In life you learn the most from individuals that have different beliefs. What can you learn from someone that regurgitates the same dogma that you hold dear? It is only by stepping outside of our comfort zone that we can learn something. When I saw the title Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye I was intrigued yet skeptical, after all, what could I, a Seventh Day Adventist Protestant Christian learn from a book that is titled Buddhist Boot Camp? It seems that there is plenty to learn once you open your mind to the idea that everyone can be both a student and a teacher as long as they are willing to be open-minded.
I really enjoyed reading Buddhist Boot Camp; first of all, it was an easy short read. So many self-help books out there will take a simple concept and waste countless pages saying the same thing in different ways. I found this not to be true in Buddhist Boot Camp. This book only had 86 pages, yet, there were so many good quotes and concepts scattered about that you spent time contemplating the ideas as opposed to death by sentences. While I would be the first person to stand up and say I enjoy books with length and substance; words, sentences, paragraphs, and pages are not what make a book successful, it’s the content. Hawkeye’s book had a lot of depth without muddying the waters.
There were so many amazing quotes, and if I had time in this review I would share them all, however allow me to share a few to whet your appetites.
“It’s true that we get comfort from those who agree with us, but we are offered opportunities for tremendous growth and maturity from those who disagree with us.” –Buddhist Boot Camp
“Do not just read about generosity; BE generous. And do not just talk about patience, compassion and unconditional love; make them a part of your daily life!” –Buddhist Boot Camp
If you take the time to read this book you will not find an attack against your belief or faith, what you will find is a new understanding of how to be open, of how to love one another. I was deeply impacted by Hawkeye’s book, this is not a book I will find myself cracking open just once or twice, it’s a book you can go back to. I encourage you to sit down, crack open the book, take notes, highlight quotes, and most of all reflect on what you have learnt and how this impacts your life going forward.
As E. James Rohn said, “If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.” I challenge each of you to take the time today (and EVERY day) to choose to make others happy, to develop yourself, to step outside your comfort zone and learn what the world and those around you have to offer. If we can do that, we will show love more clearly than if we stay within our bubble never learning what our fellow man has to offer.
I am happy to give Buddhist Boot Camp 5 Namaste’s out of 5 for a well written, easy to read approach to bettering yourself and interacting with the world as a whole.