How Would Buddha Act?: 801 Right-Action Teachings for Living with Awareness and Intention

How Would Buddha Act?: 801 Right-Action Teachings for Living with Awareness and Intention

by Barbara Ann Kipfer


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626253124
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 01/02/2016
Series: The New Harbinger Following Buddha Series
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,237,364
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD, is a lexicographer and Buddhist scholar with an MA and PhD in Buddhist Studies, an MPhil and PhD in Linguistics, and a PhD in Archaeology. She has authored more than sixty books, including the best-selling 14,000 Things to Be Happy About, as well as The Wish List, Instant Karma, 8,789 Words of Wisdom, Self-Meditation, and What Would Buddha Say? Visit her online at

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Teachings 7

Essays 167

Anger 168

Attention 169

Aversion 170

Awareness 172

Balance 173

Change and Impermanence 175

Cleaning 176

Compassion 177

Control 178

Deeds 180

Delusion and Ignorance 182

Desire and Attachment 183

Distraction 185

Doing One Thing at a Time 186

Doing Some Good 187

Eating and Drinking 188

Envy and Jealousy 190

Ethics and Morality 192

Feelings 193

Generosity 194

Goal Setting 195

Greed 197

Harmful Speech 198

Harming or Killing 199

Intention 200

Karma 201

Kindness 202

Likes and Dislikes 204

Listening 206

Love 207

Mindfulness 209

Moderation and Abstention 211

Nonviolence 212

Openness and Belonging 213

Patience and Waiting 215

Perception and Judgment 217

Present Moment 218

Recycling and Going Green 219

Relationships 221

Responding Rather than Reacting 223

Responsibility 225

Routine 226

Sexual Misconduct 228

Shopping 229

Skillful Action 231

Taking Intoxicating Substances 233

Taking What Is Not Given 235

Thoughts 237

Words 238

Meditations 239

Meditation for Awareness of Time 240

Meditation for Balance 241

Meditation on Body Awareness 242

Meditation for Compassion 243

Meditation for Emptying the Mind 244

Meditation on Enough 245

Meditation for Feeling Overwhelmed 246

Meditation for Getting Unstuck 247

Meditation on a Goal 248

Meditation in the Morning 249

Meditation on Movement 250

Meditation to Relax 251

Meditation for Sleep 252

Meditation for Traveling 253


Kipfer resides in Old Saybrook, CT.

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How Would Buddha Act?: 801 Right-Action Teachings for Living with Awareness and Intention 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ANorton More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of How Would Buddha Act? from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Although I am Christian, other religions and beliefs have always been a huge interest to me. I love learning about them and understanding them. Over the years, I've found that when you start to learn about a religion, whether it is your own or a different one, it is critically important to choose the right book, website or mentor. The wrong one can not only lead to confusion but a lot of anger and aggression. I don't know a lot about Buddhism. I know some basic things, but I am just beginning to learn. How Would Buddha Act? was the perfect book for someone like me. I wasn't overwhelmed, and I feel like I got a really great grasp on Buddhist Teachings. This book was like a door opening for me into the world of Buddhism, and I am ready to learn more. Speaking of Teachings, I loved that section of this book. The introduction explained things to me, and then as I read through the Teachings, I felt as though I was gaining quite an understanding of what Buddha would do in this or that situation. The Teachings in this book pertain to life today and they were very, very easy to read. I feel very confident in saying that Ms. Kipfer knows her readers. I really enjoyed the Essays too. They expanded on the Teachings and gave more detail and explanations. The Essays touch on things that every single person struggles with or has wondered about. At the end are the Meditations, and they are set to specific things in life. I have read books that have a way to meditate or a generic meditation, but How Would Buddha Act? gives specific meditations for specific needs. That really stood out to me. I really enjoyed this one. It was easy to read, fun and a great learning experience. Ms. Kipfer's writing style makes me want to read more of her work. This book doesn't have to be read by just Buddhists - I really think anyone, from any religion, belief, walk of life or situation can read How Would Buddha Act? and get something out of it. I will be referring back to this one in the future.
Montzalee Wittmann More than 1 year ago
How Would Buddha Act has lots of short, one or two sentence teachings on how to live a balanced life. It discusses mindfulness, compassion, priorities, wisdom, practicing awareness, interconnectedness, controlling behavior, living generously, and so much more. I read this in one sitting but will probably go back and read one or two daily for motivation/encouragement/meditations. There are also a variety of one page essays on thought provoking subjects. A very soothing book.