The Cow in the Parking Lot

  • by Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston
  • Narrated by Bill Mendieta
  • 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.
We're a society swimming in anger, always about to snap. Using simple, understandable Buddhist principles, Scheff and Edmiston explain how to replace anger with happiness. They introduce the four most common types of anger (Important and Reasonable, Reasonable but Unimportant, Irrational, and Impossible), then show how to identify our real unmet demands, dissolve our anger, and change what happens when our buttons are pushed. We learn to laugh at ourselves, a powerful early step, and realize that others don't make us angry. Only we can make ourselves angry.


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Customer Reviews

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Useful book - shame about the accent!

What made the experience of listening to The Cow in the Parking Lot the most enjoyable?

Although I have practiced Buddhist meditation for many years I found some sections of the book very useful - if not particularly original.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Cow in the Parking Lot?

Nothing particular comes to mind - I'm not sure that this kind of book is meant to have "memorable moments!" as such.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Again this question is not really relevant.

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

It made me reflect and, unintentionally, provided frequent irritations - or opportunities to observe my own reactions to the authors rather comical, fake Asian accents.

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- Sean Gray

Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-06-2010
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books