Q: Is Buddhist Boot Camp available in other languages?
A: The book is available in Spanish, French, Polish, Dutch, Chinese, and German (please note the German edition is called "Sit Happens" instead of "Buddhist Boot Camp"). If you're interested in making the book available in another language, please contact my publicist (details under the contact page).
Q: Can you recommend any other books to read after Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless?
A: Most definitely! I read about a book a week and have many literary gems to recommend, so CLICK HERE for a list to get you started. Enjoy!
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: Why is 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 English edition of Buddhist Boot Camp is not available in paperback, except for not-for-resale copies printed exclusively for distribution to prisons, schools, and juvenile centers that don't allow hardcover books.
Q: Can I be your student?
A: We can certainly be friends, but I am not a teacher.
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: Are the books available in audio?
A: Yes, the audiobooks are available to download on iTunes and audible.com.
Q: What are you doing now?
A: The Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast episodes are being edited to be compiled into what will be a third book with a similar format to Buddhist Boot Camp, Once published, there will possibly be another book tour, but for now, you can schedule one-on-one discussions with me over Zoom by clicking here, listen to new Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast episodes released twice a month, show your support for my work with the Prison Library Project by ordering autographed and personalized books or making a contribution, attend group events over Zoom if you're a patron through Patreon, and keep sharing the online posts on Facebook and Instagram. I'm also working on compiling a few podcast episodes into what would be a third book, and completing the Mana'o Journal Series (six down, six more to go). For the last five years, I've also been offering myself as a publisher to other authors ready to bring their book into the world. To find out more, please visit Hawkeye Publishers.