“Answering hopelessness with a defiant smile and raised middle finger”
The Drunken Taoist
A Podcast by Daniele Bolelli

Welcome to my website! You can check out my biography page to learn a little more about me as well as my media page to read some interviews, and watch some podcasts I have done. I have also added some videos from my Drunken Taoist Martial Arts training series. The suggested reading page contains some of my favorite books, and I will be posting new content to the news page.

Also, please help support The Drunken Taoist Podcast by purchasing one of our t-shirts. We still have a few left.

On Sep. 10, 2015, I released the first episode of my new historical podcast History on Fire.

You can take a look at my published books below.


Not Afraid: On Fear, Heartbreak, Raising a Baby Girl, and Cage Fighting

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Release Date Dec. 1, 2015

“This book is a meditation on facing fear, heartbreak, and mortality. It is the story of a man who in rapid succession has his wife die in his arms, loses his house and his job, and is left to care for his 19-month old daughter. Oddly enough, the best tools for coping with all of this were those he learned in more than two decades of martial arts practice. Not Afraid tackles this extremely heavy subject matter in a light-hearted style and with an attitude that acknowledges pain and suffering but denies them dominion over one’s life.

In his own irreverent and inimitable style, Daniele Bolleli tells the story of his courtship and marriage, which would have been a sweet story had not all hell broken loose. Or as he puts it, ‘Hell was a ninja who entered my house without being seen. It all began in such an unremarkable way that it barely registered as anything meaningful. Little did I know that the experiences of the next five months would rip me apart and kill me. They would re-forge me into a different man. On that day, I became an unwilling traveler on a journey through the heart of fear. Every step along the way has forced me to face my fears time and time again.’

In autobiographical fashion, Not Afraid recounts how martial arts practice and personally relating to fear-inducing experiences can affect and shape one’s personality. The result is a page-turning book about beauty as well as tragedy, hope as well as despair.”Published by Disinformation, Release Date Dec. 1, 2015

Create Your Own Religion: A How To Book Without Instructions

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“Create Your Own Religion is a call to arms–an open invitation to question all the values, beliefs, and worldviews that humanity has so far held as sacred in order to find the answers we need to the very practical problems facing us.

Writer, philosopher, and professor of comparative religion, Daniele Bolelli, leads the reader through three thousand years of mythology, misogyny, misinformation, and the flat-out lies about “revealed truth” that continue to muddle our ability to live a peaceful life, free of guilt and shame and the ultimate fear of death.

“Our worldviews are in desperate need of some housecleaning,” says Bolelli. “We enter the 21st century still carrying on our backs the prejudices and ways of thinking of countless past generations. What worked for them may or may not still be of use, so it is our job to make sure to save the tools that can help us and let go of the dead weight.”Published by Disinformation, April, 2013

50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion

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“Adding to its popular “50 Things You’re Not Supposed To Know” series, disinformation has teamed with Daniele Bolelli  author, philosopher, professor of comparative religion and renowned martial arts practitioner  to tackle an ever more serious and important topic: our popular misconceptions about religion. Capturing just the right balance of in-depth knowledge, respect, humor and irreverence, Bolelli takes an ecumenical approach to the task, revealing surprising, shocking, and little known facts about the ‘Big Three’ religions but also many more, including Zen Buddhism, Shamanism, Confucianism, Zoroastrianism and, of course, that increasingly popular so-called non-religion, Atheism.” Published by Disinformation, December, 2011

Read Daniele Bolelli’s article about the writing of 50 Things You’re Not Supposed to Know: Religion

On the Warrior’s Path: Philosophy, Fighting, and Martial Arts Mythology

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“On the Warrior’s Path connects the martial arts with this larger perspective, merging subtle philosophies with no-holds-barred competition, Nietzsche with Bruce Lee, radical Taoism and Buddhism with the Star Wars Trilogy, traditional martial arts with basketball and American Indian culture. At the center of all these phenomena is the warrior. Though this archetype seems to manifest contradictory values, author Daniele Bolelli describes the heart of this tension: how the training of martial technique leads to a renunciation of violence, and how overcoming fear leads to a unique freedom. Aimed at students at any level or tradition of martial arts but also accessible to the armchair warrior, On the Warrior’s Path brings fresh insights to why martial arts remains an enduring and widespread art and discipline. Two new chapters in this second edition focus on spirituality in the martial arts and the author’s personal journey in the field.” Published by Blue Snake Books, July 2008