NEW BOOKS: Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?

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The following is excerpted from Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung? Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life's Difficulties by Ajahn Brahm, published by Wisdom Publications, www.wisdompubs.org. Ajahn Brahm, a Therevada monk for over thirty years and student of Ajahn Chah, is abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in Perth, Western Austrailia. His new book is a collection of short tales of insight and relentless humor.

from the chapter entitled A Truck-load of Dung

UNPLEASANT THINGS, like coming last in our class, happen in life. They happen to everyone. The only difference between a happy person and one who gets depressed is how they respond to disasters.

Imagine you have just had a wonderful afternoon at the beach with a friend. When you return home, you find a huge truck-load of dung has been dumped right in front of your door.

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