Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path (Compass)” as Want to Read:
If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path (Compass)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

If the Buddha Dated: A Handbook for Finding Love on a Spiritual Path (Compass)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,736 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
In this practical, playful, yet spiritual guide, Charlotte Kasl, author of the highly successful Finding Joy: 101 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Dance with Life, shows you what it would be like to have the ancient wisdom of the Buddha to guide you through the dating process. Kasl brings a compassionate understanding to the anxiety and uneasiness of new love, and helps reader ...more
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by Penguin Books
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about If the Buddha Dated, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about If the Buddha Dated

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
What an appropriate book at this point in my life. After many failed romances and at the tender age of 22, I was starting to become a little cynical. This book redirected me to a healthier and more loving place--a place where I learn to love and respect myself before getting involved with anyone else. Yes, the urge to feel loved and have romance in my life is still there but now I look at it with different eyes--now I ask myself, what is this loneliness signaling? Am I loving and nurturing mysel ...more
Geordie Korper
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the student is ready the teacher will appear. Thanks Kris for giving me this book all those years ago when I put it on the shelf unread.

There came a moment in my life where I needed to remember how to be authentically committed to a person without being attached to a specific result; to be in the moment with my commitments but no expectations. This book was sitting there on my shelf and gave me a little insight into how that might be possible.

It is not a perfect book but then what book is?
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A practical and thoughtful dialogue. This book has somewhat hard to swallow advice that may change your life. It is informed by various spiritual traditions, and places the emphasis of relationships toward a questioned approach. What it is that you and your partner need. What can you do to open yourself up to finding someone. Who are you? What have you not accepted in the past, what does your intuition tell you about where you are right now.

It was also helpful for me even though my focus is more
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book caught my eye on the shelf at an interesting time: an intriguing character had just entered my life and then left just as quickly, after entrancing me with his spirituality and shocking me with his dismissal and disappearance. A truly inspiring conversation with this person led me to consider an approach to life that welcomes the present moment and opens myself to the possibilities around me for love — in essence, the message of If the Buddha Dated.

One thing that made the material in K
Jun 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is very enjoyable and supremely helpful to everyone I've known who's read it. It was highly recommended to me by a good friend about two years ago. I am about to read it again, for the third time! If you want to be open and honest with life and others, able to love them by first loving all parts of yourself and live compassionately, this book's for you! I promise it will help you to release some of your fears, false perceptions and worries. It really is so good as to make you want to r ...more
Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
One of my main criterion for reviewing a book is to assess how much it has taught me. For that, this book deserves many more than five stars, it deserves one for each chapter. This book clearly respects and honors love and it does it through various mentally healthy/spiritual/psychological lenses. I cried many times reading it and I feel that it has changed me. Sometimes I spend an entire day remembering a chapter. I cannot recommend this enough, to both singles and nonsingles.
Colleen Wainwright
I read this book every few years, usually around the time I think I'm ready for another relationship. Every time I do, I'm reminded that the relationship I'm really craving is with myself, and the All-That-Is. In other words, this is a sweet little book about traveling the Path, whether or not the Path takes you alongside someone else's Path. If it does, there are a number of lovely little essays and tools that may help you avert the crazy pitfalls you generally hit in (or out of) relationship; ...more
Nov 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I attribute this book to the reason I met my husband! Excellent principles on focusing on what you want and sending the right messages into the Universe!
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, so, in all honestly, I'm really embarrassed to admit I read this book. If there are two topics of public conversation that make me squirmy it's love and spirituality. And god forbid someone see me standing anywhere near the self-help section of a bookstore. But, hey, a close, trusted friend recommended that I read this book and I'm really glad she did. It's not particularly well-written and - I say this with utter seriousness - the whimsical font/design choices really almost made me give u ...more
Begüm Saçak
Such an enlightening and enjoyable book on love, relationships and spirituality. In this book, the author mentions being aware of our needs and getting to know ourselves by realizing that our ego might be deceiving us to ensure we are safe from disappointment and novel experiences. It is not until one realizes that love is life's most important gift for us - a path towards mutual growth & understanding. For this reason, pursuing love without understanding who we are and what it is that we se ...more
Jan 31, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was supposed to read this book for a class. I was VERY unhappy that this was assigned reading material, as it really has nothing to do with college class I am taking, more do to with my teachers weird-ass self. I legitimately read about 10-15 chapters of it before I decided I can fake the answers to any questions/tests/quizzes/etc that I am asked about this book, and that I care more about my free time than I do about reading this stuff. The book is filled with the kind of generic bullshit "re ...more
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an easy read, and I gained wisdom from it, I think. It discusses how to be the best mate you can be by reflecting inward and viewing the rest of the world through an eye on oneness. This type of teaching transcends just dating, and being single myself, I actually found it to be more about personal growth than "finding" a partner.

I could discuss the personal things I learned from this book, but I'd rather not put them on the internet, haha. There were certainly chapters that helped
May 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful little book that I probably never would have been searching to read. I only read it because a friend, in passing, brought it to a class to lend it to someone, found that said friend already had it, and looked at me to say, "Hey! You actually might like this!" It was exactly what I needed and not because I was looking for someone to date. It offered little pearls of wisdom along with gentle reminders about how to stay on our own path and stay true to ourselves should we enter ...more
Sep 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Erin by: A girlfriend
Last year (2007) when I had just moved out of my home, with my daughter and my dogs, away from my now ex-husband, my friend Cheryl gave me this book to read. There are so many great quotes in it, which I will have to add later. She told me the story of how she even came across the book. She was out of town, but in a random bookstore, and this book literally fell off the shelf into her hands. She said it was profound and when she read it, it meant even more to her. It, at the time, made a lot of ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: always-reading
I carry this book around. I've never done that before. It works front to finish but also packs a punch in just a page or paragraph. When the ego and fear strike, I whip this book out and viola! I'm back in the light.
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, and a quick read -- I zoomed through it in two evenings, loaned it to a friend the next day. Good advice for weird singletons like me ;)
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Guides you through authentic motions of being with someone and love. I enjoyed it.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is right, you need to find somebody on a spiritual path of their own. Healing people will gain appreciation for themselves and the others also on one too.
really really enjoyed this book i recommend it for all really helps you ponder on your true self which helps in recognizing a good partner
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the best dating books I ever read...
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Honestly, I skipped over the sections on astrology and reiki healing. My review doesn't apply to those sections.

I read this not as a single person seeking out a partner, but as an agnostic engaged to a spiritual woman. This book had helpful thought exercises to reflect on my role as a spiritual partner, some solid perspective on Buddhist philosophy, and was in general a good reminder of the path to finding my own Beloved.

"We are at once love, lover, and Beloved." We are the same Essence at o
Sam Gerding
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some good viewings and perspectives while I don't fully agree with all parts of the book, I do feel there are some valid points to take from this book.
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crawl, don't fall, in love. This book, written by a Quaker psychotherapist with an interest in Sufism and Buddhism, is a treasure for adults (of all ages!) who wonder why dating and relationships are so difficult. This book isn't intended to educate any of us in Buddhism as a faith, but to speak to those who want a fulfilling intimate love relationship.

Western culture's view of love -- often a hard-to-fulfill expectation of love-at-first-sight encounter, based on a strong and immediate physical
Isabel Isabel
it's so enlightening. no matter if you are religious or not, you can find solace and wisdom in this book, about not just dating and love, but acceptance and forgiveness of self and others.
i hated that people label it as "chick books" because it centers around the theme of dating, even though the idea was to shatter the notion of dualistic and gendered concepts of love.
and don't dismiss it just because it's labeled "self-help" .. first of all, if we don't help ourselves, who's gonna help us. ..
Mar 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone who ever hopes to be in a healthy complete relationship
The title of this book sounds TOTALLY cheezy, but it is fantastic. I read it as I was re-evaluating after an intense breakup and kind of messed up relationship, finding myself potentially launching into a new relationship.

The book is part self-help, part Buddhist-y, and is made up of short chapters with different lessons to learn. Meta-chapters walk you through the progression of a relationship. What I like about this book a lot is its emphasis on dealing with pain and becoming whole, in order t
Kenny Brouwers
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been stuck in life because of a broken relationship, plunging me into depression. I thought I had truly found 'the one'. My rationality told me to go on and let go, but my spiritual side and my subconsciousness just couldn't let go.

Dr. Kasl's book combines science with spirituality, analysing the facts, fabrics and dynamics of relationships and dating. Through simple exercises and step by step investigation this book inspired wholly new insights, showing me why my last relationship failed
Craig Williams
Let's face it - I'll take all the help I can get in the field of dating. So when I saw a book about it with a Buddhist slant, I just had to read it. It turns out I either know more about dating, and relationships, than I gave myself credit for, or Charlotte Kasl just knows far less. Either way, I ultimately walked away having learned nothing altogether significant, except for maybe a couple of thoughtful nuggets of wisdom here and there. Also, Kasl draws from a range of Eastern traditions, even ...more
Ms. Jared
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this one. Lots of good advice for keeping the whole dating thing in perspective as well as being kind and compassionate to those we come in contact with and ourselves. It's difficult and scary to be vulnerable and honest when putting oneself out there and this book really gives a lot of insight into checking our motivations, handling rejection, respectfully telling others when we're not interested and so on. One of the few books I've read on dating that actually offers sound adv ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I could be low-blowing the rating on this book for my own lack of understanding of Buddhist (and other Eastern) philosophies, but there seemed to be so much obviously conflicting advice that I can't rate it any better. I had hoped it would take a bit more of a playful approach, and therefore a deeper understanding of these views wouldn't be necessary; but as this was not the case, I definitely wouldn't recommend this book to someone who (like me) has had little introduction to Eastern philosophi ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. I have never read a dating book before, and I don't think this really counts as one. This book is more about how you can date mindfully, taking care of yourself and your needs, while also being kind to anyone you happen to date (being kind and open with them as you date, and how to gracefully end a dating relationship). As a single gal who's becoming more and more jaded about the dating scene, I took heart from this book.

My only criticism of this read is that it's now slightl
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Fidelity: How to Create a Loving Relationship That Lasts
  • Love in Abundance: A Counselor's Advice on Open Relationships
  • Embracing the Beloved: Relationship as a Path of Awakening
  • The Spiritual Girl's Guide to Dating: Your Enlightened Path to Love, Sex, & Soul Mates
  • Journey of the Heart: The Path of Conscious Love
  • How to Be an Adult: A Handbook on Psychological and Spiritual Integration
  • Open to Desire: Embracing a Lust for Life - Insights from Buddhism and Psychotherapy
  • Zen and the Art of Falling in Love
  • On the Edge of Darkness: Conversations About Conquering Depression
  • Imagine a Woman in Love with Herself: Embracing Your Wisdom and Wholeness
  • That Which You Are Seeking Is Causing You to Seek
  • Open: Love, Sex, and Life in an Open Marriage
  • If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single?: Ten Strategies That Will Change Your Love Life Forever
  • When Anger Hurts: Quieting the Storm Within
  • Working With Anger
  • Change Your Life Without Getting Out of Bed: The Ultimate Nap Book
  • Redefining Our Relationships: Guidelines for Responsible Open Relationships
  • Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook
Charlotte Sophia Kasl, PhD, is a U.S. psychologist and author.

She pioneered the 16-Steps for Discovery and Empowerment as an alternative to the Twelve-step program for recovery from addiction, compulsion, or other behavioral problems.

She wrote several books based on some aspects of Sufi, Quaker, and Buddhist spiritual beliefs and traditions.

More about Charlotte Kasl...

Share This Book

“Staying loyal to your journey means you never abandon yourself by compromising your integrity or discounting your intuition or the signals that come from your body—the knot in the gut, emotional detachment, or loss of energy that signals something is amiss.” 9 likes
“Our refuge is being exactly where we are - not dramatizing problems by replaying them in our heads, telling stories to our friends, eliciting sympathy and convincing ourselves that this is a very big deal. Our refuge is in the stillness of being the compassionate witness to our panic and fear - not judging it as good or bad, just accepting the what is of the moment.” 7 likes
More quotes…