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

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  7,467 ratings  ·  810 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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Catherine Woodward
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*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
Ronak 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
Sep 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
I feel this man is a biggest fraud internet has seen.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Ujjawal Sureka
One of the best reads in the year 2020. Jay Shetty offers a monk like perspective and approach to the modern world. It was peaceful and therapeutic to read this book. Highly recommended.
Raphael Rafíey
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part I: Let Go
Our identity is like a mirror covered in dust. We have no idea who we are, what we want to be, who we seek, and what we want to value. This is due to the dust that obscures our vision. Jay explains that cleaning your mirror will not be a pleasant experience. However, only once you have removed the dust obscuring your mirror can you see your true reflection. Removing the dust allows you to see who you truly are.

Jay distinguishes between detachment and attachment. Jay define
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
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.

Think like a monk is a self help book in my opinion, but if you’ve picked it up, you clearly aren’t satisfied with yourself just yet. The book is easy to read and touches subjects like anger, fear, love, nurture – any feeling we feel really. But I think it’s helpful, we resent so many things, hate so many people, we should all concentrate on ourself, on how we can improve ourself. This book mainly discusses on how to accept help and it’s here to give
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“Your identity is a mirror covered with dust. When you first look in the mirror, the truth of who you are and what you value is obscured. Clearing it may not be pleasant, but only when that dust is gone can you see your true reflection.”

What a well written and beautiful, yet a simple book!
I was a little familiar with Jay Shetty through his social media accounts and yet, since I had only heard bits and pieces of his words here and there, I hadn’t realized how healing his words and advises are unt
Dan Connors
Dec 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books

I've always wondered about monks. Monasteries and monks have been around for centuries and are found in many major religions from Christianity to Buddhism. Monks live a quiet life of prayer and meditation and seem to be much closer to God or enlightenment than the rest of us. It would be informative to find a monk who could share with us their experiences and lessons that could apply to the rest of us. We can't all be monks, but we can be more monk-like if that helps us find peace and happiness
The  Conch
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
We, The Indian, have four 'Ashramas' (stages of life) - Bramhacharya (student), Grahastha (married life), Banaprastha (retirement and going to seclusion for spiritual upliftment) and Sanyas (renunciation). T

Author lived all these stages except Banaprashtha and illuminates reader from his wisdom. The book has good flow with plenty of real life situation, examples, motivational quotes and application tools.

The chapter on finding purpose or passion and how to connect with profession is really wort
Carey Landon
Dec 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are in the mood to receive it, this book does a great job of making you reflect on and transform your current thought pattens which was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great read!
Joan Nehls
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really love his thought process and this audiobook felt like a summary of all Jay’s social media posts.

Be around the people who have the values I want not the things I want.

Our identity is wrapped up in what others think of us or what we think others think of us.

Whats in your social media news feed is feeding your mind.

Determine what your values are and are your choices in alignment?

Complaining is contagious.

The more we define ourselves in relation to people around us, the more lost we are.

Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you can’t get something compelling out of this book, you might be a robot.
capture stories
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My whole life I’d been fascinated by people who’d gone from nothing to something – rags-to-riches stories. Now, for the first time, I was in the presence of someone who’d deliberately done the opposite.” Jay Shetty, Think Like a Monk

I have always been intrigued by monks. They carry with them a composed, calm and detached manner that seemed undisturbed from the weariness of life. Reading a few self-help books before down the line, Jay Shetty’s Think Like a Monk is a reasonable and doable practic
Nick Rolston
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There is nothing revolutionary about the messages told in this book, and yet they are incredibly powerful and framed in a way that everyone can benefit from. The Buddhist perspective is universally applicable and the concepts of impermanence, self-grasping (ego), dharma (duty), and meditation are all communicated with wonderful analogies and clear explanations. The tenets are remarkably consistent with Christianity in terms of achieving the same end of control over one's mind and avoiding love f ...more
Peaceful Warrior
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
We've heard this before.

I am a little disappointed with Jay Shetty's first book. The stuff he says are no longer new -they are mainstream- and all over YouTube. His monk days have certainly affected his personality but he still has the vibe of an entrepreneur.

If you want to be more productive and a little bit happier, then this book is for you. It isn't for you if you're into real spirituality though, so don't bother. Real spirituality is about wanting LESS not more.

In general it's not a total
Keshav Bhatt
Dec 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book more than I did - but, something was just... off? Especially in the first half, Think Like a Monk felt like a tiring re-run of the common tropes & ideas that are already wildly popular in the world of self help. This is after all, a multi billion dollar industry and he is one of the undisputed Kings of it. And that's exactly the problem I run into whenever I see his content online. It feels like his account is the new BuzzFeed, a collection of content that is po ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, reviewed
I am not much into self-help books. I read it occasionally, either I find it difficult to follow or I find it too preachy. To my surprise, for me, this wasn’t anything like that. The difference between monk mind and monkey mind in the introduction part gave me an insight into what I am going to take away from this book. I like how the author has broken down each topic and has explained simply with his personal experience, which only makes it more relatable. How fear affects us, what negative min ...more
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
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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

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