The Buddha Walks into a Bar...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendy J. LaPlaca on 17-01-16


This is a great intro to meditation practice and what it can do for you. While some of the topics in the book are clearly aimed towards the 20-something crowd, I was able to identify with them from the vantage point of a 40-something.

I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to find ways to reduce stress and be more present in their life. I've already started using this in my daily life to be more mindful.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Chris S on 25-01-16

Pretty unorthodox approach to Buddhism - but good!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Buddha Walks into a Bar... to be better than the print version?

I did not read the print edition but since the narrator's voice and method of story telling was pretty entertaining... I'd say the audio version is a good choice.

What other book might you compare The Buddha Walks into a Bar... to and why?

In a pretty obscure way... I liken it to 4-Hour Work Week in that it's about designing your life to be better and more fulfilling. Both authors/narrators have a lighthearted approach.

It's nice to experience Buddhism from a source that sounds more like a conversation with an average (but wise) Joe as opposed to a monk speaking from the confines of a retreat does doesn't deal with our chaotic day to day lives. It makes me feel like I'm on the right track.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't have a particular scene. It was very real world and a pleasure to listen to. I will probably listen to it again because the messages are good but sometimes you have to think about them a bit before they really register so unless you stop constantly to contemplate what was said... re-listening is probably your best bet.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Didn't shock me but those that believe Buddhism has to be done a certain way may be shocked at some things... such as eating meat & drinking... but the Buddhism I learned previously (and the author supports) is that you do what makes sense to you. After all... it's your Karma on the line.

Any additional comments?

Loved his approach and where he's coming from. Anyone would enjoy this from Buddhists to the Buddha-curious to the average person of any religion that has no idea what Buddhism is about.

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8 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Pait on 18-07-16

Loved the first 5 chapters.

The first 5 chapters or so are solid. They contain humor, introduction to Buddhist philosophy & demonstrative stories of how to live a modern Buddhist life.
The next 20 chapters appeared to me to be nothing but vocabulary and a who's who review of key characters in Buddhist mythos.
The chapter 25 mark is a beautifully written summary, a wonderful conclusion & a feel good ending to several difficult hours of listening to what I had hoped would have been useful information on a modern Buddhist balance.
Then chapter 26 started. That reminded me very much of the last page of a report submitted during finals; filler to reach a specific word count.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 24-02-16

Should not be in audio

Some books work well on audio. This is not one of those books. There are too many references to Asian terms to remember vs in written format you can visualize the word when thinking about it, and highlight to review later. There are also too many lists of how to's in each section. Plus the author seems to constantly reference his teacher. Which by the way, is an incomprehensible name given how quickly it's spoken. I was left thinking over and over again, why did I buy this book? I should've just bought a book by his teacher. I listened to the entire book in places where I could be fully engaged in the listening. It just seemed to drone on. I was truly looking forward to this book but, was left wanting so much more from it.
On the plus side, the author/narrator, had a very pleasing and soothing voice. He also seemed genuinely interested in the reader gaining something from the experience and the knowledge he was trying to impart.
If you are thinking of buying this book, I would highly recommend buying the hard copy. I am left wondering if I would have learned what I wanted to if I had read vs listened to it.

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8 of 9 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By mike on 08-01-16

Several Budda Nuggets

This was my first book on Buddhism. I found it easy to go through and caught several nuggets of information that I think will be very useful in life. The narration was good but not amazing. there's some annoying changes in tone that are obvious where he stopped and restarted recording. All in all it was worth the money and I'm happy with my purchase.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jason on 07-01-16

Great for beginners...and experts.

Enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the narrator who, though obviously not a professional narrator, did a wonderful and caring job - I found his slight hesitations and lack of polish charming at times. This book was brilliant in translating advance concepts for everyday Americans in contemporary society. Having read many 'advanced' books on Buddhism, I still found this book informative even though it was directed towards beginners.

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