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.
This is a collection of his lectures at Spirit Rock Center in Nor Cal. Listening to him talk is half the joy of this book.
For me, this is the best spiritual guidance I've found. But then you have to decide that for yourself.
The audio is good. The guidance is great. The speaker is wise. Well worth a download if you are interested in Buddhism.
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!
Mr.Kornfield is amazing. I have no idea what the previous poster meant about Mr. Kornfields voice, I actually listened to the Audio while driving to and from work and found his voice pleasant and kept me interested. I have found a new inspired interest in Buddhism and will likely purchase all of Mr. Kornfields work as I further my study.
it was exactly what i was looking for, i don't say that very often either. i sure wish i could get a table of contents to assist with taking notes. readers voice was fine and humourous at times surprisingly.
I really enjoyed this, and unlike others, I loved the author's voice (but then, I love Eckhart Tolle's voice too!). I can see I will listen to this again and again. It's an accessible entry into Buddhism.
Great stories and passion but I could not get past the sleepiness of his presentation. He never captured my attention. Listen to the sample before you download. If you can tolerate 8 hours of that - be my guest. Perhaps I should try harder and this is my fault but I am going to look for another book to try again.
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.