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Buddhism for Busy People Audiobook

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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    Scott M Wisconsin 01-12-15
    Scott M Wisconsin 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good listen, just not what I was looking for."

    Introduction to the need for mindfulness and briefly, introduction to Tibet buddhism. I was looking for more information and instruction on meditation and achieving mindfulness. Only a few examples were provided.

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    Dutches 01-10-15
    Dutches 01-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A wonderful start to Buddhism"

    I listen to a lot of Dr. Wayne Dyer and this book speaks to me a lot of what Dyer says. After at lot self meditation it might be time I found a teacher.

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    Paulo F. 10-25-14
    Paulo F. 10-25-14
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    "Increased my curiosity"
    What did you love best about Buddhism for Busy People?

    Explain some basics and help to preview the benefits.But still far to help your enlightening or transcendence.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Nicholas. Just my humble opinion.

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    R. Anthony 08-01-13
    R. Anthony 08-01-13
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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.

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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 2014
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    "Joe from New Jersey"
    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.

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    Michael Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 11-12-12
    Michael Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 11-12-12

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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.


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    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-20-12
    Georzetta BETHLEHEM, PA, United States 05-20-12 Member Since 2014

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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.


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    Katherine milford, ny, United States 04-10-12
    Katherine milford, ny, United States 04-10-12 Member Since 2014
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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.

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    Amazon Customer 04-10-12
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    "Snoozer..."
    What did you like best about Buddhism for Busy People? What did you like least?

    The cover.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Michie? Why or why not?

    Sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Some books grab you and hold your interest, others don't. This one didn't.

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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 04-03-12
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 04-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining & insightful introduction to Buddhism"

    I should say that I've always been interested in Buddhism, but too busy to pursue it :) I've always suspected there's a life lesson in there somewhere and now I know it! This book brings Buddhism to life for a person from the modern world by providing clear information about the basic teachings and combining it with humorous anecdotes from the author's own life. The book is written in a clear manner that is easy to follow. The 4 basic truths are explained as well as meditation techniques. The book is engaging from the first page. I find myself quoting it constantly to my friends. I liked the book so much I bought the Kindle version too! The reader has a pleasant voice and keeps his tone light in character with the tenor of the book, rather than preachy or sonorous. Overall, I highly recommend this book for anyone with a beginner's interest in Buddhism or anyone who wants a clear way to explain Buddhism to others or even anyone searching for meaning in life.

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    "WOW. Now | want to know more"
    What did you like most about Buddhism for Busy People?

    Great introduction to Buddhism . I enjoyed it and will listen again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author puts across Buddhism very well and with all the main points about Buddhism.


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