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The Buddha Walks into the Office

A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Shambhala
 | 
September, 2014
ISBN:
9781611800616
Quantity: 
1
$16.95 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From the author of the best-selling Buddha Walks into a Bar, here’s wisdom for “Generation Next” on how to make your work meaningful, satisfying, and of benefit to others.

Does is ever seem that a lot of the people you work with are, well, jerks? This book is about how not to let work turn you into one of them. Apply the simple Buddhist teachings and practices Lodro Rinzler provides here to whatever you do for a living, and you’ll not only avoid jerk-hood, but you’ll be setting out on the path toward making your livelihood an expression of your inherent wisdom, honesty, and compassion. You’ll discover practical ways to bring mindfulness into administrative support, cabinet making, financial management, nursing, truck driving, or latté-brewing. In the process, you’ll discover genuine empathy for the folks you once found so difficult. You’ll also learn leadership skills that apply compassion to management in a way that increases happiness along with efficiency.

This is career advice of the profoundest kind, geared toward today’s twenty- and thirty-something workers and job seekers whose employment outlook is radically different from that of a generation ago. As Lodro shows, even if the path of work shifts beneath your feet, it’s possible to make your livelihood a source of satisfaction and deep meaning.

The Buddha Walks into the Office offers wisdom from the Buddhist tradition that works for anyone, “teachings on bringing an open mind and heart to all of our worldly interactions. This is a guidebook to becoming the kind of authentic leader this world needs.” The book is divided into three parts:

  • Part One focuses on deciding what you want to do with your life, job-wise and otherwise;
  • Part Two explores how to be beneficial to others, beginning with those at your office and moving out to the world at large; and
  • Part Three shows how to turn even the most difficult work situations into opportunities for awakening.

Lodro has a gift for presenting the Buddhist teachings in a way that’s practical, funny, and entertaining, but the book is ultimately quite serious: it’s about using your livelihood to wake up.

Publisher’s Description: 

From the author of the best-selling Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., wisdom for "Generation Next" on how to make your work meaningful, satisfying, and of benefit to others.

The question "What do I want to do with my life?" is more difficult to answer for today's twenty-somethings than it was for their parents--not only do today's jobs look different, but career paths are altogether less of a sure thing. It's in this modern context that Lodro Rinzler provides Generation Y with wisdom for approaching the whole issue of livelihood--not only how to find work, but how to bring compassion and meaning into the job once you've got it. It's wisdom from the Buddhist tradition that works for anyone, presented with the clever humor that made Lodro's first book so popular.
The book is divided into three parts: Part One focuses on deciding what you want to do with your life, job-wise and otherwise; Part Two explores how to be beneficial to others, beginning with those at your office and moving out to the world at large; and Part Three shows how to turn even the most difficult work situations into opportunities for awakening.
Lodro has a gift for presenting the Buddhist teachings in a way that's practical, funny, and entertaining, but the book is ultimately quite serious: it's about using your livelihood to wake up.

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