Buddhist Boot Camp
|Narrated By:||Timber Hawkeye|
|Date:||18 February 2013|
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 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!
Drawing from his studies and experience through a Kagyu lineage, as well as his stay in Shunryu Suzuki's Sōtō Zen Monastery (Tassajara Zen Mountain Center) in California and Aitken Roshi's lay-practitioners' temple in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii), his writing, interviews and public talks offer a secular and non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us.
Hawkeye does not consider himself a teacher or master of anything or anyone, but rather a translator of ancient wisdom into a language that people today can go beyond understanding to actually implementing into their daily lives. His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire readers to contemplate how they contribute to their own suffering, so that they can create healthier behavior patterns of inner peace despite external conflict, and looking at life through the lens of gratitude and abundance, not lack. "By no longer identifying as victims of our past," Timber says, "we are empowered to change our future."