This is a review of the three "books" in this trilogy by J. Goldstein. What you have is a set of more then 40 lectures that take you step by step through the Satipatthana Sutta. Some focused lectures, analyze just a few words. Each lecture is 45-60 minutes long, and the audience for these lectures are students of meditation (mostly Vipassana meditation I think), some taking 7 day retreats and some 90 days. The material is at times very personal and advanced, and seems intended for students that have practiced at least 1-4 years. These lectures occurred over 3-4 years, and there is a mild amount of repetition of stories and examples in them. I did not find this repetition straining, as I listened to these lectures over a slow 4-6 month period and have revisited them. If you do not already have some experience in meditation, and practice, then much of what the lectures are about may not make sense to you. These lectures do not seem to me a place to start your study, but a place to deepen it. So if you are a beginner, put these three "book" in your wish list. Then take a class and practice for 1-4 years. A better book for beginners might be "the art of living" by W. Hart or any of the books by Pema Chodron. I am profoundly thankful the author and the group of students that made this amazing trilogy possible.
I have waited 8 years for this book to come to audible. Having read the book sometime years ago. Imagine my fear at seeing the word " abridged. " How I hate that word, but thankfully I bought it. In the introduction I learned that "abridged," in this case, meant the author made cuts AND performed it himself. Amazing does not describe the smoky sound of a 90 plus year old man, telling the story of his 46 year old self. At times the smoke in the voice almost falls away, at other times you hear pages turning over his soft wispy rumble. And then OM!! The old man jumps on you and you laugh and laugh. When Peter says "kill the buddha." there is so much happiness and fun that you have almost no idea what he is talking about, but perhaps you want to know?The story itself is a trip into nepal, mixed with the life of the author at 46. The story is worth 1 credit, the performance is worth 5, and the strange juxtaposition of old voice and young man is worth at least 4. So you get a 10 credit value for 1. It was worth waiting for 8 years, and it is the first time I have found an abridged book to be better then the original ( with the exception of Moby Dick )
This is very difficult material, and the Author takes YOU right into the story. Standing around the water cooler chatting with friends. Dan takes his time teaching you words, ideas, and making it all flow in a wonderful way that will allow time to digest as you learn
Dan constantly draws you into the book with actual examples. You become a test subject, and you participate in the research. This is painful at times, many times you don't want it to be real. But you experience it.
This book calls into question just about everything you "know." My reaction was not extreme but the change from reading the book was.
There are many books in the brain science category now. This book, "brain rules", and "the brain that changes itself" are all 6 star books. This book is the most "difficult" and covers the most controversial topics. This book also comes with a PDF. That is mentioned about 20 times in the reading. I did not use the PDF, and the author goes over them verbally after each is mentioned. My brother used the PDF and found it very useful, but you can get by. Just wait and Dan will walk you through it.
Written with the formal Zen practitioner mind, but if you wish to read the tao te ching, you must find a different version. Jane English's, is the only other one I have read and would recommend it highly. As it is accurate
The author "Zen"ed up the story. To much of the translator not enough Tao
The author did depart from all other translators and use she, rather then he. I found this change to be wonderful and useful.
The book ends very VERY poorly. With some woman yelling at you about audio books and children. like being thrown in ice cold water. It hurts
Chris needed to focus more on racing and not his record in racing
No. The writing suffered from being in the first person, and came across very negative and preachy. Chapter after chapter the rant continued. And chapter after chapter he keeps telling you and telling you and telling you how great he is. To sum it up: he is great, and won a lot more then anyone else.
Well, I came into the book with no Idea who Chris was. I learned that he is an amazing athlete, and in 3 sports! But the more I listen the less of an amazing person he became. I kept listening in the hopes that the main character would grow up a bit and learn something from his suffering/racing. I stopped reading about 4 hours in. Which would have put me somewhere in the bike part of the race.
The ranting Chris.
If you are an age grouper. Or someone who wants positive motivation about the sports you love. Skip this book and find another. This book is about winning. And winning can only be shared by one man... Chris...
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