Brad Warner

Brad Warner

Brad Warner
School Soto Zen
Education Kent State University
Dharma names Ōdō
Nationality American
Born (1964-03-05) March 5, 1964
Hamilton, Ohio
Senior posting
Title Priest
Religious career
Teacher Gudo Wafu Nishijima

Brad Warner (born March 5, 1964) is an American Sōtō Zen monk, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist.


Brad Warner was born in Hamilton, Ohio,[1] in 1964. His family traveled for his father's job and Warner spent some time in Nairobi, Kenya,[2] but grew up mainly near Akron, Ohio,[3] and attended Kent State University. As a teenager Warner got into the music of the 1960s and hardcore punk,[4] and a friend of his took him to a show by Zero Defex. He auditioned for and joined the band[5] after finding out they needed a bass guitarist. He began practicing Zen Buddhism under his first teacher, Tim McCarthy.[3][6][7] Warner later studied with Gyomay Kubose.[4]

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.[4] Warner played the roles of various foreigners in their programs. While in Japan he met and trained with Gudo Wafu Nishijima, a student of Rempo Niwa Zenji, who ordained him as a priest.[6][7][8]

He agreed to write articles for SuicideGirls, the online soft porn site.[9]

In 2007 he directed the documentary film Cleveland’s Screaming, which depicts the punk rock scene in Akron and Cleveland in the 1980s.[10][11]

Also in 2007, Gudo Wafu Nishijima named Warner the leader of Dogen Sangha International which Nishijima had founded.[7][12][13] Warner dissolved the organization in April 2012.[14][15]

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[16][17] and started Dogen Sangha Los Angeles.[18]

In 2013, Pirooz Kalayeh directed a film about Warner entitled Brad Warner's Hardcore Zen[19][20] The film premiered on October 5, 2013 in Amsterdam at the Buddhist Film Festival of Europe.[19]





Dimentia 13
Guest appearances

See also


  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. p. 248. ISBN 1-57731-559-6.
  2. Walters, Sarah (November 18, 2011). "Zen and the art of punk rock . . .". Manchester Evening News.
  3. 1 2 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.
  4. 1 2 3 "'Question of Authority' ...?" Interviewed by Gary Gach in The Buddhist Channel, Sep. 6, 2007
  5. "Interview with Brad Warner". Tapestry. 2007-08-14. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  6. 1 2 Brad Warner profile
  7. 1 2 3 "Sex, Sin & Zen: Brad Warner and the Lust for Enlightenment". The Huffington Post.
  8. Clarke, Liam (June 15, 2010). "Meet Brad, the bad boy of Zen Buddhism". Belfast Telegraph.
  9. Brad Warner's articles for Suicide Girls
  10. "Cleveland's Screaming!". Distrify.
  11. "Cleveland's Screaming: New Doc Looks at 80s Punk Scenes". Cleveland Scene.
  12. "Hardcore Zen (Interview)". Here and Now. 2003-09-26. Retrieved 2008-02-11.
  13. Brad Warner and Dogen Sangha International
  14. "Dogen Sangha International is No More".
  15. "Dogen Sangha International Post Mortem".
  16. "Going to California". Hardcorezen. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  17. "I Love L.A.". Hardcorezen. July 6, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  18. "Dogen Sangha Los Angeles". Retrieved April 14, 2013.
  19. 1 2 "Hardcore Zen: The Movie". Hardcorezen. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  20. Quinn, Megan (January 11, 2014). "Zen's bad boy Brad Warner translates to film". Daily Camera.

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