The Buddha Walks into a Bar...: A Guide to Life for a New Generation
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The Buddha Walks into a Bar is a book for those who are spiritual but not religious, who are disillusioned by the state of the world, who are sick of their jobs (and just started last Tuesday), who like drinking beer and having sex and hate being preached at, who are striving to deepen their social interactions beyond the digital realms of Twitter and Facebook. This is Buddhism presented to a generation leaving the safe growth spurts of college and entering a turbulent and uncertain work force.
The Buddha Walks into a Bar is Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler's introduction to Buddhism for anyone who wants to ride the waves of life with mindfulness and compassion. You'll learn how to use meditation techniques to work with your own mind, how to manage the pervasive "Incredible Hulk Syndrome," how to relax into your life despite external pressures, and ultimately how you can start to bring light to a dark world.
or finding ways to get rich quick. Through trial and error, these same people often end up disappointed and seeking something else. Either they could not attain their goal and they feel burned-out, or they have attained their goal and they already hunger for something new. Imagine a world where everyone instead took a motivation like being generous and made that the center of their mandala. With generosity as your core, the next layer might be skillful ideas on how to best give your time,
hair and do that precisely, instead of just speeding through it lost in thought. We can take great care getting dressed in the morning and take pleasure in going through that process, instead of thinking about what we have to do later on in the day. At the end of the day, we can brush our teeth and do that simple task well, instead of running through the various events that took place earlier. When we tune in to our life, we might be surprised by how much contentment we feel. As Chögyam Trungpa
until you’re enlightened. You don’t have to ask anyone’s permission. You just have to offer yourself, as you are, and allow your vulnerable heart to transform the world. 9 / MANIFESTING THE QUALITIES OF THE SNOW LION As we begin to engage the Mahayana path, we can look to the second of the four dignities: the snow lion. Take a moment to visualize the spacious peaks of highland mountains where the atmosphere is clear, the air easy to breathe. This vibrant grassy area is punctuated with
at sea, either working with the waves that buffer us back toward our habitual realm, or leaping into them and finding new, compassionate ways of relating to adversity. Somewhere in the midst of this long swim, we get that glimpse of the other shore and are inspired to go there. That other shore is enlightenment. TRAVELING TO THE OTHER SHORE As we enter the path of the bodhisattva, there are six principles that can be incredibly helpful in our long journey toward awakening. These are the six
of life’s greatest pains, but realized that so much of how he reacted to the suffering was all in his own mind. He could then use that knowledge to see the great pains of the world as a resource for his own meditation practice. You can follow in the footsteps of Milarepa. Regardless of the various mistakes you may have made in your life or the pain you currently carry, you can smile. You can renounce the aspects of yourself that continue to weigh you down or make you miserable. Through applying