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With his first two books, Hardcore Zen and Sit Down & Shut Up, Brad Warner attracted a following—and no small amount of indignation at his irreverent take on the Buddha’s teachings. In his third effort, 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, 2009, $14.95 paper, 288 pp.), the punk-rocker-cum-Zen-master documents an eventful 2007, in which a number of misfortunes inspired him to pen something of a confessional. As a qualified Zen master—a title he scoffs at—Warner takes it upon himself to shatter the myth that Buddhist teachers are anything short of disastrously imperfect.

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