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The best-selling introduction to Buddhism. Includes Bonus Meditation CD. Every once in a while you come across an extraordinary book with the power to change your life. Buddhism For Busy People is one such book.What does it take to be happy? We've all asked ourselves this question at some point, but few of us have found the path to lasting fulfillment. David Michie thought he had achieved his life's goals - the high level job, the expensive city apartment, the luxury car, great holidays...but a small voice was telling him he wasn't really happy. A chance remark from a naturopath sent him to his local Buddhist centre. There, he began the most important journey of his life.In this simple, beautifully written book, David Michie opens the door to the core teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. With wry, self-deprecating humour, he shows us how he began to incorporate Buddhist practices into his daily life. He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heart-felt serenity that comes from connecting with our inner nature.
©2008 David Michie; (P)2008 Bolinda Publishing
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By Jes on 01-29-13

Great for beginners and experienced alike

I got this book thinking that I would learn some quick meditations I could use throughout the day and some insight into being more present in the moment. I received much more than this. I learned not only some simple meditations and how to do them throughout the day. I also learned more about Buddhism than had been explained to me at any point in time. Here I learned that Buddhism doesn’t provide us with the ultimate divinity to make things better for us. Instead it provides us with the mental software to make things better for ourselves and others. I can also see why after finishing this book that Buddhism has been called the best free psychotherapy because it teaches empowerment. It is/may be the ultimate self development program. Through Buddhism we learn external events can’t make you happy. Remember Buddhism doesn’t like blind faith. If it doesn't work for you then find something that does. I was reminded why so many people don't like meditation and why my teacher kept telling people they had to practice more than 20 minutes a week. See
meditation is like learning to play the piano you have to own it to learn it. Consistency is key is the key to learn anything.

Buddhism explains what Albert Einstein meant when he said, 'Reality is an illusion all be it a persistent one.'

I like this book and will look at more of his books on meditation.

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By Michael on 05-07-09

Basic but great

I really liked this book...a good mixture of narrative and theory. It was interesting to hear the author's story as he was discovering a new lifestyle. Well written and read.

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By John on 10-26-12

A new angle

I really enjoyed this book. It gives a fresh view on Buddhism that runs parallel with the authors own personal journey. The narration has a clean quality that is refreshing a sympathetic to the subject.

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By Alathia on 02-14-15

The best introduction to Buddhism I have come acro

If you could sum up Buddhism for Busy People in three words, what would they be?

Informative, engaging, practical

What other book might you compare Buddhism for Busy People to, and why?

I don't think I have come across any other books that mix life and religion in quite the same way

Which character – as performed by Nicholas Bell – was your favourite?

The author David Michie

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Train your mind to see the world more clearly

Any additional comments?

This book manages to be informative without being dull. The way the authors weaves his everyday life into to the book is really helpful. It feels relatable and real. It's a mixture of stories, instructions and belief which keeps it interesting.

I have re listened to it many times even though I am not religious. I think there is a lot to be said for practical advice simply put.

The narrator does a particularly good job. He has a very gentle voice and it really adds to feel of the book.

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By Gui on 03-15-17

Great entry to the world of self discovery

I felt compelled to continue on my exploration for enlightenment after completing this audio book. The teaching is clear and the fundamentals of its belief clearly effective through easy applicantions in one's everydays life. It encouraged me to pursue happiness through practicing good and self awareness.

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By Bernardo Coelho on 10-25-17

A more direct approach to Buddhism

Although this book provides a comprehensive understanding of Buddhism, it is a crash-course to Buddha's teachings and the very introductory explanation.

I was looking specifically for something like that and quite enjoyed the reading (read twice in a month) but if you are looking into the deeper understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, might be too superficial.

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