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Zencast: Basic Buddhism Podcast

Zencast [Zencast 33 - Basic Buddhism 1]

The very swell Zencast podcast series' latest entry is on Basic Buddhism. Just listening to it right now, but so far it seems like a good introduction.

What I find...most people in southern California don't suffer enough, so [the Buddha] also taught how to be happy...What I find, if I'm speaking to people under 40, I talk about how to be happy, and if I speak to people over 40, I talk about how not to suffer. But it's the same message.

Bonus points awarded for name-checking the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

I love the FSM. I... by Adam (not verified)
give Rudolf Otto's Mysticism: East... by semioticmonkey (not verified)

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Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster. He’s best known for being the guy who created the website you’re reading right now. He lives in San Francisco, does lots of public speaking, and helps make cool things like You Look Nice Today, Back to Work, and Kung Fu Grippe. Also? He’s writing this book, he lives with this face, he suffers from this hair, he answers these questions, and he’s had this life. So far.

Merlin’s favorite thing he’s written in the past few years is an essay entitled, “Cranking.”




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