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Kdo z nás je úplně spokojený s životem, který žijeme? Všichni známe pocit, kdy toužíme po něčem, co nemáme. Najít spokojenost a rovnováhu uprostřed civilizačního chaosu, práce a vztahů vám pomůže tento sympatický průvodce světem buddhismu, určený i pro čtenáře, kteří buddhisti nejsou, ale chtějí se něco o buddhismu dozvědět. S nadhledem a humorem napsaná knížka inspiruje a ...more
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Published January 10th 2012 by Shambhala (first published January 1st 2012)
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Nov 12, 2015 Charity rated it it was amazing
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I read a fantastic book and I want to share it with you. I was wandering around Barnes and Noble (I know, big surprise, right?) when I ventured into the "Eastern Spirituality" section to look at books on Buddhism when I encountered this title for the upteenth time. This time I decided I had better buy it and see what it was all about. After all, the title is enough to grab you all on its own and the author's introduction to the contents only reinforced it.

It begins by saying this isn't your gra
John Pappas
Feb 22, 2012 John Pappas rated it did not like it
There are far better "forced spirituality" books out there. Yeah, I get it - this is Buddhism for a new generation of alcoholics and womanizers chomping at the bit to fill the void after Chogyam Trungpa's reign but, seriously, it falls so short. If you want a taste of this sort of modern Buddhism then read anything from Brad Warner or Noah Levine and have fun with it. Both are good authors have led interesting lives, written memoirs and did a good job of applying Dharma principles to modern life ...more
Bodhidasa Caldwell
Mar 18, 2012 Bodhidasa Caldwell rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhist
There are few engaging, relevant and 'hip' books on Buddhism. This is one of them. I've been buying copies and handing them out like free shampoo samples to all my under 35 year old friends (not that they need to wash their hair, mind you). These friends who enjoy games, furtive (or not so furtive) love-making and the odd drink, just don't connect with 'Definitional Dharma' as I call it - lots of Pali, sanskrit and commentary with a fair slew of lists of how to be 'good', whatever that is.

Travelling Sunny
Mar 10, 2014 Travelling Sunny rated it did not like it
I judged this book by its cover... and I judged wrongly.

Look at that cover. See how cleverly Buddha is hiding on the liquor shelves? Doesn't that seem like it will be a whimsical little book? Like E.T. hiding in the stuffed animals whimsical? I whipped out my phone, snapped a pic of the cover of this book and its counter-part Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again, and sent the picture to my husband as a Christmas present recommendation
Alain Burrese
Apr 14, 2013 Alain Burrese rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed “The Buddha Walks Into A Bar... A Guide To Life For A New Generation” by Lodro Rinzler. I came across the book at the perfect time. I'd gotten away from meditation and spiritual pursuits due to the complexities of life that we all face. Ironically, it is just those complexities and the hustle and bustle of our fast paced society that makes meditating all that more important.

Rinzler, who is a meditation practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, has written an en
Wendy Yu
Sep 06, 2013 Wendy Yu rated it liked it
It does not bode well for my entrance into Buddhism that towards the end I could not really keep track of the lessons from a book with this title. Maybe I need to step down and get a "Dummies" book.

1. Qualities of the Tiger
Discernment (not looking away from your ATM balance)

2. Qualities of the Snow Lion
The snow lion does not get hooked by being dragged down by her emotions, remaining vibrant, energetic and youthful. She uses compassion, virtue and the 6 paramitas as tools:
Kayla Grzech
Jun 19, 2012 Kayla Grzech rated it it was amazing
While it can get redundant, I still feel that this book was a wonderful guide and a great introduction to Buddhism. He covers his bases here and keeps a good balance between giving some anecdotal, "modern," examples as details and yet keeping the themes open, flexible, and accommodating. I appreciated the easy way he laid out the thought process in exploring the ideas and concepts. One other review commented that the book talks a lot about being "good," but never quite gets at what that means. I ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Angelique rated it really liked it
A really great read that brings the principals of Buddhism into your everyday life - your REAL life. Rinzler talks about how, by examining motives behind actions, you can live more mindfully without necessarily having to give up some of the vices we all enjoy. Using the four dignities, he shows how we can embody their characteristics to help us achieve a happier and more fulfilling life. I great read for anyone, not just those in their 20's (I'm 41 and I liked it!)
Dec 30, 2015 Kristin rated it did not like it
This book is trying too hard to appeal to young people. It seems like the author is trying desperately to be cool which often feels condescending and out of touch.

At one point early on the author refers to a former relationship as a "hot chick on [his] arm". I found it hard to take anything he said after that very seriously.

I hope Rinzler will choose to mediate on the path of Right Speech before his next lecture on compassion.
D.S. West
Aug 06, 2012 D.S. West rated it liked it
A fast and largely superficial read, but my first brush with Shambhala Buddhism (how many are there now?!). This isn't my first Buddhist reading, and at times I grew frustrated with Rinzler's fast pace and elementary approach to the material. On the other hand, I'm still a n00b. Overall, this text was helpful and, my pretensions aside, precisely the right kind of text with which one such as myself can sharpen his or her teeth on before tackling more in-depth readings on a body of religious/philo ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Deb rated it it was amazing
**Buddhism for the rest of us**

If you’re curious and intrigued by the concepts of Buddhism and how they can work in “everyday” life, this may just be the book for you. Think of it as a “Buddhism-for–the-rest-of-us” guide to life.

The book is highly readable and applicable. The author does an impressive job presenting the essence of Buddhism in a down-to-earth and easy-to-try-for-yourself way. His realism and humor shed light on the journey to enlightenment:
“We have a long path ahead of us, and as
Dec 06, 2012 Renae rated it liked it
The Buddha Walks into a Bar... presents Tibetan Buddhism at its optimistic best--a life of practice, moderation and basic goodness. It shares the approach of Stephen Batchelor (Buddhism Without Beliefs), checking dogma at the door and remaining nearly silent on the concepts of karma and reincarnation. This is Buddhism for western skeptics and religious castaways, but the overall feel is that West must come to East, from a generous helping of Sanskrit terminology to the anthropomorphic silliness ...more
Sam Klemens
Sep 01, 2014 Sam Klemens rated it liked it
I thought this book was interesting and it was a nice introduction to Buddhism. Honestly though I had a hard time getting through it because I already knew so much of the information. Not through Buddhism but through living a good life and reading by the barge-load. It turned into something like this: wow another philosophy I've held for two years is actually a Buddhist philosophy. And so on to the point that I started to skim sections.

For a person brand new to good life philosophies this would
Dec 26, 2012 Ange rated it really liked it
This book was initially described to me as a book for anyone who has ever said to him or herself: "I agree with a lot of Buddhists but I am not one myself. Or perhaps I might be?" In a modern voice with ancient wisdom, the truths are explained in simple, hip terms for young adult seekers. Additionally, meditation topics and anchoring/grounding techniques are introduced. One can move at one's own pace through the material and take as much time and reflection as one would like. Additionally, I can ...more
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: audible-deals
Clearly I am not the target audience for this book. Even so, it didn't help that the narrator (also the author) was not very good (poor annunciation, sounds like a kid). The narrative was all over the place and hard to follow. Luckily I was able to get a refund on my $2. Thanks Audible! I'm sure there are better books on Buddhism. Life's too short...
Sara Gray
Mar 23, 2012 Sara Gray rated it it was ok
I read this in anticipation of attending a workshop taught by the author. While there are plenty of good ideas and wisdom in this book--it's hard not to agree with most aspects of the dharma, at least for me--it was presented in a way that wasn't for me. This book is definitely geared more towards a younger person who is new to Buddhism and Shambhala. I'm no expert, but I've read enough that this book was pretty redundant, and he had few new insights or information to add to an already huge gamu ...more
Jan 21, 2016 James rated it did not like it
Meh. This one didn't have anything particularly novel. The watered down buddhism for westerners approach is filled with platitudes and canned techniques. The whole thing felt like an infomercial.
Saruh Victoria
Jan 20, 2015 Saruh Victoria rated it it was amazing
This is the most meaningful book I have ever read. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lordo Rinzler.
Jan 30, 2016 Nathaniel rated it it was ok
Moralistic therapeutic deism is an insipid, watered down version of Judeao-Christian religious traditions in which nothing much is expected of anyone (just a kind of vague, "try not to hurt people if you can avoid it)"), but lots is expected by everyone (the purpose of life is to be happy and if you're not then something has gone horribly wrong) wherein God is basically a disposable life coach.

Rinzler's version of Buddhism seems to be a spiritual path for folks who think even MTD sounds a little
Ray Campbell
Jan 06, 2016 Ray Campbell rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
This was an enjoyable introduction to Buddhism in the tradition of the Tao of Pooh. OK, the Tao of Pooh has the tone of a teacher speaking to a small child, but in so far as it's light... At one point the author uses the Honey Badger Don't Care video of YouTube fame to illustrate a Buddhist concept. Rinzler is obviously a young person writing for young people. He even explains how drinking until getting sick is justified as Buddhist practice. The tone is light and easy to understand.

Despite the
Rafael Rosa
Jan 08, 2016 Rafael Rosa rated it really liked it
## TL;DR
Simple, direct, practical explanation of Shambhala Buddhism, no supernatural stuff, with emphasis on meditation without being boring. Recommended for those looking for nice quick intro to buddhism.

## Review
I'm not a spiritual person, on the contrary, but one of the few "religions" I ever felt attracted to is buddhism, especially because of it's emphasis on practical philosophy of life, at least as far as I can tell. I good this book by chance on an Audible daily sale, it's short enough t
Feb 24, 2016 Luciana rated it really liked it
Este livro me foi indicado por uma dona de uma livraria pequena, ela é uma daquelas pessoas que amam ler e recomendar opções diferentes para cada cliente. Quando vi o título não me interessei muito, achei que seria um daqueles livros de auto-ajuda com uma pincelada sobre o budismo, parecido com artigos do

Bom, eu estava enganada.

O livro é escrito por Lodro Rinzler, estudioso da meditação e guia de Shambhala. Ele tem um estilo bem leve para explorar os conceitos dessa linha filosófi
Oct 12, 2015 Joey rated it really liked it
The book was written on the premise that you do not need to shave your head or go live in monastery to become a monk or nun to lead a buddhist life. Buddhist principle can be applied in every day life situation.

What separate this book from others is the book introduces 4 dignities tiger, snow lion, garuda and dragon. Their characteristics and virtues are depicted. The author explains what we can learn from them, and how to apply the lessons into our daily life such as 9-to-5 job, money and rela
Mar 22, 2016 Cristhian rated it really liked it
Hay varias cosas que daba por entendido del budismo, algunas otras que creía conocer y muchas más que desconocía por completo.

Este no es el libro de acercamiento al budismo que usualmente existe, si no una mirada más abierta y actual, que abarca desde los one-night stands hasta el uso del smartphone.


Con todo y que concuerdo con muchos puntos de vista e ideas/ideales del Samsara y demás, no hay forma alguna de que en algún punto me considere adepto a esta forma de vida/religión (ni a ninguna
Jul 01, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it
This is a very down-to-earth guide to how Buddhism can relate to today's life. The author is a meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition - a tradition that he says is not religious, but rather a secular tradition. He uses the traits of the "Four dignities": the tiger, the snow leopard, the garuda and the dragon and shows how they can apply to situations at work, at home, in our relationship to money, to dating/romance, etc.

Essentially, he advocates that all of us have innate goodne
Dannielle Shaw
Aug 05, 2015 Dannielle Shaw rated it liked it
Under normal circumstances, a book whose main sell was a "modern" take on the dharma wouldn't be that appealing to me. I am newly exploring Buddhism, but I know myself, and tend to be a bit of a purist about these matters. This book was recommended to me by a friend though, so I gave it a try. I liked the author's explanation of the teachings. I found the exploration of the qualities of the Snow Lion, Garuda, and Dragon to be full of interesting insight and expressed in thoroughly accessible lan ...more
May 18, 2012 Deanna rated it it was amazing
Aspire to be like the Tiger, Snow Lion, Garuda, Dragon and ...Honey Badger? Yep. Extremely readable, excellent introduction to Vajrayana Buddhism for the neophyte under 35.
Feb 28, 2014 Madison rated it it was amazing
"Discomfort and uncertainty are not new. They have been coming up for every creature since the dawn of time. One of the most common ideas about our universe's birth is the Big Bang theory. This is not a 'things started off going as planned and only got more comfortable with time' type of theory. It is the idea that a big explosion took place, and out of that explosion the universe burst into existence. From that time, you can say that big and small explosions have taken place constantly, especia ...more
Nick Bailey
Aug 06, 2014 Nick Bailey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: buddhism
EASILY my favorite book currently. I've recommended this book to more people than I can remember. I tend to think of it as a beginner's guide to mindfulness, compassion, self love and Buddhism as well. Obviously the author is Buddhist, but you don't have to be to appreciate the content. Anything who is looking to better themselves and get a better sense of self-peace would appreciate this text. It's written in a way that's easy to understand for our generation, as opposed to text from older monk ...more
Waco Glennon
Jan 20, 2016 Waco Glennon rated it liked it
I like this book quite a bit. I found it practical and enjoyable. I learned some new concepts about Buddhism that I had not known. A good deal of this book was related to Shambhala Buddhism and the Four Dignities. The Dignities are symbolized by a tiger, a lion, a garuda, and a dragon. Rinzler does a neat job of explaining these and the different ways they can highlight a superior life. I will say this, the book is packed with ideas despite its slim size. With books of this type, it is often nec ...more
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Lodro is a practitioner and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. He began meditating as a child and sat retreats as a teenager, even going as far as attending a silent month-long retreat during which he shaved his head and took monastic robes and vows.

When he left for college he received two heirlooms from his parents. From his father, a mala which he had used to recite mantras. From his mot
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