Buddhist Boot Camp
ISBN 10: 0062267434
ISBN 13: 978-0062267436
Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this small book can be read in any order, and are simple and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote, and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. You don't need to be a Buddhist to find the Buddha's teachings motivational. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."
So whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance, or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor, as long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday, it doesn't matter who inspires you. Regardless of religion, geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility, or vulnerability, if you do good you feel good, and if you do bad you feel bad.
Buddhism isn't just about meditating. It's about rolling up your sleeves to relieve some of the suffering in the world. If you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love, welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!
Buddhist Boot Camp transforms you into a better, kinder you! --Compass Books
Timber's intention to heal comes through on every page of Buddhist Boot Camp --Samadhi Yoga
From the Author
Buddhist Boot Camp is a simple collection of my one-page journal entries and personal letters to friends over the course of a few years.
Almost ten years ago, when I left the corporate world and moved to Hawaii, I started emailing my friends and family every a month to let them know what's going on in my life. About eight years later, my friend Kim suggested that I share those emails on a blog (simply because she found the letters inspirational, and she figured that other people would benefit from reading them as well), and that's how Buddhist Boot Camp was born!
As it turns out, Kim was right! Many people found the simple message in those emails refreshing, inspirational, and (even more importantly), motivational.
I say that motivation is more important because inspiration without action is just entertainment, and my invitation in the book is to go beyond thinking that something is a "good idea" to actually implementing it into our daily lives. It's not about Buddhism (so if you're looking for a scholarly study of its philosophy, this isn't the book for you). The invitation is to be Buddha-like or Christ-like, not to be labeled as "Buddhist" or "Christian".
Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to, reinforcing what we intuitively already know but have somehow forgotten. Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span.
Thank you for being a soldier of peace in the army of love,