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Think Like a Monk: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  36,932 ratings  ·  3,029 reviews
Jay Shetty, social media superstar and host of the #1 podcast On Purpose, distills the timeless wisdom he learned as a monk into practical steps anyone can take every day to live a less anxious, more meaningful life.

When you think like a monk, you’ll understand:
- How to overcome negativity
- How to stop overthinking
- Why comparison kills love
- How to use your fear
- Why you
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published September 8th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Jan 21, 2021 rated it liked it
Summary (Regular Review)
This book delineates the experiences that Jay Shetty learned in his three years of monk life in India. He tries to convey the wisdom gathered through the ancient scriptures and monks in a palatable practical manner.

What I learned from this book
1) The monk mindset and the monkey mindset
Mr. Shetty says that in order to train your mind to find peace, calm and purpose you have to have the monk mindset. He also depicts the differences between the monk mindset and
Sep 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I feel this man is a biggest fraud internet has seen.
Catherine (alternativelytitledbooks)
*Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster, and Jay Shetty for an ARC of this book! Now available as of 9.8.20!*

Jay Shetty has found great exposure through the YouTube community and came highly recommended to me from professionals in the healthcare industry, so I was intrigued to pick this book up and learn more about Shetty's philosophies. Think Like A Monk explores some of the basic principles of his faith through examinations of negative thoughts and their impact on everyday life, the ego an
Nov 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
What a phoney dude and what a phoney book. A friend gifted this to me, despite knowing how not fond of self-help books I am.

I couldn't finish this book so maybe I am not qualified to write a review, but whatever. His introduction starts with a quote that he cannot even place right. Funny, because he loves plagiarising and not attributing.

Shetty starts the book with saying how he fell in love with the story of a monk and his riches-to-rags story. Right then I thought "what a bullshitter". Don't
https://youtu.be/ze-93apelno Think Like a Monk
I just finished this book, and I have mixed feelings about it.

after reading many nonfiction books, I realized most books talk about the same stuff. ( sadly that is true with this book)

This book is basically summarizing jay's all youtube/Facebook videos.

Its an average read.

This book is divided into 3 parts basically,
1. Let go
2. Grow
3. Give

Then all parts are divided into further subchapters. Talking about fear, pain, ego, purpose, etc. all those emotio
Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Oct 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
How would you respond at your Ashram when your guru tells you to write about an undeserved experience? I know when the author, Shetty, asked that question my mind immediately jumped to 20 items all of them for me were along the lines of how the universe had shed its unearned favors through time and chance upon me such as meeting my wife 40 years ago and having her fall in love with me, or how my parents were better than the parents on “Leave it to Beaver”, or being granted the unearned favor of ...more
Evie Braithwaite
“Before judging others, pause for a moment and ask: am I finding fault in order to distract myself or others from my own insecurities? Am I projecting my own weakness onto them? And even if I’m doing neither of those things, am I any better than the person I’m criticizing?
I can’t say what the answers to the first two questions will be in every case, but the answer to the third question is always no.”

This is one of the most enlightening and empowering books I have ever read. One read isn’t enough
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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"Monkey mind: Overwhelmed by multiple branches.
Monk mind: Focused on the root of the issue.

Monkey mind: Overthinks and procrastinates.
Monk mind: Analyzes and articulates.

Monkey mind: Distracted by small things.
Monk mind: Disciplined.

Monkey mind: Multitasking.
Monk mind: Single-tasking.

Monkey mind: Looks for pleasure.
Monk mind: Looks for meaning."

Jay Shetty reveals what he learned as a young man during three years living as a Hindu monk in India. He brought home the fruits of his daily meditati
May 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
My mind is like my internet browser…19 tabs open, 3 of them are frozen and I have no idea where the music is coming from. (A seen on Pinterest)

Is it any wonder why I seek out books about serenity? Even if I can’t reach it, I’d like to carve out a meandering path to it. And when Jay Shetty leads the way, I take note. I love his easy-going style and his ability to distill spiritual concepts into ideas we can incorporate into our daily lives without having to don a saffron robe.

Is there much new h
Lily Yunoc
Sep 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
After the Nicole Arbour exposure, I just can't with Jay Shetty. There are many other books in this genre that do a better job from people who actually walk the walk. ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Wow! A new instafav!!!

Passion + Skill = Talent (Varna)
Skill + Usefullness = Occupation
Usefullness + Compassion = Servise (Seva)
Compassion + Passion = Charity
Varna + Seva + Occupation + Charity = (?) Passion + Expertise + Usefulness = Dharma
Now that's some formulaic Buddhism!


In 1902, the sociologist Charles Horton Cooley wrote: “I am not what I think I am, and I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am. (
Mar 22, 2021 rated it liked it
“Becoming a monk is a mindset that anyone can adopt.”

Why would anyone want to do that? To find a peaceful mind “and build lives that brim with purpose and meaning.” You can have a usual life – getting a job, getting married, and maybe having a family. But there is something deeper. Thus, the search for something deeper is explored in this book.

Interesting – “We experience every emotion with the change of the breath. When you learn to navigate and manage your breath, you can navigate any situati
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Jay Shetty is the narrator of Think Like a Monk and it truly feels like we are having a conversation in my living room. Shetty shares many personal stories of his three years spent training as a monk in an ashram in India. He shares the way a monk thinks (monk mind) and the ancient techniques still used today to have a more joyful, peaceful, purposeful life. I didn't think I wouldn’t be able to do any of this in my own life because I don’t have the years of experience Shetty has, but through She ...more
Grant Lemanski
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Because of this book I....
- have a goal to give up social media on weekdays
- looked and continue to search for my life’s purpose
- dug to the root of why I want material things in life just to realize that they do not matter
- am getting on a weekly meditation/breathing/visualization schedule
- dove into what I fear most in life and reflected on why they are scare me
- spend 3 nights a week thinking/writing down everything I am thankful for
- learned the difference between attraction and deep conne
Feb 04, 2022 rated it really liked it
Ironically, this was my "break book" at the halfway point (or close) through The Brothers Karamazov. I say ironically because monks figure prominently in Bros. K, so what exactly am I escaping? Apples and oranges. Russian Orthodox Church and Hindu monks.

I don't go in much for self-help books, but this is a special case of sorts, using as it does a liberal dose of spirituality the author based on his own extended stays at ashrams in India. Some of that experience is leavened into this bread, but
Mindfully Evie
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
So happy I listened to this as an audiobook as Jay read it SO well. Normally I prefer having self-help books as paperback so I can highlight text, but I definitely felt I got more from this book through his voice and animation otherwise I might have skimmed a lot of passages as the “I’ve read this before.” But while a lot of the lessons were things I had heard before (especially the science and evidence of the benefits of mindfulness etc), hearing everything through him and his own voice just he ...more
B Schrodinger
Mar 07, 2021 rated it did not like it
Jay gives out some run-of-the-mill advice that could probably be found in most self-help books, while being just a little too good to be true and offering you WISDOM TM.

Maybe I’m not the right audience. Maybe I’m too old. There were way too remarks about how his audience wants things like Instagram followers or being an entrepreneur. Jay, I just want to be happy in my skin. He doesn’t seem to be steering people too far from material wants for a monk.

And here is me, not knowing the criteria of
Karishma Vyas
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book, its everything I expected and more. There are so many useful and practical take aways that you can begin to apply straight away. It is like having Jay as a personal coach. In Chapter 1 , I learned about values and Jay takes you through exercises which can help you understand and identify where these have come from, which is an important exercise. I especially love the part about knowing the difference between what we think our values are and our actions. This is vital t ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF. This is not for me. I finished chapter 1 and am already overwhelmed by Shetty’s writing which feels dull and sexist (just stop buying so many shoes and spending so long getting ready, ladies!) and classist (really think about if those daily $4 lattees are worth it!). It’s all about how spending 3 whole years as a monk gave him the great insight to write this book to share with us! It doesn’t appear much of the rest of the book is much of a memoir of his monk times though but more a cobbling ...more
Johanna Sawyer
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing read! Ever wonder what it’s like to think like a monk? Jay Shetty is a communicable voice of reason in an age where not much makes sense. So many people wandering the earth completely disconnected and full of selfishness with zero purpose. I enjoyed this book immensely and will probably read it a few more times. Jay Shetty reminds me of Osho, with tales of mindfulness and lessons in service.

What did I like? I’m familiar with Jay because of his podcasts and Facebook messages that alway
Marie Stephanie
Going against the grain here. I can’t even give this a star rating. It falls outside the border of what I am comfortable with since I didn’t read enough to be able to give an informed review, but I read enough to know that I can’t read this. The description alone “Jay Shetty, social media superstar and podcast host” haha and monk? No, just no. Going from England to visiting ashrams in India to move to LA and hang out with Kardashians, this smells of hypocrisy. I also don’t believe that the monks ...more
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was ok
Didn't work for me. I wanted to DNF the book multiple number of times. So. Yes, moving on to other books. ...more
Rory Fox
Sep 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Think Like a Monk is a positive and beneficial self-help book, but in places it generalises towards being platitudinal and misleading.

The book essentially takes the skills which Buddhist monks learn, and applies them to the day to day lives of non-monks. Skilfully interwoven throughout the book, is the story of the authors discovery of Buddhist monasticism, his life within the Ashram and his departure.

The main thrust of the book will be familiar to readers of ‘self help’ literature. The reader i
Andreea Micu
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I almost highlighted the entire book while reading it, but I limited myself to "only" 77 notes! I guess this is the type of book that you keep on returning to, it has so much wisdom, power and knowledge that if you decide to put its teachings into practice, your life will never be the same again. I found myself involuntarily implementing some of the concepts into my day to day life, completely unaware of it. However, it's not enough to simply read the book to change your mindset, you have to put ...more
Anubha (BooksFullOfLife, LifeFullOfBooks)
It was a really conflicting read, somethings I agree with him, but if you have read Buddhist literature or about the various rules, there's a lot to disagree with. But I guess I am more inclined towards Hinayana than Mahayana so. 💁‍♀️ ...more
I never heard of Jay Shetty before this book, this might have added to my enjoyment. His story and perspective were fresh and new to me. I liked hearing his personal examples from both inside and outside the ashram. Sometimes meditation or improvement books feel judgmental or out of touch with real day-to-day struggles. I didn't feel that way with this book.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by the author. His energy [great accent!] and passion for the subject is obvious. Rather than feeling
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a useful book from which every person has something to learn about life. Various ways are approached in which we can make our lives different and with which we can truly enjoy life.
Lewis Franielczyk
Jan 15, 2021 rated it did not like it
As someone who was a fan of Jay Shetty, I was really really disappointed by this book. Content aside, I was mostly disappointed by the snake oil salesman technique of writing a book just to plug your online courses at the end. Makes the book feel like one big lead to secure a sale. I picked up this book hoping to learn from a once-monk, but all I got was a sales pitch from a businessman. A shame.
On to the content: there are some good takeaways and ideas here, however, there is nothing at all ori
Loredana (Bookinista08)
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I honestly don't know what to say about this book, except the fact that it has made me see the world through different eyes. I will really try and practice what Jay wrote about, because I really need it and I think I'm at that stage in my life where I can truly understand the need for change. Change for the better. For me it was an enlightening book and I loved it! Highly recommended to everyone who wants a little bit of peace and love and understanding in their lives. ...more
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Jay Shetty is a storyteller, podcaster, and former monk. Shetty’s vision is to Make Wisdom Go Viral. He is on a mission to share the timeless wisdom of the world in an accessible, relevant, and practical way. Shetty has created over 400 viral videos with over 5 billion views, and hosts the #1 Health and Wellness podcast in the world, On Purpose. Learn more at JayShetty.me.

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