Brad Warner - What is Zen & What is Japanese Culture?

In an impromptu talk, Brad explores an often asked question, “how do you separate japanese culture from what is Zen?” It’s a discussion of the paradox of Western Buddhism - if we just mimic foreign forms for form sake, we miss the heart of the practice, but if we drop all the traditions and make up something new then we lose the heart of the practice. It’s a nuanced discussion delving into cultural appropriation, the difficulties of communicating across cultures when all communication is culturally contingent, and Brad even sings the preamble to the US constitution just for good measure.