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Wes Nisker
Wes `Scoop’ Nisker is a teacher of Buddhist meditation, an author, radio commentator, and performer. His books include the bestselling classic Essential Crazy Wisdom; The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom; Buddha’s Nature; and his latest, Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! Wes is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.” He is an affiliate teacher at the Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and does regular workshops at Esalen Institute and other venues. For the past several years Wes has been performing a comic monologue entitled Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! which was recently staged at the esteemed Berkeley Repertory theater. Wes’s famous tag line is: “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.” Website: or

Entries by Wes Nisker

Beware the Dot Con!

(0) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:49 AM

Lately I have been seeing dots. Everywhere I look there are dots in front of my eyes. Other people seem to be seeing them too, and almost everyone I talk to these days, at some point in our conversation will say the word "dot."

Of course, the dot has been...

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The Real Workers of the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 3:05 PM

Labor Day weekend marks the last sigh of summer -- and just when you were starting to relax, here's Labor Day to signal the start of the busy season. It's time to get hyperactive again! The speed-up has a lot to do with the autumn chill that causes our metabolism...

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Earth Day, Every Day

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 10:14 AM

Hello humans. (If you are reading and understanding this then you probably are one.) It's time once again to celebrate our home planet, and this year as never before, the earth is calling out for your attention, your rituals and prayers and, of course, your activism. And this is Scoop...

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The Practice of Geezing

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 12:20 PM

Lately I find myself engaging with friends in an ancient and revered form of discourse whose origins lie in the dim past of humanity. To take part in this talking ritual requires only that you have reached a certain age and are willing to expose your innermost self. I am...

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Ancestors of Awakening

(8) Comments | Posted August 17, 2012 | 11:13 AM

"Our task in the coming era is to relocate ourselves in the cosmos and to renew our kinship with all of earth life. It is time to join again in the dance-drama of biological and cosmic evolution." --D. H. Lawrence

Reflecting on the scientific story of evolution we find a...

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A Fool's Paradise

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2012 | 5:25 PM

Strange as it may seem, I like to think of myself as a fool. Once I embrace my foolish nature I no longer have to pretend to be wise or hip or awesome. Instead I can just be me, someone a little weak of will, usually caught up in some...

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Shocking Predictions For 2012

(5) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 11:04 AM

Hello friends, this is Scoopji here, letting you know that I have had a spiritual breakthrough.

Perhaps it is due to the fact that I have been consuming massive amounts of a new herbal formula, "Chakra Decongestant." Or maybe it is because the battery on my meditation timer died...

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Worship the Sun! (Not Just the Son)

(40) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 9:30 AM

Happy holy days, everyone! I hope you are all shopping like crazy, and consuming far more than your share of the world's wealth, because if you aren't then you could be accused of disloyalty to the United States Amalgamated Universal Corporation Inc. Your name could even be turned over to...

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Just Another Planet

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2011 | 1:24 PM

One of my daily spiritual practices is to check on the condition of the universe. After all, that's where I live. At least for now.

I get an update on the universe every time I turn on my Internet search engine, set to open on the Astronomy Picture of...

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The Solution to Our God Problems

(6) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 4:15 PM

"All great truths begin as blasphemies." - George Bernard Shaw

Humanity is now suffering through a deep spiritual crisis accompanied by the usual "holy" wars, and we can assume that a major part of the problem lies with our gods and goddesses. After all, if they created everything then whatever...

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The Real Work of the World

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2011 | 3:44 PM

Labor Day weekend marks the last sigh of summer, and just when you were starting to relax, suddenly Labor Day arrives to signal the start of the busy season, time to get hyperactive again. It has a lot to do with the autumn chill that causes our metabolism to...

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The Gratitude Game

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2011 | 11:01 AM

When the world weighs heavy on your shoulders, the government turns its back on you and the facts of life look so hard and cold you can feel them in your gut, I suggest you take some time out to practice the gratitude game. My daughter and I play it...

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Celebrate Your Masculine Energy

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Father's Day is here again and it may be no coincidence that every year it falls within a week or so of the summer solstice, a time when pagans like me celebrate the masculine energy of the sun, the s-u-n, our father who art in orbit, hallowed be thy light....

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