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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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Praise for If the Buddha Dated

“[Charlotte Kasl] adds an entirely new level of understanding to our lives through love and not fear.” —Geneen Roth, author of When Food is Love

“[This book] focuses not on a lot of basic how-to's or manipulations but on creating spiritual bonds. Kasl does a beautiful job weaving Eastern philosophy into modern day relationships.” —Janet Luhrs, author of Simple Loving and The Simple Living Guide


Praise for If the Buddha Married

“[Kasl] brings the Buddha's wisdom to the complex world of relationships. We've all heard that marriage can be a spiritual experience; reading this book, you actually believe it.” —Marianne Williamson, New York Times bestselling author of A Return to Love and A Year of Miracles

“Filled with succinct and practical advice that is immersed in spiritual wisdom.” —Brenda M. Schaeffer, author of Is It Love or Is It Addiction? and Love's Way


Praise for If the Buddha Had Kids

“Dr. Kasl provides a wonderful blend of Buddhist wisdom, practical suggestions, psychological research, and her own rich perspective of being a mother.  Parents will find this book very helpful in their efforts in promoting healthy brain development.” —Daniel Ladinsky, author of Love Poems from GodA Year with Hafiz, and The Purity of Desire

“This book brings the wisdom of the ages to bear to help parents inways that are extraordinarily inspiring and remarkably practical.You discover compassion for your child and compassion for yourself.” —Marti Erikson, PhD, coauthor of Last Child in the Woods


Praise for If the Buddha Got Stuck

If the Buddha Got Stuck provides a roadmap to freedom and greater possibilities. Regardless of your starting place, Kasl will help you achieve greater joy, authenticity, and peace of mind. . . . 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, PhD, 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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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: 5 x 0.5 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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This book takes a very basic message and makes is easily digestible: slow down, be mindful and here are some tools to do so. I recommend this book as it is a simple reminder to do what you already know.
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