- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (14 July 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559392983
- ISBN-13: 978-1559392983
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain World Paperback – 14 Jul 2008
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"A practical, inspirational piece for our uncertain times, it lends itself perfectly to Nicholas Bell's soothing, familiar voice." (Australian Bookseller+Publisher)
"Michie demystifies the ancient teachings of Buddha, and writes about them in an easy style." (The Sunday Mail)
"For those who have been searching for a sincere, accessible introduction to Tibetan Buddhism ... this is your book ... Michie employs storytelling and humor without being falsely enthusiastic or superficial." (Shambhala Sun)
"David Michie ... describes [the Tibetan Buddhist] inner path to a more peaceful and rounded life." (Spirituality and Practice)
A novelist and former Type A executive offers a touching memoir about how Tibetan Buddhism transformed his life. Anesthetized by the mind’s internal chatter and the temporary pleasures of modern life, many people overlook the freedom they have to choose their internal reactions to life’s insults and tragedies. They’re trapped by their habits and appetites, oppressed by the impulse to control everything. With his nuanced phrasing and perfectly natural diction, British actor Nicholas Bell adds enormous appeal to this elegant personal lesson. His understated vocal presence, combined with the author’s humility and practical grasp of his subject, gives the production irresistible charm and accessibility. This beautifully rendered, beguiling introduction to meditation and Buddhist thought will help listeners consider realms of being they don’t ordinarily visit. (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Finding happiness in an uncertain world. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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This is a wonderful introduction to Buddhism for all. With a biographical back story David explains Buddhism in a way which is accessible to those with no knowledge and a sympathic read to the initiated.
I have given the book 3 times to friends as a present and it has always been v well received too
Having first purchased through Google Playbooks I quickly realised that this book could have a really positive effect on my life and sought out a Kindle Paperwhite and repurchased through Amazon so i could enjoy the reading experience further.....
Like the Author at the time, i am very new to even the idea of Buddhism and given that i come from a very Christian background the notion of Buddhism is somewhat frowned upon in my family. Being a "busy person" myself this book has opened my eyes to home truths and the reality of the world and people around me. This book has certainly given me my "lightbulb" moment, inspiring me to understand that the certain predicaments in life our my own doing and that i have the ability to change things in a positive manner with pretty much immediate effect. Alot of people say there is no such thing as a true quick fix, but having read just 6 chapters, i would beg to differ. This book is my quick fix and has already changed how i live my life, how i react to other people and how i perceive my own struggles. My relationship has astronomically improved, my understanding of my child has become so much better and the running or my business has radically become so much easier. There are obviously 100's of books on Buddhism, which i have obviously not read [yet] but to be honest, i wish that this book could be on the compulsory list for anyone trying to understand and learn about the benefits of the Buddhism faith. Thank you David Michie for opening my eyes and enabling me to improve my life on a permanent basis.
David Michie has warmth, great energy and humanity. One of my favourite parts is his description of interdependence - before we have even got out of bed in the morning, we can be thankful for many relationships: the person who made the bolts in the bed, the person who sewed the sheets, the driver who delivered the mattress. It's a reassuring thought (we are all connected!) and a reminder to be grateful.
What struck me initially was the fluidity, clear style and relationship with the reader that was created.I was not surprised then to see Michie had a passion for writting.(as well as his subject matter)
The book touches you in intellectual and psycholgical places that are unqique.
While some of the stats used are questionable and Karma is a pretty techy subject the book really shook me from existential slumber.
He has great quotes and stories,gets a great balance between heavy and light and thus like a wave the book flows.
This is my first review and hope it helps and gets some people to read a really wonderfull book.
I'm so glad I found this book yet at the same time feel sad I only discovered it now. It's been life changing for me. I never read and knew about Buddhism before, and this book gives you the perfect kickstart.
Buy it, read it, laugh and weep with it. You will find so much of your own self in the book, it's going to freak you out. It's never too late to make a self-awareness journey in life, and this book is a great start to encourage you to do so.
Thank you David Michie x
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Everyone should own a book by David michie ... He only enhances your lifePublished 1 month ago by Swami D
I am finding it useful and interesting. Needs a lot of work on my part which is to be expectedPublished 4 months ago by A. Holmes
This is well worth a read to government you a new perspective on life. Perfect antidote to the modern materialistic world.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I could relate to the way that the author kept his stories simple
A very good read and definitely worth the price
Good simple instructions for beginners starting out on... Read more
Enjoyed parts of this and other parts, more of the personal anecodotes, not so easy to digest. Some helpful approaches to mediating.Published 8 months ago by Three generations