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Product Details

  • Series: Compass
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 1 edition (January 4, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142196282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142196281
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buddhism offers a gentle... understanding of being stuck and getting unstuck," writes Kasl (If the Buddha Dated), referring to a variety of stubborn problems that can interfere with life, including feeling intractably "bored, scared, protective, petty, exhausted, afraid or unfulfilled." In 60-plus brief chapters featuring discussions and therapy-type strategies deeply rooted in Buddhist teachings, Kasl guides readers on a journey of self-discovery. She begins by inviting them to notice where they are stuck, and then asks them to simply "show up" to life with a sense of "fascination and curiosity." She implores them to be mindful and to trust in the power of engaging reality directly without interpretive lenses (acknowledging difficulties in a relationship, for example, instead of making excuses). She then explores the importance of connecting with others, of acting on insights and the "ultimate step" of letting go the temporal self, an act that brings "abiding happiness." Throughout, she intersperses exercises to help readers engage the lessons more personally. Kasl's approach is compelling: her discussions are simple but never simplistic; her tone is warmly inviting but not obsequious; and her insights are both penetrating and accessible. Occasionally her supporting illustrations veer into the cheesy, but overall Kasl offers a challenging, practical and disarmingly effective approach to getting out of life's ruts.
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"If the Buddha Got Stuck provides a roadmap to freedom and greater possibilities.…Encouraging, practical, beautifully written." —Laura Davis, author of I Thought We'd Never Speak Again and coauthor of The Courage to Heal



"Charlotte Kasl's new book overflows with insight, humor and eminently practical suggestions." —Anita Doyle, former Director of the Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, Missoula, MT



"If previous attempts to work with your life from a western philosophical or psychological perspective encountered gaps...[consider this] your bridge." —Rowan Conrad, Ph.D., Director, Open Way Mindfulness Center



"If The Buddha Got Stuck, brings perspective, inspiring stories, and useful exercises to feel less overwhelmed by life's difficulties." —Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School and author of Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse


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There are 21 translations of 42 foreign editions with 800,000 in print of Charlotte Kasl's books which include some titles such as; the If The Buddha series, Women's Love, Sex, and Addiction, Many Roads One Journey, Finding Joy, A Home For The Heart, Yes You Can!, and more. Please check out additional books and articles available by Charlotte Kasl on Amazon.

Charlotte Kasl has an M.A. in Piano from The University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from Ohio University in 1982. She was a Licensed Psychologist in Minnesota for 15 years and is currently a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Montana. She is a Certified Addiction Specialist in the areas of chemical dependency and sexuality and has had a private psychotherapy practice for more than 30 years. She is the author of nine books and numerous articles.

Dr. Kasl has conducted a wide variety of workshops on relationships, addiction, sexuality, spirituality, community, healing from incest and abuse, casting out internalized oppression, preventing burn out, quantum healing, empowerment, and finding joy, both in the United States and abroad. Her groundbreaking book Many Roads, One Journey: Moving Beyond the 12 Steps, published in 1992, introduced a 16-step empowerment approach for overcoming addiction that focuses on finding one's voice, building confidence, taking action on one's behalf, and understanding addiction in a cultural context. It has been used throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Europe, to assist in overcoming trauma, addiction, and depression.

In 1987, she was part of a task force funded by the Department of Human Services in Minnesota to create a model treatment program for chemically dependent women. She was on the advisory board of The Women's Recovery Network, The Women's Action Alliance for Alcohol and Drug Education, and invited twice by the National Center for Substance Abuse Prevention to participate in a synthesis conference to make recommendations on the needs of women. She has consulted with numerous treatment programs and served on several advisory boards, such as The Organization for Secular Sobriety, known as Save OurSelves (SOS).

Dr. Kasl is also a founding member of ATTACH, The Association for the Teaching and Training in the Attachment of Children. In 1997, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, (now knows as SASH Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) for her work with women and sexuality. In 2000, If the Buddha Dated was one of five finalists for the National Books for Better Living Awards. In addition, she was listed in Self magazine as one of 50 "sage" psychologists in the United States.

In her psychotherapy therapy practice, Dr. Kasl takes an empowering approach by helping people address the core issues underlying depression, anxiety, addictions, and relationship difficulties. She works with numerous therapeutic approaches, such as ego state therapy, hypnosis, quantum psychology, EMDR, cognitive therapy, and emotionally focused therapy for couples. She is also an avid hiker, pianist, and has been a Reiki Master Healer since 1983.

www.charlottekasl.com

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The book goes right to the heart of what makes change hard--we benefit in some way from the way we are doing things now.
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This book is a great tool for spiritual guidance.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Lola Jovita on August 21, 2005
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Kasl blends Buddhism with mind-body approaches to focus energy and move beyond the overthinking mind to a connection with our emotional body. Whether or not you are familiar with Buddhism this lively book on the art of flowing with life, despite the waves of ups and down, are filled with simple techniques to stay clear of chatter and familiar emotional responses. The practices proposed by Kasl are designed to calm the mind, sooth the emotional, and release the tension in the physical body. This is ultimatley a guide to connecting with your spirit and wisdom of soul. A wonderul handbook when the chronic patterns of the past pollute the present and corrupt the future. Simple brilliance ... just like the Buddha.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By M. Brady on March 19, 2006
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This book is simply fantastic! Kasl skillfully demonstrates how following the core concepts of Buddhist philosophy can help us tackle the issues that arise in everyday life. By using herself and her patients as examples, she makes Buddhism accessible to all, and provides a road map to living a more complete life. She does all of this with a writing style that makes reading this book a pleasure. This is one of the few books that I will read more than once.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By QuinnCreative VINE VOICE on January 10, 2011
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Change is not a joy for most people. It doesn't happen fast, it's something that requires time, patience and effort. Three strikes against facing change right there. This book tackles change from the Buddhist perspective. You don't have to know a thing about Buddhism or be religious to benefit from the book.

The book goes right to the heart of what makes change hard--we benefit in some way from the way we are doing things now. That's where it starts. The chapters are short, there are tips and exercises for each step along the way.

You can just read and move on, or you can do the exercises and discover you have a lot more strength and energy than you thought you did.

The book is broken into steps--Notice Where You Are Stuck, Show Up, Pay Attention, Live in Reality, Connect With Others, Move from Thought to Action, Let Go. Exercises all along the way make you feel like you are doing something for yourself. Because you are.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. Mular on July 27, 2006
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I am recommending this book as a refreshing read for career seekers who feel stuck in trying to figure out what is next in a difficult environment of layoffs and reductions in force. There is a calm in identifying where you really are, why you have such attachments, and being able to see you really are only as stuck as you let yourself be. [...]
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By leggylady on January 30, 2007
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Absolutely wonderful book that gives do-ale suggestions for unsticking all the places your life is in a rut. Kasl is a psychotherapist in addition to practicing buddhism. Her advice is well thought out and clearly presented. I found myself digging deep within myself and my motivations. It may be a little "fluffy", but I strongly feel most people who benefit from this book. I know I was able to make some positive changes. Highly recommend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Oakley on October 11, 2008
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This product is excellent. Not only did the seller send me a MINT item, it is a superb book, with excellent references, and wonderful way of speaking in a manner which is not intimidating. It is easy to understand, reads very easily, and can be read in a short time. If you'd like a quick introduction to helping yourself through life in a manner which the Buddha himself would have approved this is the book for you. It should help you become unstuck in your issues, becoming happier. Becoming mindful and discovering just what that is, is a key issue in the book...and it might not be what you think if you have never been exposed to it. I must say that reading this book will not make you change your religion. It will only help you become more relaxed, more focused, and, well, happier. Because, contrary to popular belief, Buddhism is NOT a religion. It is a learning experience, and a way of being. A way of seeing, a way of living. Try this book.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Laura lu on February 8, 2007
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As someone barely familiar with Buddhist tenets, but very interested, this book was no over my head. In fact the author takes the basic principles and applies them to both a spiritual and psychological approach. I read this book with tremendous enthusiasm and feel I have begun a change I will carry forward with me. I look forward to reading this author's other books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Metal Queen on August 24, 2008
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Charlotte Kasl writing has always been is one of the most brilliant around. Practical, straightforward, useful to issues that we all face in life. If you have even half a brain you will find out where you are stuck, get in our in our world, and then do something you've never done before, (hopefully to help others or the environment) and then grow.
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