By Brad Warner

Hardcore Zen isn't really your commonplace "Zen" booklet. Brad Warner, the younger punk who grew as much as be a Zen grasp, spares nobody — similar to fact itself. This daring new method of the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded within the culture of Zen because it is totally innovative: Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls at the knowledge of each person from punk and pa tradition icons to the Buddha himself to ensure his issues come via loud and transparent. The subtitle (and the cover!) say all of it: there hasn't ever been a booklet like this one.

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94 Rather, the impact of Islam was economic. In particular, the incorporation of India within the explosive world of global trade made possible by the Caliphate made the situation better both eco­ nomically and politically. Thus as the Indian economy revived so too did the political structures that maintained the flow of commodities. In turn these states also used their new resources in order to finance religious insti­ tutions. In this regard only the Pala dynasty was expressly Buddhist. The other two, especially the Gurjura-Pratiharas, actively promoted Hinduization.

127 Moreover, in 871 the Caliphate completely renounced control of Sind. In turn this power vacuum was filled by the Isma‘ilis, the third branch of the Islamic community beside the Sunni and Shi‘a, who ruled Sind for the next 150 years (879-1025 c . e . ) . Moreover, being avowed enemies of the Sunni Caliphate in Baghdad the Isma‘ilis shifted the trade networks of this pivotal economic region away from the Persian Gulf toward the Red Sea. In this way they bolstered the rise not only of their Shi‘ite allies in Egypt, the Fatimid dynasty (909-1171 c .

And to a certain extent they succeeded. 54 Shortly thereafter came the Chinese and Tibetans and finally the Arabs, all culminating in the famous Battle of Talas in 751. While this historical sketch is brief it nevertheless brings to the fore the central consequence of the Kushan’s loss of the northwest and their retreat Figure 3. G an dharan Buddha, Pakistan, ca. 33). Reproduced courtesy o f The T ram m ell and M argaret Crow Collection o f Asian Art. Map 3. Kushan Empire. 30 Chapter One to the south: the removal of northwest India and Central Asia from the Indie orbit.

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