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"Rinzler offers spiritual guidance for young people who have forgotten something important in the midst of career advancement and professional networking: that it is not what they do that defines them, but rather who they are. With that focus, cultivation and enlightenment can be brought to any job and any experience."—Publishers Weekly

"This is a magnificent book that just happens to be truly fun to read. Accessible, urgent and life-changing."—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

About the Author

LODRO RINZLER is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. His columns appear regularly in the Huffington Post and Marie Claire, and his writings have appeared in Reality Sandwich, the Interdependence Project, the Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and the Good Men Project. He is also the author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., Sit Like a Buddha, and Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again. For more of Lodro visit www.lodrorinzler.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (September 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611800617
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611800616
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been interested in the Buddhist way of life and religion for years and have tried to find ways to work Buddhist traits into my daily life more and more. I do find time to meditate and contemplate life, breathe and relax, and do many other meditative activities throughout my hours at home. However, I have rarely tried to incorporate these concepts into my hours at work. I do have a few messages taped in my desk drawers and on my computer monitor which provide gentle reminders as I meet with adversity at work, but reading this book has provided many other useful ideas.

Such ideas as the Five Slogans, using on-the-job compassion, providing help to all beings, being generous (both in deed and thought), protection from fear, and exercising patience are ways in which I was able to almost immediately improve my existence at work.

Another monumental concept the author stressed is the use of the five slogans for empathy and compassion (chapter 12). A few of these slogans involve transforming mishaps into the path of bodhi, meeting the unexpected with meditation, changing your attitude, and being grateful to everyone.

One of the great aspects of this book is that one does not need to be a perfectly practicing Buddhist to begin using many ideas presented; this book is a great way to slowly let Buddhist mannerisms evolve into the daily work life of almost anyone. By reading this book you'll learn not to condemn current behaviors or mannerisms, just increase productivity and happiness at work by taking a step-by-step learning process to develop confidence and let go of any ego which prevents progress.

I found this book to be an invaluable source for new ideas of incorporating Buddhist ideas and mannerisms into my work life. This book is well written and well organized.

Many thanks to the publisher and netgalley.com for making this book available for preview.
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I was genuinely surprised at the lack of direction or quality of information in this book. If you have read, literally, anything about Buddhism, this book has nothing to offer you. The author disjointedly glazes over Buddhist philosophy while occasionally, and awkwardly, throwing in a sentence or two after pages of rambling in an effort to tie what he is saying back to work. In that sense, it also has nothing to offer anyone who is trying to find a better philosophy for dealing with the modern workplace.

The author comes across as strangely interested in himself despite his ostensible message of focusing less on the self as part of an enlightened existence. He bizarrely injects politics several times, including a crack at George Bush (no, you aren't mistaken--this book was published in 2014), and several episodes of fawning over Barack Obama. The author claims to be a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, which is hard to believe having read some of Rinpoche's work and finding nothing in common between the two. Rinpoche is enlightened, passionate, and convincing; Rinzler is self-aggrandizing, patronizing, and shallow.

If you want to know more about mindfulness, Rinpoche is a great place to start. 'Running with the Mind of Meditation' is an excellent overview of incorporating Buddhist philosophy into daily life.

Bottom line: unless you're into the idea of a Brooklynite yuppie preaching Buddhism as a fashion statement, I wouldn't give this offering a second thought.
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I have been interested in the Buddhist way of life and religion for years and have tried to find ways to work Buddhist traits into my daily life more and more. I do find time to meditate and contemplate life, breathe and relax, and do many other meditative activities throughout my hours at home. However, I have rarely tried to incorporate these concepts into my hours at work. I do have a few messages taped in my desk drawers and on my computer monitor which provide gentle reminders as I meet with adversity at work, but reading this book has provided many other useful ideas.

Such ideas as the Five Slogans, using on-the-job compassion, providing help to all beings, being generous (both in deed and thought), protection from fear, and exercising patience are ways in which I was able to almost immediately improve my existence at work.

Another monumental concept the author stressed is the use of the five slogans for empathy and compassion (chapter 12). A few of these slogans involve transforming mishaps into the path of bodhi, meeting the unexpected with meditation, changing your attitude, and being grateful to everyone.

One of the great aspects of this book is that one does not need to be a perfectly practicing Buddhist to begin using many ideas presented; this book is a great way to slowly let Buddhist mannerisms evolve into the daily work life of almost anyone. By reading this book you'll learn not to condemn current behaviors or mannerisms, just increase productivity and happiness at work by taking a step-by-step learning process to develop confidence and let go of any ego which prevents progress.

I found this book to be an invaluable source for new ideas of incorporating Buddhist ideas and mannerisms into my work life. This book is well written and well organized.

Many thanks to the publisher and netgalley.com for making this book available for preview.
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This is a great read for anyone, with tips for leadership not only in the office but in any activity. I originally picked this up to help me stay Grounded in the office at work while going through some trying times. My aspiration was always to bring my Practice in to all activity including work. In the middle of reading I lost my job on the eve of my 20th anniversary. Topics of Leaning in to Fear and being open to the present moment without attachment, have been great. practical reminders, Ultimately, the final chapters on Vajrayana and Transformation have provided me the Ground to progress and new beginnings.
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