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Summary

Inspired by the teachings of Buddha, the 42 contemporary short stories in Buddha in a Teacup will inspire and entertain modern-day readers, non-Buddhists and Buddhists alike. Each tale presents a key moment in the human comedy when people are presented with opportunities to move beyond fear and doubt into healthier and more meaningful relationships with themselves and each other.

Some of the stories are humorous, some sad, some erotic, some enigmatic; all are linked by themes of compassion, honesty, forgiveness, generosity, mindfulness, and love. Tea plays a cameo role in these stories - tea and Buddhism have been inextricably bound since Buddhism first came to China 2,000 years ago.

Buddha in a Teacup offers the reader/listener emotional as well as intellectual avenues for considering the fundamental questions: what are we doing here and how can we feel better about ourselves and our interactions with our fellow beings?

©2008 Todd Walton; (P)2009 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic reviews

"Such subtle, delicate, and beautiful stories, reminiscent of the best haiku poetry - each a thought-provoking gem." (Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, author of The Hidden Life of Dogs)
"I am much taken by the beauty and abundance of these elegant, sharply-etched epiphanies. The Buddha spirit walks through these stories like a grand master passing from board to board in a hall of stalemates, resolving each one." (William Carpenter, author of Rain and The Hours of Morning)

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Thought provoking & entertaining

Far from ramming the Buddhists ideologies down your throat, this collection of short stories subtlety explores themes of forgiveness, kindness & compassion through relatable, modern events & characters, allowing you to make your own conclusions after each tale ends.

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  • Andrew
  • 13-11-09

ghostguests

i first read this book of stories a year or so ago, loved it, and have been giving it as gifts ever since.
i had the cd & hoped the whole book would appear as an audiobook and it has.
listening to the stories is even more fun.
i love how the stories linger in the mind, like ghostguests, illuminating mind & life at the most opportune times.
i teach, & after i play them for my students, they love them as well.
nine bows, Todd Walton.
nine bows, audible, for making them accessible.

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  • T. Arcangel
  • 01-09-13

One A Day

What made the experience of listening to Buddha in a Teacup the most enjoyable?

I'm not quite finished with this book yet. I find that rather than listening straight through, I like to listen to one or two stories, and then stop for awhile so I can think about them. Todd Walton has a pleasant voice. I am very glad I purchased this book.

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  • Doc S. Hodges
  • 09-12-10

Disarming, charming, deep

This little gem has become part of the lexicon in our family. Quotes from the stories have become shorthand for the meaningful points. If I say to my daughter "me too" a grin comes every time.

Buddhism is about practice and these stories, though often not about Buddhism at all, are perfect little lessons of our faith in practice.

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  • Michelle Zuniga
  • 27-09-17

My First Experience with Buddhism

I listen to it over and over, sweet simple stories of truth. Love it.

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  • Casey
  • 29-04-17

Entrancing

This book will make you audibly gasp at the twists and turns in the stories while provoking you to reflect deeply upon your life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-08-09

Mildly interesting

These stories didn't have enough action for me. I guess I not a good candidate for Buddhism.

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