If you are going to only get one Bob Thurman download do the "Jewel Tree of Tibet" this on he rambles on a bit more and it's more one of his lectures then truly a book about the Tibetan Book of the Dead. But personally I like his quirky style, funny political commentary, and his version of Buddhism. It makes really lofty intellectual material accessible and interesting. I have listened to it at least 4-5 times already.
While we were listening on the drive to and from karate and soccer the kids would ask to stay in the car a little longer to keep listening. My oldest was disappointed at the end that we could not go and get the next one in the series (like say Harry potter). One warning in the beginning the father drowns which the details might be upsetting for my four year old so I fast forwarded a tad-and it didn't detract from the story not knowing how he died- and he is used to parents being dead as the set up for almost all children's books, and the orphan set up,
My favorite Russo books in this order-
1. Straight Man
2. Nobody's Fool
3. Empire Falls
but now Bridge of Sighs takes the lead. It took me about 3 chapters to really get into the groove of it. But by the end I was sad to leave. Fantastic character development and the story was breathtaking. His best work so far.
This is a slow moving dharma talk with lots of space to experience the void between words. I found myself soaking it in. There is a lot of wisdom within. It isn't like a lots of recent Buddhist marketed self help type audios that are sort of a hyped sales pitch for whatever method is new. It's like an old school teacher talking to his students. I found it very refreshing and I learned a lot. Felt like a zen retreat.
Jeremy Irons voice is SO soothing to listen too.
I really enjoyed this and I usually only read non-fiction.
I found it really boring and never listened to the second in the series.
Really interesting. It is a recording I have had on my IPOD for awhile and listened to it a few times. Gets to the heart of Zen.
I loved this and have listened to it a couple times now- each time gleaning new insights. Ram Dass is funny and lighthearted and stays true to his message over the years these recordings represent. This collection is accessible, profound and contains life altering material useful for those in the process of waking up.
This is deep- and hard to follow material I have struggled with for years... Thurman does an excellent job of making it understandable. I found the guided meditations extremely useful. Thank you
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