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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 enjoyed in silen ...more
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Published September 10th 2005 by Wisdom Publications (first published 2004)
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Siew Ee
Dec 06, 2011 Siew Ee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After listening to a talk by Ajahn Brahm when he visited Singapore many years ago, I was so impressed by his delivery that I bought “Opening the Door of Your Heart” on impulse. Before this, I had never read a book with spiritual content. What surprised me after I finished this book was that you did not have to be a Buddhist to enjoy the book. In fact, in the short anecdote on “What’s in a name?”, Ajahn Brahm spelled his name as such:

B – for Buddhist
R – for Roman Catholic
A – for Anglican
H – for H
I can't praise this book highly enough. Firstly, let me say I have no interest in pursuing Buddhism (or any other religion), and I am also not the type to be found in the "self-help" section. But this book is a thing of absolute beauty. On the two occasions I've read through it - firstly whilst going through a messy breakup in 2008, and again recently whilst confronted with a different flavour of awful - different stories have jumped out at me and helped me find peace. Reading it really is like ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Hendra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Banyak mendengar dan membaca review tentang buku yg satu ini dari teman maupun internet, awalnya yg terpikir adalah, "masak sih sampe segitunya..??"
Akhirnya jadi beli juga dan mulai membaca kira2 seminggu yg lalu, dan ternyata ASTAGA...!!! Bahkan semua review yg pernah saya baca terkesan underrated terhadap buku ini...!!

Sebuah buku yang luar biasa, ceritanya sangat manusiawi tapi juga mencerahkan. Banyak kejadian yang diceritakan sebetulnya pernah juga saya (dan saya yakin anda juga) alami tapi
Jan 01, 2014 Anthony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A superb book. I originally got this from my public library, but I know I'll be purchasing my own personal copy soon. The stories in this book are fantastic, and definitely appropriate to the Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike.

One reviewer mentioned that not all the stories have meanings. Of course not! Some of the stories are there just to make you laugh. That's Ajan Brahm's style. He even included a story about why laughing is important! Some stories are just that - stories.

The vast majority are
Dec 26, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been watching Ajahn Brahm's dharma talks for a while now, and in a few of them he mentioned this book (don't worry, he's donating all of the book's profits to his Buddhist society, and the book is published by a non-profit publisher). If you've heard him speak, you're probably familiar with his conversational, story-based talks, where he pulls morals out of funny, engaging and entertaining stories, and turns archaic Buddhist stories into modern, funny stories. Even if you're not a Buddhist ...more
Wilson Liaw
Jul 18, 2009 Wilson Liaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ajahn Brahm is definitely the happiest person I've met to this day . The stories in this book offer you lessons about life in such simple words. His sense of humour and the style of his writing , makes you feel that you're not reading a book , but listening to a friend .

This book is one the best books I've ever read for improved life .
Highly recommended for those who want a self-help book without being preached. It makes you laught at your own foolishness for taking life too heavily . If we can
Aug 06, 2012 Shelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddhism
Opening the Door of Your Heart is a collection of Ajahn Brahms most memorable and interesting stories that tell important Buddhist lessons in a fun, interesting and relevant way. Brahm makes Buddhism accessible for everyone, especially for lay novices like myself.

I've been a listener of Ajahn Brahm's podcast for awhile now and I love his voice and style. I was a little leery to listen to this audiobook because it wasn't narrated by Brahm himself (he is so wonderful at telling his own stories). I
Casey Larue
Mar 25, 2014 Casey Larue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing book. It read beautifully and was just so fun. I love Ajahn Brahm, I found him through Youtube and he is simple amazing. He makes things easy to understand and just has fun. This book helps you find compassion and look at things from a different light! I loved it! It's a must read! All the short little stories are amazing and you can learn a great deal from each of them! :D
Serious-minded yet light-hearted, Ajahn Brahm's been called the Seinfeld of Buddhist teachers, but I've felt more of a Lewis Grizzard vibe. More crafted toward easy consumption and joyful motivation rather than inspiring further study, I'd call this great reading for an afternoon in the hammock.
Feb 15, 2011 Dawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the fact that I have read this book, I feel like this will be on my currently-reading list for some time. My advise: take your time, re-read stories that mean something to you, and allow the messages to sink in. -A wonderful book to return again and again.-
Aug 31, 2008 Kirk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're even remotely interested in self-improvement you should read this book.

Actually, its short stories make it a perfect bathroom read. Eliminate bodily waste and mental waste at the same time!
Mar 23, 2014 Katkoc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zbirka zgodbic, ki ti povejo, kako je treba živeti v sedanjem trenutku in se ne obremenjevati s preteklostjo ali prihodnostjo. Primerna je res za čisto vsakega, po možnosti večkrat :)
Laurent Videau
Apr 12, 2013 Laurent Videau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spirituality
I particularly loved, and was very touched, by the experience of this monk in a prison and how the tears of a cow changed the life of a though criminal.
Beau Raines
Mar 02, 2014 Beau Raines rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book as part of the Whole Life Challenge - 10 minutes of meaningful reading a day. I'm so glad that I read it again. This book was a gift from a friend of mine and is an excellent read. It's not really intended to be be read cover to cover (except maybe after the first time), but it has a series of short vignettes and parables about topics covering fear, suffering, loss, love and more. Read it through and then come back to it as you encounter difficulties in your life.

This time th
Jun 23, 2013 Katja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let me tell you a story: once there was a little frog who went to see a Buddhist monk-ey speak at an amphibian university. The frog had great expectations, for its little heart was open and it had much respect for the enlightened monk-ey. For the most part it was a fine speech – the monkey advocated such wonderful virtues as peace and compassion. The frog certainly felt, by the end, that it understood and appreciated Buddhism much better than she had before. Then the monkey went on to speak abou ...more
Nikki Kim
May 28, 2010 Nikki Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit that I first started reading this book because the title intrigued me, which sounds pretty silly. I had also heard my mom praising Ajahn Brahm and his teachings on life's difficulties, so I also started reading with her encouragement.

As soon as I read the first story on the two bad bricks, I was hooked. Brahm has a voice that is at once calm and powerful, as well as scattered with a bit of insightful humor here and there. Just like a comforting friend. He touches on topics such as compa
Nov 08, 2014 Eveline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
if you're reading what everybody else is reading, you can only thinking what everybody else is thinking--another good quote.

at first, i didn't like the cover of it's book, why, because i thought that it was a child book and look how much the pages it take! but my chemist teacher borrow it to me, he said that this one is good enough for me.

and then yes, its more than just good book, this book teach me how to open-up my mind, to appreciate every little things, to give more, to forgive more, and to
May 25, 2011 Ayuningtyas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku rekomendasi seorang teman. Tidak terlalu berharap banyak pada awalnya. Tertantang juga dengan jaminan uang kembali yang ditawarkan, hehehe. Tapi setelah selesai membaca, saya sangat yakin saya tidak rugi sama sekali membeli dan menghabiskan waktu untuk membacanya.

Kisah-kisah yang diceritakan dengan sangat bersahaja penuh humor yang bermakna sangat dalam. Menyemangati dengan cara yang sederhana.

Terima kasih Ajahn Brahm. Terima kasih mbaNop yang sudah merekomendasiken.
Nov 30, 2015 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and often funny stories that show a lot about the Buddhist way of life. Becoming a monk is tough and I know for sure now that it's nothing for me. (Living with snakes in the forests of Thailand? Eating rotten food? Hmm.) Meditation and mindfullness have found its way into the Western Culture and rightly so. However, Buddhism goes way further if someone wants to find true enlightment.

Brahm, the author of the book, covers topics that are of interest for all of us and shows his in
Mira Roderica
Feb 06, 2013 Mira Roderica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku yang bagus karena menginspirasi tentang bagaimana cara menghadapi masalah dalam hidup seperti kemarahan, rasa sakit, dan sebagainya. Cukup berdampak dalam membuat saya berusaha berdamai dengan diri sendiri dan hal buruk yang terjadi pada diri. Secara makna konten sangat baik, hanya saja relatif membosankan dan membuat ngantuk saat membacanya :))
Yurika Nurmala Dwiyanti
Jun 18, 2014 Yurika Nurmala Dwiyanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiksi
Yg paling aku ingat dari buku ini adalah kisah ttg sapi yg menangis.

Ceritanya ttg seorang napi yg bekerja sbg penjagal ternak di sebuah penjara di perth. Semua binatang juga memiliki naluri seperti manusia. Mereka juga punya rasa takut menghadapi kematian. Pada suatu ketika, ada sapi yg akan dijagal. Anehnya sapi ini tdk memberontak seperti pada umumnya. Sapi ini memasuki ruang penjagalan dgn tenang dan dia justru menatap mata si penjagal. Dan Disudut mata sapi itu mengeluarkan air mata. Semaki
Jan 24, 2012 mar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stop reading it. Aesop Fables vs Buddhist parables. It's collection of short, simple,inspirational and humorous stories filled with positive attitude.
Rohit Seth
Mar 19, 2013 Rohit Seth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I have been listening to Ajahn Brahm's podcasts for over 5 years now. And this book is my favorite bedside companion. Some beautiful wisdom here.
Masya Ruhulessin
Jul 26, 2013 Masya Ruhulessin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Saya sangat suka analogi yang digunakan sang penulis dalam buku ini. Hal-hal sederhana yang dibahasakan degan fantastis, Lovely.
Alisyah Samosir
Mari fokus pada ribuan batu bata yang indah, bukan 2 batu bata yang salah letak :-)
May 16, 2013 Firda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awalnya lihat di toko buku ga minat beli karena judul bukunya aneh. Ketemu lagi di perpus lokal sini. Iseng-iseng dibuka. Pengen tau aja, ngomongin apa sih buku ini. Baca satu bab terus jadi dua Bab. Ga kerasa sambil berdiri udah abis 10 bab. Akhirnya dipinjam lah buku ini yang sisa babnya langsung dibaca habis. Bahasanya ringan, gampang banget dicerna jadi asik bacanya. Males banget kalo pas baca buku ini kena interupsi, soalnya tiap babnya bikin nyandu. Kalo belum beres ga pengen berenti. Sete ...more
Oct 29, 2009 Firda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Feb 05, 2011 Artha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Awalnya saya tertarik baca buku ini karena ketika itu buku ini sempat menjadi perdebatan di forum buku kaskus sebagai kandidat untuk "Baca Buku Bareng Bulan XXX" bersama-sama dengan Dunia Sophie dan Muhammad Penggeja Hujan. Melihat judulnya yang unik saya jadi tertarik juga buat baca, nyari-nyari ketika kemarin pulang ke Pekanbaru, eh nemu juga, langsung nemu kedua series nya pula.

Saat itu adik saya mulai duluan baca, katanya ini buku baguuus banget, dia excited dan suka banget gitu. So pasti, e
Kathy Wright
I started off reading with "an open heart", ready to take on some of Ajan Barhm's life lesson stories and become that "good person"... Some stories are very good and definately made me realise there are always different ways to view a situation - things are not always as they immediately seem. I was reading in small chunks each night, and trying to reflect the next day on what I had read and put it into practise. I thought I was plodding along ok with an "enlightened" view of situations and circ ...more
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Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera (lovingly known to most as Ajahn Brahm) was born Peter Betts in London, United Kingdom in August 7, 1951. He came from a working-class background, and won a scholarship to study Theoretical Physics at Cambridge University in the late 1960s. After graduating from Cambridge he taught in high school for one year before travelling to Thailand to become a monk and train with ...more
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