Tiny Buddha – Interview with Lori Deschene

We’ve long been following the wisdom of Tiny Buddha through Twitter and Facebook, and reading our ‘Daily Wisdom’ over email. It's constantly changing our lives for the better, for which we are eternally grateful. But recently, we were especially thrilled to receive our copy of Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hard Questions.

Don’t be fooled – the little red book is packed with life advice, quotes, wisdom and experiences. In 278 pages, author and founder of Tiny Buddha, Lori Deschene, covers pain, meaning, change, fate, happiness, love, money, possibilities and control.

Throughout the book, Deschene pulls on her life experiences. She also shares inspiring quotes from others.

In addition, the book offers an interactive aspect with its questionnaires and activities that prompt one to slow down and reconnect with one’s self.

For example, on the topic of pursuing lifelong growth, Deschene suggests the following activities:

  • At the start of each day, ask yourself, “How can I apply today what I learned about myself yesterday?”
  • Decide to do something every day that stretches yourself.
  • Commit to comparing yourself only to former versions of you.

Overall, this book is a gem that we can’t wait to lose ourselves in, and then share with others.

In the meantime, we were fortunate enough to connect with Deschene and ask her a few simple questions.


What inspired you to write this book?

“Over the past two and a half years, I’ve published stories from more than nearly 200 contributors on tinybuddha.com, and I’ve read comments from thousands of people who also communicate what they’re going through and struggling with. They always come back to the same universal issues — letting go of pain, finding meaning in life, choosing happiness, creating positive change, maintaining healthy relationships, living life to the fullest, and accepting uncertainty.

“I thought it would be interesting to ask questions about these topics on Twitter and then shape the book around those insights — so that’s exactly what I did.

“I also shared my own experiences in grappling with these big issues. I wanted to do this so the book wouldn't be just a collection of theories and suggestions, but also a deeply personal exploration of self that encourages people to look within and honor what they find.”

What was the hardest part — did you find you had to overcome any obstacles in the process?

“The hardest part for me was maintaining balance while writing. This is a big part of what I write about – but that doesn't necessarily mean it always comes easily!

“At the time, I'd just to moved to Los Angeles with my boyfriend, and I was juggling a lot of work with running the site and writing the book. I needed to create and stick to a tight schedule, while also allowing myself time to exercise, meditate, and simply be.”

What do you hope people take away from the book?

“I hope people read this book and realize that whatever they're going through, they are not alone. And they are not stuck, even if they don't have all the answers.

“Despite all the uncertainty we deal with everyday, we have immense power to shape our lives. The only question is whether or not we recognize that and use it.”

You can find the book online at http://tinybuddha.com/ , on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tinybuddha or on Twitter @tinybuddha

March 13, 2012 by Ashley Wray

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