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Kolsås, Norway

  • 4 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 32 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Roots of Buddhist Psychology

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jack Kornfield

    The Buddha said many times that just as the great oceans have but one taste, so do all the true teachings of the dharma: the taste of freedom. Jack Kornfield's The Roots of Buddhist Psychology is an invitation to drink deeply of these teachings; to taste the wisdom that flows from the heart of Buddhism's most useful ideas on the interior life and what brings awakening, freedom, and happiness. Jack Kornfield opens this eternal view of the mind for all listeners in this collection.

    Eric says: "Fantastic read"
    Any additional comments?

    Concerning the content: if you listened to/ read a book by Chodron, you heard it all, but better presented. Nothing wrong with this part that repeats what others have told before, but no new insight whatsoever. And then there is much that is not worth telling, mostly navel-gazing. All in all this book seems to address the ones who have everything, but struggle to be happy about it.The presentation style is the most awful I ever endured. If you keep listening to the last chapter despite this extremely demanding style, you get punished by anecdotal proof of the afterlife. Terribly disappointing.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • How to Expand Love: Widening the Circle of Loving Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By His Holiness the Dalai Lama
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Hopkins, Ph.D

    In How to Expand Love, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, offers a simple yet illuminating program for transforming self-centered energy into outwardly directed compassion. Drawing on exercises and techniques established in Tibetan monasteries more than a thousand years ago, the Dalai Lama guides us through seven key stages.

    Siri says: "For the privileged only"
    "For the privileged only"
    Any additional comments?

    As most books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this addresses exclusively the privileged. It also contains the statement that all suffering is self-inflicted. This is an outrageous insult of a great number of human beings who suffer due to the misdeeds of others.
    If I would not know that this book is written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama (and so on), I would be tempted to think this book is the sorry effort of a privileged person of average intelligence and about average capacity for compassion.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pema Chodron Audio Collection

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron

    Pema Chodron, one of the West's most beloved teachers of Buddhism, makes the Tibetan vajrayana tradition accessible in today's world. Now three of her most popular teachings are available in one audiobook set.

    Apryl says: "Great"
    What made the experience of listening to The Pema Chodron Audio Collection the most enjoyable?

    Insight, paired with a sense og humor. And some interesting stories.

    Have you listened to any of Pema Chodron’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This one is as good as all the others by Chodron. Yes, I listened to all available titles.

    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Pema Chodron Audio Collection?

    That what we all know is true, good to get that re-inforced.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rebel Buddha: On the Road to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Dzogchen Ponlop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There's a rebel within you. It's the part of you that already knows how to break free of fear and unhappiness. This rebel is the voice of your own awakened mind. It's your rebel buddha - the sharp, clear intelligence that resists the status quo. It wakes you up from the sleepy acceptance of your day-to-day reality and shows you the power of your enlightened nature. It's the vibrant, insightful energy that compels you to seek the truth.

    Glenn says: "Buddhism for the Western World"
    "Extremely uninspiring"
    Would you try another book from Dzogchen Ponlop and/or Jonathan Davis and Dzogchen Ponlop (introduction) ?

    No way.

    Has Rebel Buddha turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Other books in this genre tend to be inspiring and interesting, this one is just a very bad example.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Regardless the target audience, there should be more to a book than a few facts, all of them totally gotten wrong, and commonplace ramblings. This must be a fruit of ignorance and too strong ego.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Actually, anger.

    Any additional comments?

    I started to think that this guy was sent to the US to get rid of him, since he obviously is resistant to education and just not up for the real thing.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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