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Opening the Door of Your Heart: And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness | [Ajahn Brahm]

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

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.
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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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    Nathanial ALBUQUERQUE, NM, USA 10-05-12
    Nathanial ALBUQUERQUE, NM, USA 10-05-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Opening the Door ... Challenging Misanthropy"
    Where does Opening the Door of Your Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book, and totally worth the credit or cost to acquire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Well Then Jamaica 09-23-12
    Well Then Jamaica 09-23-12
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    "What a delight!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David North Mackay, Australia 09-17-12
    David North Mackay, Australia 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "An enlightening life store."
    What made the experience of listening to Opening the Door of Your Heart the most enjoyable?

    The authors humour to life in all aspects.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hidden trues within.


    What does Francis Greenslade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the joy of hearing being spoken with just love, it is an inspiration to the soul.


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

    The stories of being a monk in the jungle with no help from the outside world and surviving.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a truly inspiriting book. Well worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Parkville, MO, United States 09-17-12
    James Parkville, MO, United States 09-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good perspective on life"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - a good way to look at issues in life.


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

    No


    What did you learn from Opening the Door of Your Heart that you would use in your daily life?

    A more positive way to approach to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel United States 09-11-12
    Daniel United States 09-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fun stories with some good lessons."
    Where does Opening the Door of Your Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Entertaining, although not outstanding.


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

    Maybe


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. Not extreme. I laughed at places and learned new ways to look a couple concepts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Hollywood, FL, United States 09-10-12
    Nancy Hollywood, FL, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome reading!"
    Where does Opening the Door of Your Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was one of the best spiritual readings I have read. I will be rereading soon. It was very inspiring.


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

    No.


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

    The complete book was moving. Each lesson was inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a must read. It was awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-04-12
    John Pittsburgh, PA, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Leaves you smiling"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Opening the Door of Your Heart to be better than the print version?

    The fact that these are collected stories lends it self well to an audio format.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Lake ELsinore, CA, United States 08-25-12
    James Lake ELsinore, CA, United States 08-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Don't Hesitate! Wonderful and Inspirtational!"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Maya Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia 04-12-10
    Maya Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia 04-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Absolutely boring content and narrator"

    The stories are absolutely boring. The narrator is worse. It closed all my system, let alone my heart!!

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
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