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Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You're Hungover Again

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From the author of the best-selling Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., tips for living with integrity, compassion, and happinessfrom his popular Huffington Post advice column.

Since the summer of 2010, young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler has been writing a popular advice column for the Huffington Post and the Interdependence Project called "What Would Sid Do?" ("Sid" being Lo
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Published October 15th 2013 by Shambhala
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Oh, man oh man, oh yay! Listen. I have tried to read books by the Dalai Lama, et. al., but I just couldn't get through them. Not because I didn't appreciate the message - I appreciated AND agreed with most of it. But I think the problem is applying ideas to every day life, and "Walk Like a Buddha" totally bridges the gaps between philosophy, spirituality, and modernity. At the same time, Rinzler refuses to be instructional, repeating constantly that he does not have all the answers, and the key ...more
Briana Ford
May 03, 2014 Briana Ford rated it really liked it
This is a good book for 20 and 30 something's who feel like there's gotta be more to life. For entry level, part time, or non-Buddhists alike, Lodro explains different situations and scenarios in life, love, and work in a "what would Buddha do" format. All in all, we're all inherently good and peace is only a meditation away.
Tanya McGinnity
Jun 04, 2013 Tanya McGinnity rated it it was amazing
Lodro Rinzler’s first book ‘The Buddha Walks Into a Bar: A Guide to Life for a New Generation’ received some sweet praise on this old blog last year so I was pleasantly pleased to bury my little nose into his latest book ‘Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again’

The basis of the book comes from Lodro’s advice column ‘What would Sid Do?’ which addresses the trials and tribulations of Generation Y and offers workable solutions for practicing
Jan 05, 2014 R rated it it was ok
Shelves: wisdom
"It was OK" is about all I can give it. I felt like the book kind of tried to be an advice column book and kind of tried to be integrated philosophy and did "meh" at both. Rather than having a coherent whole picture treatment of how to deal with difficulties, then getting into details, the author went right to details. I didn't realize that this was the author's second book, and perhaps I should have read that first to get what I was looking for. However, I just felt like the book's format didn' ...more
Jim Lavis
Mar 12, 2016 Jim Lavis rated it really liked it
I like this guy:

I was first introduced to this author, Lodro Rinzler, by his book, “The Buddha Walks into a Bar,” and I really enjoyed his lightheartedness and since of humor. I didn’t spend anytime really looking into his background, but through his writing, I assumed he was a northeasterner by birth, who had an old soul, and I connected with him.

When Amazon suggested his book, “Walk Like a Buddha,” I didn’t hesitate for a moment. I purchased a used copy, as I often do, and once again, this gu
Aug 31, 2013 Dana rated it it was amazing
In short, I really loved this book. I went into the book being very skeptical. I have read a LOT of "hip" self-help, advice and Buddhism books lately so I was worried that this was going to adopt annoying slang like the others (I'm looking at you, Kris Carr and Danielle LaPorte), but it didn't. It stayed very traditional Buddhist. This is basically a wonderful primer for someone who is just getting into their meditation practice, but it's also wonderful for someone who has been doing this for ye ...more
Bob Mcdonald
Sep 30, 2013 Bob Mcdonald rated it really liked it
I have loved Lodro's view of the buddhists way of life since his first book "Buddha walks into a bar" this one answers some tricky questions that might come along the journey... and has been quite helpful as a map for that journey.
Oct 19, 2013 Tara rated it it was ok
I really was expecting more out of this book. I thought I'd get some smiles at least. But it's all just straight advice column type answers with globs of philosophy thrown in. There were a few bits of interesting philosophy, but it really didn't help me with my sucky boss. Too bad.
André Bueno
Jan 23, 2016 André Bueno rated it really liked it
Engaging though felt like it was a lot of similar content compared to all of his other books.
Jan 12, 2014 Leeah rated it it was amazing
Awesome! I'm just getting into a Buddhism mindset and starting to play with the idea of meditation and this is such a great beginner book! Love it - I'll for sure pick up his other books
Anna Silalahi
Dec 31, 2016 Anna Silalahi rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book after reading an article on HuffPost.

I tend not to prefer reading a religious book, the article shown none of the like. But actually this is religious book, and surprisingly I am very Okay with it. In fact I am quite inspired.

I've been to number of guided meditation session, on and offline. Just now I realize, from this book, what is the reason behind watching your breath, the importance of being present.

I love the broad reference he has in dealing with the questions
Tyson Heck
Mar 09, 2017 Tyson Heck rated it it was amazing
Defying tradition reading, this book is best accomplished non-chronologically. There is a lot of beauty in the straight-forward, no-nonsense writing, and so some of it may not apply to you. When it comes to my small experience with Dharma books, it seems as if understanding a cover-to-cover read is about as attainable as attaching a chair to a kite and hoping it'll fly.

There was nothing overly complex about this book. Sometimes, I think, if your lifestyle is buddhist in nature, or as a friend c
Oct 24, 2014 Mugen rated it it was ok
IMO this book isn't about surviving with your shitty boss, or overcoming some anger issues or your ex wife. It's the author telling us about buddhism. I'm giving it a bad rating because the title was completely misleading for me. I checked the first couple of pages on Amazon and developed quite different expectations from it. To me it felt more like a zen, idealistic kind of thinking.

Sorry but I don't agree that it's possible to do any activity 100%. If you're eating you're 100% eating, doing so
Audrey Coleman
Feb 22, 2014 Audrey Coleman rated it it was amazing
An interesting look at the application of Buddhism. I'm used to a lot of Buddhist books, dense in theory, but little in the way of application of the concepts. It was a very welcome breath of fresh air.
The question/answer format works well. In the first chapter "Wake up like a Buddha," there are basic questions about Buddhism (like "why meditate?" and "how do I slow down in a fast-paced world?").In the next chapter, "Play Like a Buddha," there are questions about drinking, how to deal with drug
Jun 25, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
I didn’t know ANYTHING about Buddhism before picking this book up. At times this read was intimidating. Not everything in this book partially apply to me. But overall, I did enjoy this read. The book starts out strong with “Waking Up Like a Buddha.” This first section emphasized the things I was mostly interested in, mediative practices and advice regarding everyday distractions that can take away from those practices. I skimmed through the parts featuring questions about Buddhistic views on a p ...more
Matt Fitz
Jan 22, 2016 Matt Fitz rated it really liked it
Buddhism at an accessible level and relevant to the millennial generation. The author is an adherent to the Shambhala lineage of Buddhism related to Tibetan Buddhism. The book is a collection of Rinzler's advice column on Huffington Post and other writings and set up in a Q/A format making the book easy to read in small parcels and relating to specific areas of life (e.g., relationships, work, personal vices, etc). Those looking for a quick fix (when the boss sucks or relationship goes sideways) ...more
Dec 05, 2015 Bronwyn rated it liked it
I read this because I wanted to learn about how to meditate to alleviate anxiety, but it turned out to be Buddhism 101. He did talk about shambhala meditation (sitting in silence and focusing on breathing), but there wasn't a heavy amount of meditation-related guidance that I had hoped for. I did just see that he has a "Sit Like a Buddha" book, which may be more up my alley w/r/t that.

It is a decent introduction to the concepts Buddhism that is down-to-earth and not filled with religious essenti
Govinda Parasrampuria
Jul 22, 2015 Govinda Parasrampuria rated it it was amazing
Some of my friends practice Buddhism, and I wanted to get a peek into what it was all about. I have to say I was very impressed with what I read in this book.
The book basically answers questions asked by people regarding their dilemmas in day-to-day life and how Buddha, if he were alive today, would deal with them. What Would Buddha Do?
The book really makes a lot of sense and offers a philosophy to live your life to the fullest and be happy.
The shambhala meditation technique, which has been high
Kristine Morris
Jan 29, 2015 Kristine Morris rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and the number of stickies I used to flag things that resonated with me proves it. I read through some of the reviews on Goodreads. If you do not have a mindfulness or meditation practice, then I don't think you'd get much out of this book, especially if you were looking for specific help on how to deal with a boss that bullies you are you have a drinking problem. But it you are starting out down the path of meditation and mindfulness, then this book gives you a realis ...more
Michelle Only Wants to Read
The book has practical advice for those of us who want to apply a Buddhist approach in our lives but are confronted with the many challenges of modern life. Not everyone is meant to pursue a monastic lifestyle! I loved his kind approach on the subjects discussed in the book and his constant reminder that it's in our hands to stay present and to be kind through life. Some chapters didn't apply to me, but I still found the information useful. I was lucky enough to take the 6-week online "Walk Like ...more
Jun 21, 2014 David rated it liked it
Advice on applying Buddhist principles to daily life --- work hassles, food choices, relationship ups and downs, etc. etc. Comes across as a funny, down-to-earth, wise guy.

Might have enjoyed it more in bite-sized column format than reading straight through. The individual responses often struck me as compassionate and useful, but it does get repetitive. Lots of things turn out not to have a definite yes/no answer but instead depend on your intention; you should apply a deliberate, mindful, appro
Lisa Pool
Jan 29, 2014 Lisa Pool rated it really liked it
I have been interested in Buddhism for some time but most books on the subject are boring and not relevant. This book on the other hand is written for contemporary Buddhists who are looking for a guide to living in 2014. It is a quick fun read and basically the lesson is do no harm to others or yourself. An example would be the ban on intoxicants - which is difficult for a young American to follow - so, instead of NO intoxicants, it's be responsible with the intoxicants (don't do anything that i ...more
Jessica Jude
Aug 06, 2014 Jessica Jude rated it really liked it
Wasn't a huge fan of the Q&A format - it makes the whole thing seem less like a book and more like a Buddhist FAQ - but it was effective in getting the point across while covering a lot of every day issues. Definitely written with a younger generation in mind, but even so, Rinzler seems entirely genuine and gentle and always approaches the questions with that in mind. I liked his first book better, but he still makes Buddhism feel accessible and easy to practice, instead of bogging you down ...more
May 27, 2015 Shannon rated it liked it
Shelves: okay
I enjoyed this, though it's not as practical as the cover and description would have you believe. The Buddhist tenets are clearly explained and used as flexibly as possible to keep people from feeling bad about what they're doing or thinking they can't approach Buddhism because their behaviors somehow prevent it. That said, it is pretty esoteric. It lacks the wit and "I tried that, but..." wisdom of Rachel Neumann's book. Rinzler is a top-notch Buddhist, but his advice comes from a lifetime of f ...more
Simone Pedroso
Apr 16, 2014 Simone Pedroso rated it really liked it
I enjoyed most of the book, even though I am a bit ahead of some of the big questions asked/answered (like your first interview, drugs, abusive relationships and so on). The most value this book brought to me was the realisation of the deepest objective (or non-objective) during meditation, and the practice of kindness. The author is extremely kind and with that you learn how to be kind to yourself. I even got motivated to start some Buddhism reads!
May 17, 2016 Tiffany rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Not sure what to say about this. The core concepts of the book were good, and I got a good amount of knowledge out of his perspective. But, it got a bit repetitive and pedantic at the end. And, even if you say that your proposed solution to something is not naive, that doesn't automatically make it not naive.
Ken Yliniemi
Jan 19, 2016 Ken Yliniemi rated it really liked it
An Extremely helpful book for anyone who is going thru pain an difficulty in life. Keeping an open mind is key to this book. Even though I am not Buddhist It is easy to glean some of the geat principles from this book to make your life better for yourself and for others. A great quick read, that I will keep to read over and over again for its help.
Dec 13, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I read this book after hearing the author on a Buddhist podcast that I listen to called Buddhist geeks. This is a very basic question and answer book that explains Buddhist principles. It's a fast and easy read and I really enjoyed. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about Buddhism and how to apply it to modern life.
Oct 26, 2013 Sam rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddhism
The Buddha walks into a bar, with its firm footing in applying Buddhist tenets to the challenges of contemporary American culture, was so helpful to me. While many themes and questions repeat here, Rinzler gives us more--more stories,more sutras, more practices to awaken our bodhicitta. My bat signal is flashing a giant L, Lodro. Well done.
May 25, 2014 Brenna rated it really liked it
I know this sounds weird; but this book is almost like The Teachings of Buddhism Lite. It can be hard to discern text written hundreds of years ago, but this book gets to the heart of Buddhism. Lordo does a great job of helping people relate real life situations and be honest with how they live their lives.
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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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“The Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche once pointed out, “If you put one hundred percent of your heart into facing yourself, then you connect with this unconditional goodness. Whereas, if you only put fifty percent into the situation, you are trying to bargain with the situation, and nothing very much will happen.” 2 likes
“I have found that this is pretty radical notion for anyone who was raised with a strong Christian background. Within that religious tradition there is an emphasis on original sin, which dictates that we area bacically not good at all but must work for our salvation. Within the Buddhist tradition we are saying the opposite: actually you are basically good. You are basically wise. You are basically kind. You just need to discover that truth and develop confidence in it.” 0 likes
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