about this one. A good read, possibly very good (when it sinks in). Brad Warner is a likable guy with a refreshing view on Buddhism vs god.

3,5 stars for content + 0,5 for author coolness when "speaking up".

I recomend this one. Alongside the likes of Timber Hawkeye, Brad Warner represent an important new breed of authors putting buddhism into a down to earth context. (from e western perspective). They make buddhism graspable (if that makes ant sense?)

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  • agreenbuddha
  • 06-05-17

On the right track, worth everyone's​ attention

You have to listen fit the right reasons, mind open. Check your preconceptions you'll enjoy.

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  • Be Buddha
  • 03-04-17

Amazing

Such a great book. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to bridge the gap between Christianity and Buddhism.

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  • K. Cunningham
  • 14-03-17

Great title!

The title about sums it up. Things often don't make sense, so how do we sort things out? Is there a God? what is God? Who knows, but this is Mr. Warner's opinion on the subject, not Buddhist teachings, but rather his own thoughts. It didn't answer any questions for me, but I found it very interesting to follow his thinking. The book is well written and I enjoyed his "at home" narration, background noises and all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-02-17

good God

thank you for you insight. I like the Buddha stuff, and the good stuff. I get this is not a punk rock book but I liked that stuff too, from before. keep up the good work.