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Buddhism for Busy People Audiobook

Buddhism for Busy People

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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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    David Blake Denver, CO, USA 03-27-10
    David Blake Denver, CO, USA 03-27-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Embarrassing Ego Trip"

    The author is far more focused on boasting about his success in PR and marketing than he is on providing insights into Buddhism (which here is really just a Western take on Tibetan Buddhism.) He repeatedly describes his guru's eyes as "twinkling" and his smile as "mischievous". This kind of cliched drivel belongs on no one's bookshelf or ipod. Don't waste the credit or time.

    21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 09-27-13
    Rena Alisa Los Gatos, CA, US 09-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "perdictable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhism for Busy People to be better than the print version?

    For once, here is an author who can do a good job reading his own book.
    Much of the content was predictable, but I still learned -- or reaffirmed -- the main lesson.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-24-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Great introduction"

    This book will get you started and leaves you hungry for more. well written and easy to grasp.

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    DEBORAH 05-23-16
    DEBORAH 05-23-16
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    "Very well written."

    L have listened to this book over and over. It has a great perspective for someone just learning about Buddhism.
    The meditation techniques are easy to follow.

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    jrg5963 05-21-16
    jrg5963 05-21-16 Member Since 2005
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    "Effectuve review"

    Enjoyed using this as a review and possibly a book to recommend to others wanting to investigate Buddhism teachings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TZaal 02-20-16
    TZaal 02-20-16

    Good or bad, One's "Perception" often affects his/her own life experience.

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    "Great read, easy to follow,"
    Would you try another book from David Michie and/or Nicholas Bell?

    yes


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

    the content was easy to follow in mostly laypersons terms.


    Do you think Buddhism for Busy People needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No but the Dalli Lama's cat books would be nice to have in audio format


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JOHN KRAINSKI 07-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Delivered on the Title...plus some Nonsense"
    What did you like best about Buddhism for Busy People? What did you like least?

    This book delivered on the title. I'm a "busy person" from the U.S.A...I was looking for a distillation of the key concepts of Buddhism for a Westerner, and that's what I found here. I could relate to his stories about achieving what he thought would make him happy, but finding he was still the same person, regardless of his success or failures on those achievements. Much of what he discusses is related to tried-and-true Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which he acknowledges to his credit. However, he completely lost me when he started talking about past-lives regression and, no kidding, even mentioned "ghosts". While this may be legitimate Buddhism, to a modern intellect, this just sounds plain silly, and (I claim) is totally unnecessary to the understanding and practice.


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

    On the plus side: stories I could relate about the propensity to believe the Next Big Thing (promotion, raise, romantic partner) will make you happy, understanding why it consistently doesn't, then offering a solution.


    What does Nicholas Bell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I felt that the reader captured the author's voice very well.


    Could you see Buddhism for Busy People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I would love to see someone make a good film about meditation, but I can't imagine how that would work out.


    Any additional comments?

    To my Humanist friends: This is worth a listen for a practical messages and information. Just mentally edit out the past-lives silliness ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail Centennial, CO, United States 05-22-15
    Gail Centennial, CO, United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Beginning Buddhism"

    Great place to start for beginning Buddhism practices and meditation methods. Enjoyed it very much.

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    Member of the Taoist Tai Chi Society 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "This is my first audio book to return"

    The author is not knowledgable of practices has mentions and attempts to guide listeners through. The meditation tonglen is done quite the opposite way than what this author says. I've head this meditation instruction given by many authorized teachers and in the book it is just done incorrectly. Since this is done incorrectly it gave me trouble listening to anything else he had to teach. There are better books out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Clulow 03-07-15
    Mark Clulow 03-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A wonderful reading of an inspirational book!"

    Very satisfied by this well-written, well-read book. Thank you for creating it! ^_^
    Made a recent long journey an absolute joy.

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  • Gem
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    10/12/10
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    "Enjoy!"

    This is one of my favourite audiobooks, I listen to it every couple of months. It is well narrated, and Nicholas Bell's reading is very engaging. It does what it says on the tin - it is a very basic introduction to Buddhism by way of the author's own very interesting introduction to it and thereafter lifelong interest and learning. I think I enjoy it because his story is uplifting & most of it easy to relate to. It is very much written for the ordinary working non-spritual person. I hope others enjoy it as much as I did.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Julia
    Jersey, United Kingdom
    8/2/13
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    "Honest, compelling, generous."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was exactly what I was looking for; a genuine insight into why Buddhism would appeal to someone with a background not dissimilar to my own. I'd certainly recommend it to anyone searching for answers about this subject.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Saltdean, United Kingdom
    10/26/12
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    "A new angle"

    I really enjoyed this book. It gives a fresh view on Buddhism that runs parallel with the authors own personal journey. The narration has a clean quality that is refreshing a sympathetic to the subject.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alathia
    2/14/15
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    "The best introduction to Buddhism I have come acro"
    If you could sum up Buddhism for Busy People in three words, what would they be?

    Informative, engaging, practical


    What other book might you compare Buddhism for Busy People to, and why?

    I don't think I have come across any other books that mix life and religion in quite the same way


    Which character – as performed by Nicholas Bell – was your favourite?

    The author David Michie


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Train your mind to see the world more clearly


    Any additional comments?

    This book manages to be informative without being dull. The way the authors weaves his everyday life into to the book is really helpful. It feels relatable and real. It's a mixture of stories, instructions and belief which keeps it interesting.

    I have re listened to it many times even though I am not religious. I think there is a lot to be said for practical advice simply put.

    The narrator does a particularly good job. He has a very gentle voice and it really adds to feel of the book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sian
    2/16/15
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    "Interesting guide to Buddhism"

    I enjoyed the author's simple descriptions of the Buddhist teachings and how his life had been affected by Buddhism. However as an audio book, I sometimes forgot what some of the Buddhist words meant as I went through the book and I couldn't look them up easily. Also some I had not heard of "boticheata" anyone? So I have no idea how it is spelt even if I could look it up. I found the ideas at the beginning of the book really lovely but towards the end of the book the concepts were harder to grasp.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Graham Norman
    2/6/15
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    "Loved it."

    I'm on my second back to back playing of this audio book. The English narrator is compelling. Written in an anecdotal style it is thoroughly entertaining , informative, instructional and thought provoking. This is my first introduction to Buddhism and a great help to my current spirituality and meditation. Thoroughly recommended - it could change your life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Glen
    1/7/15
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    "Great Book Well Read"

    Well read interesting book - really enjoyed it
    The author is not condesending but puts across Buddhism very well and the main points about it

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andrei
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "Good introduction to Buddhism"

    A sensational book and a very good introduction to Buddhism. The narrator does a very good job on maintaining the listeners attention. Highly recommending.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
    3/11/15
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    "Excellent"

    Was a bit pessimistic about listening to this book but really made me think and I am going to listen again straight away to take more in.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kenny
    Edinburgh
    2/9/15
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    "great informal introduction to the subject matter"

    a nice introduction to the subject by way of an autobiographical account of one person's actual experience in exploring the topic. I enjoyed it and will listen again.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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