Review: Buddhist Boot Camp

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!

– Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye

My thoughts

This is a non religious but somewhat spiritual motivation book.
The major theme of the collection of journal entries and letters is gratitude.
Secondary to that is practice, practice, practice. You cannot speak about or think about being kind and patient and compassionate. You need to practice being kind and patient and compassionate.

I found it helpful and motivating to have something positive and uplifting to read every night before bed. The stories and teachings were short and easy to comprehend; all written from personal experiences and encounters.
I loved the inspirational quotes at the end of each entry.

“The intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire.”

In conclusion

It was not the same as reading a fiction novel and definitively different to the thriller fiction I normally read, but it welcome change. There is so much to be grateful for and I personally need to remember that.

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