From School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-A whimsically illustrated guide to the basic concepts of Zen and Buddhism. Greenblat briefly describes dharma, Shakyamuni, and a few classical bodhisattvas and offers a simple introduction to meditation. Also included are a selection of Jataka tales and koans, some traditional and some of the author's invention. Greenblat recommends veganism, stating that it is consistent with Buddhism, and details other important elements, such as compassion and the cessation of desire. His original material, both text and artwork, set this work apart from other overviews and will either appeal to or put off potential readers. The fanciful and very colorful artwork exists somewhere in the nexus among doodles, primitivism, and comics and features figures like the smiling 'Thunder Bunny cloud deity,' a panda Zen master, and a 'Sentient Bean.' One of his Jataka tales centers on the Diatom Buddha, who eventually becomes Buddha Oil, which is used on a bike chain. VERDICT This title won't take the place of a more straightforward primer, but the original presentation may draw in some teens.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI?(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Read more Review 'Fans of Greenblat's video game and comic book characters (such as PaRappa the Rapper and Thunder Bunny) will recognize his whimsical style in this graphic book collecting his art related to Buddhism, particularly Zen? the creative exuberance, wild variety of art styles, information-packed pages, and playfully wise treatment of a seemingly serious subject should invite closer investigation by a range of readers interested in Buddhism' ?Publishers Weekly'The whole book is a visual treat ? bursting with colourful, fun illustrations which are packed with detail?Taking a massive and complicated topic, Greenblat easily breaks concepts down into delicious and very edible chunks? ?HaikuGirl's Japan blog'By allowing the content so much room to breathe, each painting or set of paintings comes into clear relief.' ?BoingBoing'You can kind of think of it as a primer for Zen. It does a pretty good job of giving you a healthy introduction without putting you to sleep.' ?JLPT Boot Camp blog'Greenblat's made something quite attractive, personal, and informative.' ?Japan Reference blog'Dharma Delight reveals the key tenets of Buddhism with bright, vibrant illustrations ? The author's illustrations leap from the page with cute monstrosities and humor.' ?Japan Powered blogGreenblat introduces readers to Buddhism and Zen with a pleasant, inviting combination of art and text ? Thoughtful older teens and adults seeking a spiritual outlet may find much to enjoy here. ?BooklistA whimsically illustrated guide to the basic concepts of Zen and Buddhism ? The fanciful and very colorful artwork exists somewhere in the nexus among doodles, primitivism, and comics and features figures like the smiling 'Thunder Bunny cloud deity,' a panda Zen master, and a 'Sentient Bean.' ?School Library Journal Read more See all Editorial Reviews
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