Since the summer of 2010, young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler has been writing a popular advice column for the "Huffington Post" and the Interdependence Project called "What Would Sid Do?" ("Sid" being Lodro's nickname for Siddhartha Gautama the prince who became the Buddha). Read more...
Since the summer of 2010, young Buddhist teacher Lodro Rinzler has been writing a popular advice column for the "Huffington Post" and the Interdependence Project called "What Would Sid Do?" ("Sid" being Lodro's nickname for Siddhartha Gautama the prince who became the Buddha). Lodro's insightful and often funny answers to questions ranging from how to forgive, to how to deal with a boss who's a bully, to whether or not it's OK to join Match.com have made him the Dear Abby of the spiritual-but-not-religious crowd. This book gathers all of Lodro's "Huffington Post" columns, along with much as-yet-unpublished material, to provide a guide to life in a Q&A format that allows you to easily access wisdom for dealing with the myriad challenges of life traditional challenges as well as uniquely modern ones related to things like social justice and social media."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-23
- Reviewer: Staff
Rinzler (The Buddha Walks Into a Bar...) tackles everyday questions of life, responding with Buddhist wisdom and practices. The young Buddhist teacher, who writes a column for the Huffington Post, does not offer a universal answer to the pitfalls of worldly existence but rather engages with real issues asked by his column readers and friends regarding, for example, how much—or whether—one should drink, and what it means to practice and be mindful while drinking. He also does not shy away from confronting questions about sexuality, self-improvement, and the workplace, reminding readers to be aware in the most frustrating and confusing domains of everyday life. While acknowledging the difficulty of being mindful in these arenas, Rinzler also demonstrates that in ordinary moments, when one does not normally pay attention, one can learn the most about motivations, behaviors, and relationships. Though its title refers to the Buddha, this book is an effective guide for helping readers reevaluate how they live life, disengage the autopilot, and be compassionate to others and themselves. (Oct.)