If You Meet Buddha Kill Him!

A Pilgrimage To Freedom

Non-Fiction - Motivational
165 Pages
Reviewed on 11/04/2021
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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Discover one man's steps to living a peaceful, happy life in the spiritual book, If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! A Pilgrimage To Freedom by Iliyan Kuzmanov. For the first part of his life, Iliyan Kuzmanov lived in poverty, and later, he experienced the benefits of wealth. Iliyan felt the need for more in his life, so he begins to explore the wilds of Thailand. What he finds there leads him to look at life, people, and our planet differently. Listening to the cries of his heart, Iliyan begins to follow its desperate stirrings and changes his mode of living. Shedding his external responsibilities, he learns the importance of embracing the beat of Earth's heart and returning to who he is at the core: love and creativity.

If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! by Iliyan Kuzmanov is an engaging account of one person's spiritual encounter with himself and God. The title immediately caught my eye, and its contents are just as stimulating. The included Zen Buddhist art is thought-provoking and quite stunning, capturing the essence of Buddhism in its purest form. The author, Mr. Kuzmanov, eloquently depicts his spiritual journey, encouraging the reader to begin their own. By leading the reader down a beautiful, soul-inspiring path of philosophically enhanced experiences, Mr. Kuamanov lays the foundation for a life-altering experience. A long-time member of MENSA, a creator of several charities, and having been trained with Her Majesty the Queen's butlers, Mr. Kuzmanov's expertise shines through his accounts, creating a charming, heartwarming narrative with a solid foundation.

Tammy Ruggles

If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! A Pilgrimage To Freedom by Iliyan Kuzmanov is an empowering journey of self and purpose. It shines with the author's spiritual journey through a world full of challenges and unexpected twists and turns but finds happiness and contentment in the end. The author takes complex ideas and simplifies them in bite-sized nuggets that are easy to digest and use in your everyday life. The author shows how some of the most important things in life are easier to obtain than you think, and that you can actually change how you view life and the world itself.

In a personal, freestyle way, Kuzmanov shows the benefits of making changes in your life and explains that you are the only one who can make those changes. Happiness isn't just an out-of-reach idea, according to the author. It's something you can achieve in this life. Besides the personal journey and travel stories, the author shows his own transformation and quest for social justice and new cultural consciousness. Images accompany the text making for a breezy, multi-dimensional read. I like his section on fear and the barrier it creates between yourself, your goals, your happiness, and your purpose. His love of art streams through the narrative as well, and his hunger for social justice is palpable. If you are looking for an uplifting book on how to find contentment and purpose, If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! A Pilgrimage To Freedom by Iliyan Kuzmanov is one you won't want to miss.

Pikasho Deka

If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! by Iliyan Kuzmanov is a self-help book containing a set of easy-to-apply, simple life approaches to enrich the living experience. After building a multi-million dollar empire, Iliyan Kuzmanov shifts his priorities from material success to the spiritual. Determined to live life to the fullest, he travels the world, gaining experience and learning from a wide array of cultures, religions, philosophers, and experts from various fields to find the right ideas and ethics needed to live a fulfilling life. Kuzmanov draws heavily from Buddhism, sharing its core beliefs and laying them out in an accessible way to make the reader appreciate some universal truths in one's pursuit of happiness. He also shares his personal life stories as well as some enthralling fantasy tales.

An inspiring motivational treat for readers, especially aspiring writers. If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! is a book everyone should have on their coffee table. Author Iliyan Kuzmanov uses his own personal experiences alongside the opinions of experts across different fields to discover the path to a joyful and happy life. Kuzmanov puts special emphasis on man's treatment of nature and how unrestrained materialistic pursuits fail to fill the emptiness of one's soul. I particularly enjoyed the author's conversation with Darius Vikili, a Swiss national living in Thailand who founded the NGO "Trash Heroes." I also had a wonderful time reading the fantastical adventures in the latter half of the book. This is a must-read. Highly recommended.

Foluso Falaye

Life is filled with many hurdles and uncertainties, but some of these challenges can be managed well with the right mindset. If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! is one man's way of navigating life's challenges. This book is loaded with many valuable lessons about different subjects: manners, expectations, desire, love, wealth, happiness, protecting nature, ego, fear, enjoying life, and more. In addition to some greatly insightful and well-structured views about life, the book includes messages from Buddha and conversations with Swiss environmental defender Darius Vikili and Gary Williams, the "man behind the best qualification school in the world." As someone who began working at the young age of 10, Iliyan Kuzmanov has seen different aspects of life, and his diverse experiences reflect in this phenomenal book.

Almost every sentence in If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! is worth bookmarking. Now I wish all books came in compact form because it simply blew my mind; so much life-changing information is packed into the book. I highly recommend it to all since Iliyan Kuzmanov's book has helped me in dealing with some personal struggles. In a world where many experience a constant state of want and self-torture, If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! paints a path to a less troubled state—one more connected to happiness and fulfillment that radiates from within. The most important lessons I learned are to see life like a game of chess and reduce my expectations without discarding opportunities. There's a lot more where those come from. If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! is for anyone who's ready to take on a life-changing and liberating journey.

Natalie Soine

If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! A Pilgrimage To Freedom by Iliyan Kuzmanov is the story of Iliyan and his battle with the world we live in. Iliyan finds a way to be happy and enjoy life to the full. It gives us an interesting perspective of ourselves and our abilities. We are all intellectual and creative in our own way, unique but similar. People have their own dreams and aspirations. It is up to us as individuals to achieve that which we desire. Our realities do not always match our perceptions of ourselves and the world around us. We all play an important part in the preservation of nature and it is our obligation to appreciate and value the world around us. While most of us prefer order above chaos, the world is a chaotic place and we may be trying to force something that goes against nature, causing frustration and anxiety.

Iliyan Kuzmanov’s story helps us to take a look at ourselves and our lives and decide what makes us happy through a number of stories based on his travels. There are interesting interviews and discussions with a variety of characters and beautiful artwork throughout the book. I particularly enjoyed the questions asked which give us food for thought. Although the writing seems chaotic at times, that is how our world is; we do not live linear lives. Those of us who hope for some kind of change in our lives will find the many lessons useful as we increase our knowledge of the world. Overall, If You Meet Buddha Kill Him! is a fantastic book, well worth the time to read, and highly recommended to both adults and teenagers.