Timber Hawkeye is a student of world religions and psychology, and a successful author. He believes that people turn to religion or spirituality for upliftment and motivation, and that one reason people stay away from religion is the rules, the dogma, the prohibitions. People don't really need the ceremonies and rituals anymore, just practical wisdom that will enable them to get through their daily lives. He feels that the best message is a simple one.
Hawkeye spent a lot of time studying Tibetan Buddhism and Zen Buddhism, which do have a simple message, but like all religions, it does have a lot of dogma attached. That's why he wrote his book, Buddhist Boot Camp. The aim of the book is not to convert people to Buddhism, but to empower people to become enlightened on their own.
"I was looking for something inspirational that people today would not only have the attention span to read all the way through, but actually understand and also implement in their daily lives," says Hawkeye, to explain why he wrote the book.
He self-published his book on Lulu, but also wrote a blog and kept an active Facebook page. The book is now being sold by major bookstores, which is rare for a self-published book. "I just stick to being honest, with the intention to awaken, enlighten, and enrich the lives of others, and the rest falls into place," he said.
The message in today's quote is a good one for me, now. A lot of things on the news and a few things in my personal life, as well, are a bit stormy, and it's good for me to remember to stay at peace within myself, no matter what is going on around me. That way, I can deal with each situation as it comes up and keep my attention focused on the present, rather than fuming over things that happened in the past or worrying about things that may or may not happen in the future. :-)
I was looking for something inspirational that people today would not only have the attention span to read all the way through, but actually understand and also implement in their daily lives. - See more at: http://www.lulu.com/blog/2012/07/timber-hawkeye-buddhist-boot-camp/#sthash.OlHM1zcV.dpufI