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.
I grew up on Golden Age Radio, and while I love to read, I typically consume more books via audio thanks to a job that lets me listen while I work. As an aspiring writer, I try to read a great deal of non-fiction in addition to a variety of fictional genres. I especially love history, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and old-style gothic horror.
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.
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.
I listened to this audio while working. It was very lighthearted and brightened my day. This is not a true audio book, it is more of a presentation. The "reader" is presenting the information to an audience. You can hear their reactions to the information being provided.
The presenter was very peaceful to listen to. However, I do have a compliant about his performance. Throughout the recording, there is a lot of noise of him swallowing and he appears to have a dry mouth. It is distracting and at points detracts from the material.