It is a collection of short stories which I find very inspiring. I bought the book a few years ago but I love to reread some of the stories again and again. It says a lot for someone like me, who almost never reads a book twice.
Moments of insight, love and compassion flow through Ajahn Brahm’s stories like rivers of hope. In nearly thirty years as a Buddhist monk, born and educated in the West but trained in the Thai forest tradition, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, engaging and profound stories from the Buddhist philosophy. He has taught this philosophy to westerners from all walks of life, led meditation groups in Australian prisons, and counselled the distressed, the sick and the bereaved. The stories that emerge, like the experiences they reflect, are thoughtful, funny and enlightening.
Told with wit and wisdom, these tales reveal moments of compassion in the lives of ordinary people, expressing their need to make life meaningful.
These stories will make you think one more time about your attitude and your approach of life. There is hidden wisdom in them and so much love. I am not sure a book can change your life but at least it can help you with another point of view.
I am not a Buddhist, neither I am into Buddhism but I truly enjoy the book. I even bought a copy for a friend of mine who I thought needed something positive in her life to cheer her up.
If you are interested in self improvement or just in need of something uplifting my advice is to give a chance to “Opening the door of your heart”. Ajahn Brahm had spent more than 30 years as Buddhist monk and his lessons might be enlightening and give us knowledge of subjects such as mindfulness and unconditional love.