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Ryan

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  • The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Leonard Scheff, Susan Edmiston
    • Narrated By Bill Mendieta
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (48)

    Imagine you're circling a crowded parking lot. Just as you spot a space, another driver races ahead and takes it. In a world of road rage, domestic violence, and professionally angry TV and radio commentators, your likely response is anger, even fury. Now imagine that instead of another driver, a cow has lumbered into that parking space and settled down. Your anger dissolves into bemusement. What has changed? Not just the occupant of the space but your perspective on the situation.

    Van says: "Great advise for those troubled by anger"
    "Mostly a compilation of others teachings."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, unless they had zero knowledge and had no intent in further studying Zen Buddhism.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting was the authors approach to breaking down the fallacies behind the way we justify our anger and choose to be angry at certain situations.

    The least interesting was the authors attempts at humor that I found to be first, not funny, and second somewhat disruptive to the flow of the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator used corny accents while reading quotes in the book. It sounded almost comical. I imagine this was a sort of cue to the reader that he was reading a quotation. But it just came across as needless.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. But that doesn't take away from my opinion of the book. It's not that type of book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you know anything about Zen Buddhism and the practice of realizing the nature of your anger through self-contemplation and clearing out your wrong perceptions and mental formations - then this book is going to be a rehash of other material you've already encountered. The best information in this book is information taken and quoted from Zen masters and other authors.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Present Moment

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Buddhism teaches that the present moment contains the seeds of all poosibilites for out lives- freedom from suffering; true comapssion for other; and a calm, spacious mind that welcomes change.Originally recorded at a week-long retreat with Thich Nhat Hanh, The Present Moment shares the essential Buddhist practices designed to "touch the energy of mindfulness" that we carry within us...

    S. Smith says: "Calming"
    "The master at his best."
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    If you could sum up The Present Moment in three words, what would they be?

    Peaceful, pointed, profound.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the dharma talks by Master Hanh. He is truly amazing and has so much insight into human nature.


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

    The book is a recording and not so much a narration of a book. I have listened to other recordings of Thich Naht Hanh though and the quality of this recording is so-so.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That would be a long sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I could have done strangely monotone introduction and the singing and talks of Sister true Emptiness. But those chapters are easily skipped. You can listen to the chapters independently and not lose anything because they don't build on each other too much.

    In all, this is profound and potentially life-changing stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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