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Buddha Doodles Review and Book Giveaway – Whimsical Drawings with Deep Truths

Buddha Doodles Imagine the PossibilitiesNote: The winners for this giveaway have been chosen.

When I first found Molly Hahn’s Buddha Doodles a few years back, I knew I’d stumbled upon something special.

Her whimsical illustrations never failed to put a smile on my face, and they often came with just the message I needed to read on a given day.

I was even more enthralled when I learned about Molly’s background, and why she started Buddha Doodles.

Having endured a traumatic childhood, she began her meditative sketch practice as part of her healing process. And I, along with hundreds of thousands of other fans, couldn’t be more grateful that she did.

“Light in heart but deep in intent,” as she writes, her illustrations uplift, inspire, and empower us all to be wiser, happier, more mindful people.

Buddha Doodles You can learn to surf

With ninety-six color pages, Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities would make a wonderful gift book or addition to your own library.

To enter to win one of four free copies, leave a comment below sharing something that inspires you—a quote, a personality trait, an act you recently witnessed, anything!

You can enter until midnight PST on Friday, February 12th.

Buddha Doodles Keep Letting Go

Want to grab a copy now? You can order Buddha Doodles: Imagine the Possibilities on Amazon here.

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Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha and Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. To strengthen your relationships, get her new book, Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges. For inspiring posts and wisdom quotes, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Azhara Azeez

    If you have good thoughts,
    they will shine out of your face,
    like sun beams
    and you will always look lovely..

    – Roald Dahl 🙂

  • Satish

    You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf 🙂

  • Nou Vang

    It hurts because it mattered!
    – John Green

  • Keertika

    Think yourself as a winner even in the times of losing. One day you will be one

  • Ria Soriao

    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams – Eleanor Roosevelt

  • Kathleen Moore

    Buddha doodles inspire me because I see them when I am most meant to see them. They are a lighthearted reminder to be friendly to ourselves and have mercy to others. Thank you Buddha doodles!

  • Leanne

    “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” Elizabeth Kübler-Ross

  • Yolanda

    Buddha Bless to all
    We turn our poison into medicine. For some it arrives simply other’s its like climbing the Hemalayas on a cold winter day….but you know what? it’s possible. Weather young or old words, sounds, sight ,memory is a fuel even what causes the suffering so we can give testimony of our practice and Faith in it.
    Life is suffering and it is how we handle that suffering to overcome.
    Thank you Buddha Bless

  • Erin Ellis

    Watching my children grow and learn inspires me every day. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.

    Erin

    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • tanaysha

    When we change “I” to “WE”, Illness can become Wellness

  • Samantha

    Consider every day a small blessing and treat it as such

  • Rachel Dunne

    Turn your face toward the sun and the shawdows will fall behind you – Maori Proverb

  • Rachel Dunne

    Shadows**

  • B_

    “We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong, the amount of work is the same” – Carlos Castaneda.

  • Donna

    New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings…
    ~Lao Tzu~

  • KC

    My two daughters, 7 and 10, have always inspired me. They have a new found faith in life. It makes me want to be a better person. xo

  • Maureen Crandle

    “Life is a great big canvas: throw all the paint on it you can”-Danny Kaye

  • Jonnie

    I recently read The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle and find it to be one of the most important writings available for most people to read. If I were in charge of creating a new religious text, The Power of Now would be my first book to follow.
    If I were to have a chance to pick another, book two would be A Fresh Cup of Tolerance by Dr. Tom Norris. It focuses on Universalism: The New Religion of Tolerance.
    Check ’em out!

    Regards,
    Jonnie

    Jonniesparko@gmail.com

  • Julie C. Perry

    I am inspired by people who have gone through some horrific things but come out on the other side greatful and full of life. I try to live by their example. If they can endure terrible pain and suffering and learn and heal and become better then I can too. I would love a book.

  • Darshell

    I have been finding the daily teachings of the Secret to be highly inspirational and motivational!

  • Amy Yanni

    “Keep walking though there’s no place to get to.
    Don’t try to see through distances.
    That’s not for human beings. Move within,
    But don’t move the way fear makes you move.” -Rumi
    I started running marathons after cancer and a double mastectomy 13 years ago.
    This Rumi quote speaks to me in many ways; sometimes I substitute “running” for walking.
    I especially like not moving the way fear make you move. In my life, that’s one of my priorities. Good advice for so many situations.

  • Jennifer

    What inspires me? My children, my yoga, my (slow) understanding of my higher self. <3
    #OverallGRATITUDE

  • Sherri

    Recently I saw a women bringing a homeless man a blanket while he was hobbling down the streets on crutches on a cold day here in Birmingham, AL while on my way to work. I was to touched and inspired that I did the same later that day for another person.

  • I was at Target with my daughter the other day. The girl in front of us overheard my daughter asking for a Starbucks and me telling her, “not this time”. As I was paying, the girls who overheard my daughter handed her a $5 bill and said, “buy yourself a Starbucks”. My daughter was floored. She said, “that girl is like Jesus”.

  • Jeet

    “Hang out with people who are capable of making a commitment to you and your life, and who require that you make a commitment to theirs. Hang out with people who care about you, with people who need you to develop and who say so. Make such a commitment and don’t break that bond until you and all beings are perfect.” ~ Reb Anderson

  • I love Rumi 🙂

  • Colleen

    Be kind to every living thing

  • Yoshi

    “Adventure is not outside man; it is within.” ~George Elliot

    Something I always remember, thus I make sure I’m never bored. ^.^

  • Mary

    Home Health caregivers and family members who take care of dependent and/or dying people. This is often such a physical and emotional demanding job, with no expectation of instant gratification or reward. This act defines what it means to me to be a human living on this planet right now, selflessly serving others.

  • Molly

    I recently stumbled across this quote…”sometimes the best thing you can do is not think, not wonder, not obsess. Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best”

  • Samantha Jane Galati

    This quote: “Suddenly, all my ancestors are behind me. ‘Be still,’ they say, ‘Watch and listen, you are the results of the love of thousands.'” 🙂

  • Diane Lau

    I’m inspired by the creativity I see daily in my fellow humans…the brilliantly innovative thought and action that truly seems divine to me. And today I see it in these charming Buddha Doodles…so brilliant!

  • John Grund

    “A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” William Shedd

  • Loon Jia Mun

    I’m inspired by being authentic. Being able to express one true self if not only giving the world what God has created you to be but also frees yourself emotionally and mentally from bondages like social expectations. It required courage and ability to be open with others view upon oneself

  • Jen Hoerning

    I tend to adopt new mantras as they appear in my life in a relevant way. It helps me to keep focus in my bustling life as a special education teacher and a mom and reminds me that I am a but a speck in a vast universe of energy and creation.

    Lately, my mantra has been, “As above, so below. As within, so with out.”

    What we choose to see in ourselves is what the universe brings to us. I choose positivity and peace. 🙂

  • Linda

    Love Tiny Buddha. The right message at the right time. I have gained so much. Thank you

  • KJHall

    I love the surf image! I took my 2 daughters surfing Xmas day, and we kept saying “Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got!” ♥

  • Doug Metz

    My daughter inspires me

  • This quote has always inspired me to remember who I really am: “Only from the heart can you touch the sky.”― Rumi

  • Liz McNutt

    “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders” – Laozi

  • Roslyn Raines

    When your lost and on your own you can Never Surrender ❤️

  • I just finished watched The Tree of Life, and I can relate so much with the movie. By witnessing experiences from the characters’ point of views, complimented with rich visual of the happenings of the universe, it reminds me of my mere existence; that there is so much wonderful, magical thing in this world and instead of dealing with negative people and their doings, the beauty is where I should focus myself into 🙂

  • Carly

    You may have had unfair things happen, but know that the depth of your pain is an indication of the height of your future

    This quote found me when I really needed it!! I saved it on my phone and refer back to it often

  • Jenn From

    The elevator is out you will have to take the stairs, one step at a time.

  • Jan Foote

    Inspired by moving forward even though at times I feel I’ve taken a step back. Usually I find stepping back gives me a new perspective

  • Pauline Star

    I am constantly inspired by those who, like me, are sober/clean. It’s not easy but with the love and compassion I give and receive I find hope and inspiration to continue on my journey of freedom.

  • L. Stevens

    My grandmother inspired me, she was always truthful, kind and giving. Expecting nothing from anyone and giving all she had to make others happy. Working with my son who struggles with ADHD is certainly a challenge but she as well as he has inspired me to see that there are always other ways to accomplish things and the best lessons may take time. Learn to stay positive through it all.

  • Marcia

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

    I love this quote more as time goes by. It reminds me not to get so attached to outcome or to overstate my mistakes. Honestly, I am not a brain surgeon or an airline pilot. I sit in a cube most of the day doing me best and sometimes my best falls short of my expectations. Remembering that every day is a new experience, that the present moment is the only moment in which I can do anything, helps me get past days when things aren’t going my way or the way I think they should. If I breathe and wait, a new day will dawn. A new opportunity. A new moment that need not be negatively impacted by the day before. I can come at it again with new energy and “too high a spirit to be encumbered” by my nonsense. 🙂

  • Victor Chhay

    I listen to this speech (Eric Thomas – How Bad Do You Want It) before workouts and presentations.

    “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you’ll be successful.”

  • Beverly Dame

    Inspired by those who live the life they profess. Those who walk the walk.

  • Lisa Alexander

    This may sound self-serving, but I am inspired by the fact that I was able (recently) to forgive my abuser and my mother for the horrific abuse I suffered as a child. I never thought I’d be able to find it in my heart to have compassion for these two people, but now that I have, I know *anything* is possible! 🙂

  • Lee Romano Sequeira

    I happen to really love this inspirational quote ♥ ” Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” ~ amen

  • Nese

    my inspirational quote is : “You don’t always need a plan. Sometimes you just need to breath, trust and let go and see what happens.

  • Gail Nagasako

    “Remember it is only with the heart that one sees rightly.” (The Little Prince)

  • George Smiley

    My mom died in November 2014. Just a few days before the 1-year anniversary of her death last year, I serendipitously stumbled onto a web page with this title:

    “An 80-Year-Old Singing Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ Is One Of The Most Powerful Performances You’ll See”

    Although that article begins with the words, “Have your tissues ready. Seriously.”, and I knew it was going to be an emotional encounter, I went for it. It introduces the singer, Fred Knittle, as a member of the “Young @ Heart Chorus, a Massachusetts singing group made up entirely of people aged 73 to 89.” Embedded in that article is a YouTube video of his performance and, unsurprisingly, I was quickly moved to tears. In a good way. If you’ve not seen it, I highly recommend it — with tissues, of course:

    http://aplus.com/a/fred-knittle-sings-coldplay-fix-you-young-hearts

  • Patrice

    I saw this and loved it. “Broken Crayons still colour .”

  • Joye

    Love is the natural in between.

  • Liz Stone

    “Nothing is either good or bad, only thinking makes it so,” has been my guiding principal.

  • bloomers

    hope floats

  • beth

    Not to spoil the ending, but,….everything is going to be ok.

  • Julie Meagher

    Be generous in life….to myself and to others… Four people are going to be delighted . Doesn’t matter that it might not be me…xx

  • Suzanne M

    This too shall pass

  • Doreen

    You are the driver at the wheel of your journey.

  • Doreen

    Oh I love that!

  • Teresa Miller

    “You deserve a relationship you don’t have to question” – r.h. Sin

  • Candace Lynch

    The meaning of life is to give life meaning! We are stronger when you let go of our resistance and open ourselves to receiving the good that awaits us in the NOW……….Bring your light to the darkness!

  • Eve Strickland

    Berthold Brecht wrote: Because things are the way they are, they will not stay the way they are. I hold on to this thought during the bad times. I have just spent over two months struggling through the darkness and I held on to the fact that things will change because they must. They have changed already. I feel stronger and more in tune with myself and know that I must care for myself at all times. I need to be the constant in the ever flowing sea of change that is life.

  • mahima solanki

    “When you let go of what you are, you become what you might be.” -Lao Tzu. This quote helps me move ahead in life by letting go of current circumstances.

  • Jane Lynch

    “Freedom is not given to us by anyone; we have to cultivate it ourselves. It is a daily practice. No one can prevent you from being aware of each step you take or each breath in and breath out.”

  • Priscilla

    The Sunday Soulful Power Yoga class I go to is inspiring.

  • Chloe

    “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything” unknown

  • Jai Vashti

    Now that made me smile!

  • Jai Vashti

    Ubuntu: “I am because you are.”

  • Marsha M

    Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read – Groucho Marx. Sign me up for Buddha Doodles!

  • “She believed she could, so she did.” Saw it on a bracelet at just the right moment. Loved it!

  • rt

    I love the quote “When we become more committed to our growth than we are to our pain,we open the door to healing ourselves for real”.

  • Amy J

    In terms of personal recovery, and being able to come to a place in life where I can start to let go, my therapist once said to me: “The way out is through.” It has helped tremendously with healing and finding my way.

  • jojo

    “There is a crack in everything ,that’s how the light gets in ”
    when I’m down..confused..lost..or revelling in the delights of this beautiful world,these words bring me peace and a smile and a chance to enjoy the song..thank you Mr Cohen 🙂

  • E Michelle Bakle

    i love the snl You’re good enough, your smart enough and gosh darn it people like you!

  • Lisa

    “This too shall pass!”

  • Bonnie Welch

    From my grandmother, my hero! “Big fleas have little fleas on their backs to bite ’em…..And little fleas have littler fleas, and so ad infinitum”. It helps me to remember not to sweat the small stuff.

  • Aparna

    “You don’t pass or fail at being a person”- Neil gaiman!

  • Alexis

    You can either smile everyday or frown everyday, so why not just smile. ” Ralph Smart”

  • Rita

    “Happiness is a choice you make ahead of time1”

  • Sarah

    Be here now, change is inevitable, this too shall pass and thoughts become things. Smile at a stranger today … everyday! I am so thankful for the love I have to share with the world!

  • Sarah

    Awesome! Thanks for the reminder!!!

  • Yoo-Jin

    “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable but they are never weakness” -Brene Brown

  • Sarah

    Lori, These need to be compiled in a post or a book! Your readers are brilliant!

  • jacquie astemborski

    i’m inspired by all the quotes that were shared here.

  • hkhart

    I’m currently inspired by my wonderful 18 year old daughter!

  • Lisa Adams

    Life is a garden and your thoughts are seeds. You can either plant flowers or you can plant weeds.

  • Alana Sdfjkl

    A quote that inspires me: “I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false.”

  • Ceren

    Your existence inspires me for a long time:))thanks a lot for everything you are sharing!

  • AganAcademy

    The very worst disadvantage of being too strong is that nobody cares even when you are hurt – Felt this so strong when I recently met a person who was so strong and there was no-one to take care.

  • Gary O Jones

    Hi Lori
    Your site re inspires me every day! Thank you so much!

    But i try to always model myself on the so-called Peace Prayer of St Francis:
    “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.

    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

    Where there is injury, pardon;

    Where there is doubt, faith;

    Where there is despair, hope;

    Where there is darkness, light;

    Where there is sadness, joy.

    O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

    To be consoled as to console,

    To be understood as to understand,

    To be loved as to love;

    For it is in giving that we receive;

    It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

    It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.”

  • Anna Sanfilippo

    Philosophy I live by when things get tough!
    This too shall pass.

  • Martin G :)

    My favourite has to be “I would rather be the Gladiator that falls in the ring than the spectator that looks on and judges my down fall never knowing what it is to try.” Not even sure where I heard this but its got me through many a decision in life.

  • Didi

    I am divinely imperfect because God made me this way.

  • galfromaway

    What inspires me… the quiet of a snowfall with no wind… the sound of the waves on a rocky beach… my daughter’s curiosity and smile… lots of things. 🙂

  • Kate Harper

    Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be.

  • Sommer

    What inspires me is the wonder and curiosity of my 3 children. I want to do better and be better for them.

  • Pennylalalarios

    I was recently inspired by an act of kindness. I saw this guy, big mean looking guy, tatted all over. I was on the train, getting home from support group. It was really hot, we were all smushed up together like anchovies. There was a homeless man. He looked a little sad. I’d been watching him, as recently I’ve been noticing people more. Anyway, this big guy sits next to this homeless guy. And he shares his meal with him, , and gives him his juice. He started talking to him, asking him about himself, what he’s been up to, talking about music. They laughed. He looked happier. I had wanted to give him my sandwich before the man had sat next to him. I was too scared. I thought he’d shun me or think i felt pity and get mad at me or something. So many times have I remained still because of fear, not said hello, not smiled, not given. But this guy, he just went up to him, and acknowledged the homeless guy. Yeah, you are a person, yes I do see you. I cried lol, and I noticed people watching this act of love to a stranger. Too often wre we so involved in this bubble we call our world, not remembering theres a whole existences away from our self involved perception. I felt this guy was doing something wed all remember, at least I will. I’ll carry it with me. Next time, I won’t look away. Maybe a smile, or one small act of kindness will make all the difference to someone’s life

  • Sophia Loh

    I would love to have this book to further my practice in Mindfulness. Today, I would like to share my intention with everyone: “Happiness is a choice I make”, I hope everyone will constantly honour how they are feeling and the emotions they feel. To be present to their true feelings. Namaste.

  • James

    The past is over for all of us… The Future is promised to none of us… That leaves us with the Present… How good are you at THAT? Be BOLD and mighty forces will come to your aide!

  • Collared Angel

    You can see kindness everywhere if you are careful enough to look and see.

  • Midori

    This quote inspires me: To live would be an awfully big adventure.

  • Jenna Sperling

    A beautiful, inspiring poem by Portia Nelson:

    “I walk down the street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I fall in.
    I am lost… I am helpless.
    It isn’t my fault.
    It takes forever to find a way out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I pretend I don’t see it.
    I fall in again.
    I can’t believe I am in the same place.
    But, it isn’t my fault.
    It still takes me a long time to get out.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I see it is there.
    I still fall in. It’s a habit.
    My eyes are open.
    I know where I am.
    It is my fault. I get out immediately.

    I walk down the same street.
    There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
    I walk around it.

    I walk down another street.”

  • ccrgirl

    My children inspire me every single day. To see world through their eyes is a unique experience.

  • slflmoline

    My little sister inspires me, she inspires me to keep going because she looks up to me. And I would never want to disappoint her. A really inspirational quote I live by is “Find something that makes you happy and don’t let anyone take it away from you.”

  • Gavin Morgan

    A smile
    A laugh
    At no expense
    In spires me

  • Kat

    Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
    there is a field. I’ll meet you there.

    ~ Rumi

  • EDYIE PEDI

    PRACTICE: ‘STOP’ ‘AWARENESS OF BEING GROUNDED’ ‘BE’ (THROUGHOUT THE DAY!)

  • Peg Whetstone

    Pay it forward–I try to live by this–just small things that make someone smile or feel better–and Tiny Buddha always inspires

  • Laurie Riedman

    Favorite quote: The little things? The Little Moments? They aren’t little!

  • Yumi

    Happiness is an inside job- William Arthur Ward

  • Christine Hamilton

    There is so much inspiration in these comments! I think one of my faves is “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

  • Teresa Coburn

    “Let yourself float in the beauty of your own heart,
    Into the ocean of Love that fills all space.” – Krishna Das

  • Andrew Powell

    “Like the moon,
    Come out from behind the clouds”

  • chris brown

    My quote: you only lose what you cling too

  • Amanda

    “What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it!”

  • Alessandra Fey

    “This is for the ones who know that if they don’t love themselves and can’t be a complete person themselves and therefore can’t be alone by themselves, are not ready for a relationship. For the ones who know that if they don’t love themselves they will never recognize true love in others.
    This is for the ones who are in touch with their soul and therefore attract other souls. For the ones who take themselves on dates and nourish themselves, because they know: I AM ALL I GOT and WILL EVER HAVE.”

  • Gianna

    “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

  • Raith

    “Change is never painful. Only resistance to change is painful.” ~C S Lewis

  • Jennifer

    My 6 yr old son inspires me daily

  • Suzy

    “No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up.”

  • “You are the Creator manifested in a physical body… in other words, you born to be creative.” ~ Me O:)

  • Hui Lin

    a quote I saw online: “close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That is who you are. Let go of any part of you that doesn’t believe in it.”

  • “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.” ~Og Mandino … this was a quote you used on your page and one I have always loved.

  • Ali Rayner

    My kids waking up to their favourite song and dancing together, they inspire me with love.
    A beautiful way to start the day!

  • djole

    “When you walk to the edge of all the light you have and take that
    first step into the darkness of the unknown, you must believe that one of two
    things will happen. There will be something solid for you to stand upon or you
    will be taught to fly.” ~ Patrick Overton

  • Shirley Liu

    “I have often walked through the valleys of darkness, but I know there is the light of my soul that still burns the torch to light the way. After all life is an adventure, we must venture into the dark parts as well as the light. So confront your dark parts today and bring them to the light. if you want to travel far, travel light. ” – Shirley

  • Connie S

    My dear son just gave me a Mantra Bracelet that says NEVER GIVE UP. The Mantra that came along with the bracelet is: ‘Never give up on your dreams. Never give up on yourself. Keep the faith. Take action. Persevere. Believe in miracles. Because as long as you are alive, anything is possible.’ This gift brought tears to my eyes that he would give me such a much-needed gift right now.