What is Buddhist Boot Camp all about?
We are soldiers of peace in the army of love. The book is a simple invitation to be the best version of you there is.
Buddhism is all about training the mind, and boot camp is an ideal training method for this generation's short attention span. The chapters in this small book 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.
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.”
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!
The book is being used as part of the curriculum in many schools around the world. It is also donated 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 in 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.
"I find television very educational.
Every time someone switches it on,
I go into another room and read a good book."