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Meshel Laurie on Buddhism
Comedian, radio host and official Australian ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama – Meshel Laurie is a much-loved, familiar figure in the media, but many people don’t know that she’s also a dedicated Buddhist.
Meditation is something she’s passionate about sharing – and an integral part of her own, otherwise hectic, daily routine (one she describes as her own ‘key to contentment’).
Buddhist philosophy has also helped Meshel through dark periods of her life, including the break-up of her own marriage. Her new book, Buddhism for Break-ups, details the personal growth that occurred during this painful process and takes the form of a handy how-to guide, including plenty of practical advice and its author’s trademark humour.
In conversation with Susan Carland, Meshel talks about her new book and the daily intersection of philosophy, family and career.
Meshel Laurie is a stand-up comedian of some 20 years’ experience, a radio and television broadcaster and writer.
She is currently co-host of Matt & Meshel in the Morning on KIIS 101.1FM, and a regular panelist on TEN’s The Project.
In 2013, Meshel released her first book — a memoir titled The Fence-Painting Fortnight of Destiny — and she continues to blog at MeshelLaurie.com. The site is also dedicated to connecting charitable people with charitable organisations, and fighting racism. She is also a regular contributor to Sunday Life magazine.
Meshel is proudly an official ambassador for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Australia, and for Reconciliation Australia.
Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, and she is the director of the Bachelor of Global Studies, also at Monash University.
Her first book, Fighting Hislam, was published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2017, and her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Age, the Saturday Paper, in academic publications and in numerous anthologies.