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
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.
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.
Good or bad, One's "Perception" often affects his/her own life experience.
the content was easy to follow in mostly laypersons terms.
No but the Dalli Lama's cat books would be nice to have in audio format
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.
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.
I felt that the reader captured the author's voice very well.
I would love to see someone make a good film about meditation, but I can't imagine how that would work out.
To my Humanist friends: This is worth a listen for a practical messages and information. Just mentally edit out the past-lives silliness ;)
Great place to start for beginning Buddhism practices and meditation methods. Enjoyed it very much.
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.
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.
"Honest, compelling, generous."
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.
"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.
"The best introduction to Buddhism I have come acro"
Informative, engaging, practical
I don't think I have come across any other books that mix life and religion in quite the same way
The author David Michie
Train your mind to see the world more clearly
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.
"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.
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.
"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
"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.
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.
"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.
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