Buddhist Boot Camp: Train Your Mind and Simplify Your Life with Timber Hawkeye | Awaken Ep. 8

Timber Hawkeye has an interesting story and some very valuable lessons to share.

Timber was once living the rat race. He was working an office job, slowly chipping away at the debt he was in as a result of a materialistic lifestyle.  But he came to a point in his life where he grew tired of working full-time and living part-time. He also realized that his spending was simply an attempt to a fill a void.

He references a line from the movie fight club that goes something like this: “we work jobs we hate, to buy stuff we don’t need, to impress people we don’t like.”

Timber decided to simplify his life. He moved to Hawaii and began living minimalistically, which allowed him the freedom to spend most of his day doing the things he loved. As he began to study Buddhism, he was drawn to simplifying his life even further, and eventually made the decision to live in a monastery as a Buddhist monk.

These experiences provided the foundation for the lessons that Timber now shares through his books and blog, Buddhist Boot Camp. Buddhist Boot Camp is all about training the mind to be in a frame of abundance oppose to deficiency, and a place of gratitude oppose to dissatisfaction.

Tune in to learn more about Timber’s invitation to train our minds, simplify our lives, and be grateful.


  • His journey of leaving the corporate world in search of a simpler life
  • How the truth that is opposite to your truth is also true
  • Suzuki Roshi’s quote: “There are no enlightened beings, there is only enlightened activity”
  • Being grateful and defining what is enough in order to be in a frame of abundance oppose to deficiency
  • Dropping the labels of “good” and “bad”
  • Using meditation to take control of the mind


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“Gratitude has a way of taking what you have, and making it enough. And that’s the true definition of being rich” – Timber Hawkeye

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