Buddha’s Bodyguard (Paperback)

How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P.

By Jeff Eisenberg

Findhorn Press, 9781844097401, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 3, 2018

List Price: 14.99*
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Description

An innovative guide to applying the strategies of a bodyguard to create a Buddhist “security plan” for protecting ourselves from suffering

• Presents the unique concept of the “bodyguard” and its protection tactics as a metaphor for explaining and implementing Buddhist teachings

• Recasts the Four Noble Truths as the Four Noble Tactical Truths, the Eightfold Path as the Eight Tactics Plan, and the notion of Interbeing in the Buddhist world as the Tactics of Interdepending

• Offers a new, modern understanding for the new generation of Buddhist practitioners intrigued by a more Western take on Buddhism

Drawing from his extensive experience as a professional protection agent, Jeff Eisenberg uses the tactics and strategies that a bodyguard employs in protecting a client from a threat as a blueprint for creating a Buddhist “security plan.” This plan provides the practical tools to protect one’s self from the threat of suffering in our world. Using the metaphor of being the Buddha’s bodyguard to understand the Buddhist teachings, the book details how to protect our inner “Buddha nature” and secure our mental and emotional wellbeing.

We all have the chance to train ourselves to be more proactive in our own safety and avoid becoming a victim. And if we are victimized, this training will prepare us to take appropriate actions that will aid in our ability to survive with much less injury and trauma. As the author affirms: “It is vital to realize that a physical altercation is the last thing that happens in a chain of events. And while we must never blame the victim, our safety is our responsibility. Many situations can be avoided, or their severity greatly lessened, if we pay attention during the chain of events that leads up to it and respond appropriately.”

While this book is not about personal protection per se, it applies personal protection theory and specific tactics utilized by bodyguards to Buddhist practice, laying out strategies to protect our inner Buddha from attack. Thus the Four Noble Truths are applied to the concept of “threat” in the form of Four Noble Tactical Truths, the Eight Tactics Plan echoes the Eightfold Path, and the Tactics of Interdepending embrace the notion of Interbeing in the Buddhist world.

With “paying attention” and mindfulness being key concepts of both a bodyguard’s profession and Buddhist practice, this pioneering book speaks to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.


About the Author

Jeff Eisenberg is a Grand Master level martial arts and meditation teacher with over 40 years of training and 25 years of teaching experience. He has run his own Dojo for nearly fifteen years and trained thousands of children and adults in the martial arts. He has also worked as a bodyguard, investigator, and director of crisis response in the emergency and psychiatric ward of a major hospital. Author of the bestselling book Fighting Buddha, he lives in Long Branch, New Jersey.


Praise For Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P.

“Jeff Eisenberg is one of the most refreshing voices in Buddhist teaching. His emphasis on the practical resonated with me since I first encountered his first book, Fighting Buddha, and in this latest volume he continues to teach us how to translate practice into workable action. Jeff empowers us to be our own bodyguards in a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sense, and for this offering I am grateful. Be prepared for some major internal shifts upon picking up this clever read!”
— JAMIE MARICH, Ph.D., author of Dancing Mindfulness

“Drawing from his experiential knowledge of being a Buddhist practitioner, professional bodyguard, and martial artist, Jeff Eisenberg delivers wisdom on personal protection of body, mind, and spirit.”
— SHAWN ZAPPO, surf instructor, meditation teacher, and writer

“Another gem, or should I say ‘Dharma Jewel’ from Mr. Eisenberg! The Buddha’s teachings from the world of protection and safety walk side by side in this wonderfully written manual. Practical and always entertaining. Even if you have never set foot inside a Buddhist temple, or have been a bodyguard, you will learn a helluvalot from this book! I highly recommend it.”
— DAVID “SHINZEN” NELSON, Ph.D., author of Black Belt Healing