Living Fully Book Giveaway and Interview with Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche

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The Winners:

Have you ever felt like the present moment is passing you by while you’re caught up worrying, analyzing, planning, and trying to protect yourself from pain and loss?

It’s one the pitfalls of the human condition: we often paralyze ourselves in the pursuit of happiness and abundance, and in the process, miss out on the joy right in front of us.

Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche has devoted his life to helping people live joyful, mindful lives, free from the burdens of their minds.

In his new book, Living Fully, Finding Joy in Every Breath, Rinpoche summarizes his teachings in succinct, easily digestible sections. The result is a guide for living in the moment, peacefully, connected to the people and the world around us.

The Giveaway

To enter to win 1 of 2 free copies of Living Fully:

  • Leave a comment below
  • Tweet: RT @tinybuddha Book GIVEAWAY & Interview: Living Fully (comment on the blog to win!)

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter by completing the first step. You can enter until midnight PST on Sunday, March 11th.

The Interview

1. You were trained to be a Lama from the age of four. Did you always feel certain you wanted to be a spiritual teacher?

Even though I was trained in the most ancient Tibetan Buddhist spiritual tradition from a very young age, I personally never intended to become a spiritual leader.

While studying, I was more focused on learning the essence of spirituality itself and later, I spent my time applying these profound teachings so that I could live with greater clarity and understanding.

Therefore, I never had a particular interest in being a spiritual teacher, and even today, more than anything else, I see myself as a person who treasures the spiritual qualities of being with complete freedom. To me that is more important than being a teacher of some sort.

However, if some people relate to me by seeing even the tiniest wisdom in me as a teacher, I feel that this is an honor and it is mainly their pure karmic vision. In that sense, I do not object to being viewed as a spiritual teacher either, as some fortunate beings might be the perfect vessel.

2. In your new book, Living Fully, you outline a path we can all follow to find joy in every breath, as the subtitle reads. What do you think is the main reason we struggle to live fully?

The main reason we struggle to live life fully is because we lack genuine trust in our own innate abilities. Insecurity creates a lack of clarity in our way of being. When we are ignorant of our unconditional, true nature, we are unclear about our way of being.

In my book, Living Fully, Finding Joy in Every Breath, I have tried to clarify and explain these subjects in detail. I know you will find more in the book and it will be beneficial to read several times again and again.

3. In Chapter One, you talk about living nakedly. What does that mean exactly?

When we talk about living nakedly, we are not necessarily talking about living without clothes! Living nakedly is to experience the freshness of our original nature. Being totally fresh in the moment without any fabrication is it!!!

4. In Chapter Two, you suggest that one of the fundamentals of happiness is unlocking the chains of self-cherishing. Why is this important, and how can we do it?

It is very important to unlock the chains of self cherishing, as conditioning the self is the cause of true suffering. Everything that is conditional is subject to change and exhaustion. Therefore, it is very important to achieve freedom from conditional notions of self and to actualize the unconditional, true self.

We must try to see that everything that is conditional is transient, like sand castles that are quickly destroyed by wind and waves. Freedom from the self cherishing and not depending on anything that is undependable is the best thing for all.

5. You later talk about the conditional nature of self. Can you expand on this?

The conditional nature of self is created by ignorance. Therefore, it is very important to free oneself from ignorance, so that we do not chase after a mirage in hopes of finding water. In the true essence you will find the nectar.

6. You’ve written, “…we can celebrate the freedom that comes with awareness of the transient nature of things.” How does recognizing impermanence set us free?

It is very important to achieve true freedom so that we can celebrate. True freedom is the result of absolute mindfulness. When we are meditating on impermanence we will feel the urgency to experience freedom from suffering and the causes of suffering.

Hence, I feel that it is important for all of us to realize that change is taking place every moment and to be able to acknowledge that we are bound to experience sickness, old age, and death.

Even the so-called pleasure that we experience is temporary in nature. By meditating on impermanence we will be able to set ourselves free from conditional limitations and achieve true understanding of the indestructible state.

7. In exploring meditation, you’ve written that “everything we do can be practice.” What do you mean by this?

Everything we do can become practice if we are mindful in the truest sense. When we are able to remain in the mindfulness, we will be able to clearly see the totality of everything. To see the whole picture is a very sophisticated way of being and this is the state that we should aspire to achieve and I feel we can.

8. We all know kindness and compassion are two of the fundamentals of Buddhist practice. What are a few simple things we can do every day to feel more love and compassion for others?

Compassion and wisdom are the two main qualities discussed in Buddha’s teachings. If you understand correctly, compassion and wisdom are inseparable. To be compassionate and wise is having our pure heart open and being able to express kindness for all beings.

Fundamentally, being a good person is the key. We should try to be kind and caring to everyone. We must try to express our humility and respect everyone. We must achieve confidence in our true nature and confidence in everyone’s essence. In daily life, we should try to breathe with genuine compassion and carry out our activities with perfect wisdom.

9. Aside from your book, how can readers learn more about your teachings?

In Millerton, New York we have established Buddhafield, The Center for Enlightenment. Every summer in July, Sangha sponsors a retreat and I give teachings. As our facilities at Buddhafield expand, it is my wish that I will be able to spend more time there, and offer in depth teachings and lead retreats.

In addition, there are teachings available online and we plan to make more teachings available soon. Our US website  has information about the practice groups and retreats in their own towns. You can learn about events in Asia at  And for information about my book, Living Fully, please go to

You can purchase Living Fully on Amazon here.

FTC Disclosure: I receive complimentary books for reviews and interviews on, but I am not compensated for writing or obligated to write anything specific. I am an Amazon affiliate, meaning I earn a percentage of all books purchased through the links I provide on this site.

About Lori Deschene

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. Her latest bookTiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, which includes 15 coloring pages, is now available for purchase. For daily wisdom, follow Tiny Buddha on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram..

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  • Cnmzb1414

    As a new follower of the teachings, I have been lucky enough to connect and meditate with the Asian Cultural Institue in Arizona. I am inspired every meeting and feel like although I have so much to learn, there is a place for me within this community. Something I have not found in Christianity. I would be greatful to further my education with a copy of your book. My student income prohibits me from additional expenses besides rent and food.

  • Kim Cowgar

    I just found your site and am finding it to be very enlightening. I can see it being helpful day to day. I would love to win a copy of the book and tweeted about the giveaway:!/celestin/status/177719464303927297
    Thank you!

  • Petrea Hansen-Adamidis

    Mindfulness is so important for a fulfilling life.  Would love to win a copy of the book! I tweeted via @offbeatfamily & @drawingself out

  • Christie

    I would love to be the recipient of this give away!

  • Kelly

    Would love to have a copy of this book. Thanks for offering the chance to win.

  • I loved this part of the interview ~ “The main reason we struggle to live life fully is because we lack
    genuine trust in our own innate abilities.”  Thinking about things in my life I see how true this is.  Even if I don’t win a copy; I’m going to have to track down a copy.

  •  “We should try to be kind and caring to everyone. We must try to express our humility and respect everyone.”I believe this statement to be very true and I do try. It is, however, not an easy road. I’ve seen so many examples of people who lack the confidence and the compassion to be kind and caring. I think a prime example is the problem of bullying, not just in school with children but also in the workplace. In many work settings being arrogant, disrespectful, and unkind is looked upon as being a strong manager and behavior that is rewarded.
    I look forward to reading this book. Thank you.

  • ***

    Embracing pain is by far one of the hardest things to addition to truly living in the present moment..however, the best and most fruitful rewards are acquired when we do both.


  • Lillianriverapr@gmail

    I am very grateful to be reminded to live mindfully, with each day, each breath.

  • Jessica Horhay

    I’d love to own this book!

  • Joan

    I would love to have a copy of this book. I also tweeted @lonetree72.

  • Mburton54

    Looks like a great read

  • SusanT

    I’m at the beginning of this journey. So full of possibility. So scared and yet still hopeful. In a few short weeks has changed my life. Thank you. Looking forward to this read. 

  • GalFromAway

    I tweeted! @Dawna_M:disqus 
    Looks like a very good book. Could really use it right now…

  • GalFromAway

    (oops – twitter didn’t show up properly… @Dawna_M:twitter )

  • Thank you for giving us this opportunity to win a copy of “Living Fully.” I’ve been very into learning more about myself and how much power we hold within – so I’d love to read this book to see how I can enrich my life even more 🙂

  • I’m looking forward to reading this one; just what I need at this point in my life. Hopefully I’m the lucky winner of the free copy, but if not it’ll definitely be in my bag the next time I hit the book store!

  • Amanda

    Oh, thank you for the chance to win this. I would very much like to read it.

  • Cat0717

    This book sounds incredible. Can’t wait to lean more!

  • Miss Erika

    I’d love to win this book–it sounds AMAZING!

  • aryall

    This book sounds like just what I need. I’d like to learn more ways to slow down to nature’s pace, live in the moment, and appreciate the simple things. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jenn

    This book sounds just like something I NEED to read! Hope I win!

  • Annforbes26

    I have taken on a new job which is 500 miles away from my family and friends.  As I do like the job, I am encountering new feelings since I am alone until family arrives later on.  I feel this book would help me because I am very much worrying and analyzing everything at this time in my life.  A very uncomfortable feeling both physically and mentally! 

  • Tracis

    I love Tiny Buddha–it is a wonderful gift every day. I would love this book (another wonderful gift)!

  • Redhen45

    Thank you for always sharing the Joy! 
     Blessings and I affirm the intent that the Universe gets this book into the hands of those that need it most- either by purchasing it or winning it.  As an aside, I had been subscribed to the Tina Buddha blog for a number of months and became interested in your book.  I received a copy of  “…Simple Wisdom”  as a gift over the holidays ( I had actually intended to purchase a copy and hadn’t “asked” for it on my wishlist… cool, huh?!) and I absolutely love it!

  • Jsmagill

    I believe this book could give me some answers I am searching for.

  • Nicolecjessen

    Thank you for a great interview. It provides insight and an interest in the book. Nicely done

  • khanada0621

    I have been meditating regularly (about 20 minutes 5 days per week) for about a year now, and it has been life-changing. Things that would normally throw me for a loop now are just small bumps in the road. This book would be a helpful next step in my practice.

  • Shanda

    Another fabulous giveaway.  Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Jeffc1

    This sounds like a great book for my practice.  Thanks for the opportunity, Lori!

  • Waiteal

    I am new to your emails recently and just wanted to let you know I wake up every morning excited to read what you have for us. You have really changed my look on life and I can’t wait for the next to come. I am young and going through some hard times right now. You really have helped me even if I don’t win the book. I have so much to learn and would love this book if I did win! <3

  • Leanne

    Would love to win this book to add to my collection of books for the Yoga Studio I am opening.  It would be amazing to read and offer to share with yogis

  • Andrea

    The book sounds wonderful.  The interview has many wonderful thoughts for consideration. Thank you!

  • Bmtimms

    I could so use this book! And would be so grateful to be the winner!

  • Jeannine

    This books sounds interesting – thanks for sharing.

  • Shelbybrewer75

    I’d love to win this book!

  • Curly520

    I would love to own this book! 

  • Janine

    I’d love to win this book – life seems quite difficult at the moment and I could do with some advice. Thank you for sharing!

  • I’d love to receive the book, the tweets from tinybuddha help me through the day!!

  • Carol

    That’s the goal…to live fully…in the present

  • Allison

    This sounds like a great book – I’d love to read it. 

  • Inês Graça

    Oh, I need this book! 🙂

  • This sounds like a book that couldn’t have come at a better time for me!  I have enrolled in a life coach/health coach program and I would love to read this and add it to my shelves when I am seeing clients!

  • Foodiecolleen

    I could really use a book like this right now in my life, it looks wonderful. 

  • Already the interview was full of so much goodness! 🙂 Thank You! I wish to win the book 🙂

  • I would love to win this book! I am just beginning my journey to find inner peace. I am reminded if a quote:
    The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~ Lao Tzu

  • DC

    Would love to win this book 🙂

  • nextstopstardom

    SO inspiring! I’d love to own a copy 🙂

  • Lisaroberge82708

    I would definitely give this book a good home, and then I would pass it along. 

  • Wonderful! Pick me Pick me 🙂

  • Roseanne Silva

    This seems like a book that will let me learn how to make my inner buddha come through.

  • Ravi

    Looking forward to checking this book out!

  • This book sounds incredible and could help many people change their lives. I would love to have a copy of my own.

  • Lynne_55

    I am learning to trust in all things. But mostly in myself.

  • Guest in PA

    this is perfect for the exact stage in my life experience which I am 

  • Please enter me! This looks like a lovely book.

  • Siobhan Marsh

    I love the idea of living ‘nakedly’, it gives me such a wonderful image of freedom – to embody that would be truly enlightening.

    – Siobhan

  • Trishakee82501

    I definitely want to read this book.  I am currently going through an amazing transformation where I am learning to love myself, embracing peace and joy in my life.  The jounrey has been amazing and I am constantly looking for new books to continue this journey in the best way possible!  Thank you so mcuh for sharing!!

  • John Southee

    This sounds like a very interesting read. 

  • PO

    Shyalpa is truly inspiring and I’d love a chance to glean some of his wisdom…especially seeing as I am a broke college student 😉

  • This book sounds wonderful. I can’t wait to read it!

  • Lindsey

    I recently discovered tinybuddha on Twitter, and now I am hooked! I really enjoy the articles  you post. This book looks great too! It looks like it would be a great read and a great book to have. 

  • I’d love to read this book! I could really use it in my life right now.

  • Dawn

    Sounds like some great advice I could use!

  • Maxidity2

    Can’t wait to read it!  But I will wait.  Patiently and joyously.

  • I would love the opportunity to have this book, and especially to read your thoughts on trusting our own innate abilities!

  • Sounds like my cup of tea.

  • I’ve been on a journey of finding meaning, and I’ve put it on hold and taken a detour, but now I’m finding my way back and seeing the beauty that is my life again.  

    When we allow the universe to help us, the help is there. Time and time again, I have found this to be true, and sometimes, life trips me up, but understanding impermanence and letting it go, that is the key to true joy.

  • Valerie Phipps

    I would love this book as I continue my journey!

  • LizzAU

    Overcoming difficulty is to experience the full delight of existance.

  • Kelly Reppert

    Thank you for taking your time to share a wonderful story. We can all continue to learn by opening our minds and letting our hearts be our guide. Look forward to reading this book. Stay blessed and honored !

  • Jacquechinnery

    This looks like a wonderful book!  If I don’t win it, I will buy it for sure.

  • Aletajoy29

    I struggle to stay connected and present in each moment. I could definitely use some guidance in this area of my life to create a static peacefulness within. I hope to win!

  • Mara Mendez

    😀 !!! 

  • Cindi Borax

    Would love to win this book.. 🙂

  • I’d love to read this book!

  • Bobbi Jankovich

    I agree with Jacque… if I don’t win it, I’ll buy it. My favorite line in the interview: “Living nakedly is to experience the freshness of our original nature.” I’m taking a deep breath now.

  • Tracey

    After reading the reviews, I believe this would enrich my life and give me a good source of helpful joy.

  • Trnandi

    I have been reading your post for the past few days, i would very much LOVE to win a book, though i’m already ready to purchase one through Amazon, but winning it through your site means a lot to me too. Thank you for bringpositive thoughts to our lives!

  • Leigh

    another great book to add to my reading list!

  • Gracie

    This book sounds wonderful. I am trying everyday to do the right things for myself and my family.:)

  • There is so much to see in the world. In your own hometown. Please take the time to smell the roses and see the beauty of it all. technology, computers have made us all not see what is here. Take the time to find the adventure.

  • Kara Renee

    Love it!

  • Imagining Oceans

    Thank you for sharing this conversation!  Am looking forward to looking through the book as well.

  • Lindamnutter

    sounds like a wonderful book I’d love to read and share at the library in the complimentery care center I teach yoga at.  : )  Thank you!

  • Michelle Deco

    This looks AMAZING. I would love to have this book – I think we all need to slow down in our lives once in a while, and this book seems like a fantastic opportunity. =]

  • Wow, this book would be quite timely for me right now!  I feel like I never live in the moment as I am always reassessing the past or trying to plan for the future… it can be quite the burden.  Great interview and the book looks excellent, I hope to win 🙂

  • Jlennon610

    Sounds like an amazing read! Can’t wait to get my hands on it!

  • Sonata

    It sounds like one of those books that when you’re ready for it, it’ll help you grow as you are hoping to. Look forward to checking it out. 😀

  • M. Thomas

    Yes, I would truly a free copy of this book!

  • Stefni

    Thank you for bringing my attention to this author and book!

  • i would love to read this book..i’m going through a rough time lately and it sounds like it might help 

  • Rebecca

    This looks like a great book.

  • Like others I 

  • AK

    What an amazing book!  This would be a wonderful addition to all the lifestyle changes I have recently put into my life.

  • Sounds like a lovely read. Like others I agree that it seems to be a timely book.

  • Roxyjazzdiva

    Definitely need to read this!!

  • Malinda

    Looks like a great book! Would love a copy 🙂

  • Genevieveslucas

    This book looks wonderful!  I would love to have  a copy of it!

  • Thank you for this opportunity!

  • Kylie_abraham

    what an amazing book this appears to be! So many could learn from this.

  • parfae

    Looking forward to reading this!

  • Aminahdance

    Bought for my mother for the holidays. Would love for myself. Such wisdom. :}

  • Wendyfellers

    Sounds lovely. Thank you!

  • Cindy Adkins54

    I would love to win this book! I feel I was guided here today – I’m going through a rough time and just reading the interview has helped! Going to tweet about the giveaway now. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  • Suzshannon

    What an enlightening interview. And as always a Tiny Buddha post topic just when I need it most.

  • Sarah

    Would love to be enlightened by this book! Just as I am constantly enlightened by Tiny Buddha! 😉 

  • Wendyfellers

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  • Debra hoare

    sounds meaningful and a way to change my life…..

  • Kittyck

    It’s a book that would benefit the whole world (as well as me). 

  • Alisonmayers

    Enjoyed the interview-thanks! Gave me a lot to mull over. Looking forward to reading the book, it could be just what i need at the moment. Ali x

  • dreamey

    Wow!  The topics covered in this book really speak to me right now.  Lately I have been worrying constantly about protecting myself from pain and loss and really need to understand how to better deal with the conditional, transient and impermanent and just trust in my inner happiness and not be insecure.  Please enter me to win a copy.  Thanks!

  • Thank you for this opportunity! 

  • Thank you for the opportunity!!  Loved the interview.

  • Rebstewartholm

    Thank you. I have much to learn.

  • Lindsey

    Looks like an awesome read!

  • Annakf01

    I enjoyed the conversation and would be very interested in reading more.

  • Melodyangel

    I would love to win this book for my healing and wholeness friend and family library!
    From Debra J Webb

  • Sahar

    This book looks really good! Everyday I have been looking for ways to be more in tune with the present. 

  • Ursg1978

    I hope I win one of the copies! I soooo need it now in my life…

  • Happy Yogi

    I have been trying to live my life and make the most of it every day. I am still not sure that is the way to go or not. One thing I’m certain is I’m happy 🙂   

  • christina M.

    This is EXACTLY what I am working on in 2012…living in and embracing the moment versus worrying about the future.  I so need this book in my life right now! Thank you!

  • gyspydun

    thank you for sharing~sounds like timely and vital teachings.

  • I would love to receive these books. Often times when problems arise, I find it hard to see the joy in life, however I keep moving forward and try to maintain my hope that better days will follow.

  • Lissa W

    I would love to have a copy of this book!

  • Kopidogs

     Normally, my life is so rushed it almost seems it’ a blur and i find myself thinking at the end of the day, “where’d all the time go?”  But today is different because i’m forced to stay home since i have chicken pox.  As i came out of my room and glanced out the window into my small garden i noticed two huge gumamela flowers smiling at me- something i would’ve missed had my day been it’s usual grind.  Sometimes events like illness, unfortunate as it may seem, help us to re-focus our lives and appreciate the blessings that are right in our midst.

  • Maria Veltman

    I would love to read this!

  • Mloza

    This posting couldn’t have come at a better time in my chaotic, conditional life. Thank you kind sir for reaching out to help others help themselves. Blessings!

  • Heather Cahill

    Even if I don’t win it where can I get it!? 🙂

  • I would love to win a copy of the book! I’ve been pondering many similar topics lately so it’s quite timely.

  • KatRaven

    Thanks so much for the post!!

  • simdelish

    Wow, this post couldn’t be more perfect for me… I just walked in the door from a 4 hour marathon appointment at my lawyer’s – about a tragic lawsuit being brought against my family… I need to stop and follow the path outlined in the book… it would help me to heal and get back on track with my life.
    p.s. I don’t have a twitter account 🙁

  • Kerstenak


  • definitely interested in reading this; thanks for the recommendation!

  • There are some good points made here. Being in the present moment is often such a challenge for me, since there is so much to be done in preparation for the future. It would be nice if I could learn some new things from this book or at the very least, find out if it is helpful in identifying impermanent and conditional things and being able to separate them from unconditional things.

  • Purpleiris_5

    I took a bus trip to a buddhist monastery in New York and was inspired by the sources of contemplation everywhere.  This interview gives me the same kind of feeling and I would love the chance to experience the peaceful knowledge of his work.

  • Cris

    Thanks Lori for this great interview.  I love the Rinpoche’s humility.  and I appreciated your questions for him too.  As much as I love your daily articles and those by others that you share, I’d like to have more of these types of interview with buddhist teachers or practitioners.  

  • Sue

    looks like a great read 🙂

  • Lisa N

    Wonderful post, I’d love to read this book!

  • karen

    Lately i seem a little uptight… small things get to me.  Maybe the book will help

  • MtnMel

    Adding this to my reading list… hope I win!  Thank you!

  • Winelover2

    Cant wait to get ahold of this book!

  • Desham_03855

    I love reading your quotes….always makes me smile, or think

  • Xiuly

    Would love to have this book.. Thank you for sharing the wisdom =)

  • Pennie

    Sometimes I feel as if my whole world is falling apart… I need to learn about Living fully!

  • Connie

    sounds like a great book – would love to win 🙂

  • Rikkelle

    Can’t wait to read!

  • Cherylanne

    Would love to have this book.

  • Arruda28

    This sounds like exactly what I need to read at this point in my life! Would love to win this!

  • Shawn

    In the true essence you will find the nectar…..I love this.

  • Would love a copy!

  • Lily

    I would love to win a copy!

  • Hstahl

    Would love to read this book! Sounds very inspirational 🙂

  • Kelly Mac

    Enlightenment definitely needed here.. Perfect timing 🙂

  • Natalie

    In definite need of a good inspirational read!

  • Natalie
  • Rachel Thomson

    Thankyou for the opportunity to win this amazing book

  • Jcyoda

    This book looks amazing would love to own it!

  • L-H.D.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 

  • Rosalie

    Thank you for this interview and the book. 

  • Derbycapri

    This book sounds amazing!

  • R P

    “The main reason we struggle to live life fully is because we lack genuine trust in our own innate abilities.” Such wise, relevant words! Thank you for this interview. 

  • Lakshmikannambra

    How joyful it would be to find “joy in every breath::!

  • Cherylk311

    would love to be free from the burdens of my mind.

  • Mansek

    How helpful your blog entries are, thanks a lot 🙂 hope I’ll have the chance to learn this amazing book 🙂
    PS:  tweeted.

  • Liminghui86

    Inspirational book! Great for the mind!

  • Alex

    Free book! Free enlightenment? 

  • Corrie Rainyn

    I have always struggled with idea of not attaching myself to all the things are impermanent but still caring about and loving myself and others – since we are also impermanent. This confuses me and I know I’m missing something. Help.

  • Carlaljackson

    Can’t wait to read!

  • Lisa Ottosson

    I would love to get a chance to read this!

  • I think that we protect ourselves from loss because we believe in the idea of loss as a real think.  We think that some absence of something means that we lack it and we create all sorts of dramas that play out in our real life experience because we hold these dysfunctional beliefs.  When we let go of the “story” then we have power to create a beautiful life experience.

  • Juniper

    I would love to read this book.

  • djamieb

    Thanks for generously offering to give away 2 copies of this book. It looks wonderful, and I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you!  🙂 

  • Melissa

    Such a beautiful interview! I’ve been looking at this book for awhile. I would love to read it and then pass it on. 🙂

  • Matthew Depasquale

    Sounds like a wonderful book!!

  • cherry

    Looking forward to reading this book….we all need to be inspired to live freely & peacefully, mind, body & soul.

  • Kim_stoffels

    can’t wait to read my copy and pass it on…!

  • Anne-sophie

    Sounds very interesting. I agree that the lack of trust in our abilities is often a reason why we cannot live to our fullest potential. We are often so bombarded with messages of perfection that we forget the capacity that’s already in us. When you connect with your inner potential and start to be more confident, you can live much more freely. 

  • Sounds very interesting. I agree that the lack of trust in our abilities is often a reason why we cannot live to our fullest potential. We are often so bombarded with messages of perfection that we forget the capacity that’s already in us. When you connect with your inner potential and start to be more confident, you can live much more freely. 

  • mlle fee

    sounds like this book would accompany me well on my path… 🙂

  • Lois

    This book sounds perfect for where I am right now, which is also perfect.  

  • Kalpanabapna

    I have been thinking last few days what are the barriers I create in my liberty, freedom, in living fully. Still awaiting answers! This book seems like an answer!

  • philbfg

    A real mind’s eye opener!

  • Marybethpetri

    “Unlocking the chains of self-cherishing”. Hmm. Does this refer to ego? I am learning/practicing self-care, compassion and love for my self, God-in-me/ as me. God/love is my true self, my true nature. Progressing slowly. I wonder what this teaching means…

  • Kathryn A

    I would love to win this book – thanks for the opportunity!  

  • Pranaom

    Seems to be exactly what I need to read those days…

  • Sage

    We live breath-by-breath; we die breath-by-breath. To do this with joy in every breath, what bliss that would be.  Can’t wait to read Rinpoche’s book.

  • Martinebracke

    I dont have a tweeter account and I would love to win this book – thanks for this giveaway

  • Momnwife1981

    Great interview!! ‘ You Are Here’ by Thich Nhat Hanh was the very first book on Buddhist teachings that I ever read. It ws life changing, to say the least. I’m just now finishing up a book By Pema Chodron on compassionate living.
    I would LOVE this to be my next book 🙂
    Thank you, for your wisdom.

  • Joanindie

    beautiful and very helpful

  • Victoria

    always open to learning from words of wisdom…this sounds like a very inspirational book.

  • Leila

    Everyday Tiny Buddha gives me words of wisdom and sets a positive tone for my day.   I am stopped in my tracks and re-focused constantly and share the readings with my family and friends.  Thank you for this forum.  

  • Jackie Marenick

    I just read a tidbit about this book yesterday and was very interested. It’s definitely some advice and inspiration that I could use. When I saw this interview, it made me even more excited to get my hands on a copy of the book!

  • Lross61

    At this point in my life with everything falling apart around me it sounds like I should definitely find a way to buy this book. The reviews are wonderfully inspiring.

  • Daniel Miller

    Am presently reading, “Awakening the Buddha Within” by Lama Surya Das and would Love to read , “Living Fully”

  • Renata <

    a friend is hurting so much right now, from a lost relationship, and is thinking it is her fault for caring so much … I want her to read this book so she can realize what all her friends see – a wonderful, caring and loving person that has to learn to better know the goodness in herself 🙂 I believe reading Rinpoche’s latest book is the path that can help her the most.

  • Gina D

    This seems like a wonderful book- looking forward to reading it!

  • Beth

    A wonderful interview – I so want to read this book. Please add me to the contest to win a copy or download. Many thanks for this contribution.

  • Kim

    This sounds like a wonderdful book! I’ve been researching Buddhism for the past few months to see if it’s right for me…. And so far, I believe that it is. Everything I’ve read just makes so much sense!

  • James

    IMHO, all wisdom is good wisdom.  This has all the indications of great wisdom.

  • I love the idea of living nakedly. Never have I heard the concept put into those words, but it does bring new insight into the meaning of it.

  • Angel Lorom

    The one obstacle that gets in the way to living fully for me is when I am faced with something I can no longer put off addressing. I have to create a whole new mindset around it which often means exploring what caused me to put it off to begin with. It’s tough work but sometimes going back is the only way to be fully present in the now.

  • Looking forward to reading this book! I am downloading a sample to my kindle right now : ) Thank you for the post!

  • Dudelee8

    Hoping to get a chance to read this book, it looks very interesting.x.x

  • mrm2761

    Wonderful interview. I cannot wait to read the book. I am wandering, trying to find out where I fit spiritually. This could be very helpful.

  • Awesome!

  • Frank_gonzalez

    Sounds really interesting…Lately I’ve felt that life is just passing me by.  I’d like to read this.

  • K.C.

    Hope to win this book and learn to live NAKED! 
    “Being totally fresh in the moment without any fabrication is it!!!”

  • The Law Of Attraction will  lead this book to me,

  • Stanfordb

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Plrj8284

    I would really enjoy learning more about living in and being “fresh in the moment.”

  • Christine

    this is a great post. Thank you!

  • Bdelaney9108

    Would like to read this book

  • TinyBuddafan

    Truly inspirational way to live

  • lovethecoco

    I learn something new everyday on this site.  This books sounds inspiration and amazing.  Thank you for sharing with us.

  • Ray

    Sounds wonderful.  Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  • Wes Ferravlis

    It seems to be really insightful and inspirational. I’d feel more than honored if I received such a gift.

  • Debbg

    It sounds like a very inspirational book.

  • la kraw

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this book.  This author really speaks to me and I would love to learn more!

  • sos

    Interesting! would love to read this.

  • Msorenson14

    This sounds like an interesting book . Thank you tor this chance to win it. A good book to have.

  • would love to get a copy!! 🙂

  • would love to get a copy of this book, and learn to live a full life, over and over again.

  • Collinsm7

    Would love to win this book

  • wow, this eail that i got , made me smile,  after a long week working non stop and still working this weekend, I needed something to help me focuse on the moment present. This book is very inspirational. Even if i dont win, i will buy it

  • daisilla

    Would be nice to win a copy!

  • I would be very grateful to have got this wonderful book!

  • Amber

    Sounds like a fascinating read. Thank you Tiny Buddha -going through a big life transition right now and your posts help keep my moving forward 🙂

  • Sharnaygillespie

    As always, Tiny Buddha you expose me to the most interesting and thought-provoking ideas, I look forward to reading this book.

  • piia

    Would love to win this book!Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Ravip07

    When we are ignorant of our unconditional, true nature, we are unclear about our way of being.Living nakedly is to experience the freshness of our original nature. Being totally fresh in the moment without any fabrication is it!!!Two very useful thoughts. Be aware of your inner self and once you know, maintain it fresh ,

  • serenity

    interesting. would love to read the book!

  • Tricia

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Gavin Rothman

    Over the last few years, life has been passing me by, and it is time to get back in touch with myself and enjoy life’s little gifts. This book is step 1 for me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  • Angella

    I would love to win a copy of this book, sounds fantastic 🙂

  • Shannon Loucks

    Wow, super inspirational .. 

  • I would love to win this!

  • MzSpiritWolf

    Every day is a victory to be shared, life is to be celebrated openly and daily, as we empower ourselves walking on the good path.  I really want to read this book, pretty please! 🙂 

  • Kban69


  • ginnette monge

    I would love to read this book 🙂

  • Love it!  Can’t wait to read 🙂

  • Lovely – would love to win this book – would also love to buy it if I don’t 🙂  Cheers.

  • Cari

    I’d love to read this book! It sounds perfect!

  • Jamie Martina

    This is exactly what I’m going through with my current relationship. I’m only focused on where my life and home will be next year, and I’m not allowing myself to enjoy the time that I will definitely have with him. This book looks great, and I can’t wait to read it, as a give-away or an purchase. 🙂

  • Fibrorat

    i think this is just what i need!

  • Mightyquynh

    The breath is a great way to be in the moment and yet one of the most common necessities we forget

  • Sarah Stone

    I am grateful for a chance to win a copy of this book!

  • Please enter me for the drawing.  Looks like a good book!

  • FlanaganOnSet

    If it’s for free, it’s for me!  ;-D  Namaste!

  • Hupa Socialwkr2011

    Would love to have this book.

  • Kathy Meyer

    Oh please!!! This is a book that i know would help me immensely!

  • Mon

    Would love to read this book

  • Raz69

    I have made the decision that it’s time I made a change in my life for the better.  I believe this book would be a great way to start.  

  • Pameladetlor

    Sounds like a fascinating read. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • OXO

    Finding joy in every breath – what a great concept!

  • Thank you, Tiny Buddha!

  • Raychie

    Really trying to focus on this right now while going through some tough times.

  • Jann Dougherty

    This book will be a most useful tool; a great companion book to Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now.’

  • lisamac

    me please  🙂

  • Ftutt

    Love your site and hope to win

  • Pjinherpjs

    Excellent interview. This sounds like a very good read. We could all use more mindfulness practice in our lives. Thanks!

  • ShannonRose

    That was a great interview. I’d love to read the book.

  • Richa Nautiyal

    would like to read 🙂 

  • Twhitemoffitt

    I so look forward to this book as I’ve loved the Tiny buddha page since you started. I’ve shared multiple posts with my yoga, meditation and psychotherapy students and have such gratitude for you as a resource. 

  • I came across the power of now from ekhart tolle and understood that most of my problems are mere illusions. now i learning all these kinds of things to deepen my knowledge and feel the conciousness within. I often read posts at tiny buddha. They are so good and deep and I apply them in my daily life for practical solutions. I really appreciate your effort to keep this blog a good source of info. 

    Thanks a bunch 🙂 Just read abt this new book and definitely want to enrich my knowledge with the spiritual teachings of Living Fully.  

  • Would love to read this book!

  • I really enjoyed reading this article. I look forward to reading this book. Thank you!

  • FindingJoy

    Morning meditation and breakfast w Buddhist monks was the highlight of my trip to Santa Fe. Would love to study more

  • Michelle

    I would love to have this book. I truly need to learn to live and not just plan to live

  • I was VERY impressed with his answer to the first question. I have always simply assumed that Lamas became teachers because that is what they were taught to be. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche’s answer does, indeed, make more sense! Thanks for the clarification!

  • Living fully is something i need to learn ..this is so inspiring & to read this book somehow.

  • Being free from the burden of my mind would be an outstanding frame of mind. Does that make sense? I want to find out.

  • Hamish Mackintosh

    Sounds like a book full of sense, wisdom and wonder

  • Angelina Bailey

    I would love to win this book! Thank you for this giveaway opportunity!

  • Would love a great read that will have a great impact on my life!

  • Nice Article!

  • Janet Pal

    Sounds like a must-read! Thanks so much for sharing it with us here!

  • Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche’s book.

  •  Great interview and reminder that we need to work more kindness and compassion into our daily lives.

  • Jenjaroch

    What an amazing book and give away. Thank you for this opportunity. 🙂

  • Dalemckeel

    Amazing interview. I consider this the next step of my self discovery and of letting go…

  • Cozychairreader

    I recently began practicing with a Zen Sangha near me.  I’d love to have the book as I continue in my practice.

  • Sondrabloxam

    I look forward to reading this book. I struggle daily with worry and stress, and while I would like to consider my self on a path towards enlightenment, I know I have a long way to go given all the negative feelings that I harbor. I look forward to someday, living fully and teaching my son to practice the same.

  • would love to read this book..sounds very inspirational

  • This sounds like an awesome book! I would love to read it. 

  • Judi

    Sounds wonderfully inspiring and I can always use more inspiration!

  • Alistair

    I’d love my life to be better!

  • Annica

    I am living but I need the book to always look at the bright side…

  • I think this book sounds like a great tool for those of us (all of us?) that need to work on being more mindful each time we step in the stream.

  • LivingFully

    I’d love my life to be better!

  • Katie

    I’d love this book!

  • “Everything we do can become practice if we are mindful in the truest sense.”  – this is the goal.

  • Andrea Kedley

    I would be great to own a this book!  I am currently going through some tough times while living abroad.  I want so badly to live the life in the present, but I cannot seem to overcome some things to do so.  I have an amazing, once in a lifetime experience right in front of me…it is time I start LIVING!

  • BuddhaFrog

    Nice interview questions.

  • Monicadobbins

    sounds like a great book, i’d love to read it!

  • H. Smith

    Thank you for the wonderful outlook and insights

  • Olesya80

    It’s so great, guys, that you are encouraging people to read books like this by giving them away!!!

  • Jamie

    i’d love to recieve this book, i also know many people who will benefit from its teachings. good luck to all 🙂

  • ….in need of a book to untangle my mind which is to busy worrying about what I should be and forgets what I am

  • Books on reminding us about how simple it can be to be happy are always a good thing

  • Suzannetindall

    This book looks amazing

  • This post comes at such a wonderful time for me! I would love to win the book, but take away alot from the post alone too. Here’s hoping it’s me!! 🙂

  • This book sounds like it will meet me right where I’m at. Would love to win a copy!

  • Iris

    Beautiful and full of meaning. I would love to read through this book; I’m sure it is brimming of wisdom and I will walk away more refreshed. Also, I will be able to have more enlightening discussions with my father, who first introduced me to the book The Joy of Living.

  • Great sounding book! Can’t wait to read it.

  • Linda H.

    I think I have a lot to gain from this book.  Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • Bucky (the Earth Punk)

    Please sign me up for the book giveaway.  No dissertation here on why I need it, just awareness that I should.  Peace…

  • Laurie

    Would love to win this!  Thanks

  • Mardareema75

    Really needed this. Thank you so much <3

  • Samantha

    ” The main reason we struggle to live life fully is because we lack genuine trust in our own innate abilities”
    I’m embarking on a bit of self discovery and this line just grabbed me-how true I believe it is. I would love to read more and endeavor to do so. Thank you tiny buddha for bringing another gem of wisdom to light at a time when inspiration is needed and words are a real comfort

  • CWhite

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  • Mark fuller

    Thank you for the chance to win this book. Im sure it would help me on my path.

  • sf98

    Living in the moment is so important, but oftentimes so difficult.  This book sounds like a must read for those hoping to live more peaceful, connected lives – I’m putting it on my Amazon cue today!

  • MaggieM

    I would love to read this book, because I am pretty sure that if I do, I will find more inspiration and somehow support to take my practice more serious.

  • jingyi

    I would love to read this book. Thanks!

  • Uptonkandi

    This book looks inspirational. Exactly what I need in my life right now. 

  • Judy

    Mindfulness and compassion. Being a good person. Every moment of our lives we have the opportunity to practice these principles.

  • Laura-Lynne

    I am so thankful for all your inspiration, and I would love to have this book to continue on my spiritual journey…. and share it with all those lives that I touch along the way 🙂

  • Lacpisces

    I would like to enter to win this powerful book!

  • Christina

    This book sounds just what I need as it is now time for me to unlock the chains of self cherishing as you have suggested in chapter two. I would love to win it and then I can get some tips and get into practise. Thank you for the opportunity to take part in this giveaway.

  • Sara Allen

    This book looks great!

  • Liza Lathouris

    I would love a copy please!! Thank you!

  • M

    Would love to have a copy of this book to read. Thank you!!

  • Terri

    I would and could find the joy in free..:) namaste!

  • ACK

    Is the Rinpoche from “Breakfast with Budha”…a really fun book…not great literature but fun and interesting…would love to read more on this Rinpoche fella…loved the interplay between the cynic an the enlightened one : )

  • I’m new to all of this, so I’d love to check this book out!

  • Patricia

    Sounds fantastic, would love to win!!


    I am at a crossroad in my life where I know the way I have been living has taken in the ex spence of others. My selfishness has hurt others and lost precious moments that can’t be recaptured. I believe this book is a door for me.

  • Bkp

    Wishing you all good energy & hoping I win the book. Thanks for sharing.

  • Steffen John

    This sounds like a very helpful book.  I would enjoy reading and learning. 

  • virginia92

    I would absolutely love this book. I’m young and trying with all my heart to create a beautiful, honest life, but I need guidance. Thanks so much for all the advice.