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Opening the Door of Your Heart Audiobook

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

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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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    Big John Montana 07-28-13
    Big John Montana 07-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A good intro book."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 08-10-13
    Sam Motes Tampa 08-10-13 Listener Since 2009
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    "Be mindful of the door to your heart"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13
    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Well worth your time."

    Wisdom packaged in useful suggestions. I was surprised to find that the insights offered in this book were original and memorable. Even though this is a short book, it is worth it if you like Buddhist philosophy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim from Salt Lake City Logan, UT USA 06-08-13
    Jim from Salt Lake City Logan, UT USA 06-08-13
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    "I really tried but could not connect with stories"
    What would have made Opening the Door of Your Heart better?

    If the stories were interesting.


    What could Ajahn Brahm have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The stories frequently seemed to have no relationship to the life-lesson associated with them so perhaps Monk Brahm could have sought better analogs.


    What about Francis Greenslade’s performance did you like?

    Seemed to well represent author'style mad message.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I've heard so many great Zen and other Buddhist stories and was expecting that in this book. But I found the stories dull and lacking.


    Any additional comments?

    I am also a monk though in the Zen tradition. Perhaps my experiences biased my read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-08-17
    Mark Reno, NV, United States 10-08-17 Member Since 2012
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    "The best Ajahn Brahm book - yet"

    The title is the original (and boring) Australian title. The American title is "Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?" If you try one Ajahn Brahm book, this is the one. It's light and funny (sometimes with groaningly bad jokes) yet really packs a punch. It's a perfect bedtime read with short, thoughtful stories, many of which put a spin on tales you’ve heard before, like the six blind men describing an elephant. His telling of the elephant story fundamentally changed my worldview on religion. For that alone, I will always cherish this book. Grade: A-

    The narration is very good, but having listened to many Ajahn Brahm podcast recordings of talks, I would've much preferred him to read his own book.

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    brandon 10-05-17
    brandon 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "very much a mind opening book"

    The stories are relatable and entertaining. The Narrator keeps your attention. The subject matter will really make you think if you are open to it.

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    Laura Glaeser 10-04-17
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    "insightful, funny, and educational"

    I loved this book. The stories are wonderful. I learned a lot about myself and others, where behaviors attitudes and feelings come from and what to do to be happier. I would recommend this book to everyone, and it was a delight to listen to!

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    oliver 10-01-17
    oliver 10-01-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic book"

    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

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    Nadine Fish St. Joseph, MI United States 09-25-17
    Nadine Fish St. Joseph, MI United States 09-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful "

    I enjoyed every minute off this book and did not want to put it down!

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    Anonymous 08-16-17
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    "A wonderful chain of stories tied together at the end"

    Ahjan Brahm is a master in every sense of the word. His stories (teachings), like all the lessons I've learned throughout my life, came at exactly the right moment to have maximum impact on my experience.

    I Love Ahjan Brahm and am grateful for the light he's brought to the world. Thank you for reaching into the land of the creepy crawlies dear teacher.

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    "Good stories"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    11/20/10
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    "thank you"

    This book changed the way I look at my life, highly recommended

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • SJRod
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    "Excellent"

    Absolutely brilliant. Well read and the content is typical Ajahn Brahm. Light hearted yet so deep. Highly recommend

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  • Guillermo Marshall
    5/11/17
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    "I can see myself coming back to this book."

    Many, many times. I have really enjoyed listening to it, to the point of being late for work because I lost track of time.

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