Bought this at random. Glad I did! Sep 27, Linda rated it really liked it. I found this book witty and intelligent. I understood the characters and felt their highs and lows. It is a good book to read if you have ever wondered about faith, in this book it is Buddhism, but it gave me a general understanding that faith is hard and not like I always thought you either have it or you don't. This book explains you need to work at it and it wont always be easy, but it isn't a sermon or a preaching.
It is a story of a guy having a hard time in life, looking for some explanati I found this book witty and intelligent. It is a story of a guy having a hard time in life, looking for some explanations. Ed is living in the London area just after the dot. His girlfriend has broken up with him, and he hates his job. In short, things aren't going well. While at a pub he runs into Geoff, an unusually calm, friendly, and helpful guy. Through his talks with Geoff and a number of Geoff's friends, Ed winds up learning the basic precepts of modern-day, practical Buddhism.
This is a thoughtful book that makes me think of all the Christian inspirational books where a non-believer ends up learning. Jan 21, Jim rated it it was ok Shelves: philosophy. My wife enjoyed this, although she felt the first half was very slow to get moving. To me it was written a bit like a bad TV sitcom with lots of dialogue that seemed to go nowhere in particular, or if it went somewhere it went there at snail's pace.
The author seems to have forgotten the first rule of novel writing - "show me, don't tell me". Dec 29, Geoff rated it it was amazing. It has opened my eyes to further investigations to Buddhism. Thoroughly recommend to all inquisitive minds. Jan 31, Kakul rated it it was amazing. I practice Buddhism which is to say that I approached the book with a certain perspective.
What was thrilling and beautiful about it though, was how simply and effectively the narrative flowed. The story is based on insights and questions we've all had when we first hear about this life philosophy. To the books credit it doesn't pander, patronize or in anyway preach. Props to Edward, brilliantly done. Aug 09, Jessica rated it liked it Recommends it for: anyone slightly interested in Buddhism. In the same vein as Ishmael Quinn , a cynical man learns a lot from an unexpected source a real person this time.
There's not much in the way of plot, but I still thought it was a very interesting book. Ed is having a hard time in life and meets Geoff, who begins to teach him about Buddhism. At first Ed is very cynical and has many questions, but then he becomes more and more interested.
I learned a lot, too. View 1 comment. Apr 23, Steve H rated it really liked it Shelves: inspiring , buddhism , life-skills , fiction. Ed is having some problems in life.
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His girlfriend has left him. He hates his job. He's not sure where he's headed. Then he meets this odd guy named Geoff at a bar and starts to learn life lessons from a Buddhist perspective. It's an easy way to digest a lot of the basics of Buddhism through a pleasant and entertaining story. The narration is good, too. Mar 31, Ma. Lalaine rated it it was amazing. It teaches the philosophy of Buddhism. You will learn how to be a monk in a modern society. For starters, Geoff cleans the window of the towering buildings as a living.
He is happily contented and appreciates the natural way of life. I pretty much forgot the twist and turn of the plot. Nevertheless, I remember feeling elated after reading this in a bookstore six years ago. Jan 12, Carmen Rotaru rated it liked it. The book presents the reader practicality of buddhism in real life, how we could implement principles of enlightment in difficult situations and not losing hope.
Though, I found the storry is dragging and doesn't captivate your attention through out the end. You can find good ideas and put them in practice. Aug 10, Fc O'neill added it. This does for Buddhism what "Sophie's World" does for philosophy. As a reader i was going "Is this moronic or is it genius.? Enjoy while being at the bottom of a hole in your life! Apr 20, Shay Mass rated it it was amazing. It is one of those books you are equally sad and excited as you approach the end.
Beautiful book happy I got the chance to start reading it from a friend I met in Africa and then I ordered my own copy to continue reading.. Figured I'd want to own a copy of it, good decision. Nov 09, Isabella Burke rated it it was ok. Its like a more layman version of Dan Millmans book the Warriors Way - or if you are more into art and spiritualism, then sport and spiritualism then read this book.
Not really my thing. Didn't get a kick out of but maybe thats just because I have already read a few similar books? Aug 12, Kylie Martin rated it it was amazing. Wow, this is the fastest book i have ever read.
If i could give it 10 stars i would. I am new to the practice and it's great for practical explanations, it's cleared up some questions and given me encouragement to continue. May 13, Heather rated it it was amazing. Actually, I listened to the podcasts. This is an excellent introduction to Buddhist concepts and how they apply to real life, from the perspective of a person who makes it quite clear he does not want to hear about anything religious.
Dec 04, Kita rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book - taking the journey with the narrator on his path to enlightenment. The ending when he hooked up with the lady was a little off for me I keep it on my shelf for a once in a while re-read.
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Sep 01, Zuhal rated it really liked it. It was a great philosophy book. I learned about life a lot of things. Apr 17, Nickey rated it really liked it. A great book about life , philosophy and finding inner peace! There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Edward Canfor-Dumas. Edward Canfor-Dumas. Books by Edward Canfor-Dumas. Trivia About The Buddha, Geoff In The Buddha, Geoff and Me Edward Canfor-Dumas brings all his skills to bear in an absorbing story of everyday city life, where the characters stand out with all their human strengths and weaknesses, and the ending brings Ed - and perhaps all of us?
The Buddha, Geoff and Me - for anyone who's ever begun to wonder what the whole damn thing is all about. After studying Buddhism on and off for 6 years I have to say this book has drawn me closer to the teachings.
It's a wonderful story of how we are woven into each other's lives and how one person can affect the lives of many. The Buddhist teaching that "one candle can light thousands of other candles and not have it's life shortened. This quote from Daisaku Ikeda used in the book pretty much sums it up It is a matter of sweat and tears. The creative life demands constant effort to improve one's thoughts and actions.
Perhaps the dynamism involved in the efforts is the most important thing. You will pass through storms and you may suffer defeat.
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The essence of the creative life however, is to persevere in the face of defeat and to follow the rainbow within your heart. Indulgence and indolence are not creative. Complaints and evasions are cowardly, and corrupt life's natural tendency at creation. The person who gives up the fight for creativeness is headed, ultimately, to the hell that destroys all life. You must never slacken in the efforts to build new lives for yourselves.
Creativeness means pushing open the heavy door to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the hardest task in the world.
For opening the door to your own life is more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe but, the act of opening your door vindicates your existence as a human being and makes life worth living. No one is lonelier or unhappier than the person that does no know the pure joy of creating a life for himself. To be human is not merely to stand erect and manifest reason and intellect.
To be human in the full sense of the word is to lead a creative life. This book was a bit out of my normal reading zones, but I absolutely loved it. Intriguing, believable characters that you can't help but connect with combined with fascinating ideals surrounding Nichiren Buddhism make this book the sort that you can't stop listening too.
I would recommend this book to anyone, regardless of religion. Not only is it a wonderful book in it's own right, but I think much of the wisdom within could benefit nearly everyone in their daily lives. I would love to hear more from this author. After devouring and adoring "Breakfast with Buddha," I found this book to be similar but not quite as earth shattering.
As with most of us intrigued by Buddhism, the lead character, Eddy, becomes acquainted with Geoff, a practicing Buddhist. Their interactions form the context of the story, the ups and downs of everyday life. Geoff's gentle guidance helps Eddy begin to reassess his life and his responses. The story helps develop the pretexts of Buddhism without being preachy or overzealous. The narrator's accent made some words difficult for my ear, but overall, well done with a great message.
I've studied this Buddhism on and off for many years. This book was truly engaging and in modern terms. I will read and listen over and over again! I greatly enjoyed this story. Well read and full of Buddhist widsom for the day to day. Mr Bell does an excellent job narrating. Some great buddhist concepts in a way that is easily to absorb, down to earth and meaningful. This novels contains great nuggets of wisdom and whilst not mentioned directly, is based on Japanese Nichiren Buddhism.
A must read for anyone who has a humanistic and compassionate take on living. An unusually successful mix of storytelling and philosophy. The narrator was well matched with the content. I loved everything single bit, it is such an inspiring story! The audio is very pleasant to listen. Thank you Ed and Geoff. Engaging, funny, poignant, thought-provoking.
Lots of British humour. After listening to many other books about Buddhism, this was refreshingly down-to-earth in its delivery - both the writing itself and the narration. I loved this book and the narration made it easy to listen. I have started on a journey to better understand Buddhism in the era we are living in.
This book was recommended to me and it took me ages to start it The story and characters are enormously engaging. Until close to the end of the book the author describes himself in a very disparaging way, a sort of depressive cynic, but along the way he meets amazing people who help him to view life in a different way. This is not a 'heavy' book to read.