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Title : How to Live Without Fear and Worry
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ISBN : 9789679920482
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 254 Pages
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  • Yulia
    2018-12-18 16:56

    In my opinion this book is very inspiring, motivating and calming... Food for my soul....Recommended for anyone who has interest in buddism.....but I think anyone could read this.

  • Steve
    2019-01-08 18:05

    I originally heard about this book in a talk given by the Buddhist monk Ajahn Brahm on fear. The bottom line in that talk was that fear is generated from considering that you may lose something you are attached to. In his talk Ajahn Brahm mentioned having read this book. Brahm also mentioned that Venerable Dhammananda after a lifetime of being a Buddhist monk, merely laughed when his doctors told him he had cancer.The book didn't have too much directly to say about fear. From Ajahn Brahm's talks I learned that the way to inoculate against fear is to cultivate kindness in the context of a good life. That is what this book describes how to do, how to set up a good life.The author tried, and succeeded in making a Buddhist rendition of Dale Carnagie's classic "How To Live Without Fear And Worry". Instead of folksy, mostly secular stories with some bits of Christianity to flesh out the message, this book uses folksy, mostly secular stories with chunks of Buddhism to flesh out the message.This book doesn't have step by step anti-worry techniques as Carnegi's book does, but it is a much slimmer volume and beautifully written. It was a pleasure to read it. I wish I would have come across it earlier in life.I was surprised to learn that it was a massive hit when it came out.Many Buddhist books in Asia are published by means of charitable donations to cover costs and usually have something printed on the cover that the books are not for sale, asking the reader to pass the book on for free when they are done.Such is the case with this book, which I got from a third party seller working through Amazon. I can't say I am pleased with that as I know that in Asia the poorest of the poor will often make contributions they really can't afford to make in order to support Buddhism. I'm not thrilled with the idea of some bookseller making money off of something other people made donations for in order make a message available to people who might not otherwise be able to afford a book.People interested in reading this book can find it as a freely available PDF via Google.Back to the book. Beautifully written. Comfortable for a wide range of audiences. Perfect for young people, suitable for all.

  • Sarah
    2018-12-21 17:49

    This is a nice book about some Buddhist principles on how to lead a happy, fulfilling life. Some of the text is repetitive but overall I enjoyed reading this little book. I took extensive notes and even copied down a few of the parables which I wanted to remember for later. I'm going to leave the book unrated here because I'm feeling mindful that things are what they are and comparing them to other things may not respect their uniqueness and everything they have to offer. I feel like it would be slightly hypocritical to "rate" this book if I'm trying to absorb what it has to offer.If I were to make a very brief summary of this book, I would choose the following excerpt: "All our mental sufferings are caused by selfish desires for pleasure. They are caused by the desire to be what we are not, to have what we do not have, and not to have the things that we already have. If we think hard and long about it, there is no denying that the chief culprit in our inability to enjoy a sense of happiness is desire." and would repeat that Epicurus, the Greek philosopher, says, “If you want to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away his desires.”My favorite parable is "He is not my Servant but my Teacher" reproduced below:A great Indian Buddhist teacher Ven. Dipankara was invited to Tibet to preach the Dhamma. The teacher took along with him a man who was not only quarrelsome and irresponsible but a bad cook as well. After observing him for quite some time the Tibetans approached the teacher respectfully and said, “Master, why do you tolerate this useless cook of yours - he is more of a nuisance than a help to you. Why don’t you send him back? We will gladly attend to your needs.” The teacher smiled and replied, “Ah! You don’t understand, I do not keep him as my servant but as my teacher.” The Tibetans were surprised and asked, “How is that so?” The teacher explained, “You see, his inefficiency and his quarrelsome nature teach me to practice patience and tolerance every day. Therefore, I value him.”

  • Kristin Madeleine
    2018-12-24 22:05

    Great book, very inspirational, uplifting and overall good for the soul. I enjoyed reading this before bed. This book isn't about Buddhism perse; it's advice for the reader from a Buddhist point of view. I really admire the philosophy of all beings being equal and non-judgement of others, and peace. If everyone read and took this book's advice, the world would be a better place

  • Phillip
    2018-12-21 16:05

    This is a solid book filled with advice and wisdom. It certainly says things I agree with. If anything, it may be short on explaining how to do what it says.Our minds are full of stories we tell ourselves. I find it useful to look for positive stories to tell myself. My hope is always that some of them will stick.

  • Avaline
    2019-01-12 21:38

    This is a very good book. I personally feel touch after reading this book.

  • Milica
    2019-01-14 20:42

    All in all, inspiring, calming and motivating. For somebody who is new to Buddhism, one can learn a bit more about the Buddha and His path to Enlightenment. I wish that the book stayed more on a subject of fear and worry, than going into for example, relationships. Although there are some sound advices there, you can feel that the book and author's viewpoint are kinda outdated in 2018 and that rubbed me in a wrong way, hence only 3 stars. Still, I'm grateful for overall wisdom from this book.

  • Sanju S
    2019-01-14 20:55

    First time this book hard copy i read in 2010 in one shot, means i couldn't put book a side for a moment. This book is not only mind changing, but it can change one's entire life positively. Yes! of course, one can find each and every answer for question what ever they may have about their life.

  • Monica
    2018-12-18 22:55

    This is a free book distributed at a local buddhist temple and was printed with private donations probably in Malaysia. There is no ISBN number.I have never met the Venerable, but have listened to a few lectures on audio by him and I understand that he was very well respected in Singapore and Malaysia. He passed away in 2006.In this book, he shared from the Buddhist perspective on the source of worry and practical approaches how to overcome controlling anger, selfishness, managing criticism, and fear of death. What he said made a lot of sense to me. In essence, he says that when we come from a basis of compassion and love for others, always seeing how we can be of help, it overcomes much of our worry about life.At the end of the book he said: "Let us live a life filled with purpose and add quality to the human existence...Do not let our days pass by like the shadow of a dream, leaving no trace behind."This deeply resonated with me. And this book, plus the audio book by Dale Carnegie I have listened to recently "How to Stop Worring and Start Living" have both been helpful in putting things into perspective.Simple truths, but the most powerful things on earth are the simple things - which we often ignore at our own peril.So I continue to learn. : )

  • Pennyjelly
    2018-12-28 20:47

    This free book was given to me by the local Buddhist temple. The inside cover says "This book is not to be sold - For free distribution only". So if you don't live near a Buddhist temple you could probably Google for a free copy on-line. Or go to Amazon.com and find a used book for $1.99. Here's the ISBN 967-9920-48-8.Sample of the contents below - - A difficult situation can be handled in two ways; we can either do something to change it, or face it. If we can do something, then why worry and get upset over it - just change it. If there is nothing we can do, again, why worry and get upset over it? Things will not get better with anger and worry.

  • Tracy E.
    2018-12-18 21:49

    This book and Good Question Good Answer were the two books that set me on my journey of Asian Philosophy exploration. Short and simple. Simple. Profound.

  • Avisha
    2019-01-15 19:53

    Instead I would recommend it to those who acknowledge that fear and worry exist, and that we can channel those emotions into motivation so powerful that it surpasses our hopes of living without and encourages us to just live.

  • Sonam
    2018-12-17 17:54

    simple and helpful book, one of the best book that i have ever read..

  • Oh Teik
    2019-01-03 16:58

    A practical book to help the mind rid of negativities that cause mental suffering. It helps develop Right View and Attitude for mental peace and happiness.

  • Jayanthi Kodiappan
    2018-12-21 15:41

    good motivation :)

  • Chris
    2018-12-23 19:41

    good books

  • Mhe Lai
    2018-12-25 15:47

    i'm only halfway through with this book, and i haven't continue reading it.....i got this book when i was in college, my professor gave it to me...

  • Thangapandy Mallaya
    2018-12-31 18:07

    whenever I am depressed or worried, I will read this book and it helps to free from all the worries...i have recommended it to some of my friends and all like it.

  • Aljohn Manuel
    2019-01-07 21:50

    POWER!

  • Bree
    2019-01-02 20:56

    I'm only a few chapters into this book, however it's filled with the most words. If you're looking to find yourself, you may just find it in this piece of literature.

  • Murng
    2019-01-01 14:43

    good book

  • Cathreen Shiucheng แคทเรน
    2018-12-21 20:50

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