The Tao of Abundance

 

The Tao of AbundanceEight Ancient Principles for Abundant Living, New York: Penguin Arkana, 1999.

The Tao of Abundance is perhaps the best book that Laurence G. Boldt has written. It goes way beyond what you would reasonably expect from a career coach, was he only a career coach!

This book is not a career guide, it’s not a guide at all. It’s the life vision of a Bodhisattva. I believe Boldt has attained the spiritual level of a Bodhisattva, a spiritual guide. And this is what this book provides, spiritual guidance, nothing lesser and nothing less noble than that, however not in the usual chewing-gum wrapping that you are used to get when you expect somebody to talk about so-called ‘spirituality’. Boldt will never obfuscate the message by rigidity of mind or of language, or by putting up inflexible strict rules. This is his unique genius. Continue reading

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Zen Soup

 

Zen SoupTasty Morsels of Wisdom from Great Minds East & West, New York: Penguin Compass, 1997.

Zen Soup by Laurence G. Boldt is one of the most original little tea table books I’ve got my hands on. It’s definitely more than a tea table book with the profound wisdom it shares and promotes.

I should say first that this little booklet is not limited to sharing Zen wisdom, specifically. It’s well in the spirit of Zen, and there are among the many quotes also those from Zen masters. But there are also quotes from Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, Seneca, George Bernhard Shaw, Thomas Merton, Ralph Waldo Emerson—to name only these. Continue reading

How to Find the Work You Love

How to Find the Work You Love

 

New York: Penguin Compass, 1996, New Edition, 2004 (Quotes are from the Original Edition).

How to Find the Work You Love by Laurence G. Boldt is a highly recommended career guide pocket option for those who won’t work through Zen or the Art of Making a Living.

Now, when I say this, I have to justify it. I have worked two times through Zen or the Art of Making a Living, and yet did not find this smaller book obsolete because the books serve different purposes. The present booklet is not just a thinner copy of the larger career guide, it’s an entirely different book. It addresses perhaps a different audience as well.

To begin with, Boldt stresses in this book that you burst your limits if you are serious about finding really meaningful work. Bursting your limits doesn’t mean you have to become a superman or superwoman; it rather means bursting your understanding of the world, and your humanness. Continue reading

Zen or the Art of Making a Living

 

Zen or the Art of Making a LivingA Practical Guide to Creative Career Design, New York: Penguin Arkana, 1993, New and Updated Edition, 1999 (Quotes are from the Original Edition).

Zen or the Art of Making a Living by Laurence G. Boldt is a highly useful career guide, and at the same time more than a career guide.

Laurence G. Boldt is not just an excellent coach; he also comes over as a wise man. His many years of studying Zen and Taoism left their traces in this extraordinary book, and it’s more than a book—it’s crafted, an art work.  In the present case, Penguin did an excellent editing job. The book is one of the most cherished I have in my library. I read it twice, entirely, and filled out all the worksheets, and still sometimes just look through it to read quotes or contemplate the wonderful reproductions of Japanese and Chinese ink art and calligraphy. Continue reading