It's Funny Because It's True: Buddhist Realism and the Dark Comedy of Louis CK

Presented with Brooklyn Boulders


Gautama Buddha is believed to have promulgated four basic truths about the nature of the human condition. In the first of these (the noble truth of “suffering”) he claims that stress, anxiety, and dissatisfaction are endemic to life. This supposition is not exclusive to Buddhism. Any good stand-up comedian knows this already because making jokes about it usually gets big laughs, or as they say—“kills.” Like the Buddha, the comic can be a powerful medium for communicating the more disquieting and shunned truths in life.

In this session we will examine the dark comedy of contemporary artists like Louis C.K. in terms of the Buddhist four noble truths: 1) the truth of suffering, 2) the truth of the cause of suffering, 3) the truth of the cessation of suffering, and 4) the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering. 




Location: Brooklyn Boulders

575 Degraw St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Boulders is a first of its kind rock climbing facility and dynamic creative community. They are an eclectic mix of lifestyles, born and bred from the unique and multifaceted forces of New York City. With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface managed by a dedicated and skilled route-setting staff, Brooklyn Boulders is the ideal training ground for beginners and advanced climbers, diversified with classes in yoga, acroyoga and capoeira.

Brooklyn is where it all began in 2009, when they opened their doors in the old Daily News Garage. It’s more than just a city; it’s a state of mind. It’s about the creative clash of cultures that creates a diverse community, filled with passion and drive to make things happen.


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