How can I be the person I want to be when I’m stuck in a job I hate? How is it possible to stay present in an era of nearly constant distractions? Can I pick someone up at a bar or club and still call myself spiritual?
This nitty-gritty guide to life for the spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious uses Buddhist teachings to answer those burning questions and a host of others related to going out, relationships, work, and social action. Based on Lodro Rinzler’s popular advice columns, Walk Like a Buddha offers wisdom that can be applied to just the sort of dilemmas that tend to arise for anyone making even a modest attempt to walk like a Buddha—that is, to live with honesty, wisdom, and compassion in the face of whatever life surprises you with.
Rinzler (The Buddha Walks Into a Bar...) tackles everyday questions of life, responding with Buddhist wisdom and practices. The young Buddhist teacher, who writes a column for the Huffington Post, does not offer a universal answer to the pitfalls of worldly existence but rather engages with real issues asked by his column readers and friends regarding, for example, how much or whether one should drink, and what it means to practice and be mindful while drinking. He also does not shy away from confronting questions about sexuality, self-improvement, and the workplace, reminding readers to be aware in the most frustrating and confusing domains of everyday life. While acknowledging the difficulty of being mindful in these arenas, Rinzler also demonstrates that in ordinary moments, when one does not normally pay attention, one can learn the most about motivations, behaviors, and relationships. Though its title refers to the Buddha, this book is an effective guide for helping readers reevaluate how they live life, disengage the autopilot, and be compassionate to others and themselves.