I just finished reading Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye. I’ve been following him on Twitter and Face Book for awhile but didn’t get a chance to read his book until two days ago. The idea behind the title is to train your mind just like its in boot camp. The chapters are short and you don’t have to read them in order.
In the chapter titled “Repentance” he lists all of his past transgressions, something I doubt many authors willingly share with their readers. It takes a strong sense of self to expose oneself to that kind of vulnerability and I admire him for that.
In another chapter Hawkeye shares the Native American story “The Two Wolves”:
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.” The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
That story really resonated with me.
He also writes about how simplifying his life enabled him to work less and live a richer life; something that seems to be a popular trend among the younger generation.
I enjoyed his book and added it to my collection of favorite contemporary Buddhist authors.