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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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  • David
  • Tandridge, Oxted, United Kingdom
  • 20-03-10

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.

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thank you

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

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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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inspiring

I couldn't "put it down". I have listened to it several times already. Skilfully narrated too.

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  • Jo
  • 07-08-12

Listen and change your perspective

This changed my perspective on who, I thought, a buddhist can be. They can be funny, they can swear and call people names, and they can be interesting. The stories changed my perspective on the way I view people and view life. I laughed and teared up in some parts. The narrator was excellent. He wasn't just reading. He put feeling into the moments and you can picture a person in certain stories (their faces and expressions, etc). This is the first time I actually rated an audiobook with 5 stars across the board.

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  • Lisa
  • 25-01-10

Simply Wonderful....

This is a treasure of a book...full of simple, yet meaningful stories and all the while laced with warmth and humour. I will listen again and again.

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  • Keesha
  • 22-01-10

A really great book.

Ajahn Brahm does a wonderful job of combining stories with life lessons. This book isn't bossy or full of long lectures. Instead Brahm does a delightful job of combining humor and teaching. I would read again. The narrator also is very good, with a warm voice that invites you to listen.

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  • Hoa
  • 24-10-11

Awesome book of down to earth stories for all ages

The stories in this book will inspire you to
look at life in a different way.
Worth every penny.
You can listen to it over and over again
and will not lose its taste.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Ruth
  • 24-02-10

Wonder full Book

Wonderful book, Beautiful stories to enlighten you and help you grow as a human being. I've listened to it 3 times so far.

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  • Georgie-Anne Holder
  • 15-02-10

Beautiful and humorous - something for everyone

Ajahn Brahm seems to have had a peek into my life as this book seems to be written to me personally. Both my husband and I have enjoyed his honesty and humor. The beautifully written stories are narrated by Francis Greenslade whose relaxed voice is easy on the ear and a pleasure to listen to.
Highly recommended.

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  • Big John
  • 28-07-13

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.

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  • Shelli
  • 04-08-12

Greenslade isn't Brahm but you'll love him

What did you love best about Opening the Door of Your Heart?

Opening the Door of Your Heart is a collection of Ajahn Brahms most memorable and interesting stories that tell important Buddhist lessons in a fun, interesting and relevant way. Brahm makes Buddhism accessible for everyone, especially for lay novices like myself.

I've been a listener of Ajahn Brahm's podcast for awhile now and I love his voice and style. I was a little leery to listen to a book that wasn't narrated by Brahm himself as he is so wonderful at telling his own story. It took me a few stories before I warmed to the narrator, but after awhile he grew on me.

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

The whole thing is memorable! It's one of those books you'll read again and again.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last sentence will put a big grin on your face.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 08-10-17

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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  • Joan Cousins
  • 25-07-14

Spiritual Arrogance Got Boring

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love spiritually inspiring books and at first this one was quite engaging. But after awhile, I got bored because most of the stories had the underlying theme of how spiritually evolved Ajahn Brahm is.

Would you be willing to try another book from Ajahn Brahm? Why or why not?

No. See above.

Did Opening the Door of Your Heart inspire you to do anything?

Yes. Stop listening to it half way through.

Any additional comments?

Please carry more spiritually inspiring titles from Eastern teachers. Eknath Easwaran is a deeply inspiring author and spiritual teacher.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful