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Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhist Boot Camp

by Timber Hawkeye
Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhist Boot Camp

by Timber Hawkeye


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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 this book 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.”

Whether it’s Mother Teresa’s acts of charity, Gandhi’s perseverance, or your aunt Betty’s calm demeanor, it doesn’t matter who inspires you, so long as you’re motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. Regardless or religion or 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.

If you agree that Buddhism isn’t just about meditating, but also about rolling up your sleeves and relieving some of the suffering in the world, then you are ready to be a soldier of peace in the army of love; welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062267436
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 144,207
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Timber Hawkeye offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire.

Table of Contents

Basic Training: The chapters in this book are short and easy to understand, and can be read in any order.

Introduction xiii


Grasping 3

Training the Mind 5

The Big Picture 7

Life Is a Piece of Cake 9

Less Is More 11

Unlearn 13

Sit Happens 15

We Are the Victims of Our Own Choices 17

Utopia 19

Leave No Trace 21

Love and Relationships

Love Is the Recognition of Beauty 25

What a Healthy Relationship Looks Like 27

My Wedding Day 29

Feelings vs. Emotions 31

Sexual Responsibility 33

How a Short Talk Can Make a Big Difference 35

The Healing Power of Love 37


A Simple Definition of God 41

The Divinity Within 42

The Danger of Scripture 43

Pray, Meditate, or Both? 45

Leading by Example 47

Karma 49

The Message, Not the Messenger 51

Buddhism as a Windshield Wiper 53

Teaching Kids How to Think, Not What to Think 57

Everyone Is Your Teacher 59

A Pseudo-Problem with the Golden Rule 61


The Opposite of What You Know Is Also True 65

Rewriting the Stories We Tell Ourselves 67

One Man's Truth Is Another Man's Blasphemy 71

Repentance 74

Still Learning 76

Middle Ground 79

The Beauty of Gray 81

Live and Let Live 82

Voting 85


True Luxury 89

Careers Are Overrated 91

When to Walk Away 93

Success Means Being Happy 94

Redefining "Enough" 95

A Simple Life 97

Knowing Is Not Even Half the Battle 99

Anger, Insecurities, and Fears

At the Root of Our Suffering 103

The Origin of Anger 105

The Two Wolves 107

Note the Antidote 108

It's Never Too Late 111

Controlling Your Temper 114

Insecurities 115

The Pain Behind Our Fears 117

Living in Gratitude

Grateful for Each Breath 123

Prevention Is the Best Cure 124

Versions of Violence 127

You're in Charge! 128

Why Gratitude Is So Important 129

A Simple Way to Be the Change 131

Thoughts, Words, and Actions 133

Doing the "Right Thing" 135

Activism 137

Permanence 139

The Charter for Compassion 140

Easier Said Than Done 142

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