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Opening the door of your heart and other Buddhist tales of happiness

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,821 ratings  ·  234 reviews
A delightful book full of tales of hope, love, forgiveness, freedom from fear, and overcoming pain which cleverly relates the timeless wisdom of the Buddha's teachings and the true path to happiness. In nearly 30 years as a Buddhist monk, born in the West but trained in the Thai forest tradition, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. In this c ...more
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Published (first published 2004)
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Siew Ee
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
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Laura
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
Hendra
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
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Anthony
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
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Shelli
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
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Beau Raines
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
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Katja
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
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
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Clee
Inspirierend, humorvoll, zum Nachdenken und in sich Kehren anregend, aufbauend, Mut machend und Glück und Hoffnung verströmend - mit diesen Worten würde ich "Die Kuh, die weinte" umschreiben. Und ich sage gleich von Anfang an: Auf seine Art ist es eines der besten Bücher, die ich bis jetzt gelesen habe.

Manchmal gibt es Tage, an denen du dich morgens am liebsten ganz tief unter der Bettdecke vergraben (und damit meine ich nicht solche, an denen du wegen einer "durchlesenen" Nacht einfach hundemü
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Chris Bailey
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
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
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Eveline
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
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Ayuningtyas
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.
Casey Larue
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
Mira Roderica
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 :))
Laura
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.
Dawn
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.-
Kirk
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!
Yurika Nurmala Dwiyanti
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
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mar
Couldn't stop reading it. Aesop Fables vs Buddhist parables. It's collection of short, simple,inspirational and humorous stories filled with positive attitude.
Laurent Videau
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.
Rohit Seth
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
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 :-)
Firda
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
Artha
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Fauza
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
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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
Shita Dewi
“Apapun yang kamu lakukan, pintu hatiku akan selalu terbuka untukmu” : Ajahn Brahm

Kata-kata yang tercetak di sampul bagian belakang buku dengan wajah Ajahn Brahm yang tersenyum membuatku memutuskan untuk membeli buku yang memiliki cover jenaka ini, yaitu gambar seekor cacing yang tampak happy saat berkubang di kotoran atau tahi.

Hanya dengan sekilas melihat sampulnya dan membaca komentar singkat dari para tokoh-tokoh yang telah membaca buku ini seperti Jaya Suprana, Andrie Wongso, Gede Prama, Ad
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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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