The Essential Crazy Wisdom

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Take a wild and rickety ride through the philosophies of the East and West to discover the madmen, dreamers, and unconventional wisdom seekers in the abridged, better-than-ever version of our best-selling cult classic. THE ESSENTIAL CRAZY WISDOM delivers the most significant, most lunatic, and most compelling insights of the ages. Scoop Nisker patches together the unorthodox teachings that have bubbled up through the words of such crazy visionaries as Rumi, Gautama the Buddha, Mark Twain, Lao Tzu, Albert ...

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Overview

Take a wild and rickety ride through the philosophies of the East and West to discover the madmen, dreamers, and unconventional wisdom seekers in the abridged, better-than-ever version of our best-selling cult classic. THE ESSENTIAL CRAZY WISDOM delivers the most significant, most lunatic, and most compelling insights of the ages. Scoop Nisker patches together the unorthodox teachings that have bubbled up through the words of such crazy visionaries as Rumi, Gautama the Buddha, Mark Twain, Lao Tzu, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Allen Ginsberg, and Lily Tomlin. Discover the common thread in these multiple perspectives and travel on this comedic course to enlightenment!‚Ä¢ Original edition sold over 40,000 copies. 

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"CRAZY WISDOM is deeply wise . . . wonderfully insightful and delightfully humorous. . . . "a good place to begin . . . its strength lies in its wonderful assemblage of life-changing quotes and stories."-Utne Reader"A dim sum feast of perceptive and amusing morsels. Nisker succeeds in fashioning an original pattern from motley patches of wisdom."-San Francisco Chronicle"The author . . . takes us on a wild and lively ride through Eastern and Western philosophy and spirituality. Along the way, there are plenty of humorous sidebar quotations. . . . Now more than ever, we need this brand of wisdom that opens us to wonder and hospitality."- Spirituality & Health
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580083461
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 971,112
  • Product dimensions: 6.95 (w) x 6.45 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

WES "SCOOP" NISKER is a Buddhist meditation teacher, journalist, and author. For over twenty years, he has been leading retreats and workshops worldwide in Buddhist insight meditation, humor, and philosophy. Before devoting himself to writing full time, he was a well-known radio announcer who went by the name of "Scoop." He calls Berkeley, California, home.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Introduction 5
In the Beginning... 9
The Cast 29
Crazy Eastern Wisdom 65
Crazy Western Wisdom 85
The Existential Get Down 101
The Art of Crazy Wisdom 109
How to Become Crazy and Wise 129
Crazy Wisdom on the Road 151
Crazy Wisdom in the Here and Now 207
Crazy Wisdom Does the Dance of Death 227
The End Is Also the Middle 237
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