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
A nice primer as narrated by an Englishman, with a sonorous voice and lovely accent. I enjoyed the fact that the author mixed personal anectodal material with the philosophy of Buddhism. Nicely done.
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.
worth a listen but nothing new. all very superficial stuff. Not bad by any means but quite average in content. I expected more.
"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!
"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.
"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 😃
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.
"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.
"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!
"Wouldn't recommend, would encourage elsewhere"
Forgetful, it was in the end, too happenstance and general for me.It never got gritty. This is pretty much much pandering to an audience that wants to hear this generalisation of mindfulness.A few too many easy anecdotes and timely life affirming cycles (good or bad) that i feel generally lead to what you would write if you were writing a book. However, it did serve as an introducion.
"A great story and introduction"
My first book on Buddhism and it crosses over nicely into mindfulness and general life.
Well read and easy to listen/follow - a great way to start improving your life. Felt it lagged a little at 3hrs in but generally a great listen- will definitely go back over the first few hours again
There were some good nuggets of Buddhist philosophy but the least interesting was time spent describing his own experience.
Soothing, pleasant, easy.
I felt misled by the title. To me it would have been more accurately described as a"A busy person's experience of encountering Buddhism". As such I was disappointed because I did not get what the title led me to believe I would.
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