Buddha's Office

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 03 Dec 2019

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I just started practicing meditating and practicing mindfulness to help me cope with major transitions  in my workplace and my difficulty setting  and communicating boundaries. I didn’t have high hopes for this book. It sounded a bit silly, but it’s an easy read and it didn’t dumb any concepts down. It has positively reinforced what I already knew and it helped me see that I am making progress. I recommend Buddah’s Office to anyone who wants to explore mindfulness in a non threatening and accessible way. The examples are relevant and the author’s tone was spot on— he doesn’t take himself or the reader too seriously. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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Another interesting addition to the American Buddhist canon. Simple and easy to follow; will recommend.
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Honest and in-depth advice for reaching your full potential.  This advice is presented in easy to follow language that can be broken up and applied in pieces at a time.
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I really enjoyed this book and it offers a lot of suggestions on how to be more mindful at work and how  meditation can help in your work life too. I enjoyed learning more about the history of Buddha and his teachings as well. A great read! Thank you to NetGalley and Perseus Books, Running Press for an ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I absolutely enjoyed how relatable every single aspect about this book is. It is interesting to learn about how Buddha himself viewed work, and what one can do when we suffer because of it. The reminder of being mindful of every situation that comes my way is extremely welcome, and I know that I have a long way to go if I were to have a mind essential for my own happiness.

What I didn't like about this book was that sometimes, it holds too much of the author's own thoughts. It was obvious that sooner or later, something was bound to jump up. Sadly, this fault was that of a contradiction. There is a section that he mentioned where a friend of his because an expert at something he was not because he spent a lot of time on it. It makes sense, doesn't it? The sacrifice that one makes with their time and energy is proportional, to a certain extent, to the returns a person gets. But then he went on to say this: that it is unfair that people who decided to spend time with their family do not have as much success at work. It is extremely sensitive and debatable. And that is one of the problems with this book: the author is too emotionally invested in it, such that his opinions, which are not Buddha's, shone through as well. Great if an example is put forth correctly, but this contradiction is something I cannot forgive, especially as someone who has a first-hand experience with this sort of occurrence. And I can tell you, it is not unfair that people whose priority is family, and not work, are less successful at the latter.

But besides all that, all the other aspects of this are very informative, and I certainly learnt a thing or two. The only thing now is to be mindful and put all of this new knowledge into practice. People who have had to struggle with the difficult situations happening at work should read this. It is both meditative and eye-opening at the same time. References are used and listed at the end of the book. Recommendations of further reading are also included, which I appreciate.
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DISCLAIMER:  NetGallery provided me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This should be required reading for all people who work with others.  When you start combining personalities, agendas, and the politics of a working enviornment, kindness can get lost in the mix.

While most of Zigmond's thoughts are not necessarily new, they are a good reminder to remain mindful and kind.
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I really enjoyed this book.  I must admit, I wish I had read it at the beginning of my career and not towards the end of it.  However, for someone just beginning their career or just beginning to try and understand Buddhism, I think you'll find it enjoyable and perhaps helpful guidance.  I'm not a Buddhist myself, but I've read many books about it and I do try to follow it's tenets just because I find the middle path the kindest path and that's what I strive to be, kind (emphasis on strive!).

Thank you to the publisher and to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title.  #BuddhasOffice #NetGalley
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Buddha's Office reminds us that we need to take a step back and practice Mindfulness and Meditation.  We get overwhelmed and stressed with work and forget to just breathe. Some good advice and well written.
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This book just wasn't for me and as such I wasn't able to finish it. Having a work/life balance is delicate and differs from person to person. This just felt too much of a blanket to me. granted, some of the insight was good and could be used to relax, turn inward, and fin some inner peace. However, for me, as I've gone through a phase of reading several self-help or enlightening books, I didn't find any new-to-me information that I could use.
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As everyone else I am struggling to keep my peace at work so that I am able to be more productive. This book gave me a lot to reconsider about how I was behaving in past. It is a good guidance on how to "keep your cool", manage your everyday obligations and be efficient.
Thank you NetGalley for allowing me to read it
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Look, I've been having some of those crazy days where working and for long hours seems to be the norm, so coming across a book that urges me to practice mindfulness was a bit of a relief.
This book shares insights on the buddhism way of life and I love how the author eases these practices into the daily grind and more so in the workplace scenario we are in right now.
I do wish though that the book had take away points at the end of each chapter, this would make it easier to follow through on some of the notes or action steps a reader would love to make and follow through on.
Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.
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