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  • Opening the Door of Your Heart

  • And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness
  • By: Ajahn Brahm
  • Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen and change your perspective

  • By Jo on 08-07-12

Fantastic book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Lovely collection of stories that have lots of direct application in life. Highly recommend this. As a novice to Buddhism this is far better an introduction than any theoretical or technical book on the buddas texts

  • What the Buddha Taught

  • By: Walpola Sri Rahula
  • Narrated by: Taradasa
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Long regarded as one of the best introductions to Buddhism, What the Buddha Taught draws on the actual words spoken by the Buddha to give a lucid and accurate account of the fundamental principles of Buddhist doctrine. Richly supported by extracts from the ancient texts, Walpola Rahula gives clear and direct explanations of Buddhism's essential teachings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great beginners listen for a deep dive.

  • By Sean on 09-13-18

Terrible exposition of Buddhist philosophy

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I would not recommend this book for someone wanting to start learning about Buddhism.

It provides to context or interpretation of Buddhist thought but rather focussed on reading out lengthy quotes from the budda himself. When read out of context they provide virtually no insight into how these thoughts came about or how they should be applied in 21st century life.

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