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Being Buddha at Work: 108 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money and Success [Paperback]

Franz Metcalf , BJ Ballagher , His Holiness The Dalai Lama
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Jan. 27 2012
There are lots of books that address how we should take care of ourselves, find calm, and enjoy happiness in a hectic work world. But few of those books apply the lessons of Buddhist thinking as resolution and guidance tools. These questions, though found in the modern day, are actually the core of all Buddha's teachings impermanence, suffering, and the quest for happiness (freedom from suffering). This makes Buddha the kind of consultant or coach we need today in our workplaces.

Following in the tradition of the authors' first bestseller, this work goes on to explore and answer 101 dilemmas that we encounter at work, with topics ranging from time management, goal-setting, conflict to job dissatisfaction, unemployment, and even workplace trysts. The authors emphasize practical learning and coping, not esoteric insights or metaphysics, applying concrete solutions from Buddhist teachings to real problems in easily digestible chunks.

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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(R) 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 several books on Buddhism, and an instructor in comparative religion at the California State University, Los Angeles. He also serves as book review editor of The Journal of Global Buddhism and is editor of the Forge Institute. He believes that if the Buddha had tasted properly aged red varietals, he would never have forbidden alcohol.

B.J. Gallagher is a sociologist, speaker, accomplished management consultant and workplace leader 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 21 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, CNN.com, and huffingtonpost.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars good insights Jan. 4 2013
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a great book to have and the insights can easily be transferred to any aspect of one's life - not just specifically the workplace. It's simple to read, and can be done in consecutive order, or also just flip to a page or chapter of interest - each is usually brief and headed by an inspiring quote and reference. Highly recommended - good price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real Quality insights. March 28 2012
By JohnG - Published on Amazon.com
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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. It also doesn't make an attempt to convert you to any religion, but instead only imparts intriguing philosophy and draws direct parallels to most of the problems you deal with today.

If you have been looking for a great book to put issues into perspective, and attempt new problem solving and thought techniques, both at work and in life, I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharpening The Saw Jan. 23 2012
By Coach Julie - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Making it my daily practice Feb. 3 2012
By Leslie A. Yerkes - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and insightful March 3 2012
By Michael P. Maslanka - Published on Amazon.com
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Goes beyond the workplace Aug. 29 2013
By Carolyn Dargevics - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this book. I like the questions, quotes, and easy-to-understand answers that can be applied to all life events and situations. For instance, I had to make the heartbreaking decision to euthanize my 18-year-old cat because she went blind due to a stroke. The chapter that spoke to me stated the Buddha-nature decisions are difficult. I knew in my heart that I had to make the decision for her, not for me. I'm going to purchase "What Would Buddha Do?" for more direct answers for life situations and also because I really enjoyed Franz's writing, but I definitely will be rereading this book so the information stays with me.
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