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Timber Hawkeye
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23 May 2012
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 short and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to. It is very possible (and perfectly okay) for people who are Catholic, Muslim or Jewish, for example, to still 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." There is absolutely no reason to argue over which religion came "first" or whose philosophy is "better". The important thing is to be kind, understanding, peaceful, patient and compassionate, which is actually fundamental in all religions. Whether it's Mother Teresa's acts of charity, Gandhi's perseverance, or your aunt Betty's calm demeanor, it doesn't matter who inspires you, so long as you're motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. Regardless of religion or 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. Amen! Hallelujah! And all that Jazz! If you agree that Buddhism isn't just about meditating, but also about rolling up your sleeves to actually relieve some of the suffering in the world, then become a fan on Facebook (and a follower on Twitter) to meet other like-minded-folks for beach cleanup events, feeding the homeless, caring for the elderly, community yoga, cooking classes, tutoring, or anything we can each do to help others. You're now a soldier of peace in the army of love; welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!

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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Hawkeye (23 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985836903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985836900
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 521,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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To make a long story short...

I sat there in front of the Tibetan Lama, wearing my maroon robes after years of studying Buddhism and said, "With all due respect, I don't believe the Buddha ever intended for his teachings to get THIS complicated!"

My teacher looked around at all the statues of deities with multiple arms and said, "The Buddha didn't do this!" he chuckled, "The Tibetan culture did; this is their way. Why don't you try Zen? I think you'd like it!"

So I bowed-out of the temple, took off my robes, and moved into a Zen monastery far from home. I was determined to find a simpler depiction of the Buddha's valuable teachings.

My teacher was right; Zen was simpler (the walls were blank and I loved it), but the teachings were still filled with all the dogma that sent me running from religion in the first place.

There are many incredible books out there that cover all aspects of religion, philosophy, psychology, and physics, but I was looking for something less "academic", so to speak. I was looking for something inspirational that people today would not only have the attention span to read all the way through, but actually understand and also implement in their daily lives. I pictured a book called "A guide to being a Buddha" with only two words in it: "Be kind."

Some have even claimed that the short chapters in this little book are "too long". So to all of you who want to stop right here, let me leave you with one important message: Be kind.

As for the rest of you soldiers of peace in the army of love, welcome to Buddhist Boot Camp!

Your brother,

Timber Hawkeye

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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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational Buddhism for Today. 20 Nov 2013
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I have found great meaning in many Buddhist teachings, but sometimes the stumbling block has been the language and metaphors used.

In Buddhist Bootcamp, Timber Hawkeye not only explains everything simply and effectively but speaks in a plain contemporary language. He is easy to understand and his words, instantly connect with. Each subject is succinct and short (no more than 2-3 pages,) making it easy to read small nuggets on the go, for example, without being overloaded.

The author leaves just enough room for contemplation and deliberation of each subject.

The autobiographical stories used to illustrate each subject, will probably ring true with many people because they share many common experiences and help form a mutual understanding.

I would recommend that anyone who has an interest in the Buddhist path purchase this book, it wont disappoint.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading! 6 April 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not one for writing reviews really. This book deserves recognition though. A beautifully simple, beautiful read. Everyone should get a copy, then get another to give to a friend. I will read it many more times. :)

Thank you Timber.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this at once! 7 Dec 2013
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This book has changed my life! Read it infact buy several copies because you'll be giving them to friends and family.. _/|\_ namaste
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! 31 July 2013
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Really easy to read. Author has a great way of getting the messages across. Brilliant book and great intro to Buddhism.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 30 July 2013
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This book is brilliant .I recommend everyone should have a copy . It is a Pick up & put down book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 July 2013
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Really well written. Can dip in and out of it. Amazing little book. Will definitely read again and recommend to others.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way to lead your life. 11 April 2013
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Should be compulsary reading at High School. Easy to read with short sections. Relevant to all religions. Read it and pass to someone else. Spread the word;
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhist Camp 2 Feb 2013
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Excellent reading really worth reading, the book is very enlightening, well written, thank you very much for enlightening me many blessings
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Easy to read chapters and a good read. Recommending to family and friends also good to give as a gift.
Published 16 days ago by sarandeep
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
Amazing book so well written easy to read not a self help book more of a book for deep thinkers
Published 25 days ago by roseanna bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
lovely read, very inspiring! I will be reading this book over and over again to further my interest in your teachings.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I follow Timber Hawkeye on facebook so am familiar with his pearls of wisdom. This book is packed full of them, a must have for the busy mind.
Published 1 month ago by K. Sadler
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Simple and comforting. An aid to comfort one in this difficult world. A book I have picked and read again and again
Published 1 month ago by Marie mc govern
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be required reading for life
A good book for the lunch break; it consists of many tiny bits to read and then think about. Spend a minute reading then go for the lunchtime walk with something good to think... Read more
Published 1 month ago by MorkandMindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhist Book Camp - brilliant book
Clearly and simply written, in short chapters, this book is ideal when you require inspiration or an uplift. Everyone should have a copy!
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Gillian Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening read
I am a practising Buddhist so I already knew this was going to be wonderful. I read a passage every day and find it very calming. Not just for Buddhists though. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, well written chunks
Timber has put together a series of thoughts in easy to digest chunks that anyone can ponder upon and incorporate into their lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David M Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Brilliant, short to the point and beautiful. Loved the quotes at the end of each chapter
Easy to read chapters
Published 2 months ago by george
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