• Buddha in the Classroom

  • Zen Wisdom to Inspire Teachers
  • By: Donna Quesada
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Donna Quesada had been teaching for about a dozen years when the first signs of burnout hit her. Rather than give into her frustration, she reached for Buddha’s teachings - the Zen wisdom that formed the basis of her own longtime spiritual practice. She survived the semester and gradually rediscovered the joy of teaching that had been progressively declining. In this wonderful book, she shares the lessons she learned - lessons that reveal time and again: No matter the situation, resolution begins in our own hearts and minds. Some days, some semesters, and even some years will be more challenging and more wearisome than others, she warns. But in Buddha in the Classroom, Quesada offers a lasting source of encouragement and inspiration. Although the book draws from Eastern teachings, the wisdom is for everyone, regardless of personal background, creed, or faith.

With elements of The Last Lecture as well as Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul, this is the perfect gift for teachers - but also for anyone needing inspiration.

©2011 Donna Quesada (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Centered in Teaching

A 5th year classroom teacher, this book was tge perfect self-check for all my restless angst!

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Mostly relevant for College Professors

I expected this to be more applicable to my work as an elementary school teacher, but that’s my fault for not reading the fine print. I found it ironic that she misused the phrase “throw down the gauntlet” in a chapter complaining about her student’s poor grammar and writing. Overall though I enjoyed listening, even though it is not directly applicable to my work.

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  • Alicia
  • 01-26-22

Not very Buddhist

Ironically, although Donna Quesada gives a lot of good advice, it doesn’t seem she listens to it herself. It’s great to have a level of relatability but at times I did feel sorry for her students. Worth a read for any teachers but don’t expect too much. Reading general Buddhism and Taoism and then applying it to your life is much more effective than what this book tried to achieve.

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  • Sharon
  • 12-12-21

Useful

I am not a teacher, nor a Buddhist, but I found this book useful. It's full of actionable advice about how to be more present and get through burnout, with clear examples of the author's own classroom. The Buddhist principles are explained in a way that is easy to understand and connect with.