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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling introduction to Buddhism. Includes Bonus Meditation CD. Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism For Busy People is one such book.

What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment.

David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays...but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.

In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.

©2008 David Michie; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing

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Embarrassing Ego Trip

The author is far more focused on boasting about his success in PR and marketing than he is on providing insights into Buddhism (which here is really just a Western take on Tibetan Buddhism.) He repeatedly describes his guru's eyes as "twinkling" and his smile as "mischievous". This kind of cliched drivel belongs on no one's bookshelf or ipod. Don't waste the credit or time.

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perdictable

Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhism for Busy People to be better than the print version?

For once, here is an author who can do a good job reading his own book.<br/>Much of the content was predictable, but I still learned -- or reaffirmed -- the main lesson.

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Quite helpful in understanding Buddhism basics

This book gave me a deeper understanding of karma. It also it also taught me about some of the foundational ideas in Buddhism. This book had helped spark a desire to learn much more about Buddhism.

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Great introduction

This book will get you started and leaves you hungry for more. well written and easy to grasp.

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Very well written.

L have listened to this book over and over. It has a great perspective for someone just learning about Buddhism.
The meditation techniques are easy to follow.

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  • Aaron
  • 127 E Edgewater Terrace New Braunfels TX 78130
  • 05-21-16

Effectuve review

Enjoyed using this as a review and possibly a book to recommend to others wanting to investigate Buddhism teachings.

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Great read, easy to follow,

Would you try another book from David Michie and/or Nicholas Bell?

yes

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Busy People?

the content was easy to follow in mostly laypersons terms.

Do you think Buddhism for Busy People needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No but the Dalli Lama's cat books would be nice to have in audio format

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Delivered on the Title...plus some Nonsense

What did you like best about Buddhism for Busy People? What did you like least?

This book delivered on the title. I'm a "busy person" from the U.S.A...I was looking for a distillation of the key concepts of Buddhism for a Westerner, and that's what I found here. I could relate to his stories about achieving what he thought would make him happy, but finding he was still the same person, regardless of his success or failures on those achievements. Much of what he discusses is related to tried-and-true Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which he acknowledges to his credit. However, he completely lost me when he started talking about past-lives regression and, no kidding, even mentioned "ghosts". While this may be legitimate Buddhism, to a modern intellect, this just sounds plain silly, and (I claim) is totally unnecessary to the understanding and practice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Busy People?

On the plus side: stories I could relate about the propensity to believe the Next Big Thing (promotion, raise, romantic partner) will make you happy, understanding why it consistently doesn't, then offering a solution.

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

I felt that the reader captured the author's voice very well.

Could you see Buddhism for Busy People being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I would love to see someone make a good film about meditation, but I can't imagine how that would work out.

Any additional comments?

To my Humanist friends: This is worth a listen for a practical messages and information. Just mentally edit out the past-lives silliness ;)

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Beginning Buddhism

Great place to start for beginning Buddhism practices and meditation methods. Enjoyed it very much.

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This is my first audio book to return

The author is not knowledgable of practices has mentions and attempts to guide listeners through. The meditation tonglen is done quite the opposite way than what this author says. I've head this meditation instruction given by many authorized teachers and in the book it is just done incorrectly. Since this is done incorrectly it gave me trouble listening to anything else he had to teach. There are better books out there.

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  • G. Meixner
  • 11-17-16

Enjoys the sound of his own voice.

Initially interesting ideas which actually centre on teachings make way for the narration of his sparkling publishing career...

It's a good idea to explain Buddhism from his personal experience of it but he just ends up smugly padding it out so that it appears as more than just a helpful pamphlet.

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  • Arron
  • 12-07-17

Extremely good book for beginners😁

Excellent book for beginners looking to delve into the world of Buddhism and explore. Peace, love and joy.

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  • Mr L.
  • 12-05-17

Great introduction to Buddhism

Loved the flow of this book. Narrator was calm and soothing. Will listen to again & again

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  • dongoo
  • 11-24-17

Absolutely superb, thought provoking

This book, I think, will change my life. Something has clicked into place and I want to find out more.The book is so easily and clearly narrated. It is written in a really accessible way. Its a fantastic beginners guide but not basic, patronising or preachy. I have given it 5 stars.

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  • practicalshopper
  • 10-22-17

interesting

clear and understandable. I was uncomfortable with the section on reincarnation and past life regression but on the whole gave me a good sense of what Buddhism is about

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  • Jon
  • 10-18-17

Informative with a personal story that I connect with

The book talks about David's journey into Buddhism. I connected heavily with the beginnings of the story. I entered into a high powered job in London and after a year and a half developed a stress/ anxiety related rash. I was also disappointed by a rushed doctors appointment that gave me some pills, which in my case did nothing to help. The pain was so great at some points that I almost lost control of my legs and started to cry. It bought a tear to my eye to hear someone that had experienced something similar.

I have read several books on Buddhism, meditation and the mind recently and have found their teachings to be invaluable. Thank you.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 10-16-17

A great intro to buddhism

This book helped greatly in dealing with a emotionally tough situation, giving me great peace and clarity

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  • King Baccy
  • 10-02-17

Excellent and comprehensive audiobook

An easy to follow and comprehensive introduction to buddhism, recommend it to anyone interested in the discipline of calming ones mind in order to enjoy a more lasting experience of peace in daily life

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  • C. G. Williams
  • 09-13-17

so good I listened to it twice back to back

really aacessible information for the average person. references to the authors personal journey. I was truly inspired

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  • piers
  • 09-06-17

Clear common Sense

I should imagine that most listeners here are westerners, probably most in the UK. As Westerners we often turn to philosophy and religion in times of difficulty when in fact some aspects of philosophy may help us as a constant throughout our lives. Buddhism is often the go to 'religion' for agnostics or atheists because its not so preachy, fire and brimstone and is also so pragmatic. I loved this book and im really glad I found it. Clearly written and accessible I reccommend it to anyone interested in gaining greater control over their mind and finding more purpose to their lives. Of all religions it is only really buddhism which doesnt seem to focus mainly on a higher being but simply on making yourself a better person to help others and make the world a better place. Amen