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R. Basden

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Wyoming USA | Member Since 2013

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  • The Naked Buddha: A Practical Guide to the Buddha's Life and Teachings

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Venerable Adrienne Howley
    • Narrated By Deidre Rubenstein
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (108)

    For the many people who are interested in learning more about Buddhism, here is a primer on Buddhism and Buddhist practice written in a deceptively simple manner, with an engaging, gentle humor and flavor. Adrienne Howley's purpose is to demystify Buddhism, stripping away the layers of ritual and iconography that have grown up around it over the centuries, and to present the original, basic tenets and practices.

    Greg says: "A very good place to start"
    "Delivers What The Title Promises"
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    If you could sum up The Naked Buddha in three words, what would they be?

    Pure and unadulterated


    What does Deidre Rubenstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The ability to meditate on the material while it is being presented.


    Any additional comments?

    When I began my exploration of Buddhism, I suspected that many of its teachers and followers didn't really seem to get it. Adrienne Howley does get it, that The Buddha was a man, not some surrogate deity, that Buddhism is a philosophy, practice, and lifestyle, and that Buddhism is to be applied in the context of the culture in which it is presented. Religions tell us how and what to be, and that the reward comes later. Buddhism as presented here is an instruction on how to achieve relief from suffering here and now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert H. Lustig
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (233)

    In the late 1970s when the government mandated we get the fat out of our food, the food industry responded by pouring more sugar in. The result has been a perfect storm, disastrously altering our biochemistry and driving our eating habits out of our control. To help us lose weight and recover our health, Robert Lustig presents personal strategies to readjust the key hormones that regulate hunger, reward, and stress; and societal strategies to improve the health of the next generation.

    ashley d kasper says: "Changed the Way I Eat"
    "The Case Against Modern Diet.... Closed"
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    If you could sum up Fat Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Exhaustive, Comprehensive, Conclusive


    What other book might you compare Fat Chance to and why?

    Mindsight by Daniel Siegel. Siegel, and especially, Lustig, have trolled vast amounts of modern research data and assembled the myriad pieces into articulate and persuasive arguments for their respective causes: mindfulness in Siegel's case and a diet based on evolutionary principles in Lustig's. Each of these authors provide modern empirical support for wisdom that has been known for millenia.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One sugary beverage a day, whether fruit juice or a pop, equals 10-12 pounds of weight gain per year. Six month old infants are being seen at obesity clinics due to the sugar added added to baby formula.


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

    Yes and I nearly did.


    Any additional comments?

    Lustig presents a comprehensive analysis of the problem of modern diet, including the contributions of government and industry.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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