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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 2016
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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 05-22-15
    Gail 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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  • pm
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    1/9/17
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    "An accessible introduction to Buddhism"

    A gentle and grounded introduction to Buddhism. I liked the snippets about the author's own experiences with Buddhism. It was well narrated though some of the Sanskrit/Tibetan words were difficult to catch. I am familiar with some Sanskrit root words but it took me some time to realise that the narrator meant 'boddhichitta' or 'boddhicitta' (as it is sometimes written in English). Overall though, the narrator was well suited to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Meixner
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    11/17/16
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    "Enjoys the sound of his own voice."

    Initially interesting ideas which actually centre on teachings make way for the narration of his sparkling publishing career...

    It's a good idea to explain Buddhism from his personal experience of it but he just ends up smugly padding it out so that it appears as more than just a helpful pamphlet.

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  • J. Venter
    11/2/16
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    "Easy introduction to Buddhism"

    I enjoyed listening to the book, it was easy going and kept me interested all the way through. my next step will be to visit gompa.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Yvonne McCann
    7/10/16
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    "ok"

    worth a listen but nothing new. all very superficial stuff. Not bad by any means but quite average in content. I expected more.

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  • jakubik
    London, UK
    3/22/16
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    "Best narration ever!"

    Bravo Nicholas Bell. Such a fantastic choice of a narrator - the perfect match. Nicholas just feels so natural in this. Of the 30 odd books I've amassed in my Audible account over the years this is the absolutely best "book / narrator" match hands down. Perfection!

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  • Michelle Dixon
    2/27/16
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    "Great - Different - Just The Job!"

    Just the sort of thing I was looking for. I wanted to learn about Buddhism and I have a lot of books to go through because I like learning from them. I also cant listen when I like because my illnesses won't allow it. So this was just the job!
    Great intro' and narrator but I did find that I had to listen in bite size chunks or it became a fraction monotonous.

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  • ms tanya bridgeman
    2/25/16
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    "Easy to follow. Good for novices!"

    This was a very easy listen. Explains the basic principles well and helped with linking theory to practice. Glad I purchased 😃

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PinkInk
    2/18/16
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    "Absolutely Brilliant"

    Really found it a great insight into how we can all incorporate Buddhism into our lives. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I will listen to it several times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phoebe
    Norfolk
    2/6/16
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    "Requires your full attention"

    I found I really needed to concentrate when listening to this audiobook. However, it is so beautifully narrated, and so much thought and care has clearly gone into its writing, that I felt it deserved my attention and I did feel that I was being a gift as I listened to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GRB
    11/4/15
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    "Well worth a listen !"

    Having listened to Elkhart Tolle, mark Williams and Goldstein amongst others I was not expecting anything new. However, this covers similar ground but offers another interesting point of view and was very engaging.

    Thoroughly enjoyed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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