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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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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 10-16-16
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 10-16-16 Member Since 2017

    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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    Steve Moore 06-29-16
    Steve Moore 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely AMAZING! "

    this it's the most commonly read book in my library. I've polished off over 200 non fiction books on audible, and this one has been the most life changing. I've listened to it probably 40 times. every time I feel stressed, annoyed, scared, pissed, or unloved I reread (listen) this little book of Australian awesomeness and get a dose of reality.

    opening the door to your heart is worth 10 years of therapy.

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    Gitte 05-28-16
    Gitte 05-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    A very funny and valuable lesson in life. Everyone should read this book at least once in their lives ☺

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    Daisy Tan 01-03-16
    Daisy Tan 01-03-16
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    "Greatest book for solutions in life!"

    108 short interesting stories which is applicable to this modern world. If you are someone seeking happiness, this book is highly recommended!

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    YNaples 05-09-15
    YNaples 05-09-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Wonderful"

    Absolutely love this song. Will definitely need to listen again and again and again. My 7 year old son also enjoyed the stories.

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    Jessica Owen Savannah, GA 04-14-15
    Jessica Owen Savannah, GA 04-14-15 Member Since 2010

    Hello!

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    "Mindful lessons"

    An easy listen to do when you have little moments for yourself. A handful of great short stories with a lot of mindful lessons to remind you the importance of your life. I will definitely be listening to this audiobook regularly. I am hoping audible puts out more books by Ajahn Brahm.

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    Max Power USA 10-01-13
    Max Power USA 10-01-13 Member Since 2014

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    "So uplifting!"
    If you could sum up Opening the Door of Your Heart in three words, what would they be?

    I have read a ton of self-help type books trying to be happier, more at peace, freer, more confident etc. This book clearly stood out to me as something extraordinarily special. And the humor is always meant to teach. It is told in a series of short stories. Each story has deep and profound meaning.<br/><br/>I have the audible audio version. The narrator has an Australian accent, but he is easy to listen to, is spot on with tone, spot on with pace, and has deep emotional content portrayed through his voice. You can listed to an audio sample at audible, which is a great amazon service in my opinion. They let you refund books and their subscription fee is very fair.<br/><br/>A bit about myself. I, like many people have a tendency towards depression, negativity, and an overly critical view of the world. This book is one of the steps I am taking to change myself to be happier, and kinder.<br/><br/>I have studied Buddhism extensively. I find many Buddhist books to be dry and poorly translated, putting me to sleep. This book is so refreshing. It is very light on dogma/tradition and instead is in the form of a series of light-hearted short stories that always carry a deeply profound message. I have also read many self help books on this topic, and other topics. This is just so refreshing compared to the self help format, it is more helpful, more free flowing, and easier to get into, and stay glued to. And since every message is based on a real life event or story, there is no need to wonder how an idea is applied, as it is in the example itself, which makes it instantly more accessible and applicable in your own life!<br/><br/>The content of the book itself is amazing. It is so entertaining. Many stories had me laughing out loud, with happiness, and a new understanding to past pains and thinking how silly I was for ever looking at situations with the negativity I had in the past! And it is so uplifting, SO positive, and so enlightening. This book has the power to bring you to your knees, bring tears of joy, and maybe sadness to your eyes, and change your life forever. It is that powerful of a message. You will leave the book changed, and uplifted, seeing not only others more clearly, with more love, with true forgiveness, and with true freedom, but yourself as well. This is the kind of book you can read over and over and over again and reach a new understanding, and a deeper meaning every time. The beautiful part about an audio book is you CAN listen to it over and over, on your way to work, at home relaxing, while you are cooking, without having to turn a tattered (well loved) page. The book is an absolute joy to listen to, you will want to listen to it at least twice.<br/><br/>I hope that helps, and good luck on your path to inner freedom and happiness!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uplifting humor to normally horrible situations, the silver linings, the unique ways of looking at the world that make it a benevolent teacher instead of a horrible master.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Each story is moving. All of them are inspirational and uplifting. I loved how honest the author was about his own failures and how they taught him to be more open and more loving.


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    This book changed my life. I tell the stories in the books to friends and family now. They are beautiful.

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    narendranath BANGALORE, India 07-02-13
    narendranath BANGALORE, India 07-02-13 Member Since 2014
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    "SIMPLE, FUNNY, BUT HIGHLY EFFECTIVE"
    If you could sum up Opening the Door of Your Heart in three words, what would they be?

    SUPER, FANTASTIC, GREAT


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Opening the Door of Your Heart?

    Great teaching made light & effective. it never fails to put a smile on my face when ever I was listening to it.


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    Fernando St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-05-13
    Fernando St-Laurent, Quebec, Canada 06-05-13
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    "Change your perception of what life should be."
    If you could sum up Opening the Door of Your Heart in three words, what would they be?

    Peace , Love & forgiveness.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Opening the Door of Your Heart?

    If you make a mistake and you accept the fact that you have mistaken. It's another step to enlightenment .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it sure works on your way to work or on your way home.


    Any additional comments?

    This made me more focused ,patient ,peaceful and happier.

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    Tor Drammen, Norway 03-14-13
    Tor Drammen, Norway 03-14-13

    Best regards. Tor.

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    "Peace of mind."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Opening the Door of Your Heart to be better than the print version?

    This is a good book for getting a better life. It telles a lot of small histories of conflicts and how to get them out of the way. I listen to to the book every evening before I go to sleep. Lots of situations that has made me angry is now gone.<br/>Best regards<br/>Tor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Conflict solving.


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

    Getting a better life.


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