Clear, concise, inspirational
It is not a story in the sense of a fictional novel...it is an explanation of an ancient philosopy in a manner that was easy for me to understand and from which to draw understandings that are very helpful in walking a spritual path. I am not a Buddhist but found the book to be of great value.
They were both easy to listen to and quite clear, well cadenced and paced.
No because I needed to reflect on short segments before moving on to the next. It could be listened to in one sitting, I think, without becoming weary. Spacing it out was just my preferred way of absorbing it.
For me the book's chief message is the suggestion to view Buddhism as a science of the mind and from that all else flows in a logical sequence. I think that it is an excellent approach especially for westerners and the book is oriented to that audience. It uses examples from western culture such as Starbucks, television and movies to illustrate points that might otherwise be lost in the bias of eastern culture and context. I am not saying that eastern culture is biased, I mean that it is very different culturally which makes it difficult for me to relate to many original teachings. Rebel Buddha addresses the reinterpretation of this ancient wisdom in a brilliant manner.
Although the book starts slowly, the action and suspense mount as the author's character development and plot expand with every chapter. I have read Orson Scott Card since Ender's Game, and continue to rate him as an intelligent and very creative author in this genre.
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