‘For as long as I can remember, I’ve been focused on accumulation. I’ve been accumulating money, objects, jobs, respect, friends, invitations and ticks on the list in my mind called “Things I Should Have Done by This Stage of My Life”.... I feel like I’ve done everything I was supposed to do, but while I have lots of stuff, I have no time, energy or peace ... This isn’t the way it was supposed to be.
Meshel Laurie is all too aware that she’s probably a very bad Buddhist, but every day she puts her energy into improving. She works in television and radio, creates podcasts, writes columns and books, and parents twins – so she also knows a thing or two about the mad juggle of modern life.
In Bad Buddhist, Meshel explores everything from the meaning of friendship to the travails of online dating, from mammograms to mid-life crises. With candid humour, she reveals her horror of family holidays after becoming stranded in Bali and reflects on what it was like to meet his one and only Holiness, the Dalai Lama. This is Meshel at her funniest and most relatable.