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Buddha's Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well (Hardcover)
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Can enlightenment be found at the office? From the co-author of Buddha's Diet comes another book that shows how the wisdom of Buddha can apply to our modern lives -- this time exploring how Buddha's guidance can help us navigate the perils of work life.
Without setting foot in an office, Buddha knew that helping people work right was essential to helping them find their path to awakening. Now more than ever, we need Buddha's guidance. Too many of us are working long hours, dealing with difficult bosses, high-maintenance coworkers, and non-stop stress. We need someone to help remind us that there is a better way. With Buddha's wisdom at the core of every chapter, Buddha's Office will help you learn how to stop taking shortcuts and pay more attention, care for yourself and others, deal with distractions, and incorporate Buddha's ageless instructions into our modern working life.
It's time to wake up and start working in a more enlightened way. One that is right for you, right for our health, right for your sanity, and right for the world.
About the Author
Dan Zigmond is a writer, data scientist, and Zen priest. As a former executive at Instagram, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, he was named one of the "20 Business Geniuses You Need to Know" by Wired magazine. He is also the co-author of Buddha's Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind. He lives with his family in Menlo Park, California.
"Working Buddhists and those interested in Buddhist mindfulness will find this to be an accessible, down-to-earth handbook for finding a 'middle path' while at the office."—Publishers Weekly
"This book may well transform your life at work!"
—Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram
"A delightful read. A practical, sensible, and unvarnished look at how we might apply the ancient wisdom of Buddha's basic instructions to modern daily life."
—Chris Cox, former Chief Product Officer at Facebook
"Buddha's Office beautifully links the worlds of Buddha and business. Author Dan Zigmond is both an ordained Zen monk and a highly effective people manager. This book is a wise exploration of how those two are less different than you might think."
—Mike Krieger, co-founder of Instagram
"What every book about mindfulness and work should be: thoughtful, accessible, practical without being formulaic. Yes, it's about how to work more mindfully, but it's really about how to live more mindfully."
—Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, author of The Distraction Addiction and Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
"A wise and compassionate workbook for bringing more humanity and connection into the workplace and into your life. Dan Zigmond has a clear and powerful way of making a case for the value of working and living with more awareness and heart."
—Marc Lesser, author of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader
"Offers the perfect antidote for our current unsatisfactory work culture. We're conditioned to believe work has to be something we try to escape, but Zigmond shows us how to bring Buddhust principles into the art of work and make it a joyful and relaxing part of your life."
—Ginny Hogan, comedian and author of Toxic Femininity in the Workplace
"This small book is packed with insights, practices, wisdom and humor, all guaranteed to make you the most popular bodhisattva at the water cooler."
—Eddie Stern, author of One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life
"A refreshingly practical guide . . . Zigmond brings a light touch to meaty content."
—Randy Komisar, venture capitalist, entrepreneur, author of The Monk and the Riddle
"Can you actually find happiness and fulfillment and even 'wake up' at work? Buddha's Office provides readers with a path to help you do just that. Warm, funny, and packed with practical wisdom, this book by Dan Zigmond might just change your life."
—Amy Sandler, CMO and Coach at Radical Candor
"We all struggle with finding fulfillment and happiness in the daily grind of our careers. Thankfully, Dan Zigmond has brought to life the answers to our challenges with the timeless wisdom of Buddha translated to the realities of our modern workplace. You can find success and joy in your work, all you have to do is act on the recommendations of this delightful book."—Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy and author of The Career Manifesto
"It's the definitive text on how to ensure work isn't a distraction from our spiritual life but an integral part of it."—-Lion's Roar
"Buddha's Office: The Ancient Art of Waking Up While Working Well combines Buddhist principles with business management advice. The result is an inherently fascinating, impressively informative, exceptionally practical, and thoroughly 'user friendly' compendium of insight, advice and inspiration for improving our professional and personal lives with respect to whatever form of workplace that employs us."—-Midwest Book Review