©2004 Ajahn Brahm; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
This wonderful collection of parable-like stories, told through the lens of Buddhism, breaks the mold of somber self-help books. Ajahn Brahm is a witty man with a wonderful knack for making the simpleness of everyday life a profound reflection. The narrator made me feel as though Ajahn Brahm were reading the book, and the tone of his voice and accuracy of emotion made this an audio book I return to again and again. The book is inspirational and it is humorous, and it never dwells in pity or overly empathetic ruts that plague books of its kind.
One of the things I liked most about the book is that I was surprised to find a spiritually themed book that centers on finding ways to cope with life's challenges through love to be so irreverent and witty. I have read a few books filtered through the mindset of a Buddhist, and I have really liked many of those books, but this book made absolute sense without relying on spiritual metaphors. Very simple stories of cause and effect. The book never felt preachy or absolutist. By comparison a book like "The Four Agreements" seemed somber, overly empathetic, and easily misinterpreted by those seeking to validate their failings and shortcomings with a one track focus on the self. I love "The Four Agreements", but "Opening the Door of Your Heart" was far more practical, and inclusive of those closest to us, as a solution to the issues we all face together in life. "Me" and "I" must always be tempered with "we", "them" and "us", and to that end Ajahn Brahm does a stellar job.
It's impossible for me to pick a favorite section of the book as I was able to glean lessons from each and every story presented. This book is as close to perfect for this genre that I have ever encountered.
While there wasn't time to finish this book in one sitting, had there been time I would certainly have joyfully listened to the very end in one sitting.
This is a great book, and totally worth the credit or cost to acquire.
I listened to "Opening the Door to Your Heart" today, while driving to and from a meeting some hours away. What a delightful book!
I thoroughly enjoy teaching tales, and found myself laughing aloud, nodding in agreement, deeply touched, surprised and even with tears in my eyes a couple of times.
I will certainly be listening to this book again, and will look for more of Ajahn Brahm's works.
The narration was done well.
The authors humour to life in all aspects.
The hidden trues within.
the joy of hearing being spoken with just love, it is an inspiration to the soul.
The stories of being a monk in the jungle with no help from the outside world and surviving.
It is a truly inspiriting book. Well worth the read.
Yes - a good way to look at issues in life.
A more positive way to approach to life.
Entertaining, although not outstanding.
No. Not extreme. I laughed at places and learned new ways to look a couple concepts.
This was one of the best spiritual readings I have read. I will be rereading soon. It was very inspiring.
The complete book was moving. Each lesson was inspiring.
Definitely a must read. It was awesome.
The fact that these are collected stories lends it self well to an audio format.
The book made me want to learn much more about Buddhism. It let me see Buddhism not as a set of beliefs that I must somehow adopt or not be a part of, but as a way of thinking that complemented my views and understanding of science.
The book helped me to view challenges in my life as opportunities for practice rather than as burdensome emotional taxation.
One of the best books I have ever listened to. I have over 300 "self help" books here at audible. This ranks among the very best.
The stories are absolutely boring. The narrator is worse. It closed all my system, let alone my heart!!
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