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Book Description

16 Jan 2007
This work features tools which are teachings, exercises and reflections which can be applied to everyday life. The tools draw on the Buddhist tradition to guide us along a progressive path of ethics, meditation and wisdom in the context of our day-to-day living. The tools are drawn from the author's rich experience of guiding newcomers to Buddhism and meditation in how to integrate the teachings into our daily lives. There are also tools on how to bring calm into the midst of a busy active life. It is the next best thing to your own personal Buddhist teacher!

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Windhorse Publications (16 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899579745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899579747
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 16.7 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Vajragupta was born Richard Stauton in 1968 and grew up in Bromley, London. He studied psychology and sociology at Aston University, and first came in contact with Buddhism in Birmingham in 1990. He was ordained in 1994 and given the name 'Vajragupta', which means 'secret, or hidden, diamond-like truth'.

He was director of the Birmingham Buddhist Centre from 1997 to 2005, and teaches Buddhism and meditation at classes and retreats across the Midlands. He is also Director of the Triratna Development Team.

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As directly relevant to modern life as it is comprehensive and rigorous. --Tricycle: The Buddhist Review

I'm very pleased that someone has finally written this book! At last, a real 'toolkit' for living a Buddhist life, his practical suggestions are hard to resist! --Saddhanandi

About the Author

Vajragupta is an experienced teacher of Buddhism to newcomers. He was ordained into the Triratna Buddhist Community in 1994 and given his Buddhist name which means 'secret, or hidden, truth'.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 16 Dec 2009
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For many years I found Buddhism so out of this world even so I loved the Philosophy behind it. Every book I read made me realize more that I can't practice Buddhism in a fast living society / the western world until someone recommended this book to me. It's not about the religious aspects or even giving you instructions in how to get enlightened etc. - it's about living a life as a Buddhist in a western society. I particularly like the chapters about mindfulness and awareness in day-to-day living - it certainly made me a more relaxed person. I am far less stressed these days as I'm watching myself how I'm interacting with the world and what the world does to me in good as in bad ways. There is so much wisdom and practical advice in this piece of artwork. If you want to know how Buddhism fits into our western world, this is the book to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I've been looking for! 28 Oct 2009
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I have read many books 'about' Buddhism but have found it difficult to find anything giving instruction as to how to be Buddhist. This book was recommended to me by an ordained Buddhist and is just what I was looking for.

As the author states in the book, it is not about instruction on meditation, but more about, mindfulness, loving kindness, ethics and daily life, through one's own actions.

I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone looking for more that just writings about Buddhism.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Buddhism Book I Have Read! 18 Jan 2012
I've just finished reading this book, I didn't want this book to end as I couldn't put it down for long before I was reading again.
Some Buddhist books can be a little overwhelming, but 'Tools For Living Your Life' is very easy to read. It goes in depth but it's easy to follow at the same time.
After every section there are exercises that you can do which are designed to make you think about your own life and maybe where you have gone wrong before. Excellent book for beginners!

I liked this book so much I have ordered another book by the same author (Vajragupta) 'Sailing The Wordly Winds'.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddhism book review 24 Dec 2010
I have just started studying buddhism,i have read seven books in the last few months and this book is by far the best,not too deep, just plan and simple buddhism
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5.0 out of 5 stars buddhism tools for living your life 26 Jun 2010
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Oh what a joy this book is, as a Hindu Rishi I can truly say this book has so much to teach each one of us in some way or another. Its very well writen easy to read and so calming. After reading this book you realy will lookt at life in another way seeing not only the good things around us but also those who think only of themselves and who stand out like sore thumbs. Still tahts their loss dont be one of them this book is great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical and wonderful 9 Nov 2010
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Well worth reading if you need relevant advice about how to lead a more spiritual life and feel better about yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant read 24 Feb 2013
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This book provides a simple explanation and toolkit for anybody who is new to the Buddhist path. It offers a clear explanation of the Buddhist Path and how to incorporate it into your life to lead a richer, more fulfilled existence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! 3 April 2014
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I'm just beginning to read about Buddhism, and find this is perfect. It is a perfect introduction about why and how it can help you in everyday life - it relates to everyday things. Rather than a standard "intro to buddhism" book which could be a bit mind mind-boggling and hard to understand, because this relates everything back to what we do everyday, it's brilliant. I'm working my way through it, but not doing the exercises. I find an overwhelming sense of calm and peace after each chapter! Will no doubt start from the beginning again when I'm done, and maybe try all the exercises.
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5.0 out of 5 stars another great book. Simplistic wisdom
...another great book. Simplistic wisdom
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4.0 out of 5 stars an exercise book
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