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In an age of constant distraction, how is it possible to stay focused? If your boss is yelling at you, how do you keep from flying off the handle? And if you happen to be a stripper, or a biker, or an alcoholic, can you still be a Buddhist? Rinzler makes an effort to answer these questions in a book filled with personal anecdotes that show Buddhist practice operating in the real world. This popular Huffington Post advice columnist insists that personal growth occurs with regular meditation—regardless of the setting. He also asserts that beginning Buddhists needn’t worry if they enjoy bar hopping, eating meat, and indulging in sex, provided they devote time to the practice of meditation and embrace life as a journey or path. Another key message is that personal growth results when difficulties are regarded as sacred opportunities for learning. For all those who feel unworthy of taking on Buddhist practices due to personal foibles, this book opens the door. --Susan DeGrane

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"Walk Like a Buddha is unflinching in its exploration of Buddhist practice today . . . Rinzler offers a guidebook to developing an unconditional faith in our wakefulness."- Shambhala Sun magazine

"For all those who feel unworthy of taking on Buddhist practices due to personal foibles, this book opens the door." - Booklist

"Walk Like a Buddha is an effective guide for helping readers reevaluate how they live life, disengage the autopilot, and be compassionate to others and themselves."-Publishers Weekly

"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. The young Buddhist teacher [Rinzler] 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.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Filled with personal anecdotes that show Buddhist practice operating in the real world, Walk Like a Buddha opens the door for all those who feel unworthy of taking on Buddhist practices due to personal foibles.”—Booklist

“Unflinching in its exploration of Buddhist practice today . . . Rinzler offers a guidebook to developing an unconditional faith in our wakefulness.”—Shambhala Sun magazine

"Many readers will be delighted by a welcome departure from goody-goody attitudes toward Buddhist practice in Rinzler’s earnest dealings with 'taboo' subjects like sex and binge drinking..."—Tricycle

“It’s easy to be confused when you spot a book called Walk Like a Buddha—does Buddha even walk? But its author, Lodro Rinzler, has practiced Buddhism since he was 11 and might convince you to adopt some of the Buddha’s holy moves. Food for thought for your next stressful subway commute, day at work, or moment at home.”—Metro New York
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610000005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800937
  • ASIN: 1611800935
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lodro Rinzler is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and the author of the best-selling book "The Buddha Walks into a Bar" (January 2012) and the new book "Walk Like a Buddha" (October 2013). Over the last decade he has taught numerous workshops at meditation centers and college campuses throughout North America. Lodro's column, "What Would Sid Do," appears regularly on the Huffington Post and his writing has appeared in Tricycle, the Shambhala Sun, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, Real Simple, and the Good Men Project. He is the founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership and lives in Brooklyn with his dog Tillie and his cat Justin Bieber. Events can be found at lodrorinzler.com/events

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 16, 2013
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What would Buddha do at a rave? Would he post on Facebook? How might he deal with the morning after regarding his partner of the night before? Given the Tripitaka fails to enlighten us, a contemporary, hip, teacher tries. He's schooled in Buddhism as entering the everyday world of many growing up and confronting how their practice may not jibe with the rest of their surroundings.

As a second-generation Buddhist, brought up with Chogyam Trungpa's Shambhala teachings, Lodro Rinzler follows up his lively and snarky "The Buddha Walks Into a Bar" (reviewed 12-24-11) with a version of "Dear Buddha" responses to questions via his blog. This shows the coming of age: he assumes Buddhism already within his readers, so he blends practical advice (e.g., about "right drinking" or horrible bosses, annoying ex's, partying, gossip, and the hookup scene) with a casually phrased, vernacular set of takes on how to interpret traditional Buddhist precepts.

Rinzler continues the style of his first book: so, unlike many published by Shambhala or counterparts, there's four-letter words and slang and references aplenty to what millennials might regard as pressing concerns more than those of the earlier counterculture. I find, as one born between the flower children and the branded wired era, his reactions to equanimity in a world that expects us only to rush, bicker, contend, and grapple refreshing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Luke D Salter on October 20, 2013
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For many of us like myself who any of us who have identified ourselves as practitioners on the Buddhist path (or sympathizers) we all come across many questions, doubts, and insights as to what it means to be Buddhist in the 21st century, which by any measure is not all that easy, especially considering we are trying to adapt and modify a system of teachings that is 2600 years old. However for those of us who have watched how the core teachings of Buddhism have adapted to fit the culture of the time from India, to China, Southeast Asia, Japan, into the modern era in the Western World, we are able to see that what lies at the core of the path is our own personal assessment of ourselves and our relationship to the world we experience. What I admired about this book is the fact that Lodro attempts to be a mirror to reflect our own truths and understanding of what it means to be a practitioner on this path. In that he does not give us the answer but presents viewpoints to allow us to question what it means to not do harm but cultivate and recognize the basic goodness in ourselves and others. While this is no easy task, at the end of the day it is really up to our own selves to figure out our own truths, which I feel Lodro does a wonderful job of putting things into perspective for the reader as to how they will navigate their own path through the unlimited possibilities that life will present from the boardroom, to relationships, drinking and substances, and many other contemporary issues facing the modern day practitioner.
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42 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 28, 2013
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The writing is superb. The diligence the author gives, in relating his own experience, as to relay life lessons, is commendable.

I personally find the lessons riddled with moral and ethical inconsistencies.

If I wanted to read a book on Buddhism that in no way challenged any part of my current life paradaigm, and justified nearly every ethically weak self concept I had ... This would be the book for me.

I would not recommend young people find merit in their worldly compulsions, nor would I recommend this book to them.

I would be remiss if did not mention that I think the context of the book is kind and heart felt, but I feel its poor leadership ... Yin without the Yang. So while I enjoyed it, in parts, I felt the content, painting Buddhism as an 'anything goes' path will attract 'anything goes' people.

I have stood beside powerful Buddhist leaders ... While they were 'anything goes' in their embracing of others, they were not 'anything goes' within what they would condone of others and not remotely 'anything goes' in how they conducted themselves or embraced values in their own lives.

Well written. The author is learned and talented. But again, nothing I would put in the hands of my sons or daughters.

In my opinion only, the book is a personally life philosophy, yes ... But not a wholy a Buddhist one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jakob Brix on December 17, 2013
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Straightforward, though not easy implementable, advices from a compassionate heart on the complicated issues of modern life in western industrial and city areas. Easy to read, easy to understand - the hard part is staying with your breath and your emotions with an open heart and let your heart guide you from there. There are no easy solutions to life, but this little easy read book gives you a hint of how you navigate modern city life based on the foundations of buddhism. No eastern mysticism, no "religion" - just life.
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