Pema Chodron is a great interpreter and communicator of Buddhist philosophies in the modern world context. Her books are well worth reading. This talk is every bit as good as her books. Its recorded as she talks to an audience and yes there are occasional coughs which can be annoying but it this does not dilute the strength of her delivery or message. As I live on the other side of the world there's no way I could attend her talks so this is the next best thing. I think its good value.
This is by far the best audio book I've listened to. The subject is captivating and the narration is professional. The Happiness Hypothesis is perhaps a misnomer. This is an easy to digest overview of the interrelated aspects of the self, personality and society - something we all need to understand - and as such the insights are priceless. Haidt quotes liberally from scholars from the early days of philosophy through to current trends in psychology (as that is his area of expertise), to help the listener to build an understanding of the human condition and where and how we fit into the world around us from a pscho-social-philosophical point of view, but its always presented in an easy to digest format. I've been looking for a good all-rounder book to recommend to others who want to learn more about life interactions - and this is the one. I know I'll listen to this a few times over the years, to keep it fresh in my mind. Highly recommended.
I've not heard of Adyashanti but found he has a refreshing take on meditation practice, from slightly outside of standard religious approaches to meditation practice.
I think this is well worth the cost at least for the first part. I got a bit lost in the second but don't care, I'll just rewind and listen to the first part again. It needs to be listened to a few times to get the full effect of what he is saying.
If you have been studying Buddhism or meditation for some time then this is well worth a purchase.
This is a great 'read' if you are interested in the way the brain works and particularly how the brain manages to repair itself or work around obstacles to keep the body functioning. Its also professionally narrated. It talks about perceptions, how the brain deals with pain (it "allows" pain signals for example) and what it does if the body loses an eye or a limb by remapping parts of the brain to compensate, or how, in some cases, it fails such as phantom limb syndrome. I found it fascinating and insightful and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has a keen interest in science and research or human perception.
This isn't as broad as I had hoped. Early on it gives outlines of difficult personalities based on the 'sherman tank, sniper, exploder' model but doesn't go into a great amount of detail on how to deal with them. There is also a 'just do xyz and we'll all have a jolly time' air to some of the solutions.
I'm only half way through listening but its now talking about managing employees in a sales office. Best to look up the book's index at Amazon to see if this is what you are looking for.
This is informative and entertaining. Christopher is not difficult to listen to as others have suggested, you just need to listen to him in 30 min blocks. He covers the major religions as well as topics such as evolution with ample quotes and examples throughout. Well worth a purchase.
I like Deepak as he has a great intellect and a great way of explaining things. Although I found the early part of these recordings interesting they become repetitive and I found it a challenge to listen to it all they way through.
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