"Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?" by Ajahn Brahm is author's story collection in which he speaks about the feelings we feel in our lives, from love to pain, from alienation to commitment.
Author whose full name is Ajahn Brahmavamso Mahathera was originally born as Peter Betts in UK sixty years ago, and after finishing Cambridge University he traveled to Thailand to become a monk. He was asked to make a compilation of an English-language guide to the Buddhist monastic code that became the foundation for monastic discipline in many monasteries in Western countries and brought to life essence of Buddhist teachings.
He wrote his 108 stories based on his rich life experience and traditional tales. Some of them are full of humor, some are really sad, but all of them contain some important life lessons for which are never too late to learn about wisdom, love and compassion.
"Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?" has no specific audience, it can be both read by young and older readers because author's literary style is accessible, stories are easy to relate to and his topics are close to all of us.
Living in different culture, where people is burdened with a constant desire to improve the world around them and unhappy that we usually fails to, forgetting that the change should start from ourselves, our inner change. Therefore don't be surprised if you want to read this book more than once due to its lessons that can help getting the good perspective on events in our life when we have to deal with issues and bad emotions in our everyday life. It could tell to reader how to be able to look at life in a way that will enable to be happy even in cases of severe crises and problems.
Reader inside can find and learn a lot what happiness means, why is important to forgive and show compassion, and how love and commitment can make of us a better persons. And it can be read from its start, from the middle or at any of its pages.
All of these are reasons why this small book full of great wisdom can be recommended to everyone.
Absolute Kaufempfehlung! Ajahn Brahms Geschichten sind Seelenbalsam. Dieses Buch von ihm ist mir bisher das liebste von seinen Büchern. Es geht dennoch ein bisschen von dem Humor verloren, den er in seinen Vorträgen verbreitet. Mir scheint teilweise die sprachliche Bearbeitung seiner Bücher nicht optimal, was den Lesefluss leicht trübt. Doch der Inhalt macht das mehr als wett!!