Here we listen to the Dalai Lama talk about Buddhism and it's history. We learn that the Dalai Lama has a great sense of humor and doesn't care where anyone comes from. Its a good thing that he had a translator available to him because he does struggle with english. Here we learn about the Tibetan Buddhism and their basic believes. Here we also learn why the Tibetans have never translated their teachings verbatim into english. This is a great talk to listen too.
I got this book thinking that I would learn some quick meditations I could use throughout the day and some insight into being more present in the moment. I received much more than this. I learned not only some simple meditations and how to do them throughout the day. I also learned more about Buddhism than had been explained to me at any point in time. Here I learned that Buddhism doesn’t provide us with the ultimate divinity to make things better for us. Instead it provides us with the mental software to make things better for ourselves and others. I can also see why after finishing this book that Buddhism has been called the best free psychotherapy because it teaches empowerment. It is/may be the ultimate self development program. Through Buddhism we learn external events can’t make you happy. Remember Buddhism doesn’t like blind faith. If it doesn't work for you then find something that does. I was reminded why so many people don't like meditation and why my teacher kept telling people they had to practice more than 20 minutes a week. See
meditation is like learning to play the piano you have to own it to learn it. Consistency is key is the key to learn anything.
Buddhism explains what Albert Einstein meant when he said, 'Reality is an illusion all be it a persistent one.'
I like this book and will look at more of his books on meditation.
I enjoyed the individual practices as well as all the talks she gave with them.
The ego Bodhichitta Practice which includes the 3 noble principles was helpful in dating relationships. The second one was Shmatha and it was about cultivating friendliness through meditation, posture, calm abiding working with thoughts, non-grasping mind which was good for dealing with anger that I've carried for years. The third was developing inner strength & trust by experiencing reality. It included the 4 limitless ones (loving kindness, compassion, joy, & equanimity, materialism). I find it hard to trust myself with my emotions and not blowing up on someone, so this one was really helpful in gaining trust over myself. The fourth one was Loving Kindness called 'The Practice of Maitri.' The roots of suffering and happiness, ignorance, etc. What I thought would make me happy don't. I'm learning to live with wanting and then letting go of the item. The fifth one was about your ego's weakness and
compassion practice. Letting go of addiction and obsession, dualistic thinking, far & near enemies of practice, pity/overwhelm/forgiveness This one is good if you put Gil's talk on letting go of past battles your still fighting.
I could go through each practice however, it will help you more to go through them yourself. Experience is worth more than any brief overview no matter how in-depth it may be. I did pay attention to the seventh on on Tonglen and I'm finding it easier to do. I'm also learning to let myself be healed.
I've been an Audible junkie from way before it was cool.
That the first track is actually from the 6th lecture I believe, before the actual series begins on track 2.
And, well, that's not really a negative thing to say, right? Just a shout-out for a little IT intervention, I suppose.
Regardless, Joseph Goldstein should be a core component to your Buddhist lecture library in that he strikes the balance between very technical and very loving/open with a sincerity that you can appreciate - if you are ok with slow paced, careful formulations of words.
Probably not for those seeking fast injections of mental calm and assurances from Deepak Chopra, Dr Phil, or Eckhart Tolle.