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erik

VERO BEACH, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Jaya: A Retelling of the Mahabharata

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Devdutt Pattanaik
    • Narrated By Devdutt Pattanaik, Dramanon Theater
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (65)

    In this enthralling retelling of India’s greatest epic - the Mahabharata, originally known as Jaya - Devdutt Pattanaik seamlessly weaves into a single narrative plots from the Sanskrit classic as well as its many folk and regional variants, including the Pandavani of Chattisgarh, Gondhal of Maharashtra, Terukkuttu of Tamil Nadu, and Yakshagana of Karnataka.

    Gene says: "A Must Read For Everyone"
    "Wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Jaya the most enjoyable?

    Condensed version that it is of the Mahabharata, the company that does the production of this does a very good job. It all feels very animated and brings it to life.


    What other book might you compare Jaya to and why?

    A great companion book would be Krishna Krishna by Indra Parthasarathy which is available on audible. Using the platform of the Mahabharata it really brings the person who Krishna is to life as well as giving some great commentary on the Mahabharata.


    Which character – as performed by Devdutt Pattanaik and Dramanon Theater – was your favorite?

    While all the characters are brought to life, Draupadi and Krishna were my personal favorites.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The ending provoked tears of joy at the conclusion... Jaya! - Spiritual victory


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Dogen
    • Narrated By Gary Snyder
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    Dogen (1200-1253 C.E.) founded the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan. His teachings are the very embodiment of the paradoxical blend of mystery and clarity that characterizes Zen. Dogen's approach to meditation has become perhaps the most influential Eastern spiritual practice in the Western world. The selections in this program are from Moon in a Dewdrop.

    Jason says: "Uneven but rewarding"
    "For the time-being"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is for some one a little farther down the path. Understanding basic Buddhist concepts is an absolute prerequisite. To the average western person this may sound baffling and nothing but gibberish, however to the experienced mediator who has gained insight this shines like the rays of a million suns and opens the gate of the gateless gate. Truly Zen in it's finest form. I have listened to this three times over periods of time and a forth listen is certainly in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Perfection: Teachings, Meditations, and Chants in the Dzogchen Tradition of Tibet

    • NONE (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lama Surya Das
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    With his book, Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das emerged as a leading figure in American Buddhism. Now, with Natural Perfection, he introduces us to Tibet's most closely guarded enlightenment tradition, dzogchen - "The Natural Great Perfection."

    Ulrich says: "fantastic"
    "NO CHANT LEARNING"
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    NO TIME SPENT LEARNING CHANTS! Given the title I thought for sure we would spend some time breaking down chants and learning them but alas no such luck! It's actually the main reason I got this book, for advanced or even intermediate meditation practitioners most all of this is old hat, not that that's a bad thing, but when a book offers teachings on chants you'd expect there to be some time spent in learning the chants! While there are chants in the book, there is no time spent with them, they are simply segways into another part of the teachings or meditations.

    Lama serious dass does present this very nicely and it was a joy to listen to. Being reminded of some meditations and their simplicity is always nice. I still would recommend this as far as the teachings and meditations are concerned, but if you're looking to learn and understand chants in the Dzogchen tradition, I'm afraid you'll have to keep searching. Good lucks friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Life and Teachings of the Buddha

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Daido Loori Roshi
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    Shakyamuni Gautama was a historical figure who lived in India from approximately 563 to 483 B.C. After his death, Buddhism spread over Asia, and almost 2,500 years later Buddhism has come to the West, where it is more relevant than ever. These four classic talks by John Daido Loori, abbot of Zen Mountain Monastery, offer a clear, comprehensive version of the Buddha's life and teachings, including Buddha's life as a householder, spiritual seeker, and ultimately a teacher.

    Marianna says: "Terrible"
    "Wonderful!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Life and Teachings of the Buddha the most enjoyable?

    The delivery by John Daido Loori Roshi is great. Just as all dharma talks, be present with the words and everything else is secondary.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Shakyamuni Buddha and his struggle which mirrors our own.


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

    It's a lecture. He breaths life into the Buddha.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)
    • Narrated By Jim Stewart
    Overall
    (227)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    A Course in Miracles, also known as "the Course" or ACIM, was scribed by Dr. Helen Schucman. It is a self-study course that aims to assist listeners, readers, and students in achieving spiritual transformation. Book 1: Text is largely theoretical, and sets forth the concepts on which the Course's thought system is based. Its ideas contain the foundation for the lessons in Book 2, the Workbook for Students.

    Lea says: "Course Students will adore."
    "A subtle trap"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only the first few hours and only if already introduced to non-dualism.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dr. Helen Schucman (scribe)? Why or why not?

    No, research her...


    What about Jim Stewart’s performance did you like?

    Narration was good for what this is but I can see how some may not like it.


    Was A Course in Miracles: Text, Vol. 1 worth the listening time?

    I didn't make it to the end but 20 hours in and then skipping around the end. There are better books about practicing non-duality, but this does offer a few tools early on.


    Any additional comments?

    The subtle trap of this text is the way it eventually talks in circles. Saying the same things in different manners and different angles. You're better off with the Sri Bhagavad Gita, The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi, true Buddhist teachings and similar titles. This book still creates a barrier for any true non-dual practice because it never seems to point you towards the Atman (or Brahman or One that is) which is our true nature. So give it a listen if you still need a few tools other wise pass it up and stick with the essentials of Advaita.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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