Brent R. Oliver
Brent R. Oliver is a freelance writer, horror enthusiast, amateur Buddhist troublemaker, comedic mastermind, and genuine tattooed freak. Reading his work has been compared to stepping on Legos and he’s been offered several high-profile positions scrawling absurdities on some of the finest bathroom walls in America. He has turned them all down in order to stay home without pants so he can tell ludicrous tales in front of his grimy computer. Ninety percent of what he writes is outrageous nonsense and the other ten percent is genius beyond compare. The trick no one has figured out is deciding which is which. He lives in Lexington, KY with a beautiful wife he doesn’t deserve and a jet-black cat that shreds furniture and flesh alike. He does deserve that.

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

March 4th, 2018|0 Comments

His unwavering candor, his dogged insistence on examining his faults, pain, and weaknesses, give him nowhere to hide (not even from himself). He’s laid bare, and I can’t imagine the courage it took [...]

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Wrong Livelihood Behind the Stick {The Eightfold Path}

February 27th, 2018|0 Comments

The Buddha was perfectly clear in the Pali Canon about what five businesses his lay followers should never pursue: dealing in weapons, meat, poisons, humans and intoxicants. Intoxicants. Well, shit. I guess I [...]

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

December 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Harris and Warren go together like Jäger and Red Bull. They pepper the narrative with plenty of stories from the unforgiving road, most hilarious, some nerve-wracking, all intriguing. This wasn’t an easy journey. [...]

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

November 21st, 2017|0 Comments

He wants to share some of his story to illustrate the point that the overhyped, consumer-based, American Dream we’re being force-fed may not be the best route to satisfaction. It certainly wasn’t for Korda, [...]

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

October 7th, 2017|0 Comments

I felt refreshed by Mr. Haubner’s insistence on presenting his holistic self, rather than just the carefully cultivated, holy and sweet side so many Buddhist authors rely on. It seemed like I was hearing [...]

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You Don’t Need to Commit, Just Sit

August 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

We don’t all have the same goals. It’s often assumed---especially by traditionalists---that the only use for mindfulness is scorching suffering from the face of samsara. But, well…shit. You can do whatever you want with it. You don’t even need a [...]

Tales of a Gonzo Buddhist

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Fighting Buddha {Book Review}

June 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Mr. Eisenberg has had bad experiences. He’s been led astray by teachers, seen disgusting martial-arts snake oil sold as legitimate self-defense, and watched Buddhist leaders acting badly, practicing the opposite of what they preach. [...]

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My 32-Day Meditation Streak: How it Happened & Why I Broke It

March 9th, 2017|0 Comments

I have a timer app on my phone that tracks how many days in row I’ve sat and for how long each day. I became infatuated with seeing the number of consecutive days go [...]

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The User’s Guide to Spiritual Teachers by Scott Edelstein {Book Review}

January 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Far too many students approach a spiritual teacher with unreasonable or ignorant ideas about what the teacher can do for them. It’s not usually their fault; they just don’t know exactly what a spiritual [...]

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A Dharma Anarchist Goes to Summer Buddha Camp. {Strong Language}

December 27th, 2016|4 Comments

I didn’t really fit in at Buddha Camp.   By Brent R. Oliver   When I was 23, I discovered Buddhism and it pulled my stupid ass out of the fire. My life [...]

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