Tiny Buddha: Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions

Tiny Buddha Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions

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  • Gretchen Rubin

    "How can we find happiness and peace--right now, right here? In her engaging, thought-provoking book Tiny Buddha, Lori Deschene explores this enormous question to help readers grapple with challenges like money, love, pain, control, and meaning, in order to find greater happiness." --Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

  • Gabrielle 

    "I spent months retweeting posts from a mystery handle called @tinybuddha. I wasn't the only one: Hundreds of thousands of people followed the daily messages. I was intrigued and made it a point to meet the woman behind the message. Today Lori Deschene is a friend and fellow author who spreads truth and inspiration throughout the twittersphere, her blog, and now her new book! Lori has shifted the energy of the Internet with her loving daily posts and now she is sharing more with the world through her incredible book Tiny Buddha!" --Gabrielle Bernstein, author of Add More -ing to Your Life and Spirit Junkie

  • Margaret Roach

    "Lori Deschene doesn't claim to be anybody's guru. But it's that lack of pretense and her total candor--how she tells her own often-wild story without flinching--that is so magnetic, inviting a sense of ease with our own wrinkles, too, and fostering a sense of personal possibility. As she asks: Are you ready to be free?" --Margaret Roach, author of And I Shall Have Some Peace There

  • Soren Gordhamer

    "Few people in our time have more passionately or more creatively applied wisdom teachings to a new digital generation than Lori Deschene. I am continually inspired by her writing, and also by her sincere dedication to learning, growth, and wisdom. I feel tremendously fortunate to have had the chance to get to know her work through Tiny Buddha, and to know her as a person. Both embody the same essential truths." --Soren Gordhamer, founder and author, Wisdom 2.0

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  • Mastin Kipp

    "Lori is one of a kind. Her amazing heart and wisdom shine through in everything she writes! I am a HUGE fan of Tiny Buddha and I'm constantly inspired by Lori and her work." --Mastin Kipp, founder of The Daily Love

  • Jonathan Fields

    "Tiny Buddha is a moving and insightful synthesis of evocative stories and ancient wisdom applied to modern life. Great read!" --Jonathan Fields, author of Uncertainty

  • Neil Pasricha

    "There's nothing tiny about the extra-large dose of awesome stuffed into Lori's writing. Read it and feel good about the world." --Neil Pasricha, founder and author, 1000 Awesome Things, The Book of Awesome

About the Book

Tiny Buddha Book

Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How can we feel happy and free? The answers to these and other life questions are gathered in Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions.

Tiny Buddha began as a quote-a-day Twitter account, @tinybuddha, in 2008. Lori Deschene's daily wisdom posts about mindfulness, non- attachment, and happiness became so popular that she now has more than 300,000 social media followers who share quotes and stories about letting go of pain and opening up to joy.

Deschene asked her Twitter followers to contribute their thoughts and perspectives on the difficult questions that influence how we live our everyday lives: thoughts about purpose, pain, happiness, fate, and more.

Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life's Hard Questions is a combination of the amazing responses that she received along with her own insightful essays, and lessons from wise teachers around the world and throughout time.

Deschene explores how these issues have played out in her own life and offers action-oriented suggestions to help people empower themselves, even in a world with so much uncertainty. The result is a guide that helps readers discover the endless possibilities for a life lived mindfully in the present, and connected to others.

About the Author

Lori Deschene

Lori Deschene is the founder of, and she far prefers not to refer to herself in the third person.

I grew up in Massachusetts, where I was an overachiever with very little self-worth. Though many people knew me as a charismatic community theater performer, others knew me as a complete mess.

In the "class prophecy" for my high school yearbook, one student predicted I'd eventually write and star in a one-woman show about my life, called Stress.

During the messiest time of my life, I attended Emerson College, where I studied acting and writing. After graduation, I travelled and isolated myself all over the United States, hoping to escape my pain, my shame, and ultimately myself.

I eventually realized that wherever I went, I took myself with me—and then decided to learn to love myself instead of running away and self-destructing. It helped me to accept that I will never be perfect, but I can be proud of my willingness to grow a little every day.

Since 2007, I've written more than 100 self-help articles for nationally distributed girls' magazines. In 2008, I started tweeting wisdom quotes through @tinybuddha, intending to do something small but meaningful through technology.

The next fall, I launched as a quote database and community blog about applying wisdom to everyday life. My goal was to create a space where we can all share our successes and struggles honestly, to help each other and ourselves.

I've since presented on mindful technology and authentic connection at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, the Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival, and the first annual Bonfire Heights event.

Though I write about wisdom, I believe Socrates was right—true wisdom is knowing we know nothing. That means I mostly write about ways to thrive despite the uncertainty we deal with every day.

There's so much we may never know in life. But we can know we did our best to be the people we want to be and live the lives we want to live.


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