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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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    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13
    RMace San Antonio, TX 06-19-13 Member Since 2016

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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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    C. Hoyt Glen Burnie, MD 08-21-12
    C. Hoyt Glen Burnie, MD 08-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Want to memorize this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Opening the Door of Your Heart the most enjoyable?

    Great stories to share with friends and family. Love telling some to my children. Found myself literally laughing out loud.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-17-12
    Heather Portland, OR, United States 08-17-12
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    What did you love best about Opening the Door of Your Heart?

    Positive attitude.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Life affirming.


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

    No.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Being kind or karma will get you.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I purchased the book. I liked it a lot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Danny Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-11
    Danny Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 04-24-11 Member Since 2011
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    "A great help in a time of mental unrest."

    The stories told in this book were profound, yet simultaneously entertaining and often quite funny. I would highly recommend giving this book a listen.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott W. Lenahan Alpharetta, GA 05-18-17
    Scott W. Lenahan Alpharetta, GA 05-18-17

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    "A smug Narcissist relaying horrible stories."

    The author uses to he word "I" more than any other word. And many of his own stories are awkwardly contrived and often filled with insults and cruelty. As far as the narrator goes, his accent is more suited for Australian beer commercials than a book about Buddhist teachings. I tried listening several times, but could never make it past these obstacles. But maybe that's the author's intent; to teach us to accept the imperfect?

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    Timothy 04-13-17
    Timothy 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    I lieked it you guys r very kool haha funny peaple hehe funny guys haha

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    justin 02-02-17
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    "a public good"

    easy listening, fantastic messages, engaging reading.

    a book that makes that has spillover benefits to your family, friends and community

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    ian 10-24-16
    ian 10-24-16
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    "awesome"

    ajahn brahm has done it again. he always amuses me with his lessons. great book

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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 10-16-16
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 10-16-16 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A must read and re-read book"

    I came along this author from the youtube. This guy is amazing, really make me want to become budhist. He is also VERY funny. I heard the lessons from youtube but i like to hera him during my driving. He makes my driivng easier and makes me laugh all the way to my work and he makes me think about everything I am doing wrong. He so right in so many levels, please do youtself a gift and buy this book, I really think he would not mind, but you do.

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