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Opening the Door of Your Heart Audiobook

Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness

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Publisher's Summary

Here are modern tales of happiness, compassion and love that will both enlighten and entertain. During his wanderings and work over the last 30 years as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. While traditional Buddhist philosophy is at the heart of this collection, these thoughtful stories are written like playful parables, which are used to launch into a deeper exploration of subjects such as mindfulness, suffering, forgiveness, hope, wisdom, and unconditional love. Told with wit and good humor, they reveal moments of compassion in the lives of ordinary people and the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings.

©2004 Ajahn Brahm; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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    C. Hoyt Glen Burnie, MD 08-21-12
    C. Hoyt Glen Burnie, MD 08-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    What made the experience of listening to Opening the Door of Your Heart the most enjoyable?

    Great stories to share with friends and family. Love telling some to my children. Found myself literally laughing out loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-17-12
    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Opening the Door of Your Heart?

    Positive attitude.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Life affirming.


    Have you listened to any of Francis Greenslade’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Being kind or karma will get you.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I purchased the book. I liked it a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-11
    Danny Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great help in a time of mental unrest."

    The stories told in this book were profound, yet simultaneously entertaining and often quite funny. I would highly recommend giving this book a listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-29-16
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    "holy crap, this is deep "

    I've listened to this dozens of times. it's amazing. every time I read it I get deeper and more diverse levels of meaning

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    Gitte 05-28-16
    Gitte 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    A very funny and valuable lesson in life. Everyone should read this book at least once in their lives ☺

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    Daisy Tan 01-03-16
    Daisy Tan 01-03-16
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    "Greatest book for solutions in life!"

    108 short interesting stories which is applicable to this modern world. If you are someone seeking happiness, this book is highly recommended!

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    YNaples 05-09-15
    YNaples 05-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Absolutely love this song. Will definitely need to listen again and again and again. My 7 year old son also enjoyed the stories.

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    Jessica Owen Savannah, GA 04-14-15
    Jessica Owen Savannah, GA 04-14-15 Member Since 2010

    Hello!

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    An easy listen to do when you have little moments for yourself. A handful of great short stories with a lot of mindful lessons to remind you the importance of your life. I will definitely be listening to this audiobook regularly. I am hoping audible puts out more books by Ajahn Brahm.

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    Joan Cousins 07-25-14
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love spiritually inspiring books and at first this one was quite engaging. But after awhile, I got bored because most of the stories had the underlying theme of how spiritually evolved Ajahn Brahm is.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ajahn Brahm? Why or why not?

    No. See above.


    Did Opening the Door of Your Heart inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. Stop listening to it half way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Please carry more spiritually inspiring titles from Eastern teachers. Eknath Easwaran is a deeply inspiring author and spiritual teacher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Max Power USA 10-01-13
    Max Power USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2014

    Max Power

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    "So uplifting!"
    If you could sum up Opening the Door of Your Heart in three words, what would they be?

    I have read a ton of self-help type books trying to be happier, more at peace, freer, more confident etc. This book clearly stood out to me as something extraordinarily special. And the humor is always meant to teach. It is told in a series of short stories. Each story has deep and profound meaning.

    I have the audible audio version. The narrator has an Australian accent, but he is easy to listen to, is spot on with tone, spot on with pace, and has deep emotional content portrayed through his voice. You can listed to an audio sample at audible, which is a great amazon service in my opinion. They let you refund books and their subscription fee is very fair.

    A bit about myself. I, like many people have a tendency towards depression, negativity, and an overly critical view of the world. This book is one of the steps I am taking to change myself to be happier, and kinder.

    I have studied Buddhism extensively. I find many Buddhist books to be dry and poorly translated, putting me to sleep. This book is so refreshing. It is very light on dogma/tradition and instead is in the form of a series of light-hearted short stories that always carry a deeply profound message. I have also read many self help books on this topic, and other topics. This is just so refreshing compared to the self help format, it is more helpful, more free flowing, and easier to get into, and stay glued to. And since every message is based on a real life event or story, there is no need to wonder how an idea is applied, as it is in the example itself, which makes it instantly more accessible and applicable in your own life!

    The content of the book itself is amazing. It is so entertaining. Many stories had me laughing out loud, with happiness, and a new understanding to past pains and thinking how silly I was for ever looking at situations with the negativity I had in the past! And it is so uplifting, SO positive, and so enlightening. This book has the power to bring you to your knees, bring tears of joy, and maybe sadness to your eyes, and change your life forever. It is that powerful of a message. You will leave the book changed, and uplifted, seeing not only others more clearly, with more love, with true forgiveness, and with true freedom, but yourself as well. This is the kind of book you can read over and over and over again and reach a new understanding, and a deeper meaning every time. The beautiful part about an audio book is you CAN listen to it over and over, on your way to work, at home relaxing, while you are cooking, without having to turn a tattered (well loved) page. The book is an absolute joy to listen to, you will want to listen to it at least twice.

    I hope that helps, and good luck on your path to inner freedom and happiness!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uplifting humor to normally horrible situations, the silver linings, the unique ways of looking at the world that make it a benevolent teacher instead of a horrible master.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each story is moving. All of them are inspirational and uplifting. I loved how honest the author was about his own failures and how they taught him to be more open and more loving.


    Any additional comments?

    This book changed my life. I tell the stories in the books to friends and family now. They are beautiful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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