Some books grab you and hold your interest, others don't. This one didn't.
I should say that I've always been interested in Buddhism, but too busy to pursue it :) I've always suspected there's a life lesson in there somewhere and now I know it! This book brings Buddhism to life for a person from the modern world by providing clear information about the basic teachings and combining it with humorous anecdotes from the author's own life. The book is written in a clear manner that is easy to follow. The 4 basic truths are explained as well as meditation techniques. The book is engaging from the first page. I find myself quoting it constantly to my friends. I liked the book so much I bought the Kindle version too! The reader has a pleasant voice and keeps his tone light in character with the tenor of the book, rather than preachy or sonorous. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone with a beginner's interest in Buddhism or anyone who wants a clear way to explain Buddhism to others or even anyone searching for meaning in life.
A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.
The author seems to think we care about his life, as this book is not as much about buddhism and more just a creative platform for a self-centered, egotistical man wanting to talk about himself. Is that why someone would buy it? To hear a life history of the work and life of the author? I am sorry but the frustration of the feeling of being misled is dragging me away from any real buddhist ideal of peace and harmony, so I should stop this.
But, don't buy it. It will spoil your day. Pulling out endless steams of unreferenced stats and quotes is really cheap, by the way, and the second most frustrating thing about this book. Good thing I only paid $ 4.95 or I would really tell you what I think.
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I will listen to this several times. The layers keep revealing more content on listening again.
Excellent and easy explanation of the philosophy. Easy to understand and integrate into your usual faith and philosophy. Encourage you to listen to it.
If you are a Westerner contemplating adoption of Buddhism, then this is the exact book you'd want, as the author did pretty much the same thing. He walks us through the experience and then reflects it against his own personal life...like having a "Buddy" take the trip with you, showing the way. Parts were so good, I had to rewind to hear them again right away and its a volume I might like to buy, in book, and keep on a shelf for reference later.
However--to we Americans, the narrator's voice sounds just like the Gekko on the TV insurance commercials. I kept thinking of the little green guy taking The Middle Path. I am sure its just me, but get past that and you have a great listen.
Come to think of it, would the Buddha himself approved of Audiobooks? I think so, (a) as it saves many trees and (b) the Buddha taught orally and his teachings were committed to memory by early teachers and repeated on verbally.
This is a great introduction to the Buddhist philosophy. Explanation with personal stories, and a guide to help you start meditating.