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Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom: the spiritual experiments of my generation
Some deep alternative current has begun flowing out of the spiritual adventures and identity struggles of recent generations. Of course, we didn't create the conditions or questions of this new age; we got caught in them. The ground shifted, the old gods departed, the economic and political utopias crumbled, and the traditional answers were washed away. We didn't leave home; home left us.
How did a nice Jewish boy from Nebraska become a Buddhist in California?
Join Wes "Scoop" Nisker as he takes us on a hilarious, wild ride from West to East and back again in his quest for true self and enlight-enment. Combining the best elements of memoir and social commentary, Nisker uses his own story to illuminate the Baby Boomers' roots of spiritual hunger in postwar America. His journey begins in middle America (Nebraska to be exact) in the middle of the twentieth century, travels through the heyday of the Beats and the Hippies, the birth of the modern environmental movement, and winds up in the current epi-center of Buddhism in the West — California.
Full of colorful and immediately recognizable figures of art, religion, and popular culture — from Alfred E. Newman to Allen Ginsberg — The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom is a guided tour of both the outer and inner move-ments that have culminated in the growing culture of Western Buddhism — a lasting, vivid picture of how the Baby Boom generation came to be identified with spiritual seeking, how they went about the search, what they have found and created, and what their true legacy is.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wes "Scoop" Nisker is author of the enduring classic Crazy Wisdom and the widely acclaimed Buddha's Nature, and is editor of the Buddhist journal Inquiring Mind. For the past twenty-five years he has been both a popular San Francisco Bay Area radio personality and a nationally known Buddhist meditation teacher.
…deeply philosophical, often very funny, always personal and yet broadly relevant because… the personal is political.
—Fritjof Capra, author of "The Tao of Physics" and "The Hidden Connections"
A Mark Twain for our times….this book delivers exquisite guidance on liberating the mind while loving the world.
—Joanna Macy, author of "Widening Circles"
Nisker's book…is the best chronicle yet written about the spiritual adventures of our generation.
—Joseph Goldstein, author of "One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism"
Nisker joins the grand tradition of social historians…casting a knowing eye at the absurdities of history….witty, insightful, soulful.
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
Both entertaining and edifying…(Nisker) carries us along to bigger and better lives of noble-hearted wisdom and compassion.
—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and founder of the Dzogchen Center
(Nisker's) journey is a joy to read.
—Paul Krassner, author of Murder at the Conspiracy Convention and Other American Absurdities
Nisker is the consummate student/teacher, soaking up the world…and trying…to make it a better place.
—Ben Fong-Torres, author of Not Fade Away, former Senior Editor of Rolling Stone
…mixes engaging autobiography with philosophical musings…. Nisker really shines, as he provides wonderful details.