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Wes “Scoop” Nisker is a Buddhist meditation teacher, author and performer. His books include the newly edited version of his national bestseller, Essential Crazy Wisdom and Buddha’s Nature (Random House), The Big Bang, The Buddha, and the Baby Boom (HarperSanFrancisco). His most recent book from Soft Skull Press is an anthology entitled You Are Not Your Fault. Mr. Nisker was also the co-founder and co-editor of the international Buddhist journal “Inquiring Mind.”
For nearly 40 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. He was recently inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.
Mr. Nisker has studied Buddhist meditation for over three decades with teachers in Asia and America, and for the past 15 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 retreat centers.
For the past year and a half Mr. Nisker has been performing his monologue to critical acclaim in venues around the country, including the Berkeley Rep, the Freight and Salvage and the Throckmorton Theater. A DVD of his show is available from this website under the title “Crazy Wisdom Saves the World Again!” A CD recording of the show is also available, under the title “The Big Bang, the Buddha, and the Baby Boom.”
Mr. Nisker’s teaching and performance schedule is listed on this website – wesnisker.com.