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Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? : Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties - Ajahn Brahm

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?

Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties


Published: 30th August 2005
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The 108 stories in "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 30 years of spiritual growth as a monk to spin delightful tales that can be enjoyed in silence or read aloud to friends and family. Featuring titles such as "The Two-Finger Smile" and "The Worm and His Lovely Pile of Dung," these wry and witty stories provide playful, pithy takes on the basic building blocks of everyday like. Suitable for children, adults, and anyone in between, this eloquent volume wraps insight and inspiration inside of a good old yarn.

"Masterly storytelling and Dharma teaching, beautifully and effectively combined. The tales are at times hilarious, at times poignant; often both."--Larry Rosenberg, Senior Teacher, Insight Meditation Center and Cambridge Insight Meditation Center, and author of Breath by Breath "Ajahn Brahm follows in the widespread tradition of turning to stories--some folk tales, some personal experiences--to teach life's most important lessons. What's remarkable about this collection is that whether he is relating a tale about painful emotions, difficult relationships (including with ourselves), or even going through airport security, he touches on the universals of human experience with wisdom and wit so that we may confront our foibles with disarmingly gentle humor."--Jean Smith, author of NOW!, and editor of 365 Zen "Ajahn Brahm is a happy, wise and inspiring man. My Mum, a devout Anglican, says Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? is so good she takes it to bed with her each night!"--Rachel Green, communication specialist and Emotional Intelligence coach

Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Perfection and guilt
Two bad bricksp. 3
The temple gardenp. 7
What's done is finishedp. 10
The idiot's guide to peace of mindp. 11
Guilt and absolutionp. 14
Criminal guiltp. 16
The class b kidsp. 18
The child in the supermarketp. 20
We are all crimsp. 22
Letting go of guilt, foreverp. 23
Love and commitment
Unconditional lovep. 27
Opening the door of your heartp. 29
Marriagep. 33
Commitmentp. 34
The chicken and the duckp. 35
Gratitudep. 37
Romancep. 38
True lovep. 40
Fear and pain
Freedom from fearp. 45
Predicting the futurep. 47
Gamblingp. 49
What is fear?p. 51
Fear of public speakingp. 53
Fear of painp. 57
Letting go of painp. 60
TM, or how to transcend-dental medicationp. 62
No worriesp. 64
Anger and forgiveness
Angerp. 71
The trialp. 73
The retreatp. 75
The anger-eating demonp. 79
Right! that's it! I'm leaving!p. 82
How to stop an insurgencyp. 84
Cooling off with forgivenessp. 88
Positive forgivenessp. 90
Creating happiness
Flattery gets you everywherep. 95
How to be a VIPp. 97
The two-finger smilep. 99
Priceless teachingsp. 101
This too will passp. 103
The heroic sacrificep. 105
A truckload of dungp. 106
It's too much to hope forp. 110
Being a dustbinp. 112
Maybe it is fair!p. 113
Critical problems and their compassionate solutions
The law of karmap. 117
Drinking tea when there's no way outp. 119
Going with the flowp. 121
Caught between a tiger and a snakep. 123
Give it everything you've gotp. 125
Is there a problem?p. 127
Making decisionsp. 128
Blaming othersp. 129
The emperor's three questionsp. 131
The cow that criedp. 135
The little girl and her friendp. 139
The snake, the mayor, and the monkp. 141
The bad snakep. 144
Wisdom and inner silence
The wings of compassionp. 149
Caring for a sonp. 151
What is wisdom?p. 152
Eating wiselyp. 154
Solving the problemp. 156
Unwise listeningp. 158
What wisdom is notp. 159
The danger of an open mouthp. 161
The talkative tortoisep. 164
Free speechp. 167
The mind and reality
The exorcistp. 171
The biggest thing in the worldp. 173
Searching for the mindp. 175
Sciencep. 177
The science of silencep. 178
Blind faithp. 179
Values and the spiritual life
The most beautiful soundp. 185
What's in a name?p. 187
Pyramid powerp. 188
Precious stonesp. 190
Then i'll be happyp. 192
The mexican fishermanp. 195
When all my wishes were fulfilledp. 197
Freedom and humility
Two kinds of freedomp. 201
Which type of freedom would you like?p. 202
The free worldp. 205
A dinner with amnesty internationalp. 207
The dress code of a monkp. 209
Laughing at yourselfp. 211
The dog that had the last laughp. 212
Abuse and enlightenmentp. 214
When i became enlightenedp. 217
The road hogp. 220
Hare krishnap. 221
The hammerp. 223
Enjoying a joke at no one's expensep. 225
The idiotp. 226
Suffering and letting go
Thinking about washingp. 229
A moving experiencep. 231
Poor me, lucky themp. 233
Advice for when you are sickp. 235
What's wrong with being sick?p. 237
Visiting the sickp. 239
The lighter side of deathp. 241
Grief, loss, and celebrating a lifep. 245
Falling leavesp. 248
The ups and downs of deathp. 251
The man with four wivesp. 253
Cracking upp. 255
The worm and his lovely pile of dungp. 257
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 263
About the authorp. 268
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ISBN: 9780861712786
ISBN-10: 0861712781
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 30th August 2005
Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.41