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Melissa J. Macourek

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  • Bodhisattva Mind: Teachings to Cultivate Courage and Awareness in the Midst of Suffering

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Pema Chodron
    • Narrated By Pema Chodron
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    (129)
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    What if you could cultivate the mind of a bodhisattva -- one who has dedicated one's life to the benefit of others? According to Pema Chödrön, best-selling author and American-born Buddhist nun, you can. On Bodhisattva Mind, she examines sheshin, or "guarding alertness", and the other qualities of mind we need to develop on the path to enlightenment.

    Suzanna Davis says: "lots of people vote and don't write reviews"
    "So useful for those on the Bodhisattva path"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd only recommend this book to those who are seriously studying the Bodhisattva path. There's a lot of detail in this teaching that is meant to illuminate our path and the vows we take.

    Many of Pema's teachings are useful for all paths, but this one is specific to those who study and practice as Bodhisattvas.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between: Living with the Tibetan Book of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Thurman
    • Narrated By Robert Thurman
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    (120)
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    (43)
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    Robert Thurman illuminates the Tibetan Book of the Dead with up-to-date insights for modern audiences. For centuries, this text has been read aloud to the dying, who Buddhist masters say are capable of hearing up to three days after clinical death, as a guide through the tumultuous and often terrifying process of dissolution. Now, in Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between, Professor Robert Thurman demystifies this esoteric teaching and reveals the Tibetan view of dying.

    John says: "Excellent!"
    "Excellent teaching."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Liberation Upon Hearing in the Between to be better than the print version?

    Hearing Robert Thurman teach this in his own style is remarkable.


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

    These are teachings we reflect on regularly on the Buddhist path, but the ways he teaches them and leads meditation truly connect me with the intensity of the practices and inspire me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Small Gods: Discworld #13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (881)
    Performance
    (402)
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    Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise. Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few. He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war.

    Ursula Krischer says: "The Turtle moved for me"
    "I never get tired of this reading or story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Small Gods the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is excellent, and the author's lanugage is delightful. I first checked this book out from the library many years ago on audio tape! I missed it when tapes no longer were realistic. Having a digital copy of this rocks.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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