What is Buddhist Boot Camp all about?

Almost ten years ago, when I left the corporate world and moved to Hawaii, I started emailing my friends and family every month to let them know what’s going on in my life. About eight years later, my friend Kim suggested that I share those emails on a blog (simply because she found the letters inspirational, and she figured that other people would benefit from reading them as well), and that’s how Buddhist Boot Camp was born!

As it turns out, Kim was right! Many people found the simple message in those emails refreshing, inspirational, and (even more importantly), motivational.

I say that motivation is more important because inspiration without action is just entertainment, and my invitation in the book is to go beyond thinking that something is a "good idea" to actually implementing it into our daily lives. 

The letters transitioned from a blog to a book, and our Facebook community continued to grow. The chapters in Buddhist Boot Camp can be read in any order, and are short and easy to understand. Each story, inspirational quote and teaching offers mindfulness-enhancing techniques that anyone can relate to, reinforcing what we intuitively know but have somehow forgotten. Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span.
It is very possible (and perfectly okay) for people who are Catholic, Muslim or Jewish, for example, to still find the Buddha's teachings motivational.

As the Dalai Lama says, "Don’t try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist; use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are.”
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There is absolutely no reason to argue over which religion came "first" or whose philosophy is "better". The important thing is to be kind, understanding, peaceful and compassionate, which is actually fundamental in all religions and schools of thought.

Whether it’s Mother Teresa’s acts of charity, Gandhi’s perseverance, or your aunt Betty’s calm demeanor, it doesn't matter who inspires you, so long as you’re motivated to be better today than you were yesterday. Regardless of religion or geographical region, race, ethnicity, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, flexibility or vulnerability, if you do good, you feel good, and if you do bad, you feel bad. Amen! Hallelujah! And all that Jazz!

Today the book is being used as part of the curriculum in many schools around the world. It is also donated globally to correctional facilities where inmates receive a free copy of the book along with free yoga and meditation classes. Therapists prescribe the book as medicine, and people everywhere read it with their book clubs, sharing the message with others.

My hope is that for every book ordered at least four people read it. It is available at most Independent Bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.). Thank you for not letting the book sit on your shelf... pass it on.

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"I find television very educational.
Every time someone switches it on,
I go into another room and read a good book."
—Groucho Marx