Wes “Scoop” Nisker is an author, radio commentator, Buddhist meditation teacher, and performer. His most recent book is entitled Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again! (Stonebridge Press). Other titles include The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003), the newly edited version of his national bestseller, Essential Crazy Wisdom (Ten Speed Press, 2001), and Buddha’s Nature (Bantam, 1999). Mr. Nisker is also the founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind.
For over 35 years, Mr. Nisker has worked in radio, first as a news anchor, and more recently as a commentator, during his career winning the Billboard Magazine, Columbia School of Journalism, and San Francisco Media Alliance awards for excellence in FM radio programming.
Mr. Nisker has studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 20 years has been leading his own retreats and workshops in Buddhist insight meditation and philosophy at venues internationally. 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 year and a half Mr. Nisker has been performing his comic monologue to critical acclaim in venues around the country. A DVD of a recent performance entitled “Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!” is available at filmbaby.com. A CD recording of an earlier show entitled The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom is available through cdbaby.com. Both are available at his personal appearances.
As the great Zen master Alan Watts said: “We all need to go out of our minds at least once a day!” Going Out Of Your Mind with Ed and Deb Shapiro is a chance for you to drop your analyzing and intellectual mind and come into the immediate experience of present awakening. We are irreverent spiritual teachers and don’t take ourselves too seriously so our discussion show has a great sense of humor while also exploring in depth what it means to live with integrity, awareness, kindness, compassion, and humility.
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