©2004 Ajahn Brahm; (P)2009 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
Traveler. Artist. Dreamer.
This changed my perspective on who, I thought, a buddhist can be. They can be funny, they can swear and call people names, and they can be interesting. The stories changed my perspective on the way I view people and view life. I laughed and teared up in some parts. The narrator was excellent. He wasn't just reading. He put feeling into the moments and you can picture a person in certain stories (their faces and expressions, etc). This is the first time I actually rated an audiobook with 5 stars across the board.
This is a treasure of a book...full of simple, yet meaningful stories and all the while laced with warmth and humour. I will listen again and again.
Ajahn Brahm does a wonderful job of combining stories with life lessons. This book isn't bossy or full of long lectures. Instead Brahm does a delightful job of combining humor and teaching. I would read again. The narrator also is very good, with a warm voice that invites you to listen.
Ajahn Brahm seems to have had a peek into my life as this book seems to be written to me personally. Both my husband and I have enjoyed his honesty and humor. The beautifully written stories are narrated by Francis Greenslade whose relaxed voice is easy on the ear and a pleasure to listen to.
The stories told in this book were profound, yet simultaneously entertaining and often quite funny. I would highly recommend giving this book a listen.
Opening the Door of Your Heart is a collection of Ajahn Brahms most memorable and interesting stories that tell important Buddhist lessons in a fun, interesting and relevant way. Brahm makes Buddhism accessible for everyone, especially for lay novices like myself.
I've been a listener of Ajahn Brahm's podcast for awhile now and I love his voice and style. I was a little leery to listen to a book that wasn't narrated by Brahm himself as he is so wonderful at telling his own story. It took me a few stories before I warmed to the narrator, but after awhile he grew on me.
The whole thing is memorable! It's one of those books you'll read again and again.
The last sentence will put a big grin on your face.
The stories in this book will inspire you to
look at life in a different way.
Worth every penny.
You can listen to it over and over again
and will not lose its taste.
IT Manager and life long learner
Buddhist stories on happiness that are great for people of any or now faith. Favorite was the three questions of what is important in life: 1. when is most important time? Now, 2. Who is most important person in the world? The person with you, 3. What should we do? Care. Pretty much defines the philosophy of mindfulness in three questions.
I think this could be a great book for beginning Buddhists, or those not all that familiar with the path, there were a good number of stories where I actually found myself disappointed in the answers or paths that were taken in answer to some of the authors life problems, not so much for the fact that that specific path was taken, but because some deeper meanings and teachings were missed.
I liked this book for its humour and stories. It is one of these books which you have to first overcome the slightly irritating voice, I find that I am getting better at this the more books I listen to.
This book changed the way I look at my life, highly recommended
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