The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom

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HarperCollins, Apr 1, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
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Hang on for a Wild Journey through the Political and Spiritual Adventures of the Baby-Boom Generation

Join Wes "Scoop" Nisker as he takes us on a hilarious, wild ride through the heyday of the Beats and the Hippies and the birth of the modern environmental movement, and the surge of Buddhism in the West.


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Although it is written in a very entertaining voice, when Nisker moves away from his own experience into generalizations (and broader politics) the book becomes much less interesting. Read full review

The big bang, the Buddha, and the baby boom: the spiritual experiments of my generation

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Ah yes, the Sixties and Seventies, those decades of Vietnam War protests and civil rights marches, Hindu gurus and Zen roshis, drugs and dropping out-we're always ready for a fresh look at them ... Read full review


Starting Out Confused i
A Brief History of Our Self
k The College of Your Choice
The Down Beat
Flower Children
The Whole World is Listening 5 2
Outward Mobility
The New Age
Scientific Mystics
Green Consciousness
The Last News Show
lit Spiritual Politics
Coming Down
Carrying On

Inward Mobility

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Page 15 - ... the only life-giving answer is to accept the terms of death, to live with death as immediate danger, to divorce oneself from society, to exist without roots, to set out on that uncharted journey into the rebellious imperatives of the self.
Page 40 - Moloch the incomprehensible prison! Moloch the crossbone soulless jailhouse and Congress of sorrows! Moloch whose buildings are judgement! Moloch the vast stone of war! Moloch the stunned governments! Moloch whose mind is pure machinery! Moloch whose blood is running money!
Page 27 - If I were a tree among trees, a cat among animals, this life would have a meaning, or rather this problem would not arise, for I should belong to this world. I should be this world to which I am now opposed by my whole consciousness and my whole insistence upon familiarity.
Page 173 - I will give you a talisman. Whenever you are in doubt or when the self becomes too much with you apply the following test: Recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man whom you may have seen and ask yourself if the step you contemplate is going to be of any use to him.
Page 38 - I see a vision of a great rucksack revolution thousands or even millions of young Americans wandering around with rucksacks, going up to mountains to pray, making children laugh and old men glad, making young girls happy and old girls happier, all of 'em Zen Lunatics who go about writing poems that happen to appear in their heads for no reason...
Page 79 - All India is full of holy men stammering gospels in strange tongues; shaken and consumed in the fires of their own zeal; dreamers, babblers, and visionaries : as it has been from the beginning and will continue to the end.
Page 39 - As a poet I hold the most archaic values on earth. They go back to the late Paleolithic: the fertility of the soil, the magic of animals, the power-vision in solitude, the terrifying initiation and re-birth, the love and ecstasy of the dance, the common work of the tribe.
Page 60 - ... the opinions of mankind should declare the causes which impel them to this creation. We hold these experiences to be self-evident, that all is equal, that the creation endows us with certain inalienable rights, that among these are: The freedom of body, the pursuit of joy, and the expansion of consciousness, and that to secure these rights, we the citizens of the earth declare our love and compassion for all conflicting hate-carrying men and women of the world.
Page 71 - For our goal was not only the East, or rather the East was not only a country and something geographical, but it was the home and youth of the soul, it was everywhere and nowhere, it was the union of all times.

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About the author (2004)

Nisker is a renowned lecturer who has taught courses on Buddhist meditation in places such as the Esalen Institute, the University of California, and Spirit Rock Buddhist Meditation Center.

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