Published by HarperOne on February 19, 2013
A collection of short journal entries and letters sent to friends over the course of an eight-year journey to mindful living. 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!
I’m back with yet another book review and I might be getting closer to my book goals for the year. I’m also working on my physical TBR list, which is also good news.
I’ve had this book on my TBR list for a long time in both a physical and list form for a long time. Which is unfortunate because when I met Timber Hawkeye in 2016 or so I had intended on reading his book then. I had also heard him speak at a reading of his book before that too. That only brings us here to the review and reading of this book.
This book is a collection of essays that Timber Hawkeye wrote during his time in Hawaii and some of it after. I loved that each essay can stand on its own or together with several others as shown in the book. The book is broken down into chapters dealing with life and giving the reader practical advice based on the writer’s experience.
I would recommend this book for someone looking for a quick easy to read book that might be interested in Buddhism or are trying to supplement their faith a bit more.
Let me know if you have read this book or have read something similar. How are your reading goals going this year since we are now about halfway through? Are you going to make it? Did you set a reading goal for the year? I’d love to know all your thoughts. I hope to see you again soon.