I very much enjoyed this course and the performance by Jack Kornfield. He does have a distinct almost lyrical voice, but I felt it added to the teaching. I'm going through a tough time and would be feeling depressed but when I started to listen to this recording I'd automatically feel better and more at peace.
I'm new to Buddhist teachings and meditation, and I felt this was a nice introduction. He discusses the principles of Buddhism (Four Noble Truths, etc) but it's less like a lecture and more like just a conversation with a friend. At first I wasn't really sure I was learning anything because he just hits on terms and definitions very briefly, while teaching more through examples and storytelling, but in hindsight I was learning exactly what I needed to learn to know if Buddhism is something I want to study further. I can't define the Four Noble Truths yet, but I know I believe in equality of all living creatures and that "when you plant a mango seed you get a mango tree". This course was wonderful and not only gave me a great foundation to understand Buddhism, but made me want to study it further.
Excellent book for people interested in learning about Buddhism. Jack Kornfield explains it all in a simple and inspiring way. Don't be put down by comments below about the way he speaks, you won't regret listening to this book.
Phenomenal intro ! This audio journey deepened my understanding of the basic tenets of Buddhism while at the same time providing so much room for simultaneous reflection and participation. Dr Kornfield's voice is easy to listen to and very down to earth. So incredibly worthwhile.
great stories and lessons. it almosy seems too simple, yet the simplistic is complex and takes time and practice. recommended for anyone Interested in knowing the helpfulness of loving kindness, but it may not be for the absolute beginner looking for a more textbook version of what Buddhism is.
I had read reviews about Kornfield's delivery and was worried because it doesn't take much to annoy me when it comes to the performance of these audio books. At first I did find his delivery slightly grating. As time went on and I got absorbed in the content, however, any annoyance with the delivery went away. I would definitely recommend this book. I will probably listen to it again. For anyone with any interest in Buddhism, this is a very good primer. I can see where it would be helpful to have at least a passing acquaintance with eastern philosophy, but anybody could listen to this and understand it. People who don't consider themselves to be buddhist can listen to this and get a lot out of it without being asked to change your beliefs. Our western minds can definitely use more of this eastern wisdom.
This is different than a typical audiobook in that it's more like a meditation retreat, which makes it really effective. The tone and the format suits the topic. Highly recommended.
Gentle, beautiful and funny. Jack Kornfield's insight and extraordinary humanity is profound and graceful. This recording has helped me immensely in my search for peace.
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I've encountered Buddhist philosophy at many points over my life, and I've always found it beautiful. But for some reason, I've never actually turned my attention to its foundations. Or if I have, nothing stuck with me for whatever reason. At any rate, I decided I needed a refresher course on what makes this system tick. There are many choices on Audible to choose from in this regard, and I'm glad I picked this one.
This is a live recording, so there are a few coughing distractions here and there from the otherwise attentive audience, but nothing that would make you lose focus. Jack Kornfield is an amazing ambassador to this faith, engaging his listener with all of the compassion and mercy you'd expect, but also with humor. The result is an experience that transcends what you'd get out of a book.
I really enjoy Jack Kornfield. This book provides a good overview of the Buddhist philosphy without getting lost in the weeds. His quiet, humorous delivery is very pleasant to listen to. I really learned a great deal without having to focus deeply - I mostly listened to this in transit.
Gives great insight into the study of Buddhism. I was familiar with Buddhism prior to this (having read 2 or 3 books). This not only provides an intro to the concepts, it also gives a slightly deeper dive into each one. Jack's voice came off as weird at first, but i quickly got used to it and found it perfect for the teachings.
For someone who wants to further their early study of Buddhism, I would recommend this audio book. Great for the ride to work and gets you geared up and ready to deal with the work place!