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Buddhism & Taoism

Buddhist Boot Camp: The 20 hour work week (Timber Hawkeye)

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Have you ever considered quitting your 9-5 job and working a 20 hour work week?  What about having more flexibility to pursue your passions outside of work?  How can you make it happen?  What kind of lifestyle changes can you expect? Join CJ as she interviews Timber Hawkeye, author of  international best-selling book” Buddhist Boot Camp” who has offers advice about quitting the rat race.

 

Show Summary

Writing by our Guest

We are the victims of our own choices: Sample Chapter from the Book “Buddhist Boot Camp”.

Where we are today is a direct result of decisions we’ve made as far back as ten years or lifetimes ago, and as recently as last night.We have a tremendous personal responsibility for the way our life has turned out, and an equally important role of steering it into the future. Although we constantly make decisions, we’re not always mindful of their far-reaching consequences.The first step is to have a very clear idea of the kind of life you want to live (perhaps a simple life, uncomplicated, comfortable, calm and happy). Then, before making any decision, ask yourself, “Will this get me closer to the kind of life I want to live, or farther from it?” The key, again, is to think of the far-reaching consequences of your decisions, not just instant gratification.Here’s the catch: The path of LEAST resistance will often take you farther from your destination than the seemingly more difficult one, but an easy trek in the wrong direction is ultimately far more exhausting and devastating than an uphill climb toward euphoria.Every decision you make is important. If you smoke now, for example, you might not be able to donate a lung to your own child in the future. And if you have more money than you need while someone else doesn’t have enough to buy food, you’re not changing the state of the world, you’re contributing to it.Instead of looking to blame others for your dilemmas, look within. Any circumstance (no matter how devastating it may seem), is not only caused by a past event, but is actually a blessing if we gain wisdom from it. History doesn’t have to repeat itself if we can learn from our mistakes the first time around.
Treat every living being with kindness, including yourself, and the world will immediately be a better place.

About Our Guest

Timber Hawkeye
, author of Buddhist Boot Camp, 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. 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 chuckled, “The Buddha didn’t do this! 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. Zen was simpler; that much was true (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 simple guide to being happy, and in it just two words: “Be Grateful.” Gratitude has a way of turning what we have into enough, and that is the basic idea behind my story. I was writing letters to my friends over the years to let them know what’s going on with me, and one friend suggested I post the letters on a blog. The blog became a book in which each chapter is only a page-long (just like the emails), conveying everything I have learned over the years, but doing so in a way that is easy to understand (without anyone needing to know anything about Buddhism ahead of time). In-fact, the book isn’t about being a Buddhist at all; it’s about being the best version of us there is! Welcoming soldiers of peace in the army of love… Your brother, Timber H.

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