Author: Brent R. Oliver

When I Grow Up I Want to be a Non-Contributing Member of this Society (Kind of).

  By Brent R. Oliver   “I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.” – Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything The John Cusack movie Say Anything came out when I was in high school (shut up) and I loved it. Still do. Back then the quote above didn’t mean much to me. I was...

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I Hate My Stupid Origin Story Even Though Buddhism Saved My Life.

  By Brent R. Oliver   So now that we’ve met, let’s get to know each other a little better. My first post here was all whining about how I suck at Buddhism while simultaneously congratulating myself on being such a renegade spiritual antihero. I’m sure there will be more of that to come. These major dichotomies are a big part of the comedy inherent in my path. The humor is very important to me because it’s a constant reminder not to take these massive matters of life, death, suffering and happiness too seriously. Of course, the dichotomies are...

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Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist: Nice to Meet You.

  By Brent R. Oliver   Hi, there. You probably don’t know me but my name is Brent R. Oliver and I’m a Buddhist. The thing is, I’m not awesome at it. I’ve been studying and trying to practice it for about 18 years now, but it’s not going great. I mostly blame myself. Buddhism saved my life once but I’ve done a shitty job paying it back. Rather than embodying the teachings and spreading them far and wide, I’m still staggering along the path like I’m running from the Blair Witch. I’ve practiced in all three major flavors of...

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