Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?
  • Author : Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 288
  • Relase : 2005-08-30
  • ISBN : 9780861712786

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? Book Review:

The 108 pieces in the international bestseller Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? offer thoughtful commentary on everything from love and commitment to fear and pain. Drawing from his own life experience, as well as traditional Buddhist folk tales, author Ajahn Brahm uses over thirty years of spiritual growth as a monk to spin delightful tales that can be enjoyed in silence or read aloud to friends and family. Featuring titles such as "The Two-Finger Smile" and "The Worm and His Lovely Pile of Dung," these wry and witty stories provide playful, pithy takes on the basic building blocks of everyday life. Suitable for children, adults, and anyone in between, this eloquent volume wraps insight and inspiration inside of a good old yarn.

Opening the Door of Your Heart

Opening the Door of Your Heart
  • Author : Ajahn Brahm
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2010-07-01
  • ISBN : 9780733625428

Opening the Door of Your Heart Book Review:

The whole world has fallen in love with this international bestseller - hundreds of thousands of copies have been sold across 25 countries. Now it's Australia's turn to rediscover this jewel of a book on mindfulness. In times of uncertainty, words of comfort are essential, and the stunning overseas sales of this title are testament to its universal appeal. These modern tales of hope, forgiveness, freedom from fear and overcoming pain cleverly relate the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings and the path to true happiness in a warm and accessible way. Ajahn Brahm was born and raised in the West and in his more than thirty years as a Buddhist monk he has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. He has tremendous ability to filter these stories through the Buddha's teaching so that they can have meaning for all sorts of readers. There are many thousands of Australians who don't even know that they need this book yet, but who will no doubt embrace it just as overseas readers have. It is the perfect gift book as there is truly something in it for everyone. 'Ajahn Brahm is the Seinfeld of Buddhism' - Sumi Loundon, editor of Blue Jean Buddha: Voices of Young Buddhists and The Buddha's Apprentices

The Art of Disappearing

The Art of Disappearing
  • Author : Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 148
  • Relase : 2011-09-27
  • ISBN : 9780861716685

The Art of Disappearing Book Review:

We strive to make life go smoothly for ourselves and others, but that is expecting from the world something it cannot give. Ajahn Brahm presents timeless wisdom for learning to abandon the headwind of false expectations and follow instead the path of understanding in order to find true joy within. By releasing our attachment to past and future, hope and fear, we can settle into the stillness underlying all our thoughts and discover the bliss of the present moment.

Bear Awareness

Bear Awareness
  • Author : Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2017-11-14
  • ISBN : 9781614292562

Bear Awareness Book Review:

The bestselling author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? and one of the world’s most beloved Buddhist monks answers meditators’ questions. In Bear Awareness English monk Ajahn Brahm answers actual questions from his meditation students––questions you may have had as well. While most mindfulness meditation teachers praise the benefits of bare awareness, he teaches bear awareness. He helps us make friends with the scary things that come up on the cushion, and he knows how to lift the mood with a well-placed stuffed teddy––or a well-timed pun. The intimacy of the question-and-answer format provides a fresh experience of learning from a master meditator. Whether he is urging readers to fly Buddha Air (sit back and relax on your way to nirvana), giving tips for dealing with panic attacks or depression, or extolling the bliss of meditation that is better than sex, he gives us permission to enjoy our lives and our practice.

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond
  • Author : Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2006-08-10
  • ISBN : 9780861719839

Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond Book Review:

Meditation: it's not just a way to relax, or to deal with life's problems. Done correctly, it can be a way to radically encounter bliss and to begin - and sustain - real transformation in ourselves. In Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond, self-described meditation junkie Ajahn Brahm shares his knowledge and experience of the jhanas - a core part of the Buddha's original meditation teaching. Never before has this material been approached in such an empowering way, by a teacher of such authority and popularity. Full of surprises, delightfully goofy humor, and entertaining stories that inspire, instruct, and illuminate, Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond will encourage those new to meditation, and give a shot in the arm to more experienced practitioners as well.

Kindfulness

Kindfulness
  • Author : Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 184
  • Relase : 2016-01-05
  • ISBN : 9781614292166

Kindfulness Book Review:

Go beyond mindfulness—practice kindfulness! Here Ajahn Brahm introduces a new kind of meditation: kindfulness. Kindfulness is the cause of relaxation. It brings ease to the body, to the mind, and to the world. Kindfulness allows healing to happen. So don’t just be mindful, be kindful! With his trademark knack for telling engaging stories paired with step-by-step anyone-can-do-it instructions, Brahm brings alive and makes accessible powerful tools transformation. This slim, beautifully designed volume is a Quick Start guide for living a life of joy and compassion.

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy
  • Author : Ajahn Brahm
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2014-10-21
  • ISBN : 9781614291848

Don't Worry, Be Grumpy Book Review:

Laugh aloud even as you look at life anew with these stories from the bestselling author of Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? In 108 brief stories with titles like "The Bad Elephant," "Girlfriend Power," and "The Happiness License," Ajahn Brahm offers up more timeless wisdom that will speak to people from all walks of life. Drawing from his own experiences, stories shared by his students, and old chestnuts that he delivers with a fresh twist, Ajahn Brahm shows he knows his way around the humorous parable, delighting even as he surprises us with unexpected depth and inspiration.

Falling is Flying

Falling is Flying
  • Author : Ajahn Brahm,Master Guojun
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 152
  • Relase : 2019-03-19
  • ISBN : 9781614294375

Falling is Flying Book Review:

What do we do when life throws rocks at us? “Instead of trying to discipline your mind with ill will, fault-finding, guilt, punishment, and fear, use something far more powerful: the beautiful kindness, gentleness, and forgiveness of making peace with life.”—Ajahn Brahm “In free fall, nothing is solid and there is nothing to hold on to. There is no way to control the experience. You have to surrender, and with that surrender comes the taste of liberation.”—Master Guojun Most of us tend to live each day as if it will be just another day—like nothing will change. It always comes as a shock when we lose a job, a loved one, a relationship, our health—even though we’ve seen it happen again and again to those around us. Once we finally realize we’re not immune, then we wonder: what now? How do we continue when the terrain suddenly gets rough? Meet your companions for this rocky part of the path: Ajahn Brahm and Chan Master Guojun—one a teacher in the Theravada Buddhist tradition, the other in the Chinese Zen tradition. These two beloved meditation masters share personal stories and anecdotes from their own experiences of dealing with life’s pitfalls. You’ll learn from their honest, generous teachings how you can live fully—even flourish—even when the road ahead looks steep and lonely. Personal, poetic, instructive, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this is inspiring advice for people from all walks of life. “Falling is Flying is truly unique because it offers a rare glimpse into the personal lives of two living Buddhist masters. With unflinching honesty, Ajahn Brahm and Chan Master Guojun share the struggles they’ve faced, even after becoming monks and respected teachers. Throughout the book, we see how, instead of turning away in aversion from adversity, they’ve used it as a stepping stone for finding the peace and happiness we all seek. I love this book and recommend it most highly!” —Toni Bernhard, author of How To Be Sick

Food for the Heart

Food for the Heart
  • Author : Chah
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Pages : 432
  • Relase : 2005-06-10
  • ISBN : 9780861719747

Food for the Heart Book Review:

Renowned for the beauty and simplicity of his teachings, Ajahn Chah was Thailand's best-known meditation teacher. His charisma and wisdom influenced many American and European seekers, and helped shape the American Vipassana community. This collection brings together for the first time Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings, including those on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment and the 'living dhamma'. Most of these talks have previously only been available in limited, private editions and the publication of Food for the Heart therefore represents a momentous occasion: the hugely increased accessibility of his words and wisdom. Western teachers such as Ram Dass and Jack Kornfield have extolled Chah's teachings for years and now readers can experience them directly in this book.

Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away

Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away
  • Author : Ajahn Chah
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 144
  • Relase : 2005-03-08
  • ISBN : 9780834823990

Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away Book Review:

Ajahn Chah (1919–1992) was admired for the way he demystified the Buddhist teachings, presenting them in a remarkably simple and down-to-earth style for people of any background. He was a major influence and spiritual mentor for a generation of American Buddhist teachers, including Jon Kabat-Zinn, Sharon Salzberg, and Jack Kornfield. Previous books by Ajahn Chah have consisted of collections of short teachings on a wide variety of subjects. This new book focuses on the theme of impermanence, offering powerful remedies for overcoming our deep-seated fear of change, including guidance on letting go of attachments, living in the present, and taking up the practice of meditation. Everything Arises, Everything Falls Away also contains stories and anecdotes about this beloved master's life and his interactions with students, from his youth as a struggling monk to his last years when American students were coming to study with him in significant numbers. These stories help to convey Ajahn Chah's unique spirit and teaching style, allowing readers to know him both through his words and the way in which he lived his life.

Being Dharma

Being Dharma
  • Author : Ajahn Chah
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 256
  • Relase : 2001-10-09
  • ISBN : 0834823381

Being Dharma Book Review:

Chah offers a thorough exploration of Theravadan Buddhism in a gentle, sometimes humorous, style that makes the reader feel as though he or she is being entertained by a story. He emphasizes the path to freedom from emotional and psychological suffering and provides insight into the fact that taking ourselves seriously causes unnecessary hardship. Ajahn Chah influenced a generation of Western teachers: Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Sylvia Boorstein, Joseph Goldstein, and many other Western Buddhist teachers were at one time his students. Anyone who has attended a retreat led by one of these teachers, or read one of their books, will be familiar with this master's name and reputation as one of the great Buddhist teachers of this century.

100 Inspiring Stories to Enrich Your Life

100 Inspiring Stories to Enrich Your Life
  • Author : G. Francis Xavier
  • Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
  • Pages : 220
  • Relase : 2015-12-07
  • ISBN : 9788184957693

100 Inspiring Stories to Enrich Your Life Book Review:

Do you find it difficult to cope with life sometimes? Or feel there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Find your answers to life’s challenges with 100 Inspiring Stories to Enrich Your Life. This valuable collection of stories will recharge your everyday routines and activities with focus, energy and meaning. A quick and interactive read, it questions your existing beliefs and reveals the secrets to inspired living. Test your critical abilities, your values and judgment in different circumstances. With deep messages for every reader, these rich, short stories will give you courage and vision for a fulfilling life. They will help you judge right from wrong; the good from bad. Read 100 Inspiring Stories to Enrich Your Life to become a spiritually evolved, high-achieving and well-rounded individual. Dr. G. Francis Xavier is a trainer and author of international repute. He is a gold medalist with a doctorate in self-improvement. He has worked in prestigious capacities at several educational institutions across India. He was formerly the Financial Adviser to the Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (ACCU), Bangkok. He now conducts the popular Trainers’ Training Program, both in India and abroad. Dr. Xavier is the author of more than 15 books on diverse subjects. His inspirational stories have been translated into eight Indian languages.

The Monks and Me

The Monks and Me
  • Author : Mary Paterson
  • Publisher : Hampton Roads Publishing
  • Pages : 234
  • Relase : 2012-01-01
  • ISBN : 9781571746856

The Monks and Me Book Review:

Recounts the author's experiences during forty days spent at Thich Nhat Hanh's Bordeaux retreat in France where she sought peace and perspective following the death of her father.

Don't Take Your Life Personally

Don't Take Your Life Personally
  • Author : Ajahn Sumedho,Diana St. Ruth
  • Publisher :
  • Pages : 413
  • Relase : 2010-08
  • ISBN : 0946672318

Don't Take Your Life Personally Book Review:

"Ajahn Sumedho urges us to trust in awareness and find out for ourselves what it is to experience genuine liberation from mental anguish and suffering, just as the Buddha himself did two and a half thousand years ago. Mindfulness or awareness is knowing, isn't it? It is a direct knowing, immanent here and now. It is being fully present, attentive, to this present moment as is. But defining mindfulness tends to make it into something -- and then it is no longer mindfulness, is it? Mindfulness is not a thing; it is a recognition, an intuitive awareness. It is awareness without grasping. With this recognition, we have perspective on the conditions that we experience in the present -- our thoughts, identities, and the conditioning we have. Concentration, on the other hand, is usually on a form. We choose an object and then put our full attention onto it in contrast to mindfulness which is formless and immeasurable, and does not seek a form. That is why describing mindfulness or awareness leads to the wrong attitude. Terms like 'wake up', 'awakening' or 'pay attention' are not definitions; they are suggestions to trust in this moment, to be present, to be here and now. Ajahn Sumedho, an American Buddhist monk, practiced for ten years in Thailand with the well known monk, Ajahn Chah. He has since spent over thirty years in England and is the founder of the Cittaviveka Forest Monastery in West Sussex and the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hertfordshire. His many books include Teachings of a Buddhist Monk."--Publisher's website.

Momma Zen

Momma Zen
  • Author : Karen Maezen Miller
  • Publisher : Shambhala Publications
  • Pages : 192
  • Relase : 2007-11-13
  • ISBN : 9780834824898

Momma Zen Book Review:

Combining humor, honesty, and plainspoken advice, Momma Zen distills the doubts and frustrations of parenting into vignettes of Zen wisdom. Drawing on her experience as a first-time mother, and on her years of Zen meditation and study, Miller explores how the daily challenges of parenthood can become the most profound spiritual journey of our lives. This compelling and wise memoir follows the timeline of early motherhood from pregnancy through toddlerhood. Momma Zen takes readers on a transformative journey, charting a mother’s growth beyond naive expectations and disorientation to finding fulfillment in ordinary tasks, developing greater self-awareness and acceptance—to the gradual discovery of "maternal bliss," a state of abiding happiness and ease that is available to us all. In her gentle and reassuring voice, Karen Miller convinces us that ancient and authentic spiritual lessons can be as familiar as a lullaby, as ordinary as pureed peas, and as frequent as a sleepless night. She offers encouragement for the hard days, consolation for the long haul, and the lightheartedness every new mom needs to face the crooked path of motherhood straight on.

Path of Compassion

Path of Compassion
  • Author : Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Publisher : Parallax Press
  • Pages : 240
  • Relase : 2008-02-28
  • ISBN : 9781937006143

Path of Compassion Book Review:

Path of Compassion is a collection of key stories from Thich Nhat Hanh’s classic Old Path White Clouds, a book celebrating its 20th publishing anniversary this year. It tells the fascinating life story of Prince Siddhartha, who left his family and renounced his carefully guarded life, and after many years of spiritual seeking became the Buddha, the Enlightened One. Far more than the description of an unusual life story, it serves as an enjoyable, compelling, and informative introduction to Buddhism by conveying its most important teachings in a compact and accessible format. Thich Nhat Hanh’s ability to show the Buddha as a person who deals with the same life issues as we do is unique and unsurpassed. Written in language accessible to readers of all ages and levels of experience Thich Nhat Hanh combines the description of the major life stages of the Buddha with his most important teachings. Reaching far beyond the biography genre Path of Compassion is a highly readable and informative introduction to Buddhism.

A Fine Balance

A Fine Balance
  • Author : Rohinton Mistry
  • Publisher : McClelland & Stewart
  • Pages : 382
  • Relase : 2010-10-29
  • ISBN : 9781551991382

A Fine Balance Book Review:

A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry’s stunning internationally acclaimed bestseller, is set in mid-1970s India. It tells the story of four unlikely people whose lives come together during a time of political turmoil soon after the government declares a “State of Internal Emergency.” Through days of bleakness and hope, their circumstances – and their fates – become inextricably linked in ways no one could have foreseen. Mistry’s prose is alive with enduring images and a cast of unforgettable characters. Written with compassion, humour, and insight, A Fine Balance is a vivid, richly textured, and powerful novel written by one of the most gifted writers of our time.

Dipa Ma

Dipa Ma
  • Author : Amy Schmidt
  • Publisher : Windhorse Publications
  • Pages : 176
  • Relase : 2012-05-31
  • ISBN : 9781907314803

Dipa Ma Book Review:

Read the life story and spiritual teachings of Dipa Ma, a major figure in contemporary Buddhism. She was the teacher of such well-respected western Buddhists as Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg, Joseph Goldstein, Alice Walker and Sylvia Boorstein, among others. An accomplished yogi, she was an inspired teacher and a devoted mother and grandmother. A woman who found great freedom through profound levels of insight and one who exemplified in her every action immense kindness, generosity, and mindfulness.

The Left Hand of Darkness

The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Author : Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Pages : 320
  • Relase : 2000-07-01
  • ISBN : 9781101665398

The Left Hand of Darkness Book Review:

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION—WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY DAVID MITCHELL AND A NEW AFTERWORD BY CHARLIE JANE ANDERS Ursula K. Le Guin’s groundbreaking work of science fiction—winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards. A lone human ambassador is sent to the icebound planet of Winter, a world without sexual prejudice, where the inhabitants’ gender is fluid. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the strange, intriguing culture he encounters... Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

Goodbye, Antoura

Goodbye, Antoura
  • Author : Karnig Panian
  • Publisher : Stanford University Press
  • Pages : 216
  • Relase : 2015-04-08
  • ISBN : 9780804796347

Goodbye, Antoura Book Review:

When World War I began, Karnig Panian was only five years old, living among his fellow Armenians in the Anatolian village of Gurin. Four years later, American aid workers found him at an orphanage in Antoura, Lebanon. He was among nearly 1,000 Armenian and 400 Kurdish children who had been abandoned by the Turkish administrators, left to survive at the orphanage without adult care. This memoir offers the extraordinary story of what he endured in those years—as his people were deported from their Armenian community, as his family died in a refugee camp in the deserts of Syria, as he survived hunger and mistreatment in the orphanage. The Antoura orphanage was another project of the Armenian genocide: its administrators, some benign and some cruel, sought to transform the children into Turks by changing their Armenian names, forcing them to speak Turkish, and erasing their history. Panian's memoir is a full-throated story of loss, resistance, and survival, but told without bitterness or sentimentality. His story shows us how even young children recognize injustice and can organize against it, how they can form a sense of identity that they will fight to maintain. He paints a painfully rich and detailed picture of the lives and agency of Armenian orphans during the darkest days of World War I. Ultimately, Karnig Panian survived the Armenian genocide and the deprivations that followed. Goodbye, Antoura assures us of how humanity, once denied, can be again reclaimed.