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Gene

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  • Basic Concepts in Kabbalah: Expanding Your Inner Vision

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Rabbi Michael Laitman
    • Narrated By Tony Kosinec
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Basic Concepts in Kabbalah is a gentle and wise introduction to the concepts and significance of Kabbalah. The audiobook presents ideas and principles in a comfortable manner, allowing the listener to feel at ease with ideas that can seem intimidating if presented in a more demanding fashion. Brief but intimate, the book encourages a second and third listening and further exploration into Kabbalah.

    D. J. Brandner says: "Rabbi, I am in your debt forever"
    "Couldn't make it all the way through..."
    Overall

    I tried to listen all the way through this one... The narrator did an excellent job. However, the sentence structure and words are very hard to follow, it's sounds like he simply published his dissertation.

    I kept waiting for him to get-real, and come down-to-earth, but he went on and on with complicated sentences and scientific words... I gave up.

    All I got out of it was the same thing Jesus said: The golden rule is to love your neighbor as your self.

    He also mentioned that we have no will to make choices and that what we see and live is just an illusion, all controlled by the Creator; or something like that.

    5 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Buddhism Plain and Simple

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Steve Hagen
    • Narrated By Steve Hagen
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The observations and insights of the Buddha are practical and eminently down-to-earth, dealing exclusively with awareness in the here and now. Buddhism Plain and Simple offers listeners these fundamental teachings stripped of the cultural trappings that have accumulated around Buddhism over the past 25 centuries.

    Sean says: "Delivers What It Promises"
    "Jesus has a better way."
    Overall

    I really listened to this book with an open mind... I'm very interested in all enlightened teaching...

    This was hard to finish; take a listen to the sample, it's just as 'flat' all the way through. Because the author doesn't reference much Buddhist text, he makes me feel like he's trying to explain Buddhism based on his interpretation (he claims to be a Buddhist priest).

    Ok, let's get to the bottom of my opinion of Buddhism (with my limited knowledge after listening to this book). Jesus has raised the bar on this subject, and claimed to be the be-all-end-all from now until the end-of-time, plain and simple (I'm not referring to Christianity as we know it in the USA or Catholicism. Find out who Jesus really is aside from religious organizations - through reading the bible, prayer and other non-contradicting studies).

    Buddhism may have been good for it's time (about 500 years before Jesus), but humans have progressed in spirituality and I think practicing Buddhism to it's fullest would be regression. Don't get me wrong; meditation is good but steer your meditative efforts towards Jesus instead of Buddha. Of course a Buddhist would argue that you shouldn't meditate towards anything...

    So listen to the book or some other Buddhist book, then study Jesus. Notice the similarities in Buddha and Jesus but don't miss the progression of human spirituality in Jesus' message; a new Covenant (Blood), and the release of his All-Empowering Spirit into the earth (Pentecost) and every human who accepts the Spirit for our completeness in spirituality.

    With Sincerity!

    0 of 22 people found this review helpful

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