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Buddhism for Busy People | [David Michie]

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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    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 04-10-12
    Amazon Customer Melbourne, FL, United States 04-10-12
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 04-03-12
    Alcairha Brooklyn, NY 04-03-12
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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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    Ron Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-31-12
    Ron Vancouver, BC, Canada 03-31-12

    A great fan of stories and audiobooks. Good ones.

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    "A waste of money. A 10 on the "Don't Buy" scale."

    The author seems to think we care about his life, as this book is not as much about buddhism and more just a creative platform for a self-centered, egotistical man wanting to talk about himself. Is that why someone would buy it? To hear a life history of the work and life of the author? I am sorry but the frustration of the feeling of being misled is dragging me away from any real buddhist ideal of peace and harmony, so I should stop this.
    But, don't buy it. It will spoil your day. Pulling out endless steams of unreferenced stats and quotes is really cheap, by the way, and the second most frustrating thing about this book. Good thing I only paid $ 4.95 or I would really tell you what I think.

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    Maya S. Ontario, Canada 04-13-10
    Maya S. Ontario, Canada 04-13-10
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    "Great Listen."

    Enlightening....worth several listens to. :-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12
    Midwest Lady Indiana 04-20-12

    Reader. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.

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    "Excellent. Concise. Worthwhile and worthy."
    Would you listen to Buddhism for Busy People again? Why?

    I will listen to this several times. The layers keep revealing more content on listening again.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent and easy explanation of the philosophy. Easy to understand and integrate into your usual faith and philosophy. Encourage you to listen to it.

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    Craig Hilton Head, SC, United States 11-02-11
    Craig Hilton Head, SC, United States 11-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't think of the TV Gekko and you will enjoy"

    If you are a Westerner contemplating adoption of Buddhism, then this is the exact book you'd want, as the author did pretty much the same thing. He walks us through the experience and then reflects it against his own personal life...like having a "Buddy" take the trip with you, showing the way. Parts were so good, I had to rewind to hear them again right away and its a volume I might like to buy, in book, and keep on a shelf for reference later.

    However--to we Americans, the narrator's voice sounds just like the Gekko on the TV insurance commercials. I kept thinking of the little green guy taking The Middle Path. I am sure its just me, but get past that and you have a great listen.

    Come to think of it, would the Buddha himself approved of Audiobooks? I think so, (a) as it saves many trees and (b) the Buddha taught orally and his teachings were committed to memory by early teachers and repeated on verbally.

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    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 06-26-11
    David CINCINNATI, OH, United States 06-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Introduction"

    This is a great introduction to the Buddhist philosophy. Explanation with personal stories, and a guide to help you start meditating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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