Peaceful, pointed, profound.
I enjoyed the dharma talks by Master Hanh. He is truly amazing and has so much insight into human nature.
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.
That would be a long sitting.
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.
No, unless they had zero knowledge and had no intent in further studying Zen Buddhism.
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.
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.
No. But that doesn't take away from my opinion of the book. It's not that type of book.
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.
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