|V 7:8 April 26, 2012
"Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it."
The Book: Being Buddha at Work: 101 Ancient Truths on Change, Stress, Money, and Success
Why Read It? Buddha mind -- a source of calm, compassion, and insight -- exists within each of us, not just the historical Buddha. In this work, authors Franz Metcalf and BJ Gallagher show how to embody that mind in the stress and clamor of the workplace and how to tap into the Buddha consciousness so we can relieve daily tensions and greet challenges with awareness, equanimity, and good humor.
The book is divided into three sections. The first, "Becoming a Mindful Worker," covers Buddha's wisdom for our own work; the second, "Cultivating Mindful Work Relationships," focuses on how to work with other people; the third, "Creating a Mindful Workplace," deals with broader organizational topics.
Read an excerpt here and buy the book for 30% off.
For media review copies, please contact Katie Sheehan.
For academic review copies, please contact Mike Crowley.
|Buddha in the Boardroom
In this issue of the Communiqué, we explore how Buddhist principles and teachings can help us in our workplace.
To help you get started, authors Franz Metcalf and BJ Gallagher have compiled this list of Five Surprising Non-Traditional Mantras to Help You Navigate Your Workday.
+ Whispers in the corridors suggest that Amazon triggered the e-book law suit for its own benefit.
+ Consumers continue to be upset and confused over e-book pricing -- mostly because of misinformation.
+ Author Dave Eggers opted not to travel to Bremen, Germany, to accept an award from the Gunter Grass Foundation following Grass' controversial remarks about Israel.
+ Fans of fiction are rather miffed that the Pulitzer Prizes ignored their genre.
+ Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson chose eBay to offload one of her friend Sophia Waugh's books -- and it was spotted by the writer.
+ Have you seen the pictures of the twenty coolest bookstores in the world?
+ Publishers are wondering how best to take advantage of your social media narcissism.
+ Is the London Book Fair supporting Chinese censorship?
+ The American Library Association has released its list of the top ten most frequently challenged books of 2011.
+ Think you can identify which lines were written by celebrated novelist James Joyce and which were lyrics written by rapper Kool Keith? Take the test.
Freebies + Read the stories of what it cost eight women writers to "make it" in New York. + Ode magazine is having an auction for all sorts of neat stuff including something from us. Check our the offerings here.
+ Free Excerpt from a New York Times Bestseller: The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg. Read an excerpt here.
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|Not Another &^%$ Survey!
Relax, it's for a good cause (us!), and you get some goodies for your trouble. As part of our 20th anniversary initiatives, we would like your feedback on our books, digital products, and services in order to better serve you in the coming years. Complete a short survey by end of day on Friday, April 27, and you'll receive your choice of a free BK Business, BK Life, or BK Currents bestselling title. Start the survey here.
|Free E-Book (for 48 Hours)
| For forty-eight hours, we are giving away e-copies of our bestselling title Three Deep Breaths, by Thomas Crum, and you can download it here. In thanks for your loyal readership, this e-book will be available as a free download exclusively for BK Communiqué subscribers. But act fast! After midnight on April 27, 2012, you're going to have to plunk down $14.00 like everyone else.
| I'm Bonnie Kaufman, Editorial Associate and Digital Community Builder (and a fan of Snuggies for dogs). I practically live online and come across some amazing and amusing things. Here are my recent favorites:
1. Another Night to Remember: Vanity Fair details the January sinking of the Costa Concordia.
2. The Man Who Hacked Hollywood: There's more to this story than stolen celebrity skin pics.
3. Homeboy Industries: An L.A. priest gives convicts an opportunity to start over.
4. The Bravest Woman in Seattle: It's no wonder this unsettling and moving article just won a Pulitzer Prize.
5. Let's end on a lighter note: Wondering what Alfonso Ribeiro (a.k.a. Carlton Banks) is up to these days? Wonder no more.
Last time, I issued this challenge. Unfortunately a mistake
was made increating the challenge and, well, there is no correct answer. We first considered fabricating an answer ("Their names are all swearwords in Esperanto") but decided to come clean instead. As an apology, we will be refunding you the cost of this issue. Check your bank balance and you'll see the amount has been deposited already.
In addition to this, I asked Keith Olbermann to make my apologies for me and he did. In the first 20 seconds of this interview, he is reading my notes from a teleprompter.
And your next challenge -- a real challenge with no errors -- can be found here.
Email me with any comments or rants. And, as always, be on the lookout for truly awful library books.
And if you enjoyed the thought that competitive quidditch was a bit insane, then you'll enjoy further insanity with the world's craziest beards.
Jeevan P.S. -- this isn't real, is it?
P.P.S. -- our author Richard Axelrod went to look his book (Terms of Engagement) up on Amazon, but instead found this. He assumed it was a new edition.