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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 fin ...more
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Published February 19th 2013 by HarperOne (first published May 23rd 2012)
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    Nathaniel Hathaway
    I bought this as an audible book. Something I think everyone should truly listen to. It's something that I wish I had heard about 20 years ago. It's almost like having a conversation with a new friend that's already made all the mistakes you have and gives gentle advice.
    Erin
    After posting on FB the other day that I had some soul-searching to do, a friend offered to mail me a copy of this book. I received it Monday and read 1/2 of it then and finished up the last few pages today.

    First off, I will admit I did not have much knowledge about Buddhism prior to reading this book. And I should add I am definitely not a religious person to say the least. I have my own personal beliefs but religion as a whole turns me off.

    This book resonated so much with me. And yes it's tr
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    Edward
    This book reminds me of Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom.

    This is a nice and somewhat innocent book. Being in the second half of my life, I find the author young.

    The other thing I find with this book is that it doesn't address deep pains such as war, poverty, trauma, rape,genocide, loss, betrayal, etc.

    The book would have been great for me to read when I was a teen. Overall, I hope he continues to write as he ages. Younger people can definitely benefit.



    Emmy
    First things first, I'm not religious and he's very clear that you can be totally free from religion or practice any faith and get something out of this book. He's right about that. The things he says fit into anyone's life and go against no religious belief that I'm aware of. I think they would only enhance anything you currently practice. This is a very quick read, but its a book I can see myself reading multiple times. There's nothing new or revolutionary here, but it is raw and honest and it ...more
    Chuck
    A quick read. Very basic, but OK for those who are new to Buddhism. The author does not appear to have a lot of experience with Buddhism. Some of the ideas Buddhist thought he presents is incorrect. However, this is a book I could recommend to someone who could benefit from adding some simplicity and less ego to their life.
    Jamie
    I will read this book multiple times. Good stuff!
    Lisa Baggerman
    I really loved this book, and I'm certain this will be one I will return to. It is a seriously quick read, and unlike a lot of self-help/religious books, not so heavy or dogmatic that it is hard to digest (or stomach, for that matter). Little elements of this book keep coming back to me, which is a great sign. I love following Timber on Facebook, too!
    Deborah
    I bought this book, I read it, and then I bought more copies to give to my friends. It's a great little book that you can dip in and out of and refer to when you need a little clarity in your life. Every page is a separate read. If everyone lived with these principles, the world would be a wonderful place. I highly recommend it.
    Geoff
    Demystifies Buddhism for the average Joe............a great introduction to ways of making changes in your life without the worry of having to become a Buddhist
    Kenny
    This is a very insightful book on how simple it is to lead a simple, grateful, life.
    Craig Fiebig
    Our son expressed interest in buddhism so I grabbed this in the SF airport the other day to simply learn more than I knew. This was easy because I basically know nothing about buddhism. Hawkeye's book was a fun and intriguing introduction. I'm glad Tommy pointed me in this direction and look forward to reading more in my next dip in these waters.
    Kaleb Phillips
    This is one of those books that will actually help you. It does not give you a secret code to unlock the mysteries of the universe, nor does it tell you how to win a million dollars. This book helps you change your perspective about the things happening in your life, and how to see a silver lining, and teach you the one true way to a happy life: Be kind.
    Marlies
    Quick read. Ended up making notes within the book. This is nothing new but simply reminders of how we should act on a daily basis. I've re-read it an additional 2 times.
    Stef
    Quick and easy read to remind us of what's important in our lives!
    Diane Burgbacher
    Clear and concise and really hits the point home.
    Sarah
    A simply beautiful must read!
    Adam Watson
    There were moments and messages in Hawkeye's book that, while not necessarily groundbreaking or new, are worth repeating. One of his messages is to increase gratitude for life; by "feeding" gratitude more than anger or fear, those other negative emotions will atrophy. This is definitely one I need to work on.

    The anecdotes about Hawkeye's personal life is scattered throughout, and this creates a fascinating, sometimes jarring experience with his Zen teachings. I almost wish he wrote a straight-ou
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    Michele Harrod
    Oh this wonderful, wonderful little book. I almost don't want to say that it has been 'read' and file it away - as it's one that should be checked in with, often. Like a good trainer, Timber Hawkeye knows that we need encouragement and motivation to stay on track. This is 'fitness' for the soul. If I could I would buy a copy for every child in the world, to help spread these teachings - of the very fundamental principles of love and respect.

    And then I would secure a copy for every adult, everyw
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    Jennifer
    A good lay-summary of Buddhist philosophy(ies).
    Shohaz
    I have never read a book about Buddhism and I did not know anything about Buddhism.But when I read Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye
    Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye ("Bhttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1... ).I come to know about Buddhism and how it is important to our life.Today i know that what is Buddhism and is all about training the mind,and boot is an ideal training method for generation short attention span.
    This is all don by the book Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye .The bo
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    audrey
    A short, easy to read book full of quotes and the author’s personal anecdotes that encourage mindfulness, gratitude, patience, and compassion.

    Buddhist Bootcamp is a catchy title that has website branding and an online community behind it’s origin. The idea being that a person should practice what they learn. I felt the title misrepresented the book in many ways. The book is simple and concise showcasing the author’s personal moments of enlightenment through brief thoughtful stories. The author
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    Tim Williams
    I noted another reviewer's comment that the author is "young." I got the same feeling.

    While I agree with the premise that you can take any ideological view of the world and add zen, and just plain be better off, there is an un-addressed issue with the life style choice of the author - What if we ALL chose to live like him? Where would the infrastructure be then that enables him to make the choice he does? I'm not ripping on him, but when he mentions the old woman recovering from a stroke in the
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    Linda Kissam
    As the author explains, this is not a book about Buddhism. What it is, is a collection of inspirational thoughts and directives to help the reader go within and around themselves to awaken, enrich and inspire. You do not need to be Buddhist – or even thinking about becoming a Buddhist-- to enjoy or benefit from this book.

    The author has a diverse background. On page 140 he explains, “I am a lot of things, yet not one of them defines me. Although I am technically Jewish, my mantra is Hindu, was or
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    Beverly Johnson
    Aug 31, 2014 Beverly Johnson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: For those who reads…inspirations, self-help and encouragement
    A non-religious inspirational guide book that encourages and inspires.

    Timber Hawkeye writes an inspirational and encouraging book for all people based on topics that he was taught from the “Buddhism” and “Zen” religions. Timber says that he writes this book to awaken, enlighten, enrich and inspire others. Despite the fact that the title is called “Buddhist Boot Camp”; the book is not about the Buddhist religion or trying to persuade anyone to become Buddhist. The book, however, does touch upon
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    Jen
    This book is a collection of some very insightful commentary about our inner lives, society, our interactions with each other, materialism, etc. I especially enjoyed the quotes at the end of each chapter and the easily digestible format. I found the sections on "Success" and "Living in Gratitude" to be especially poignant and helpful. Many chapters prompted me to stop and reflect on what I had just read and how it applies to my own life.

    However, there is a major problem with this book...hypocris
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    Rick Gardner
    A "boot camp" - such as military or fitness boot camp - is usually a short but intensive period of indoctrination into a system or process. "Buddhist Boot Camp" does not fit that description.

    For the seasoned Buddhist, with years of meditative experience and familiarity with the teachings of the Buddha, this probably is NOT the book for you. For the person with little (read: no) familiarity with Buddhism, or someone who isn't interested in learning any of the deeper tenets of Buddhism, this book
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    Kelli
    I could easily fill this review with quotes from the book, but who really wants that? Instead I will say that this book felt very authentic to me. The author states his intentions right in the beginning: to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire. This book is packed with stories, anecdotes, and wisdom that can only make the world a better place. It presents a different perspective on many things and it seems to be kind advice that would be acceptable in any religion. The author never comes acros ...more
    Adrian Gaucher
    This book is written so beautifully I wish there were more like it. Offering the opportunity to read it in small byte sized pieces in any order you want. Using short stories to explain the philosophy without claiming any rights to rules or commandments. It is truly written by a buddha who understands the philosophy.
    Alain Burrese
    “Buddhist Boot Camp” by Timber Hawkeye is a simple book of a mere 73 pages, and half of those pages contain nothing other than a quote. After the brief introduction, there are 35 “lessons” or short essays of usually just a single page. But don't let this fool you, within these short passages are some very deep thoughts and engaging ideas that make one think for much longer than it took to read the book.

    I really enjoyed reading this book. It contains quotes and passages that made me think about t
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    Nancy
    Well okay, yes, he hit the high points of Buddhism philosophy but I beg to differ that the Buddha must have meant it to be easier than current Buddhist teachers make it. I was reminded of the Bob Newhart skit, where he plays a psychologist and a woman is telling him her problems and his advice is "Stop doing that." Yes, same principle applies here. Yes, we should not put our own concepts onto situations and yes we should be in the moment and yes we should deal with things as they are and yada, y ...more
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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; thi
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