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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (February 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609942922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609942922
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This book, Being Buddha at Work, attempts to relate the Buddha’s advice to the modern workplace. I trust that readers will find inspiration here and pray that those who do will meet with success in putting that inspiration into effect.”
—from the Foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Being Buddha at Work made me think; it made me chuckle; it made me reflect. This little book is like having Buddha as one of your mentors or coaches—someone who can help you with real-world problems.”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor, The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level

“Most of us could benefit from having a little more of Buddha in us during our daily lives. This is a great guide to transcending the tensions of the workplace and facing issues with humor and equanimity.”
—Walter Isaacson, President, Aspen Institute, author of the biographies Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin.

“What do you get when a Buddhist scholar and a workplace expert write a book together? Being Buddha at Work—a treatise with profound spiritual implications and practical applications. Being mindful was never as important as it is in today’s high-stress business climate.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, author of MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“As a Tibetan Lama, I am happy that workers everywhere can benefit from Buddha's teachings in their jobs and careers by reading this inspiring book. These same teachings have guided my Nyingmapa lineage for centuries, so it is richly rewarding to see them expanded into this new realm.”
—Tulku Tsori Rinpoche, Founder of Yogi Tsori Dechen Rinpoche Foundation

“In a world where people are stressed, overworked, and constantly distracted by screens, this book is a gentle wake-up call. Written in a clear and loving language, it will bring a smile of recognition to your lips and help you wipe the dust off your mind’s mirror.”
—Dr. Cristina Rocha, Managing Editor, Journal of Global Buddhism
 

About the Author

Franz Metcalf is the author of the bestselling What Would Buddha Do?, published in a dozen languages, and three other books applying Buddhist teachings to everyday life. Franz received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and teaches religion at California State University, Los Angeles. He serves as book review editor for The Journal of Global Buddhism and is currently president of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region.


BJ Gallagher is a sociologist, Huffington Post blogger, and accomplished management consultant and workplace expert who has worked with many corporate clients, professional associations, and government agencies. She is the author of many bestselling books, including A Peacock in the Land of Penguins, which has sold over 350,000 copies and been translated into 23 languages. BJ and her books have been featured on CBS Evening News, The Today Show, Fox News, PBS, CNN, and she is quoted weekly in newspapers, magazines, and websites, including O the Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Woman’s World, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Careerbuilder.com, MSNBC.com, and CNN.com.
 

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A book to be read and re-read.
Michael P. Maslanka
It's also formatted in a way that makes it a good reference to come back to for certain subjects.
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Being Buddha at Work is the opposite of the cheesy self help book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JohnG on March 28, 2012
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Ever been leant a book from a friend, or business associate? As you are reading through said self help book (dieting, finance, business... ) you start to notice that the pages just seemed filled with filler to put enough pages to print to justify a book? Maybe you feel like you can only take away 1 single message out of the entire text. For example, I burned through a book on hypnotic writing to assist in some copywriting skills, and came away from the book with the only quality piece of advice being the 4 p's of sales (yes, that was the core). The rest was filled with direct COPIES of blog entries by the author, letters to the author from people who swore what he said worked, and even him trying to tell me his magic method worked. I already had the book, what was he trying to sell? Anyways, this review is NOT about that book. Have you felt like this before when reading a self help book? Felt it a worthless waste of time? Ok, then maybe YOU are of the right mindset for Being Buddha at Work.

I approach most self help books the same way as the above, and was slightly sceptical when ordering, but the format and references from friends made me jump on it.

Being Buddha at Work is the opposite of the cheesy self help book. It is deeper, more introspective, smarter and more poignant that what you might even consider some peoples all time FAVOURITE self help books, such as Rich Dad poor Dad, 7 Habits, etc. It does this by limiting the words on the page to only value, and filling every page with meaningful points. Besides making every page WORTH your time, it is also skilfully broken up by subject and issue, making it easy to read front to back in multiple sittings, or skip to through the table of contents.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Coach Julie on January 23, 2012
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I spent the weekend 'sharpening the saw' on all the gems of wisdom contained in this book. What I discovered is that these 108 ancient truths apply not only to the workplace, but in every other aspect of life. The chapters are written in clear and concise terms - I really appreciated the bottom line messages that site specific examples of meaningful, memorable and actionable items. I highly recommend this for people who are seriously seeking solid principles that can guide your steps towards your goals!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leslie A. Yerkes on February 3, 2012
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I have come to recognize that my success and happiness in my professional life is not just influenced by my technical competency and experience but is most activated by my ability to navigate the stress, constant change and challenges with grace, mindfulness and awareness. 'Being Buddha at Work' is the perfect book to guide my daily reflection to set my head and heart in the right place to both give and receive in such a way to stay grounded and contributing. There is something of great meaning to be found on each page. Simple and yet deep the lessons of 'Being Buddha at Work' will be my daily practice for 2012!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. Maslanka on March 3, 2012
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I am an employment lawyer and represent employers. I wish I could share the deep and effective knowledge in this book with all clients. How do you handle sexual harassment? Not just by citing to the law but the reason for the law(to allow all to realize their full potential which benefits the individual and the company). How should feedback be accepted? "If you are grateful, you learn from everyone." Their wise counsel:be on the lookout for all feedback, not just the structured kind. The universe will reward you. There is an excellent discussion on how to be a mentor: do not give advice to show off, ask if your true motive is to to teach, and do not presume that all wish to hear your wisdom. There is lots more. A book to be read and re-read.
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