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Comedian Lee Mack has long had an interest in Buddhism, mindfulness and the possibility of leading a more spiritual life. After a few years of dabbling in meditation, he feels the time has come to decide once and for all whether he should seriously seek spiritual enlightenment.

‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Buddha’ is a new podcast which finds Lee and his friend Neil taking their first (often clumsy) steps on the road to Nirvana.

From picking which type of Buddhism to follow, to contemplating what a woodland creature would say to you if you asked it the time; Lee and Neil explore the principles and practices of Buddhism in a way that spiritual practice has never been explored before… Possibly for very good reason.

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You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
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This Is Not An Episode

This Is Not An Episode

2021-07-0510:403

Neil makes it very clear that "this is not an episode". He insisted the (not) episode was called that and it's also the first thing he says in the (not) episode. So, are we all absolutely clear? This is NOT an episode. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
39. What's a Subreddit?

39. What's a Subreddit?

2021-06-0901:26:153

In a bumper episode before a few weeks break, Lee & Neil discuss Alan Watts, Stoicism and Subreddits (?), before it becomes all too obvious why everyone needs a break! If you'd like to read the book which Neil mentioned, it's called The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
38. B & Q & A

38. B & Q & A

2021-06-0201:02:432

Because you very kindly keep sending your emails, it's only right that Lee & Neil should read them out from time to time! Is all of this just a 'midlife crisis', what was Neil's big showbiz moment and who is Clive?? Find out! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Two things you ought to know: 1) Lee's microphone broke this week and 2) Lee had far too much coffee before recording this episode. Aside from that, after Neil has been on about it for weeks, the focus is finally upon that podcast episode he told you to listen to... Ram Dass - Battle Between Mind & Heart. Let's see what happens! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Perhaps in an attempt to further demonstrate that he has the most understanding wife in the world, Neil went away in his camper van this week, on his own, for three nights. Find out how he got on after he kept an audio diary of his experience and just imagine what the neighbouring campers must have thought! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
35 episodes in and it's time for Lee & Neil's first ever guest! Join them as they chat to meditation teacher, author and podcaster Michael Taft! See if Neil can hold it together and behave himself as he speaks to his "current squeeze"! If you'd like to listen to the podcast episode that Neil mentioned, search on your chosen podcast platform for "Ram Dass Here And Now" - Episode 32: Battle Between Mind and Heart Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
To say that this weeks episode didn't go to plan would be a considerable understatement, but you can always rely on Lee & Neil to come with something when there are problems in The Bay Area. There's also plenty for you to look at in the meantime, before things get back on track next week! If you'd like to watch some of Michael Taft's "Nondual Awareness" videos, you can find them here: https://deconstructingyourself.com/nondual-awareness-meditation-series Also, if you are looking for the books that Lee & Neil discussed, they are The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Why Buddhism Is True by Robert Wright, Being Aware of Being Aware by Rupert Spira & Be Here Now by Ram Dass. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Let's not mess about, because there's some BIG news this week! Find out what's been going on behind the scenes and what's coming soon! Plus, following last weeks homework, Lee & Neil discuss Alan Watts and Neil reveals how he's been getting on with the "Lumenate" app. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Have you done your homework? Don't worry if you haven't, because neither has Lee. This week Neil wants to talk about "The Egg" by Andy Weir and though it might help if you've read/seen it and had time to take it in, Lee proves that this is not 100% necessary. If you'd like to watch the Alan Watts video as mentioned in this episode, just tap the link below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckiNNgfMKcQ Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
If you were in doubt about how many new things Neil could be 'in to', then prepare yourself. The rest of you won't be surprised to hear that Neil has found something else that he thinks is "the best thing ever". There's also a trip into Lee's garden and a very long callback to an early episode of Not Going Out. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Lee was not in a good way this week! His back was giving him a very hard time and a bag of frozen peas was hastily arranged to get him through the recording. Of course, he soldiered on very bravely, but not without mentioning it every few minutes. Amongst the moans and groans, you can expect mention of Russell Brand, Michael Taft and yet more chat about jigsaws. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
29. I’m so sorry, Anna

29. I’m so sorry, Anna

2021-03-3155:192

It seems that Lee's opinion of "advanced meditation" has really shifted and it's all thanks to Michael Taft! You'll also find out about Lee's remarkable childhood job and also, why Neil is having to apologise to his wife so much. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
It's all about 'proliferation' this week. It's time to transcend our original impulses and move on to a new "age", just like the title suggests. There's also a fair amount of evidence this week that Lee has caught Neil's style of story telling and that could make things very long and drawn out for all of us! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Had any of you decided that the podcast was desperately missing a catchphrase, you needn't worry any more... As long as it wasn't important to you whether or not it should be an original catchphrase! This week, Lee & Neil discuss a series of "Nondual Awareness Meditation Videos" by a chap called Michael Taft. If you'd like to see them for yourself, just tap the link below! https://deconstructingyourself.com/nondual-awareness-meditation-series Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Have you actually tried to be exclusively 'in the now'? It's really hard, and Lee is very keen to point that out to Neil. Once that's done, as the title suggests, they've got some more emails and questions to answer, and who better to answer your philosophical questions than two blokes who just decided to start a podcast six months ago? Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
25. 57 minutes of nothing

25. 57 minutes of nothing

2021-03-0301:10:181

When this podcast began, we all agreed that it was a journey we'd be going on together, so the 25th episode is as good a time as any to have a quick reflection on how the practice itself is going! Lee & Neil will tell all about their meditation is going and before you press play, why not have a quick guess about who takes longer to tell the story? Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Has everybody done their homework? Check back to last week's episode for the recommendation of a film about Ramana Maharshi and prepare for a discussion! Lee & Neil talk about the young man who went up a mountain with very few clothes on and sat for a very long time. You'll also to be treated to a lovely moment of silence, if you feel that you need it and a singalong to finish, whether you like it or not! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Once again, owing to Neil's unique style of delivery, this may have taken slightly longer than it needed to. But nonetheless, here are the 2nd two of the 4 Noble Truths! What you'll need to bear in mind though, is that the 4th Truth is actually a whole collection of its own, so strap in! Also, if you'd like to see the video that Neil talked about (and Lee went to great lengths to spell out), here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVYv9ktilQw Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
22. The Two Noble Truths

22. The Two Noble Truths

2021-02-1051:143

There will be those of you who are confused by the title, because you'll know that there are in fact, FOUR Noble Truths. You also might have guessed, that owing to Neil's unique style, this episode only had room for two of them! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
Whatever you're doing right now, STOP doing it. Neil has been on another retreat! That's right! Even in the face of a national lockdown, he's managed a full weekend of meditation, but don't worry, because it all happened in the box room in his house! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
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Comments (11)

Numkelfutumch Deman

love the banter, the messing about, the stories and jokes, it's good and funny. However, having now listened to the audio book version of the power of now read by Ekhart tolle himself, all I can say is, what a load of bollocks. He even talks about Jesus as if all that nonsense was real. seriously, he's never heard of science?.

Jun 23rd
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Pete Thomas

Weirdly this podcast puts me in a better state of mind whenever I listen to it. So that in itself is a reason for me to continue doing so. But beyond that I AM learning something (so I must be starting from a VERY low base! - sorry, guys, couldn't resist!) and wondering whether I should explore this world more. Highly recommended. And the laugh out loud moments are a bonus!

Jun 21st
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Amna A

I am in stitches. These two are hilarious 🤣🤣. I hope to start meditating soon.

Jun 9th
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Abigail Ford

I also heard about this from Adam Buxton. They have a great rapport, both funny, talented men but I'm disappointed by how little Buddhist content there is. They should categorise it just a chatty podcast rather than a Buddhist one. It is enjoyable but not very informative (I've listened to 3 episodes).

May 2nd
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Liz Cleere

Cried laughing. Heard about "Can't Believe It's Not Buddha" while listening to Lee on Adam Buxton's podcast and immediately downloaded the first 10 episodes. Love Lee, of course, but it's brilliant hearing the banter between two old mates, especially as Neil doesn't let Lee get away with anything or (always) have the last word. I'm learning a little about Buddhism too. Cheers, fellas! 🙏

Apr 16th
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Sandcastle •

These guys should read biology books instead of the whimsical ramblings of a homeless man.

Mar 28th
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Jamie Perry

Might be overdoing it with the adverts

Nov 20th
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Kálmán Hodosi

What really weird is that for me hearing these two's problems with meditation gave me much more than listening to any mindfulness/ Buddha guru. I had more answers to my questions than from any other Buddhist lecture. Still listen to Eckhart or other teachers but this is real life.

Nov 9th
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Blunty2k13

Very amusing. At least I'm present for the duration of the pods. Would recommend to anyone who likes laughing or has dabbled in spirituality. Or both.

Nov 3rd
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Tracey Bartlett

Not quite what I was expecting. But I love the interaction between these guys, good humoured bickering but very funny. When they're crying with laughter, I can't help but giggle out laugh and smile. So, if nothing else, if I haven't learnt anything by the last episode, then at least they have taken me to a happy place whilst I was doing the housework 😂. I'm looking forward to the rest of the episodes 😉

Sep 29th
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Tha Eye

It made my hotel quarantine stay so much longer.

Sep 15th
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