Author: Brent R. Oliver

Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult Journey From F##king Up to Waking Up {Book Review}

  By Brent R. Oliver Chris Grosso is a man who is full of heart. That heart, in turn, is full of sadness, pain, humor, and hope. He brings all of that to his newest book, Dead Set on Living: Making the Difficult but Beautiful Journey from Fucking Up to Waking Up. It’s especially compelling considering how many times his heart has almost stopped beating. Mr. Grosso isn’t shy about laying out his history of self-destructive behavior, and the fact that it’s something he still struggles with. He writes with a bold and often painful honesty regarding his addictions...

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Wrong Livelihood Behind the Stick {The Eightfold Path}

  By Brent R. Oliver I love the Eightfold Path. Combined with the Four Truths, it provides a detailed and skillful method for recognizing suffering and walking toward liberation. And, like most lists of healthy suggestions, there are parts of it I totally disregard. Usually it’s laziness, rationalizing, or a predisposition for rebelliousness that compel me to creatively interpret guidelines. Like when the American Heart Association mentions I should be eating more vegetables and I decide mushrooms on pizza counts. Or the fact that I love to curse and throw insults, neither of which really line up with Right...

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Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris & Jeff Warren with Caryle Adler {Book Review}

  By Brent R. Oliver Dan Harris vaulted into my coveted esteem in 2014 with his first book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story. Despite its painfully cumbersome subtitle, 10% Happier was a groundbreaking book, not only for me, but for the entire world of modern mindfulness. Harris is a news correspondent for ABC, appearing on many of their most well-known shows, including a gig co-anchoring the weekend edition of the ever-popular Good Morning America. In 2004, he entirely lost his...

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Unsubscribe: Opt Out of Delusion, Tune in to Truth {Book Review}

  By Brent R. Oliver I’m a champion of the modern mindfulness movement. I think the scientific path of rigorous meditation unbound from religious traditions is the key to improving our human condition. It’s easily accessible to a massive audience and doesn’t require any beliefs to yield benefits. It’s what I study; it’s what I teach; it’s what I practice. But I am a Buddhist. Secular and post-traditional, but a Buddhist nonetheless. I’m not a joiner and I never settled on a specific lineage or approach that felt right for me. The one that comes closest, the one that’s...

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Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order) {Book Review}

  By Brent R. Oliver If you’ve read Shozan Jack Haubner’s first book, Zen Confidential, you know he’s an unorthodox figure in modern Buddhism, especially considering he’s a monastic. If you haven’t read it, you’ll just have to trust me on that. And also, you should read it because it’s fucking great. His follow up, Single White Monk: Tales of Death, Failure, and Bad Sex (Although Not Necessarily in That Order), is further proof that his approach and habits are anything but usual. But don’t think his twisted tales and odd tendencies obscure his spiritual insights. Mr. Haubner is...

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