Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast

By Timber Hawkeye

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The intention is to awaken, enlighten, enrich, and inspire. Timber Hawkeye, bestselling author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless, offers a secular approach to being at peace with the world, both within and around us. As the Dalai Lama says, "Don't try to use what you learn from Buddhism to be a Buddhist, use it to be a better whatever-you-already-are."

Episode Date
Why We Share
06:58

Have you ever wondered why you have the urge to share your opinion with people without being asked? Even some of the information we THINK is helpful, caring, and kind, is actually demoralizing, hostile, and reeks of a superiority complex lurking behind our urge to share. All too often, we have ulterior motives when we dump our opinions on others unsolicited.

May 06, 2021
Bouncer
05:41

All sorts of random thoughts show up during the day and even while meditating, so we need a bouncer to decide which thoughts get to enter our minds, which have to stand outside, and which are banned for life. To listen with captions, visit: https://youtu.be/XnUAJB3Y0Xk

Apr 20, 2021
Discipline & Dedication
08:19

We think happiness will result from accumulating one instant gratification after another, but each gratifying moment is so brief, we spend more time chasing happiness than being happy. Practice not giving the mind everything it wants. 

Apr 10, 2021
Distractions
06:19

Inside of you there is a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time. If you find value in these videos, please show your support at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support or with as little as $1/month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp • You can schedule a one-on-one session at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/meet — Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Mar 20, 2021
Effort
06:05

Effort is a direct reflection of our dedication and commitment. If you find value in these videos, please show your support at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support or with as little as $1/month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp • You can schedule a one-on-one session at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/meet

Mar 10, 2021
Love Languages
09:55

This is the recording of Timber's talk at a local church this morning, all about Gary Chapman's Five Love Languages, Clay Davidson's Unconditional Love, and an uncomfortable look in the mirror to see where we still hold judgment about how others do things, how we fail to love people the way they want to be loved (insisting instead on loving them the way we want), and how loving God fits into all this (since this was at a New Thought fellowship, after all, and Timber is all about incorporating anything we can learn from ancient teachings to modern psychology. There's value in it all). Enjoy. If you find value in these Podcast episodes, show your support at https://buddhistbootcamp.com/support

Feb 22, 2021
Feelings
07:02

Have so many feelings and don’t know what to do with them? I’ve been taught to avoid identifying with them or even claim them as my own, just observe the feelings with curiosity from a place of serenity, because it’s the only place from which we can see things clearly. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support or with as little as $1/month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp

• You can schedule a one-on-one session at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/meet

— Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Feb 15, 2021
Self-Love
07:23

Do your decisions reflect that you care about your well-being or that you don't? Why are we so dismissive of our own divinity and worth? If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Jan 23, 2021
Focus
05:11

Make anything that distracts you from your chosen path unappealing by adjusting your focus. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Jan 09, 2021
Sit Happens
07:43

Why meditate? What's the point? Directing our attention where we choose is how we learn to no longer get distracted by outside circumstances. That's enough incentive for me to make Sit Happen, because if you are easily provoked, you are easy to control. Determination and restraint can be your superpower. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Dec 27, 2020
Be Water
06:07

If we have our claws so deeply embedded in the way we were, we get in the way of who we might become. Loosen your grip and rigidity to become more fluid. As Bruce Lee said, "Be Water, My Friend." If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Dec 12, 2020
Outrospection
09:56

Visibility leads to acceptance. Exposure to diversity opens our eyes first, our minds second, and our hearts third. When we understand and connect with one another, empathy and compassion become the inevitable end results. Let's talk about the problem with the Golden Rule and the importance of balancing introspection with outrospection. 

If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Nov 21, 2020
The Power of One
05:53

Why do we acknowledge that a single individual can make a big difference in our lives (or in the world), but we rarely credit ourselves for the ability to do the same? If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Nov 12, 2020
Privilege
07:57

Everybody is privileged in at least one way or another, and that's not a bad thing. What is privilege? What is it not? And what can we do with it? If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Oct 23, 2020
Accepting Yourself
04:59

Lao Tzu said, "Care what other people think, and you will always be their prisoner." Liberate yourself by getting to know who you are according to you, not anybody else. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Oct 08, 2020
Physical Contact
08:28

Do we now live in a world where we have to find non-physical ways to show affection? Let's talk about deeper methods of intimacy like vulnerability and transparency, and use tools like empathy and compassion to connect with one another when a hug isn't an option (and even when it is). If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Sep 20, 2020
Negativity Bias
06:21

Why do we so easily accept bad news but are reluctant to embrace good news? Maybe enlightenment is not about finding some truth that sets us free, perhaps it’s about recognizing which lies hold us hostage? If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Sep 08, 2020
Unmet Needs
09:02

What if instead of expressing our feelings we explained which of our needs are not being met? This practice requires awareness and vulnerability, but it could put an end to the shame and blame games we play in our relationships. Growth isn't easy, but every step forward brings us more clarity, understanding, and connection. So don't proceed with caution, proceed with curiosity. Good luck!

Aug 23, 2020
Intervention
06:03

Are you living in line with your values? Do you know what your values are? This month's intervention holds up a mirror for us to look at ourselves and question whether we claim to be one way but act another. It's an invitation to live a congruent life in our integrity, where what we think, what we say, and what we do is all in alignment. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Aug 06, 2020
Rude
07:51

Do you only show the ugliest side of you (the rude, mean, and nasty) to the people you love the most while strangers see the nicest side of you? Is it possible my dysfunctional family cutting people out of their lives left-and-right has a silver lining? Can we be kind to everyone? Even to our family members? If you find value in this Podcast, please show your support with just $1/month through https://patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Jul 17, 2020
Personal Boundaries
06:43

What you allow is what will continue, and what you put up with is what you end up with, so set your boundaries, communicate them, and stick to them with conviction because if you don't honor your own boundaries, why and how can you expect others to? Be tolerant and accepting, yes, but tolerant does not mean accepting what is harmful. Define what "harmful" means to you, and you'll be one step closer to setting healthy boundaries.

Jul 07, 2020
According to Me
08:22

The best way to have uncomfortable conversations with family members or friends who don't see the problem or how you perceive them to be part of the problem, and how to avoid finger-pointing so we can have effective discussions rather than arguments. If you find value in these podcast episodes, please show your support through Venmo @TimberHawkeye or with as little as $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp or a one-time contribution at https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/support Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Jun 23, 2020
Outrage
15:00

In memory of George Floyd. 

Jun 02, 2020
Sunday Sermon
10:14

God, Prayer, Grace, Mercy, if any of those topics make you uncomfortable, skip this episode; it's a recording of Sunday's sermon at Unity Church, bridging the gap between my upbringing, religion, and Buddhism, in a way to which people of faith can relate.

May 18, 2020
Priorities
08:05

Our actions convey our priorities but we often fail to contemplate the WHY behind people's actions. When you argue with someone, you’re trying to prove WHO is right, but in a discussion, both parties are trying to find out WHAT is right. If you find value in the Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast, please show your support with just $1/month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

May 12, 2020
My Panic Attack
09:15

I am typically calm and collected, so when I experienced a panic attack that triggered serious suicidal thoughts, it was mindfulness, meditation, surrender, and a mantra that brought me back to center. Years ago, I made a commitment to be vulnerable and transparent with all of you, and this was the lowest point in my adult life but I'd be a hack if I kept it from you. This is me. But I'm grateful for the tools with which to work through it all. Your brother, Timber Hawkeye

Apr 29, 2020
Live Q&A Highlights from April 5, 2020
15:42

Losing all hope is freedom? What?! Have a listen to distinguish between faith and hope, and learn to hold all opinions lightly so there's room to accept other people's reality as valid as our own. 

Apr 12, 2020
Live Q&A Highlights from March 29, 2020
07:44

What changes to incorporate and how to remember which ones we want to implement in our lives when this pandemic is over, getting in touch with what (not who) we are grateful for, and helping each other out on this incredible journey we call life.

Apr 08, 2020
Live Q&A Highlights from March 22, 2020
18:21

On March 22, 2020, Timber hosted a live video broadcast Q&A in lieu of in-person events that have been canceled due to travel restrictions and social distancing. There will be a series of these in the coming weeks for people to tune into via YouTube from all over the world. Visit the Buddhist Boot Camp website for upcoming event information and additional details.

Mar 26, 2020
Wabi Sabi
05:21

Stop expecting perfection from others, it’s not like you can offer it in return. Consider this a relief from the burden of judgment. Forget the conventional idea of "perfection," and embrace Wabi Sabi instead.

Mar 09, 2020
One Power
06:22

The song that helped me get over my issues with the word "God" and ease my resistance to places of worship like synagogues, churches, temples, and so on...

Feb 16, 2020
That Was Supposed To Happen
07:34

I think we can do better than have great hindsight, we can train ourselves to have immediate insight. Here’s how…

Feb 01, 2020
Missing
07:19

If you admit you miss someone or something, does that mean your life is incomplete? I may have to take back what I've often said was true for me... I don't know. What do you think?

Jan 17, 2020
Emotion In Motion
07:52

When you know the difference between feelings and emotions, you can pause between impulse and response to avoid expressing anger when what you're really feeling is hurt, for example. Don't let your mood affect your manners. Inner peace is in the present moment, everything else is an illusion.

Jan 11, 2020
Focus on the present moment
04:03

We can't see clearly because we often focus on how things used to be, how we want them to be, how we think they should be, anywhere other than focusing on how things actually are. It's 2020, where's your focus?

Jan 03, 2020
True Nature
05:26

What is your true nature? Are you living in line with it or with habitual tendencies that take you away from your true nature? Do we all have the same true nature? Lots of food for thought...

Dec 13, 2019
Never Broken
05:30

As Maya Angelou said, "I may be changed by what happens in my life, but I refuse to be reduced by it." We are never broken unless we believe we are. If you find value in this podcast and what to keep it commercial-free, it is available without ads thanks to listeners just like you who donate just $1/month through https://patreon.com/buddhistbootcamp. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Dec 03, 2019
The Meaning of Life
06:09

Can our life's purpose be to do things on purpose? Can something as ubiquitous as shopping be made altruistic if there's meaning behind each purchase? I mean, we can't all save the rainforest first hand, for example, but what if the clothes we buy support an organization that does? At the end of the day, it's not about what we get but what we give, so let's give life meaning. If you find value in these commercial-free podcast episodes, my online posts, monthly emails, and discussion circles, then head over to Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp to show your support with just $1/month to keep the conversation going. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Nov 13, 2019
It's All In My Head
05:25

Talking yourself off the ledge by knowing your way home. If you find value in these commercial-free podcast episodes, my online posts, monthly emails, and discussion circles, then head over to https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp to show your support with just $1/month to keep the conversation going. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Nov 05, 2019
Desire
05:57

Is desire the root of suffering as Buddhism suggests? The answer is tricky because it depends on whether you desire the journey or the destination; only one of those is available to you right now. So is desire really the root of suffering or, perhaps better stated, is happiness the absence of desire? Have a listen, think about it, and decide for yourself. This is just food for thought and if you find value in these commercial-free podcast episodes, the online posts, monthly emails, and discussion circles, then head over to Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp to show your support with just $1/month to keep the conversation going. Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Oct 11, 2019
No Parking
04:59

Instead of changing who we are depending on outside circumstances, let's commit to being a certain way no-matter-what. Your response in any situation would be consistent with who you are rather than dependent on the whim of those around you. We don't so much "discover ourselves," we create who we are, so choose wisely.

Sep 27, 2019
The Opposite of Namaste
05:34

This might just be the way for us to avoid judgment, segregation, and discrimination by making everyone instantly more relatable. If you find value in the ad-free Buddhist Boot Camp Podcast, Facebook page, public events, books, and programs, please consider showing your support with just $1 a month through https://patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Sep 11, 2019
Meditation Misconception
06:00

I don't meditate to control my thoughts, I meditate so my thoughts don't control me. Visit https://BuddhistBootCamp.com for more information, and if you find value in these commercial-free Podcast episodes, please show your support with just $1/month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Aug 25, 2019
Contentment
04:31

Are we robbing ourselves of contentment by chasing happiness? 

Aug 04, 2019
Generosity
07:41

We must stop undermining our ability to be generous by overlooking the fact that generosity doesn’t have to be monetary.

Jul 11, 2019
The Gift of Time
05:27

The lifetime we are given (the good times, the terrible, and all the time in between), is a gift from a mysterious stranger. And the natural response to receiving a gift is gratitude, not a sense of entitlement. For more information about Timber Hawkeye, his books, TED Talk, and Books-to-Prisons project, please visit https://www.BuddhistBootCamp.com and consider showing your support for the Podcast, online posts, and monthly emails with just $1 a month at https://www.Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp 

Jul 03, 2019
What Motivates Your Actions?
06:32

Why do you do what you do? What are you trying to accomplish? Are your actions fueled by the ego? I ask myself these questions all the time to make sure I don't get into the habit of letting my ego run the show. What motivates YOUR actions?

If you find value in this Podcast episode or my online posts, monthly emails, the books, or local events, please show your support with just $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp

Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

Jun 17, 2019
Intention
06:08

Would your life choices be different if you were to set a single intention to motivate all of your actions? What's your intention? 

Jun 08, 2019
Meaning Making Machines
05:22

Every experience triggers an emotion in us and we then make judgments, decisions, and act out of that emotion, unreliable and variable as it may be. Could the labels that offered us comfort and clarity at one time in our lives later cause our segregation and discomfort? The question to ask yourself is if your narrative is working for you or against you. If you find value in these commercial-free Podcast episodes or my online posts, monthly emails, the books or local events, please show your support with just $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp Thank you for being a Soldier of Peace in the Army of Love.

May 18, 2019
Guilt
05:43

Distinguish between healthy and unhealthy guilt. As my brother says, "Most of what weighs you down isn't even yours to carry." If you find value in these Podcast episodes, please show your support with just $1 a month through https://Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp These podcasts are available commercial-free thanks to listeners just like you who show their support. Thank you for being Soldiers of Peace in the Army of Love.

May 03, 2019
Unsolicited Advice
05:03

According to NVC (Non-Violent Communication), Unsolicited Advice is a form of violence; it's a way to bully someone by telling them what you think they "should" or "shouldn't" do. It can be very invasive when unwelcomed, so let's be mindful of what to do when we receive it, how to stop giving it, and the gift inherent in waiting for someone to ask for help rather than freely giving it. If you find value in these Podcast episodes, please show your support with just $1 a month through Patreon.com/BuddhistBootCamp These podcasts are available commercial-free thanks to listeners just like you who show their support. Thank you for being Soldiers of Peace in the Army of Love.

Apr 22, 2019
Are You Ready?
04:42

Life is going to throw some curve balls your way, take you up steep terrain, and surprise you with unexpected twists and turns. Are you ready to face it all like a champion so no challenge is overwhelming, or does everything in your life feel insurmountable? I say intentionally go without the very things you fear losing so you're prepared, trained, and ready! Keep your power instead of giving it away to fear.

Apr 05, 2019
Be Like Water
06:52

Release your tight grip on things like identity wrapped in a job title or financial status, your car, home, or marital status. Keep stretching and expanding a flexible outlook as it ripples outward to encompass everything in the Universe. Turn to vapor, ice, liquid, and back again, without getting attached to any of it.

Mar 30, 2019
Echo Chamber
05:04

Do you have a close circle of friends who help you grow and evolve, or do you have an echo chamber in which everyone you know keeps you confined in a loop of destructive behavior, stunting your growth instead of promoting it?

Mar 07, 2019
A Grain of Salt
06:51

Can you look at the world with a fresh, unbiased mind, and trust your own discernment instead of looking for someone whom you deem "credible" to validate it for you? 

Feb 25, 2019
Setting Boundaries
05:44

If your image (how people perceive you) is more important to you than your own values, you'd allow people to cross some boundaries (or not even set them in the first place), all to protect your image. Your actions convey your priorities, so where does your image rank compared to your core values?

Feb 02, 2019
Do Less Harm
06:08

In response to the Buddhist invitation to "Do No Harm," which I think is impossible, I prefer contemplating "Doing LESS Harm," which triggers awareness of our decisions' ripple effects on ourselves and the world around us until we find ways to minimize (not eliminate) the harm we cause when we eat, drink, read, watch, etc.

Jan 24, 2019
Don't Worry Be Mindful
05:25

It's not about controlling your thoughts, it's about getting to a point where your thoughts don't control you.

Jan 09, 2019
Stubborn
04:41

What are you stubborn about, and to whose benefit?

Dec 21, 2018
The End
05:29

We've been raised to never talk about it, and told that any mention of it is morbid, so how can we ever be prepared for the death of our loved ones or ourselves if we never discuss it?

Dec 06, 2018
The Problem with Being Goal-Oriented
04:13

The problem with being goal-oriented and future-focused is that at no given point are you where you want to be. When one eye is fixed upon the destination, only one eye is left with which to find the way.

Nov 27, 2018
Unhappily Ever After?
05:26

Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent so much time making it.

Nov 14, 2018
Who Are You?
05:25

If your happiness depends on something you can lose, you will spend your entire life afraid of losing it. But if your happiness depends on who you are in relation to each moment, then nothing and nobody can take that away from you.

Oct 24, 2018
Response Ability
03:15

Even if the wound is not your fault, healing from it is your responsibility.

Oct 11, 2018
Insecurities
04:48

Insecurities are the result of accepting the media's and other people's projections about us as truth until we no longer hear our highest selves reassure us of our inherent worth, which isn't measured by our job title, skin color, tax bracket, waist size, etc. 

Sep 19, 2018
Self-worth
09:12

If we're dependent on outside validation for a sense of self-worth, then we run the risk of living our entire lives polishing an image that pleases others rather than having awareness of our inherent worth by simply living and working with integrity. We've been told a story of hierarchy and then urged to make it to the top so we can look down on others, but I don't think our value is a contest or a competition; we all serve a purpose. And if we can live in peace with ourselves and with others, then we are part of the solution by not being part of the pollution.

Sep 11, 2018
Let Go Or Be Dragged
04:56

Is it the load that breaks our backs or the way we carry it?

Aug 21, 2018
Forgiveness and Apologizing
05:41

Not forgiving is a form of self-imprisonment. Liberate yourself by doing away with the existing apology-and-forgiveness model that is similar to loan transactions in which one person is indebted to another, and get unstuck by taking the lesson from every experience, throwing away any grudge or resentment, and moving forward. 

Aug 06, 2018
The Message Not The Messenger
04:44

Focus on the teachings, not on the teacher. Your life is your message.

Jul 27, 2018
Part 2 of Understanding Hatred
06:41

Summary of comments from the live online discussion about the previous podcast episode regarding understanding hatred.

Jul 20, 2018
Understanding Hatred
07:52

To better understand hatred, we must first be honest about where it resides within each of us. When we fail to do that, we end up hating the hater, yet justifying our hatred as somehow "superior." Since all hate is rooted in segregation, questioning the labels we assign to everything we know and experience is a good place to start. I say Non-Judgment Day is Near, but your participation is required.

Jul 06, 2018
The Lobster Parable
05:12

Change is natural and inevitable. The cause of our discomfort and suffering isn't change, it's our resistance to it. So the question is, are you open to change, or are you fighting the inevitable and creating your own suffering?

Jun 27, 2018
Is Drama a Drug?
03:47

Is it possible that meddling is just another narcotic, a way to escape having to face our own issues, insecurities, and shortcomings, by pointing out somebody else’s? If drama is an addiction, is mindfulness the cure?

Jun 22, 2018
Balance
04:36

The same way we filter-out harmful germs and chemicals from our drinking water, we need to install some sort of filter in our lives to keep out the harmful information that is found in our media. We need to limit how much negativity we are exposed to, and then balance it with some positive energy. Balance is something we create, not find. And by not being part of the pollution, we are automatically part of the solution. 

May 29, 2018
Watch Your Language
03:17

There is a way to recall our past experiences without triggering any anger, resentment, or even judgment. Do not identify as "broken" or you will actually start believing that you are. The past is in your head. The future is in your hands.

May 09, 2018
Ill Will
03:11

When you feel the impulse to hurt someone (or when someone hurts you), remember we can't soothe our own pain by placing it on someone else. In fact, I think we increase our suffering when we harbor ill-thoughts toward others. 

Apr 30, 2018
Validation
03:51

I used to rely on validation from other people in order to have a sense of self-worth, but that essentially meant I was in a co-dependent relationship with the entire world (think about it). Now my sense of value is up to me living a congruent life, striving to make sure that what I think, say, and do, are all in alignment. Give yourself the gift of true happiness, which isn’t contingent on outside validation, but on the goodness within. Namaste.

Mar 22, 2018
Pray Well With Others
05:01

Setting the record straight that Buddhism is not a religion, not all Buddhists are vegetarian, we do not worship false idols, and the Buddha was not a God, the son of God, or even a messenger of God.

Mar 05, 2018
Knowledge vs Wisdom
03:18

Perhaps the wisest thing we can do isn't to necessarily acquire additional knowledge, but to unlearn some of what we thought we knew in the first place. Let's hold what we know very lightly, without any grasping or attachment, for we might need to let it go someday.

Feb 10, 2018
Are you behind the wheel?
06:51

If life is a road trip in the car, who is driving and deciding which path to take? Are you behind the wheel, or did you get on a bus with millions of other people, all living the same life, heading in the same direction, just sitting there... sometimes until the very last stop? We can get off the bus and change direction at any point if we're not happy with where we are, so the first step is to ask ourselves: who's driving, and are we happy with where we're headed?

Feb 03, 2018
It's not you, It's me.
04:24

How I stopped blaming other people for the way I feel. The problem isn't frustrating situations or annoying people, it's that I keep getting annoyed and frustrated. It's not you.. it's me. 

Jan 28, 2018
A Good Starting Point
10:12

I was recently interviewed by Steve Prussack on his Juice Guru Radio Show, and this is a recorded portion of that live conversation. If you know someone who might benefit from the message and invitation in Buddhist Boot Camp, go ahead and send them this audio clip as a good place to start, or enjoy it as a good reminder. 

Jan 17, 2018
Perspective, Progress, Purpose
04:41

We either enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide, or we try to fight the ocean. Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional. 

Dec 24, 2017
A Christmas Story (Kind of)
13:59

The first chapter from Faithfully Religionless. 

Dec 14, 2017
Giving Thanks
04:01

The power of gratitude and why it's so important.

Nov 22, 2017
Addicted to Busy
03:16

A quick pep talk reminder that our actions convey our priorities.

Nov 21, 2017
Sample Chapters from Buddhist Boot Camp
08:24

A couple of sample chapters from Buddhist Boot Camp. Each chapter is only a page or two long and can be read in any order. Keep a copy of the book on your nightstand and read just one chapter each day. 

Nov 10, 2017
Don't Believe Everything You Think
04:17

Our thoughts are rarely ever truly our own; they are shaped by the people around us, current events, and media exposure. Even when we think of something ourselves (or we think we do), it's important to remember that the mind is strangely capable of believing just about anything in order to avoid internal conflict. 

Nov 04, 2017
Pray, Meditate, or Both?
04:19

The differences and similarities between prayer and meditation, and how each supports the other.

Oct 24, 2017
Recommended Books
09:41

A list of some books I have very much enjoyed reading or listening to, and why I recommend each one. To see the list and links from which to order these titles and more, please visit https://www.buddhistbootcamp.com/bookshelf and then comment back with which books you liked and which you absolutely loved. Enjoy!

Oct 11, 2017
Less is More
06:48

Mindful money and time management, raising awareness of our habits, value assessments, enjoying the freedom that accompanies having less instead of more, and introducing joy to generosity. Do you have spending habits or investment habits? Your discipline reflects your priorities. 

Sep 26, 2017
Is It True Love?
03:28

If true love is unconditional, then if you only love someone because they love you back (or with the expectation that they always will), is it love at all? 

Sep 17, 2017
September 2017 Q&A
06:20

A couple of questions from this month's live stream. The first is about boundaries with an estranged family member, and the other is about the two ways in which we get our sense of self-worth and value. Prepare questions in advance for next month's live, video Q&A on Patreon, and I'll continue recording additional episodes in the meantime. Thank you for joining our live discussions.

Sep 13, 2017
Life is a Piece of Cake
04:36

Before adding stuff to your life in an ongoing effort to make it better, contemplate what you can take out that's making it less than ideal in the first place. It could be a person, a job, a closely-held belief, perspective, attitude, opinion, etc.

Aug 28, 2017
Faithfully Religionless
08:31

On a slightly more serious note, in this podcast episode, I explain why I'm "Faithfully Religionless." Not against religion, just don't think we need one in order to be ethical or to have faith. The next episode will be shorter and more lighthearted, I promise! :)

Aug 26, 2017
August 2017 Q&A
13:55

This month's recording of the live Q&A hosted on Facebook was about breakups, death, jealousy, kids, marriage, and unreasonable expectations. To find out when the next live Q&A will take place, subscribe to our monthly email at BuddhistBootCamp.com, where you can also link to show your support on Patreon.

Aug 13, 2017
Decision Fatigue
03:16

Simplify your life even more, and avoid decision fatigue, by setting certain standards for yourself in advance. This way almost every decision would already be made for you, by you, ahead of time.

Aug 05, 2017
Life as an Experiment
06:27

Everything is subject to time, place, and circumstance, so stay flexible, fluid, and open-minded. Celebrate Impermanence!

Jul 28, 2017
Core Values
04:14

You can't be happy if you're not living in line with your own core values. And you can't live in line with your values if you don't even know what they are. Companies have a vision statement, code of conduct, and ethics that they strive to operate by. Write yours down.

Jul 24, 2017
Letting Go of Judgment
04:54

Replacing the habit of comparing with accepting. 

Jul 22, 2017
Forgiveness
03:28

Forgiveness is a gift that you give to yourself.

Jul 18, 2017
Relax? What's That?
06:23

We can only use the problem-solving tools we've got, which is why it's best to have a wide selection instead of just one. Those with only a hammer try to solve everything by beating it to death (not an ideal solution in circumstances that call for a gentle touch), but those with only a white glove are equally ill-equipped in situations that call for elbow grease. So how many tools do you have in your belt? Can you be gentle yet assertive without being aggressive? Loving, kind, and compassionate but never hateful? Because as Maya Angelou said, "Hate has caused many problems in the world, but hasn't solved one yet." Learn the tools of nonviolent communication to use in some situations, for example, and quiet contemplation in others. Gasoline is great for starting a fire but terrible at putting it out. Namaste.

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Jul 15, 2017
Labels
06:25

I am a lot of things and not one of them defines me. You are also many things, so don't limit yourself to just a few. 

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Jul 11, 2017
Bad Mood
05:06

There is a difference between always being happy and always being in a good mood.

Jul 01, 2017
Hurt Feelings
04:47

If you regularly blame other people for something that is not their fault, then you also make it their job to fix what is your own responsibility to maintain, like your inner peace.

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Jun 26, 2017
Healthy Relationships
05:26

Growing away from possessiveness toward a collaboration and co-creation of transformative relationships.

Jun 16, 2017
Zoom Out
06:19

If we focus on everything that's wrong in the world or in our lives, then we're overlooking everything that's right. The trick is to zoom out and look at the big picture.

Jun 10, 2017
The Origin of Anger
05:03

Anger is a mask that covers hurt feelings or fear. If we learn to explain our anger instead of expressing it, we will immediately move away from hatred and rage, and gently open the door to solutions and understanding. 

Jun 02, 2017
Don't Play the Blame Game
04:06

If you respond to any situation in life by saying, “This shouldn’t be happening,” you will experience anger, anxiety, despair, and hopelessness, which are significantly worse than the situation itself. We have a choice: we can either resist change (which leads to a life-long struggle with everything and everyone around us), OR we can gently navigate through all the inevitable twists and turns.

May 31, 2017
Family
04:00

The important difference between Family and Relatives. 

May 27, 2017
Training the Mind
03:55

Ever want to focus on something but your mind keeps drifting away to whatever IT wants to think about, or really want to stop thinking about something but your mind "can't help it?" That's because you've never trained your mind to listen to you, and have allowed it to do whatever it wants. It's time to train it, slowly but surely...

May 27, 2017
Grasping and Letting Go
06:12

The way we do one thing is the way we do everything. If we practice letting go of the little things, we exercise the same muscle with which we can then let go of the big stuff in life (from old opinions, beliefs, judgments, and resentments). 

May 26, 2017
Introduction: What Buddhist Boot Camp is All About
05:01

This episode is about the back story of Buddhist Boot Camp, and how the blog to book to podcast came to be.

May 26, 2017