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
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.
Yes. So much condensed information. More to learn from each listen.
How a 2,600 old philosophy is still so meaningful and helpful.
No. He was great!
A great primer for Buddhist philosophy. A great very helpful book for everyday and life problems.
Say something about yourself!
The reader had the perfect voice for this topic.
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.
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.
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.
Not necessarily, I liked digesting about one 80 min disc at a time.
Wish my friends and relatives who are suffering would listen to this book, I honestly feel it could change their lives.
Some books grab you and hold your interest, others don't. This one didn't.
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.
yes. it gave the basics on meditating
thought it would have more about Buddist philosophy and less of author's life
I keep looking for a way to think my way into a higher consciousness. I love the basic premise of Buddhist thought but stilling the mind through meditation still just escapes me.
Decent enough book, just not for me.
"WOW. Now | want to know more"
Great introduction to Buddhism . I enjoyed it and will listen again.
The author puts across Buddhism very well and with all the main points about Buddhism.
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