Known for bringing Insight Meditation to the West and for his many best-selling books, including A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield now offers a collection of his most popular teachings with Buddhist Mediation for Beginners. This specifically designed gift set includes four complete audio learning courses:
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This collection includes the following shorter works: Meditation for Beginners, The Beginner's Guide to Buddhism, The Beginner's Guide to Forgiveness, and Meditations of the Heart. Each of the six 'sessions' is a class from the author (two of the shorter items have two sessions each.) Each session contains meditation and Buddhist teaching. You will hear some of the same stories/jokes/topics more than once, though never within the same program. I found I didn't really mind, as I was intending to do the meditations multiple times each anyway.
I would have preferred it if the chapter divisions had allowed separate access to the meditations and teaching (since I anticipate doing the meditations more than once.)
There is some ambient room noise, but it is pretty minimal. I didn't find it distracting.
Overall, I as a person just getting familiar with meditation, I really got a lot out of it, and would recommend it to others.
As a new Buddhist I found Jack's style of teaching phenomenal. He really made it easy to pick up and taught concepts, not monastical practices. Very easy to pop in the headphones and follow along on some of his guided meditations. Must read for anyone interested in meditation!
This book is disappointing because it a jumble of lectures/seminars/talks, some of which are repeated almost verbatim!
The content is interesting and informative-once. But hearing the same anecdote three times becomes tedious.
There are some helpful meditation pointers here although Jack Kornfield is a little too New Age for my taste.
Technically there is a problem with the editing of this audio book. Towards the end, whole sections are word-for-word, story-for-story, joke-for-joke repeats from earlier sections. Perhaps an error happened when the CD version was converted to digital download format.
Kornfield delivers the essential ideas of Buddhism with delightful freshness. He teaches the principles and recounts stories with a voice that is at once soothing and captivating.
It's a good introduction to the ideology, delivered in a playful, honest tone that embodies it's spirit.
It's also an ideal book for going to sleep. There's no particular narrative to keep your attention. You can start it and stop it anywhere. And Kornfield's voice is like a lullaby.
Same story are repeated, throughout the 6 chapters. Still it is helping to understand concepts. Kornfield is interesting to listen to. He is also really funny. Good sense of humor. The format was not as expected, this can explain the repetivness.
Yes, i have a lot of respect for the man.
I have listened to the book about then times in a row. I learned a lot from his book. And now I found out he is my friends cousin haha. they call him Jackie...too funny. Anyway, very very well down lecture.
I have been struggling to find any inner peace after a very hurtful business experience. living with daily fear and anxiety I needed to find a way to change my perspective on life and find a new way forwards. This audiobook and its author has been more than a little helpful since the author personally guides you through a series of meditations after explaining the basic Buddhist teaching behind the practice. You don't need to be Buddhist or even meditative to find this book helpful as it takes you simply and lovingly through simple exercises that can help everyone. It all makes sense and after only a few hours working through these meditation exercises I feel calm and renewed. Meditation will become a regular practice for me starting by using these guided sessions daily before working on my own. I feel supported and upheld in the loving kindness that is shown in such an everyday down to earth way through this volume. I would certainly recommend it!
"Really enjoyable and not too 'out there'"
I've had an interest in meditation and buddhism for a while but have been put off many programmes because they seem at bit too woo woo.
I wanted something practical, instructional, yet warm and enjoyable. Jack Kornfield pulls off all 3 here.
His voice is great - and I was able to get into the meditations really easily.
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