What is beat?

I plan on watching the PBS program on the Bhudda this evening, despite the predictable appearance of Richard Gere... This combines many disparate threads in my life, going back to high school English (where large doses of Hermann Hesse were assigned, including Siddartha), the influence of the beats, travels to Nepal, etc.

I know it's all very mainstream and clich├ęd but at least I don't live in some gross McMansion in some anonymous suburb, defining my paltry existence through the debt-financed acquisition of things (things = useless crap made in China, mostly).

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