If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path

If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path

by Charlotte Kasl


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Zen and the art of getting unstuck . . .

Perennial favorites, Charlotte Kasl’s If the Buddha DatedIf the Buddha Married and If the Buddha Had Kids have inspired readers with their empowering balance of spiritual and psychological wisdom. This wise yet lighthearted book extends on Dr. Kasl's trademark insight to speak to anyone who's ever experienced being stuck in life. With her signature clarity, wisdom, and wit, she presents seven simple yet profound steps on the path to change: Notice Where You're Stuck; Show Up; Pay Attention; Live in Reality; Connect with Others, Connect with Life; Move from Thought to Action; and Let Go.

Full of insight from Buddhist and other teachings that emphasize the joy that comes with letting go of fears and attachments, If the Buddha Got Stuck is an inspirational and practical roadmap to a happier, more peaceful, and more fulfilling life.

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ISBN-13: 9780142196281
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2005
Series: Compass Series
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 436,851
Product dimensions: 5.07(w) x 7.08(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D., a practicing therapist and nationally recognized workshop leader for more than 20 years, has had lifelong connections to feminism, Buddhism, Quaker practice, and Reiki healing. The author of several books including Finding Joy, she lives in Lolo, Montana.

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"If the Buddha Got Stuck provides a roadmap to freedom and greater possibilities.... Encouraging, practical, beautifully written." —-Laura Davis, author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again

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If the Buddha Got Stuck: A Handbook for Change on a Spiritual Path 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
manadabomb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't call myself stuck in a rut but I would describe my life as a bit chaotic. I have been thinking "is there more to this life deal that I should be doing?" even while moving forward towards some goals. I just didn't want to take the chaos with me.This book is excellent! The reader is walked through how to recognize that they are stuck and then through the steps to get unstuck. I really appreciated the information and have been trying to put a lot of it into practice. Baby steps.One piece of advice Kasl gives is to just show up to your life. To be aware of what is going on around you and to be aware and in tune with yourself. This is a surprisingly difficult task to accomplish. Even just sitting and chatting with friends, I know that my mind wanders to other things often. I'm making an effort now to be completely present. World of difference.The reader is advised to live in reality, no more making up stories or not telling the truth. We're shown exercises to practice to connect with ourselves and with life.Lastly, we're advised on how to get ourselves into action and just let go. Letting go is probably the scariest part, just like stepping off a cliff. Whatever the outcome of whatever our plans, we're advised to just accept them, even if things didn't go our way. But you have to move in order to change. You may lose something in the process of action - quitting a job you hate may lose you status and money - but you move forward into a life that you want to live in.This book was very inspirational and while I have some ways to go in practicing what it preaches, I'm on the path and moving forward.
Seekerpilgrim More than 1 year ago
Buddhism, especially Zen, can put most people off, with all the talk of non-being and such conundrums as the sound of one hand clapping, so what is needed is a simple explanation of how Buddhism isn't a religion but more of a philosophy. Charlotte Kasl does does just that, with only the occasional step into subject matter that I found a bit too nebulous. "If The Buddha Got Stuck" is the perfect book for those who feel like they can see a path, but can't quite walk it, or those who have lost their direction, realizing they aren't quite were they want to be in life or feeling miserable because they ARE where they wanted to be in life and discover it's not what they really need. Broken up into bite sized chapters with the occasional suggestion on certain meditations and exercises, Charlotte uses plenty of modern examples, usually through experiences with her therapy patients, to show that Buddhism is actually quite simple, and it's simplicity it what can help cut through the noise of the world and out mind to help bring us back to basics. There are times when I feel she drifts into processes and metaphors that are a little too New Agey, but for the most part she is very grounded in the here and now...which is precisely what Buddhism is all about.
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This is a simple yet dynamic book to help you get unstuck in your life. I definitely recommend.
YogibearDD More than 1 year ago
Start anywhere just start. An excellent air brush of clarity for the struggle :whatever struggle you think you may be in. It is calming, gracious and directive. NOT a sissy handbook, but a wakeup maual to validate, experience, and go back to again and again. I was surprised there were no reviews, but then again, this is a hard one to attach words to....
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