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The Buddha Walks into the Office: A Guide to Livelihood for a New Generation (Paperback)

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Following in Trungpa’s footsteps, the quirky Lodro Rinzler resurfaces with two new installments of his irreverent yet profound books. He “Buddha-walks” right into the workplace and delves into how to navigate day-to-day existence in the office with the stealth of a Bodhisattva.

— Norbu


Wisdom for "Generation Next" on how to make your work meaningful, satisfying, and of benefit to others

Does it 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 of deep meaning.

About the Author

LODRO RINZLER is a teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage and founder of the Institute for Compassionate Leadership. His columns appear regularly in the Huffington Post and Marie Claire, and his writings have appeared in Reality Sandwich, the Interdependence Project, the Shambhala Sun, Buddhadharma, and the Good Men Project. He is also the author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar . . ., Sit Like a Buddha, and Walk Like a Buddha: Even if Your Boss Sucks, Your Ex Is Torturing You, and You’re Hungover Again. For more of Lodro visit

Praise For…

"Rinzler offers spiritual guidance for young people who have forgotten something important in the midst of career advancement and professional networking: that it is not what they do that defines them, but rather who they are. With that focus, cultivation and enlightenment can be brought to any job and any experience."—Publishers Weekly

"This is a magnificent book that just happens to be truly fun to read. Accessible, urgent and life-changing."—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Product Details
ISBN: 9781611800616
ISBN-10: 1611800617
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English