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Q: Where did the Buddhist Boot Camp T-Shirts go?
A: We have always been committed to offering only Organic, Vegan, Fair-Labor Certified shirts and hoodies from American Apparel. Their recent bankruptcy filing is causing industry-wide challenges that we are hoping will soon be resolved. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


Q: Why is the first book called "Buddhist Boot Camp"?
A: Every time I watched the movie Fight Club I thought to myself "THIS is Buddhist Boot Camp!" It beautifully (although quite violently and graphically) depicts the internal struggle within us all. The book is a collection of journal entries and personal emails that I had sent to my friends and family over the course of a few years. I was studying different belief systems and psychology at the same time in an ongoing effort to not only understand what it is that people believe, but why they believe what they do. When my friends encouraged me to publish my letters in a blog-to-book format, naming my diary "Buddhist Boot Camp" felt like a good fit. This is not a book about Buddhism or the Buddha, nor would you find any academic or historical information about the many different sects of Buddhism, the traditions, ceremonies, sutras, or anything of the sort! It is, however, a non-sectarian invitation to be a Buddha (awake), by mindfully living in line with your values, whatever they may be. 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!" We are soldiers of peace in the army of love!


Q: Is Buddhist Boot Camp available in other languages?
A: The book is available in Spanish, French, Dutch, Chinese, and German (please note the German edition is called "Sit Happens" instead of "Buddhist Boot Camp"). A Polish translation of the book will be available very soon. If you're interested in making the book available in another language, please contact my publicist (details under the "contact" page).


Q: Why's the memoir called Faithfully Religionless? Isn't Buddhism a religion?
A: Buddhism isn't a religion (there is no creator nor a theory on how or when the world began). Buddhism is a philosophy or a way of life, and it beautifully works alongside your existing faith (whatever it may be; see my answer to the question below about "Christian Buddhists"). I called my memoir "Faithfully Religionless" because it beautifully encapsulates where I currently am with my faith: lots of it, without any affiliation to a specific religion or sect.


Q: I'm confused! I got a copy of Buddhist Boot Camp in 2012 in paperback, but now there's a different edition of the same book? What's going on?
A: You're not losing your mind! If you have a 70-page English paperback of Buddhist Boot Camp, you actually own a rare copy of the first edition manuscript of the book before it was published in hardcover by HarperCollins for worldwide distribution with twice as many chapters. The current edition of Buddhist Boot Camp is not available in paperback (except for a limited-edition run that was printed exclusively for distribution to prisons, schools, and juvenile centers that don't allow hardcover books). To find out more about the books-to-prisons program, click here.


Q: Can I be your student?
A: We can certainly be friends, but I am not a teacher.


Q: Do you offer personal advice?
A: I am a sharer, not a therapist, nor certified to provide any professional counseling in any way.


Q: I love Jesus but I think I might be Buddhist; do I have to convert?
A: Absolutely not! 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!" I strongly recommend you read "Living Buddha Living Christ" by Thich Nhat Hanh. I think you'll find that it beautifully bridges the gap between the two faiths and strengthens both.


Q: Is the book available in audio?
A: Yes, an audiobook is available to download through iTunes and audible.com.


Q: What are you doing now?
A: After the seven-month book tour across the U.S. in 2016, I was initially planning on touring across the U.K. and Australia again, maybe even Canada, but the tour was more exhausting than I thought it would be, so I'm taking a break. We can always schedule a Skype session (it's more efficient and cost effective), and I will tour the U.K. and Australia again in the future, just not right away. Thank you for understanding. In the meantime I am offering myself as a publisher to other authors who are ready to bring their book into the world but are too intimidated by the publishing industry. To find out more, visit Hawkeye Publishers.



                             
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