Pema is insightful and humorous, breathing life and understanding into what at first glace seems like dry material. The teachings on being a source of joy and compassion while staying in contact with your humility and modesty are profound in our increasingly shallow modern age.
As for the techniques for developing these qualities, eradicating misery and pain by not creating any anew or reacting to any is logical to even the most scientific mind. I can tell you from personal experience that although it is difficult at first, these methods do actually work and do not require any belief in Buddhism or religion. She proves that instead of the axiom "Beauty is skin deep" it should read "Surface beuty is skin deep- but real beauty radiates from within."
This book helped me push away post-partum depression and bring true happiness back into my life for the first time in fifteen years. I would recommend it to anyone at any stage of life.
I have always liked Thich Nhat Hanh, but this book was a little different. I'm listening slowly and the talk moves very slowly, but that's okay for the practice he describes. The surprising thing was, he made me laugh out loud- in a good way.
Charming, loving, and tender. It will be a while before I finish this book, but I can tell already I will listen to it more than once.
This is the kind of dhamma talk that cuts through all the concepts we flap around to distract ourselves from seeing what's real, even if it hurts at first.
Great talk, great teacher. No apologies for slightly stilted language, it doesn't take anything away from this communication.
Interesting and provocative, this work has the usual preface to each chapter consisting of a small story- individual or localized situation- and then broadens the perspective of the time, the place, and the mental attitudes of the people involved. The insights on heart disease were particularly interesting, as well as the differing parenting methods and how some kids get lost in the cracks and some excel. Things you know are true, but have a new light shed on them. Every teacher and parent should read this book.
I loved this explanation of rhetoric. He took modern and ancient examples and made them completely clear, all while remaining consistently energetic about his subject, even though the material itself can be viewed as dry. He explained very well how communication is only boring when you haven't reached your audience properly, in a way they can understand easily.
Though his enthusiasm was at times a bit much, I enjoyed listening to this book and will likely listen to it again soon. Great job, worth every penny.
I bought this to read with my dad, since we like to debate this kind of material. It's ok for what it is- philosophy on the shallowest of wants, that of material gain. It doesn't pretend to be anything else, and I admire that kind of candor.
A good, if shallow, version of a deeper philosophy. This book is the grandfather of "The Secret". If you want a better life without reading philosophy, this isn't a bad resource.
As a compulsive reader of sciences and philosophy, I found the concepts a bit elementary, but they actually do work. Obviously, if you have a positive view of life then you will see more positive things around you, even in bad situations. It has a tendency to repeat the same thing again and again, but there is logic behind this- it is a course in retraining the way you see yourself financially.
If you like to read deeper philosophy, this book will seem shallow and new-agey. If you just want to be happy and wealthy, not a bad read and worth the money. Hopefully, if this is the case, it will lead to reading the authors that Wattles mentions in the beginning and spark an interest in more than just money.
The main character was not as easy to love as the Wicked Witch- who was only wicked in a certain perspective. Even so, it is a very human story about a young man seeking his purpose and seeking answers about his past.
It felt like the author was just tying up loose ends from the last book but still left many ends hanging. In this, it was a bit unsatisfying, like watching a soap opera that may never end.
The writing was excellent, as always with the author, and it left me wanting more- in a good way. Waiting for another book in this series!
I have listened to this four times now and love it more each time. The plot twists, intense emoting and descriptive language made this a book I repeatedly found myself standing motionless in the middle of the room, seeing what the author wrote instead of the room around me. Totally engrossing.
The narrator, too, read it so passionately that it totally draws me in every time. If I have a day of housework, this is what I put in my mp3 player.
Though the fainting ladies and overblown emotion can be tiring in this day and age to read, it was the style of the time and if I had been laced up as tight as those women were, I'd probably faint every time my heart rate rose too. Even so, Dumas treated that tendency with humor, which made me chuckle and roll my eyes during those scenes where "she tried her best to faint but couldn't", as he put it. The narration made up for it 95% of the time- the last 5% only during the love scenes, which were sickeningly sweet compared to romance of our age.
Every fan of classic literature should read this at least once.
Bringing the concepts of Buddhism into the modern age with humor, wisdom, and compassion. A terrific read.
I also own this book in hardcover. As an unscientifically trained person with a passion for reading the latest news in scientific theory, this is an excellent resource to go back to for clarification on certain points.
My only complaint would be with the narrator, who seems not to have read the script beforehand and sometimes forgets he is making a recording- even acting surprised at the material and stopping midword or midsentence at times.
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