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.
Great book on Buddhism. I was interested in learning more about the Buddhist nature and now I'm looking forward to reading more thank you
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.
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.
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.
He can get a little too flowery with his language, but this is a great intro to Buddhism, and Jack is awesome to listen to. So soothing.
No, the narrator spoke too slowly and in a monotone that was hard to attend to.
No. Although I like the subject matter the presentation was not easy to listen to.
Groovy gadfly, gourmet & gourmand, gleefully glib & gaily glum.
Jack Kornfield has a very dry wit, and it's the occasional sly interjection of a funny anecdote that makes listening to his lectures immensely more enjoyable. Kornfield interlaces beautiful and apt quotations from all across literature and history and other religions to emphasis his points. He's incredibly intelligent, and not at all "pop"-y. One can tell he's a true scholar and follower of Buddhism, and, more than that, he's a modern practitioner and accessible teacher.
This really struck home for me on so many levels....
Jack Kornfield is so knowledgeable, his speaking voice is calming and appropriate.
This was my first audiobook on Buddhism and I feel that it was the best one I could've chosen for all of the topics covered, the range of humor to serious discussion...just perfect.
I didn't find his voice to be "breathy" as others have commented. I did notice I could tell when he was thirsty.
Poignantly done. Jack Kornfield is humorous, humble, natural, dignified and clear. Buddha would be proud of this piece. His words are meaningful and his voice is deliberate. I admire the way he can slow down and not be in a rush when speaking. It's not pretentious, it's thoughtful. This is a man who has meditated countless hours as a monk and you can feel the difference it's made in his life. I cherish his words of wisdom and this heart-felt gift is invaluable.