I’m currently reading Buddhism for Busy People: Finding Happiness in an Uncertain World by David Michie.
At first I was a little uncertain that I would get much out of it. There are so many books on attaining happiness, and while they may supply unhappy people with some comfort, I suspect it’s only temporary relief — that is until the follow-up title is released.
However, David Michie’s book is an exception. He writes in an easy, conversational style about his experiences working in public relations in London, trying to get published as a novelist and looking for a way out of his punishing work schedules.
The story of his work problems, finding Buddhism, changing his attitude to life and gaining new insights into himself and his world reads like a well-crafted memoir. It’s entertaining and structured in such a way that it becomes a real page-turner. We really want to know what happens next.
But David Michie’s story is really only a framework for the presentation of some very practical Buddhist philosophy. His simple but clear explanation of the Buddha’s teaching, and specifically the Tibetan Lam Rim, takes us on a journey through meditation, karma, compassion, and the perfection of ethics and generosity.
As the back cover blurb tells us…
He explains how he came to understand the difference between the temporary pleasures of ordinary life, and the profound sense of well-being and heartfelt serenity that comes of connecting with our inner nature.
This way happiness lies.