I don't know how many times I have read this book. I don't know how many times I have gifted this book as a result of my re-readings. This book is a gem, in my opinion. It draws on Buddhist concepts and shows how these concepts may be applied to real life through a collection of 108 stories. Anyone who has listened to talks on YouTube by Ajahn Brahm (or those lucky enough to hear him live) will recognize a lot of his material in these pages. As well, anyone interested in the audio book version, it is available under the book's original title "Opening the Door of Your Heart."
Inspiring, witty, many times funny, it is worth having on your bookshelf or e-reader.
Ajahn Brahm is like the rock star of the Thai tradition. It makes for good publicity but can also mean that his popular teachings might not be as profound as one would like. Still, in this collection of anecdotes and funny stories, Ven. Brahmavamso entertains and delivers when it comes to make the reader smile and reflect on life using tons of humour. If you like his talks and want a compilation of the best funny stories he's told over the years, you won't be disapointed.
What a great book! So many simple life lessons laid out in fun and easy to read story's that really drive the points home. Since purchasing this book I have referred to the story's and lessons within many times and it ha brought me a level of calm about situations that no other self help book has done before. I also bought another by this author and cannot wait to dive into it too.
I loved the following things about this book. It was easy to read, with short, snappy, pithy chapters built around a theme. It was funny and witty. It made sense, and captured how we all feel about ourselves and others. I copied pages from it and posted them at the office - for eg, the parable on "What is done is finished" - a beautiful example of how to let go.Another favorite is the brick wall story about focusing on the positive in ourselves and others, as opposed to the chinks in the wall. Most readers will "get this". My young adult family liked it, my co-workers liked it, I have recommended it to a depressed friend.
I have read many (10+) books about Buddhism, but this is so far the best. Brahm's stories really broadcast what matters in the message of the Shakyamuni Buddha. This book has profoundly impacted my daily life. For instance, I started to say 'Good morning' and 'Good night' to myself. Simply brilliant.