The Buddha, Geoff and Me

  • by Edward Canfor-Dumas
  • Narrated by Nicholas Bell
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ed is having a hard time - at work, in his love life and, well, generally. Then he meets an unlikely Buddhist - who drinks and smokes and talks his kind of language. Bit by bit, things begin to change...Ed doesn't always take Geoff's advice. Or, when he does he lapses at the crucial moment. His path to understanding is not a straight one, especially as life keeps throwing more and more 'stuff' at him. Often he fails - like most of us, in fact. But sometimes he manages to get it right. And when he does, surprising things begin to happen ...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? - a hope we didn't necessarily expect. The Buddha, Geoff and Me - for anyone who's ever begun to wonder what the whole damn thing is all about.

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Easy guide to Buddha's ideas

This was an interesting listenand an easy start to learning about buddha's ideas. I am encouraged to go and seek more information. It was well read and the narrator's voice was engaging.
The story was interesting in and of itself even if you do not have an interest in Buddhism.
It is also a book to listen to again
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- Linda

Buddhism but not as we know it Jim

First of all I would say that I enjoyed listening to this audio book which was well read. It is a good mixture of everyday life and wisdom, the 'hero' is interesting and you soon grow to care for him and hope that his life turns out well.
However you will be misled if you don't know anything about Buddhism because it is only half way through the book that it is admitted that 'it's Buddhism but not as we know it Jim'. In fact it's Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism which is unlike any other branch and has a controversial history.
Buddhism as practised by the vast majority has a core teaching called 'The Noble Eightfold Path' and this is mentioned briefly in the book. To accompany the study and implementation of this teaching meditation is taught to make it easier to live in the present and to see the transience of all phenomenon. This is not even mentioned!
The core teaching of Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism is chanting, especially the words Nam-myoho-renge-kyo. This is not Buddhism and was never taught by the Buddha.
As a quite conservative guy I was drawn to the Buddha's teaching because of the way it investigated why we suffer and came up with some common sense answers. Sure there are some parts of the teaching which I find hard to believe but I take these on trust because the bulk of what is said is so right on.
Chanting obscure words and reciting the Lotus Suttra (again mentioned in the book) is nonsensical.
It's a great shame that a chance to bring the real Buddha's teaching to a wider audience has beem wasted.
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- Graham

Book Details

  • Release Date: 29-12-2009
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd