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
Live Q&A Highlights from March 22, 2020

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

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.

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Mar 09, 2020
One Power

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

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

Feb 01, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Are we robbing ourselves of contentment by chasing happiness? 

Aug 04, 2019

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

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?

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?

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Jun 17, 2019

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jan 09, 2019

What are you stubborn about, and to whose benefit?

Dec 21, 2018
The End

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

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?

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

Nov 14, 2018
Who Are You?

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

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

Oct 11, 2018

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

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

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

Aug 21, 2018
Forgiveness and Apologizing

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

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

Jul 27, 2018
Part 2 of Understanding Hatred

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

Jul 20, 2018
Understanding Hatred

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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

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)

The first chapter from Faithfully Religionless. 

Dec 14, 2017
Giving Thanks

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

Nov 22, 2017
Addicted to Busy

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

Nov 21, 2017
Sample Chapters from Buddhist Boot Camp

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

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?

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

Oct 24, 2017
Recommended Books

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jul 28, 2017
Core Values

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

Replacing the habit of comparing with accepting. 

Jul 22, 2017

Forgiveness is a gift that you give to yourself.

Jul 18, 2017
Relax? What's That?

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

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

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

Jul 01, 2017
Hurt Feelings

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

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

Jun 16, 2017
Zoom Out

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

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

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

The important difference between Family and Relatives. 

May 27, 2017
Training the Mind

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

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

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