I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha with Lee Mack & Neil Webster

I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha with Lee Mack & Neil Webster

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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. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com

Episodes

This Is Not An Episode

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
05/07/2110m 40s

39. What's a Subreddit?

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
09/06/211h 24m

38. B & Q & A

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
02/06/211h 0m

37. We'll See, Or, You Never Know

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
26/05/2154m 30s

36. Cardboard box dragons... Dragons made out of cardboard boxes

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
19/05/2157m 16s

35. "What's the question?" With Michael Taft

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
12/05/211h 4m

34. Everything's down in The Bay Area

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
05/05/2147m 15s

33. I like we you more than me

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
28/04/2144m 15s

32. Digest the Egg (but I’d give the potatoes a miss)

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
21/04/2153m 0s

31. Join me under the duvet, Nigel

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
14/04/2150m 0s

30. Stressed is the opposite of rest

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
07/04/2153m 20s

29. I’m so sorry, Anna

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
31/03/2153m 50s

28. The Age of Aquarius and s*** like that

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
24/03/211h 6m

27. Non-duality for rat fans

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
17/03/2146m 3s

26. Lee and Neil briefly attempt to be in the now, then give up to impart some half-arsed wisdom

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
10/03/211h 5m

25. 57 minutes of nothing

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
03/03/211h 8m

24. Ramana Maharshi, enough said

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
24/02/211h 5m

23. The Other Two Noble Truths

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
17/02/211h 13m

22. The Two Noble Truths

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
10/02/2150m 20s

21. Neil is definitely dribbling less

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
03/02/211h 5m

20. Brain Trorming: A Q&A Special

It turns out that you've been emailing in your droves about all manner of things, so this week, Lee & Neil dig into the mailbox to see what's on your mind! Most of them are pretty on-topic, but do make sure you stick around until the end for an email that's most definitely NOT what you'll be expecting! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
27/01/2153m 15s

19. Lee is barely aware of "Being Aware of Being Aware"

In this second part of Neil's run down of Rupert Spira's "Being Aware of Being Aware", Lee gets to the very essence.... i.e. he is literally Googling the definition of "awareness". There's a shopping list memory test, dreams and the BIG question about what happens when you die! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
20/01/2156m 55s

18. There's no F in I

It's time for Neil to get one of his little bullet point books out again and this time, even Lee isn't sure which one it is. For the avoidance of doubt, the book Neil is referring to is "Being Aware of Being Aware" by Rupert Spira! Can they make sense of it in a concise manner? Take a wild guess. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
13/01/2150m 45s

17. Clinking glasses with your "Post Office worker"

In the first episode of 2021, Lee & Neil discuss Tina Turner, Xanadu, the must have books & the issue of cutting out booze. By now you'll realise that somehow, all of those things will link back to the subject matter and it'll all make sense (sort of) by the end! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
06/01/2149m 10s

16. Lee Mack's Christmas Presence

As he promised last week, Lee has put a lot (not loads) of work into this weeks episode. He's even providing his own sound effects! You'll get the full version of his Paul McCartney anecdote, in case you didn't hear enough of it last week and there's a fun Buddhist Top 10 to top it all off! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
23/12/2051m 21s

15. Bob the Buddhist, can he fix it?

Lee & Neil have reached a point in their journey where it's time to talk to an expert. Enter: Bob the Buddhist (not his real name, obviously). Neil interviewed him in a typically Neil way, so what do you reckon was the first question he asked? Also, how many of The Beatles can Lee do a passable impression of? Find out here! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
16/12/201h 1m

14. Man seeking non-flammable woman to join him in tipi for romance

Neil's gone and got himself a tipi and he's lighting a fire in it, but ONLY because it's safe to do so! This week, the focus is on Wim Hof and how his method is enhancing Neil's meditative practice. Maybe cold showers aren't for everyone, but like he's done with most other things, Neil has FULLY embraced them and Lee is on hand to ask all the relevant questions! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
09/12/2047m 5s

13. The Retreat 2: Retreat Harder (Pt.2)

It's time to conclude the saga of Neil's latest retreat and we've already heard about his unfortunate medical mystery, so surely nothing else went wrong did it? Of COURSE it did! Find out if he made it to the last day and whether everyone else ended up thinking he was weird because he said something he shouldn't have. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
02/12/2051m 17s

12. The Retreat 2: Retreat Harder (Pt.1)

Neil's been on another retreat! Stop the press! Let the long-form, intricately detailed story-telling begin!! This week, we find out (in the first of two parts) how Neil got on when he arrived at a retreat that would prove to be a test for several reasons! What was it like? Did he let himself down? As well as that, we'll find out how Lee is doing with a bit more time to meditate and what happened when he met Peter Fonda! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
25/11/2049m 8s

11. Be here to polish a mirror now - a Ram Dass special

He's had plenty of mentions in the ten episodes up to now, so it makes sense to spend a bit more time talking about Ram Dass! Find what you've been looking for (even though you don't know what it is) in an episode covering some of Neil's favourite Dass quotes. Like all the other episodes though, there's plenty of time for diversions; like anecdotes involving Tony Blackburn, why you might say something rude to a tree and the fact that "you are not your arms". Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
18/11/201h 4m

10. Lee intervenes in Neil’s attempt at an intervention

After 10 weeks of ups and downs, Neil feels that it's time to talk to Lee about how his meditation has been going, or rather, whether or not it's happening at all! If you've come this far, you've probably got a fair idea of how his 'intervention' will go down with Lee! Find out how he's canvassed opinion and gathered evidence as to whether Lee's mood has changed and also, whether Lee will accept that something ought to be done! Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
11/11/2050m 51s

9. If you like Buddhist podcasts that bang on about Soccer Aid, you’re in for a treat this week

Sometimes a title says it all. In the week leading up to Soccer Aid, Lee caught up with Neil to discuss the egoic mind, polishing the mirror and whether it's possible to meditate in a car at a campsite. Plus, if you meditate on a beach, the sand is going to end up everywhere... So get ready for a troublingly in-depth conversation about that. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
04/11/2043m 54s

8. Neil’s brain is constantly telling him to take his top off

Accept that your mind will wonder. It's not a problem. If it does, just notice that it's happened and return to your breathing. That's all very well, but what if your mind has gone completely off the tracks? What if you're suddenly thinking about Ross Noble? Or Luxembourg? Join Lee & Neil for another exploration of such things and see if you can make sense of it all. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
28/10/2043m 23s

7. 2 "Interesting” Facts, 8 Gates of Zen & 1 Original Face

There's plenty to get into this week. Lee has some "interesting" facts and Neil has had several epiphanies, not to mention that he's gone ahead and developed "The Webster Method" and it's all yours for 50p... Or nothing... Nobody's sure yet. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
21/10/2046m 45s

6. The power of The Power Of Now, now

It's a good job we're thinking about time differently now, because this week, Lee & Neil do away with the concept of chronology completely! In an episode that was recorded goodness knows when, it's time to focus on a book that's been very important to the journey so far. This week, it's all about Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now" Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
14/10/2058m 46s

5. Lee Makes Neil FINALLY Finish The Retreat Story

A warm welcome to those of you who are newly aboard and CONGRATULATIONS to those of you who've waited this long to finally hear the conclusion to the story which has kept us all awake at night! This week, at last, we hear how "The Retreat" story actually came to an end. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
07/10/2045m 13s

4. Neil's Guided Meditation

It's time for Neil to try his hand at leading a guided meditation. How well do you reckon it'll go? There's also an aggressive apology, Neil decides whether Lee is a Zen Master yet, plus, find out why Lee has been kicking the door down at Wetherspoons and asking for a fight (metaphorically of course). Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
30/09/2034m 35s

3. Special Trousers, Secret Mantras & A Tangerine

If you've made it to Episode 3, you'll be VERY keen to hear the conclusion to Neil's story about the retreat. Surely we'll find out the ending this week? Don't bank on it. You'll also hear about Lee's Mantra (but not the secret bit), Neil's online meditation with a bloke called Clive and curiously, a robot lawnmower. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
23/09/2048m 44s

2. Jigsaws, Vajrayana & "The Retreat"

Lee and Neil have decided to embark upon the journey towards enlightenment, but is it all as simple as that? Well, no.... As it turns out, there are many variations of Buddhism to choose from, so that's exactly what they'll need to do. Alongside that, you'll hear all about the retreat that Neil went on, in more detail than you can possibly imagine. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
15/09/2047m 46s

1. What Are We Doing?

Welcome to the beginning of a journey with Lee Mack and Neil Webster, as they explore Buddhism, mindfulness and spirituality. Join them as they find out what it's all about, whether it offers any insight and if it can bring them tranquillity, or frankly anything in their lives. This week, they ask themselves what has brought them to this point and what they are looking to gain from their new lifestyle choices. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee and Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
15/09/2043m 45s

Welcome to "I Can't Believe It's Not Buddha!"

‘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. Join them in the coming weeks as they discuss (and argue over) meditation, mindfulness, spirituality, veganism and more. Make sure you subscribe and leave a review! You can email Lee & Neil here: hello@icantbelieveitsnotbuddha.com
08/09/204m 44s
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