People most often come to Buddhism motivated by some sort of crisis, as they look to understand it and to find a way in which to deal with it, not understanding that their realization that there is a crisis, is in fact dealing with it. As a master once said, “people that are looking for spirituality do not realize that they already have it.” Meaning, that they don’t see that the looking itself is what they are looking for, as the desire to pursue a deeper level is a deeper level.
For bodyguards, the greatest threat is the one that is unidentified, and, more often than not, a threat is not identified until it begins. So since a security breach reveals the beginning of a threat, the first thing a bodyguard does when a client expresses their concerns about themselves and their family’s safety is to do a security survey. A security survey will help identify the conditions that not only can create a threat, but will expose the vulnerabilities that create the opportunity for security to be breached by the threat.
Identifying the Vulnerabilities
This survey involves getting extremely personal with the client and going over all aspects of their life down to the smallest detail. Schedules, itineraries, activity’s, locations and the routes to and from them, health issues, as well as the status of all their relationships, including family, spouses and significant others both current and former, business associates, friends, employees, caretakers, are all closely scrutinized.
The client is even pressed to reveal unflattering information in regards to extramarital affairs and unethical and even illegal activities, as these are often the basis of threat vulnerability. Once identified, these vulnerabilities are secured by altering the client’s interaction with them or eliminating them altogether from the client’s life. In the protection world this is called “hardening the target”.
Protecting the Inner Buddha
In Buddhist practice we must do the same thing to protect our inner Buddha. We must harden ourselves as targets by doing a survey of our vulnerabilities. We must get extremely personal with ourselves and ask some tough questions about our lives. We must find where our weaknesses lie, and identify what and who are threats to them.
Who are the difficult people in our lives? What are the scenarios that accompany our involvement with them? What is the nature of the relationships conditioning? What are the habitual behaviors resulting from that conditioning? What new strategy can be utilized in facing this threat, or should it be avoided entirely?
In the protection world, whether to face a threat or not is a question that is often asked, as to knowingly enter into a potential threat scenario is decided based upon weighing out whether doing so or not is worth the risk. This might seem like an odd question to have to ask, but many high profile clients have responsibilities that often cannot be left unattended and to do so is nearly impossible regardless if the bodyguard recommends it. Many times protection agents are undermined by their clients who veto their requests to change schedules, cancel appearances, avoid certain routes, or not engage in spontaneous activity that’s not on the itinerary.
The bodyguard is a detail oriented, micro manager that to the best of their ability leaves nothing to chance. While the client is often shortsighted, acting on impulse, ignorant of the potential consequences of the chain of events that they are setting in motion, the bodyguard relies on clearly seeing the big picture. Most times, rather than having the luxury to weigh out whether doing something is worth the risk or not, and having the opportunity to avoid it, the bodyguard finds himself having no choice but to engage the risk due to the client’s lack of willingness and cooperation to concede to an alternative plan.
Our inner Buddha’s safety is at risk in much the same way. Dependent origination states that all things are mutually dependent on each other, that they only arise in relation to each other. A traditional teaching explains dependent origination by simply saying:
If this exists, that exists;
if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist.
©2018 by Jeff Eisenberg. All Rights Reserved.
Publisher: Findhorn Press, an imprint of Inner Traditions Intl.
Buddha’s Bodyguard: How to Protect Your Inner V.I.P.
by Jeff Eisenberg.
While this book is not about personal protection per se, it applies personal protection theory and specific tactics utilized by bodyguards to Buddhist practice, laying out strategies to protect our inner Buddha from attack. With “paying attention” and mindfulness being key concepts of both a bodyguard’s profession and Buddhist practice, this pioneering book speaks to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
About the Author
Jeff Eisenberg is a Grand Master level martial arts and meditation teacher with over 40 years of training and 25 years of teaching experience. He has run his own Dojo for nearly fifteen years and trained thousands of children and adults in the martial arts. He has also worked as a bodyguard, investigator, and director of crisis response in the emergency and psychiatric ward of a major hospital. Author of the bestselling book Fighting Buddha, he lives in Long Branch, New Jersey.
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Can we be martial arts practitioners and Buddhists at the same time? Can these practices actually complement each other, in mindfulness? How do we reconcile Buddhist concepts like non-violence with a fighting practice like judo, karate or jiu jitsu? Long-standing martial arts instructor and meditator Jeff Eisenberg addresses these and other questions in his own inimitable style, employing autobiographical anecdotes, along with martial arts fighting strategies, koan and sutra teachings, and Buddhist folk stories. Fighting Buddha outlines why the true test of a martial artist’s skill and of a Buddhist’s application of mindfulness is during a situation that is the least conducive for it--usually not inside the Dojo or Zendo. Challenging the belief that fighting martial arts styles are not conducive to a meditative practice, the book discusses the difference between violence and the use of force as it relates to the Buddha’s teaching of “cause no harm”, exploring the common misunderstanding that meditative moments are exclusive to only select activities. Further topics are the struggles of beginning training and practice, the importance of identifying goals, choosing a teacher and training in support of these goals. And, far from being the often-perceived ending, Jeff concludes that enlightenment and the black belt are really only a beginning.
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RIVETING! And masterfully written. This book is not just about sexual escapades, though, there were many, including losing his then long-time girlfriend to a famous entertainer who was his music idol . . . Stevie Wonder. Dunn's friends taunted him severely as to how does one lose a love to a blind man, a situation that was extremely humiliating for a young rising star. As well as addresses the difficulty in entertainment when confronted with male-on-male vulnerabilities that most macho men refuse to admit exists that forces them to tackle this tough issue. Additionally, Masculine Vulnerabilities speaks to the core of what women dread most about men and exposes the dark secrets of a man's heart; the fear of being rejected, and alone . . . Including the one profound undisclosed longing of their heart: what MEN really want and desire most in a woman, but very seldom dare to say, but absolutely can't live without―no man, whether gay or straight.
A snippet: "Deep down all men long to be desired, to have that one special woman with whom their heart is fully transparent . . . to express joy and disappointment; a woman that will handle our ego and heart delicately and still make us feel like we are conquerors. Of course, we train ourselves to believe we are the one man that she can never live without. Such foolishness. Then again, a masculine way of surviving because we are vulnerable."
Masculine Vulnerabilities: the "POWER" of an inner man has revealed the SECRETS all women ever wanted to learn page-after-page... ladies, you won't be able to put this one down. Your angst is about to dissolve.
To the readers, I want to thank you for taking this literary journey with me. I want you to know that my publisher elaborated on various aspects of my storytelling as a writer, and all I could think about is how am I going to write about the world's most famous dad, Joe Jackson or my Rock N Roll Hall of Famers? "My Tony Award Winner would be a book in itself"; I amused myself. The private negotiations and gossip with high profiled people in business could have a downright chilling effect on my career; the Broadway directors, the renowned male Jazz singer who consistently made passes at me as we prepared to perform and walk across the stadium field, to navigating groupies at Madison Square Garden. All of which presented a unique set of challenges as a man. I shudder just thinking about the depth of male vulnerabilities one man can experience in a short span of time.
I give my heart in this book and look forward to growing with you over the years as I am preparing the next release for late fall 2018 "Something About the Hour."
It's Funny, Masterful and Spellbinding.