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Buddhism for Busy People | [David Michie]

Buddhism for Busy People

In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.
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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling introduction to Buddhism. Includes Bonus Meditation CD. Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism For Busy People is one such book.

What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays...but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

©2008 David Michie; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 04-28-11
    Red Emma Seattle, WA USA 04-28-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyable"

    I enjoyed this book. I learned quite a bit. Sometimes the personal narrative was a bit much but I would recommend this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-15-13
    Jami VICTOR, NY, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "An Interesting Intro"

    I found that this was a good intro to the principles of Buddhism. I listened to it on audio, and the narration was good as well.

    I liked that in addition to presenting the Buddhist principles, the author illustrated how he applied those principles to his own life. There were also instructions on how to meditate; I thought it was a fairly easy and straightforward process, but apparently there is a lot more to it than I had initially thought.

    I found some "gems" of wisdom that I think may be useful. Some of the concepts I thought were important to me were: you don't have to change the world, but rather, how you perceived the world; that action is more important than belief, as it only matters what we do; and the explanation of the "self" and "other" divide. I imagine that others will find other concepts interesting to them, but I think most people could get something out of this.

    I was particularly struck by his discussion of past lives. While I personally don't believe in that, his explanation made me think. He states that many people don't believe in past lives because you can't remember them; however, you also don't remember your birth, but that happened. For some reason, this really struck a chord with me and made perfect sense. I haven't changed my views on past lives, but I believe I am more open minded about it and other things now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R. Anthony Denver,CO 08-01-13
    R. Anthony Denver,CO 08-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow. Great book!"

    Practical Buddhist wisdom interspersed with interesting life stories. I've listened to and read a number of other Buddhism books. This one is tied for #1. The cadence of the book for me was neither rushed or slow. The author's points are clear and well made. The content is well structured.

    The narration was well done. Intonation was dynamic without being overly dramatic. I can honestly say that this is the first audiobook I've heard where I've not been annoyed at some point by the narration.

    The story underlying the book- that of the author's journey from a stressed PR guy through self-employment to published author was interesting IMHO. The story didn't focus on the achievements themselves but were used to educate in the same way as his older friend with cancer and a poor career choice was: illustrating alternate perspectives and responses. I had no sense of a 'look what I did! how awesome am I!?'. That is somewhat surprising in retrospect, given the achievements themselves.

    The moderation was also nice. The author didn't drop all of his material wealth (and actually argues against it) nor celebrating achievements. Believing instead that more good can be done from positions of relative wealth and power than those of a penniless man without influence. The middle road seems far more achievable to me than a more spartan existence and sounds like a still worthwhile goal for those starting out. To me this is one of the key strengths of this book. Your life doesn't have to be taken over or radically change to begin.


    All in all, definitely worth the buy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOSEPH SEA ISLE CITY, NJ, United States 01-02-13
    JOSEPH SEA ISLE CITY, NJ, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2005
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    Would you listen to Buddhism for Busy People again? Why?

    Yes. So much condensed information. More to learn from each listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Busy People?

    How a 2,600 old philosophy is still so meaningful and helpful.


    Have you listened to any of Nicholas Bell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. He was great!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    A great primer for Buddhist philosophy. A great very helpful book for everyday and life problems.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 11-12-12
    Michael Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A good introduction"
    What made the experience of listening to Buddhism for Busy People the most enjoyable?

    The reader had the perfect voice for this topic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This was a nice, easy-to-listen-to intoduction to the subject. Not too much detail. Not too complex. Good enough to listen to on a road trip and then on the road back home, and easy enough to follow.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 06-07-12
    Barry THE WOODLANDS, TX, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A little Buddist philosophy-lot of Dave's life"
    Would you try another book from David Michie and/or Nicholas Bell?

    no


    Has Buddhism for Busy People turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nicholas Bell?

    yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes. it gave the basics on meditating


    Any additional comments?

    thought it would have more about Buddist philosophy and less of author's life

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-20-12
    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-20-12

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    "Good Introduction to Buddhism"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhism for Busy People to be better than the print version?

    This sort of material is usually a little dry so the audio book was a perfect solution.The narrator has a light and animated voice which is easy to listen to when the material is a bit slow. However, the author does have a good number of anecdotes to illustrate his points which always helps.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    greg sarasota, FL, United States 04-26-12
    greg sarasota, FL, United States 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thinking seem to be the problem"

    I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.

    Decent enough book, just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Greg Wilson 04-26-12
    Greg Wilson 04-26-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Thinking seem to be the problem"

    I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.

    Decent enough book, just not for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine milford, ny, United States 04-10-12
    Katherine milford, ny, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "From start to finsh, I thoroughly enjoyed this."
    Would you listen to Buddhism for Busy People again? Why?

    Absolutely I will be listening to this again. I learned so much about Buddhism and enjoyed the playful yet elegant way the book was written.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily, I liked digesting about one 80 min disc at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish my friends and relatives who are suffering would listen to this book, I honestly feel it could change their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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