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Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties
     

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
More than statistics and theories, we really trust anecdotes and narratives. Our brains and beings are wired to learn deeply and easily via stories, and this splendid collection of 108 Buddhist-based tales proves the point with lasting, gentle, pervasive teachings. Brahm, a former Cambridge University theoretical physics scholar, was ordained in Bangkok at age 23 and spent nine subsequent years in forest meditation under Venerable Ajahn Chah. He is now an abbot and spiritual director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. In the dozen compelling and practical sections on topics like perfection, love, commitment, fear, pain, anger, forgiveness, happiness, freedom and humility, he weaves a long, rich tapestry of understanding using short threads of stories only a couple of pages long. Many tales lead one to the other, but each also stands alone. Resurrecting several "chestnuts" as well as crafting new stories, Brahm avoids the pitfall of esoteric, inscrutable renderings sometimes found in Buddhist writing. Instead, without compromising integrity, he favors modern cadences and references (e.g., iPods and the World Wildlife Fund) to make the stories sail along. Especially resonant if slowly savored, this is a wonderful collection that can be enjoyed by a broad audience. (Oct.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780861719273
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications MA
Publication date:
09/10/2005
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
290,520
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (known to most as Ajahn Brahm), born Peter Betts in London in 1951, is a Theravada Buddhist monk. Ajahn Brahm grew up in London and earned a degree in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge University. Disillusioned with the world of academe, he trained as a monk in the jungles of Thailand under Ajahn Chah. A monk for over thirty years, Ajahn Brahm is a revered spiritual guide and the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery, in Serpentine, Western Australia-one of the largest monasteries in the southern hemisphere. He is also the Spiritual Director of the Buddhist Society of Western Australia, and spiritual adviser and inspiration for Buddhist centers throughout Asia and Australia. His winning combination of wit and wisdom makes his books bestsellers in many languages, and on his teaching tours Brahm regularly draws multinational audiences of thousands.

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Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a book of stories so you don't have to read it from cover to cover. The stories are amusing and instructive - what better way is there to learn? ! I can think of quite a few friends who would enjoy receiving this book as a gift. It is enjoyable and motivational - good for almost anyone and any age.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been a big seller in Australia under the less daring title of 'Opening the door to your heart.' This collection of 108 short stories is told by Ajahn Brahm, British-born monk. He is a great story teller. His stories are simple yet intriguing and amusing, with a profound moral of each story to help us welcome problems in life. Highly recommended for readers from 12 years old to 112 years old. I plan to give copies to family and friends for Christmas.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply amazing book!!!!
ibluelotus More than 1 year ago
Great book. Honest, inspiring and uplifting.