Buddhist Boot Camp

Buddhist Boot Camp

by Timber Hawkeye


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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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062267436
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 154,226
Product dimensions: 5.78(w) x 7.52(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Timber Hawkeye offers a non-sectarian approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. His intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire.

Table of Contents

Basic Training: The chapters in this book are short and easy to understand, and can be read in any order.

Introduction xiii


Grasping 3

Training the Mind 5

The Big Picture 7

Life Is a Piece of Cake 9

Less Is More 11

Unlearn 13

Sit Happens 15

We Are the Victims of Our Own Choices 17

Utopia 19

Leave No Trace 21

Love and Relationships

Love Is the Recognition of Beauty 25

What a Healthy Relationship Looks Like 27

My Wedding Day 29

Feelings vs. Emotions 31

Sexual Responsibility 33

How a Short Talk Can Make a Big Difference 35

The Healing Power of Love 37


A Simple Definition of God 41

The Divinity Within 42

The Danger of Scripture 43

Pray, Meditate, or Both? 45

Leading by Example 47

Karma 49

The Message, Not the Messenger 51

Buddhism as a Windshield Wiper 53

Teaching Kids How to Think, Not What to Think 57

Everyone Is Your Teacher 59

A Pseudo-Problem with the Golden Rule 61


The Opposite of What You Know Is Also True 65

Rewriting the Stories We Tell Ourselves 67

One Man's Truth Is Another Man's Blasphemy 71

Repentance 74

Still Learning 76

Middle Ground 79

The Beauty of Gray 81

Live and Let Live 82

Voting 85


True Luxury 89

Careers Are Overrated 91

When to Walk Away 93

Success Means Being Happy 94

Redefining "Enough" 95

A Simple Life 97

Knowing Is Not Even Half the Battle 99

Anger, Insecurities, and Fears

At the Root of Our Suffering 103

The Origin of Anger 105

The Two Wolves 107

Note the Antidote 108

It's Never Too Late 111

Controlling Your Temper 114

Insecurities 115

The Pain Behind Our Fears 117

Living in Gratitude

Grateful for Each Breath 123

Prevention Is the Best Cure 124

Versions of Violence 127

You're in Charge! 128

Why Gratitude Is So Important 129

A Simple Way to Be the Change 131

Thoughts, Words, and Actions 133

Doing the "Right Thing" 135

Activism 137

Permanence 139

The Charter for Compassion 140

Easier Said Than Done 142

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been following Buddhist Boot Camp on Facebook for almost a year now and was so thrilled to find out that the best posts were made into a book. I also got the paperback to share with my book-reading club and at first they thought it's too thin, but once I read a chapter out loud to them they realized how much can be said in very few words. This book is a perfect of example of quality vs. quantity; it cuts right though the fluff to the core of teachings... no muss, no fuss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is simply put, life changing.  What is written makes total sense and it works. The real world illustrations and  gives readers the tools needed to rethink the life they are living.  I highly recommend it.  I found myself agreeing again and again with the assertions in this book.  Life is going by way to fast and complicated, causing many unnecessary stress and illness.  This book will give you the tools to restore your faith in yourself and mankind.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book addresses the main issue people cite for refusing to make a change in their life - "it's too complicated, hard, impossible, etc". Many books are written about the Buddhist phylosophy, principals, Buddha himself, but few books offer a way to break through into our daily routine and show us that Buddhist principals are not only for the monks in a silent monastery, but for the housewife, the worker bee, for the unemployed and for the overworked, the ME in all of us, not out there, but within. Simple, readily available, easily understood and immediately applicable, the short chapters drip the lessons right where they are needed, and you walk aways with the information as if it was always there in your mind (which you realize, it was).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book if you are trying to be a better, happier, more peaceful person. It's one of those, "Oh Yeah" or "Why didn't I think of that" book. Very easy, short read. I read the whole thing and now pick chapters I need need to focus on, depending on the day!! You will not regret it!!!
GraceVA More than 1 year ago
The words are simple, but the message is profound. I read it daily (along with following Buddhist Boot Camp on facebook). I don't know whether or not my actions have changed, but I do believe my awareness has increased. I am inspired by his message to be a better citizen of the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Need more books like this one. More peace,calm and tranquility are needed in this world. This book is a great tool to get us started toward that goal.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book isnt about what you should do in your life its about becoming a better version of yourself no matter what religion you are. Its also easy to read and straight to the point. I highly recommend this book for anyone and everyone. PEACE & LOVE ALWAYS
RWMurker More than 1 year ago
The ideas in this book are concentrated, so well so that the reader need not be. Bite-sized reminders, simply stated... Applause, Mr. Hawkeye.
NY88SN More than 1 year ago
Simple, common sense, is to follow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is straight the point. I love the short chapters. Makes it easy to study.
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Loved every single word written in this book.
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Climbs tree softly simging 'gas pedal'
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Walks out of the bathroom with huge, diluted pupils that stare in independent directions. Falls over and mutters something unintelligible. Pulls himself up, and attempts to turn on his Sony Walkman to make his high more real with some vaporwave.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth the time and money.
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Buddhist Boot Camp has become my faithful companion. It has given me the tools to begin life changing transformations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'Whats up?' I asked the guy sitting under the tree. He nodded and i sat down next to him.
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