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 audiobook can be listened 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!
©2013 Timber Hawkeye (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
kindness, humility, sincerity
"Admire the teaching, not the teacher." Still, much gratitude, Mr. Hawkeye, "The Sharer"
This seemed to be someone reading a PowerPoint of all the cliches they've ever heard. There was no meat to the discussion. Very superficial.
By far the best.
The story about cooking eggs for the kids
Not complicated or overly wordy. Simple, PRACTICAL, precise, logical... Very well done.
A must for everyone, Buddhist or not.
Say something about yourself!
This was a good introduction to basic principles and theories of Buddhism life. It wasn't as much about Buddhism as it was about a framework to apply to your daily life. I found that there were inspirational sections in the book, and I also learned that I agree with much of these philosophies. I wish more people would ascribe to the principle of not having to agree with the viewpoint of others on various things (such as religion and politics), but you do have to respect them. As the author points out, who knows who is right?
Very good book. Lessons of gratitude are practical and liberating. Timber Hawkye reminds readers that we have so much to be thankful for so easy to get caught up in the fast pace, media driven, power hungry world that we live in that we forget about what is truly important.
I shouldn't comment on "Buddhist Boot Camp" because this is my first real introduction on this religion. I have no real desire of knowing more because I know who I am and know where I stand in the unknown. Timber Hawkeye's rendition on Buddhism is a pamphlet that you handout to future prospectors to the faith.
All of the rewards and none of the consequences.
What made me giggle is when he answer some of the questions that were posted on Buddhist Boot Camp Facebook page. If I wanted to know more about Buddhism, I would get something else that didn't include a greeting card. I just needed a lot more substance.
Love to read memoirs and tales of life's many journeys. Words have the power to transform our lives!
This was not my favorite book of all time but good for beginners. First step book in mindfulness and meditation. Learn Buddhist basics!
Maybe. It would need to be a little deeper.
His insight gave me another way of looking at myself and situations. Not life altering but enlightening.
"the book that saved me from myself"
I love the style of Timber's writing. There's no religious dogma in this book, it's just a practical, down to earth, realistic suggestion of a peaceful and positive way of modern life. I listen to it regularly for motivation, centering and inspiration. I came across Timber Hawkeye somehow at a time in my life when I was lost. A time when I was giving my all to someone, found myself left out in the cold and wondering what was wrong with me or how I would ever get over it. Life seemed to be spiralling. Buddhist Boot Camp showed me a different way of looking at the world, a way that would remove fear, blame, guilt and negativity. Suddenly I understood and accepted and the dark cloud of anxiety lifted.
Everyone needs a Timber Hawkeye in their life. No preaching, no "conversion", no religion, no need to run off and wear robes and live in a cave! But a beautiful, inspiring way to find peace among the mad stresses of modern life. I'd wholeheartedly recommend this book to everyone.
"Great Guidance For Everyone"
Gold Standard Advice
It is a little unique but f you like Wayne Dyer or similar authors, this will appeal to you
Timber Hawkeye is clearly a genuine guy with a lovely honest and balanced approach to his subject. He is accepting of everyone and their own beliefs whilst being sharing and open about his own.
Buddhist or not, anyone would benefit from listening to this.
"A must have purchase:)"
A wonderful audio version of this life changing book which I cannot recommend highly enough. I am positive that if you purchase this audio you will not be disappointed.
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