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Buddhism for Beginners | [Jack Kornfield]

Buddhism for Beginners

Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.
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Created specifically to address the questions and needs of first-time students, here is Buddhism's vast spiritual legacy, presented by one of America's leading meditation teachers.

©2001 Jack Kornfield; (P) Sounds True

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    Anna Vancouver, WA, USA 07-13-09
    Anna Vancouver, WA, USA 07-13-09
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    "Might be difficult for true beginners..."

    I really enjoyed these lectures. They definitely give a greater understanding of what Buddhism means. However, I do think I wouldn't have grasped many of the deeper meanings if I hadn't had some introduction to very, very basic Buddhist concepts to begin with. I would recommend listening to "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle before listening to this if you are a true beginner and a Westerner. Most of it was extremely helpful (see my review on that one). My only other complaint about this audiobook is that Jack Kornfield really seems to love the sound of his own voice. Sounds hypercritical, but the breathy, caressing voice could be a little nauseating at times.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Colleen River Falls, WI, USA 12-24-08
    Colleen River Falls, WI, USA 12-24-08
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    "Highly Recommended!"

    For me, this has been the next best thing to having a great teacher in my own home. His calm manner, deep insights and easy to understand presentation are a gift to anyone interested in knowing more about Buddhist philosophy. I have listened to this over and over again and get something more each time. Along with Thich Nhat Hanh and Pema Chodron, the teachings of Jack Kornfield have had a life changing a influence in my life. I am grateful to have these audio recordings so easily available.

    20 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 05-28-08
    Daniel Alderman Spokane, WA USA 05-28-08
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    "This is the one..."

    I almost didn't get this book because of the reviews about Jack Kornfield's speaking voice. I'm glad I didn't make that huge mistake.

    If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, then this is the book. This is the guy to explain it to you. His voice is perfect for what he's explaining. He's not reading the pages into a microphone in a studio somewhere, he's speaking from his heart with genuine compassion.

    This is a good quality recording of a series of informative speeches given to a small audience. The speaker is a Buddhism master, and I think he's enlightened and is passing the Buddha's wisdom as well as his own down to students who wish to learn. I am just beginning my studies of Buddhism and I feel like this was the perfect introduction.

    If you're interested in learning about Buddhism, get this. You won't be sorry.

    49 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    James Tucson, AZ, United States 01-03-09
    James Tucson, AZ, United States 01-03-09
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    "A delightful introduction to Buddhist Life"

    This is a wonderful series of dharma talks given by the foremost (at least in my mind) American Buddhist teacher, Jack Kornfield. Kornfield's voice and manner are warm, soothing, and kind, and he illustrates his distillation of Buddhist teachings with everything from real-life anecdotes, poetry, and jokes. It is a pleasure to listen to, from beginning to end. The beauty of these talks is that they do not require a previous knowledge of Buddhism or a desire to immerse one's self in scripture. Kornfield gives practical advice on cultivating mindfulness, lovingkindness, and interconnectedness for even the most non-dogmatic of listeners. What a delight!

    25 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Haenertsburg, South Africa 05-10-11
    Nicholas Haenertsburg, South Africa 05-10-11
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    "A great first look into Buddism/ liked the speaker"

    I was weary at first since some were complaining about the speaker, saying he was irritating and to be honest it took me a chapter to get into the way he speaks. Ended up really liking the speaker though his quotes from Don Juan Matus to Woody Alan made it easy to relate to the stories and philosophies.

    Would recommend.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Nebraska City, NE, United States 04-23-11
    Elizabeth Nebraska City, NE, United States 04-23-11
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    "Better than Expected"

    Mr Kornfield's presentation is informative and at times, very funny. If you've been curious about Buddhism, I would highly suggest that you give this audiobook a try. Even if you are not looking for enlightenment, this selection has information for leading a calm, centered and spiritual life. At first the live audience threw me off but I came to appreciate their reactions and laughter and got great enjoyment from it. I also purchased Meditation for Beginners from Mr Kornfield and have also found it helpful and enjoyable. Listen at bedtime for a great nights sleep.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Micah J. Hall Gosport, United Kingdom 02-01-11
    Micah J. Hall Gosport, United Kingdom 02-01-11

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    "This recording will change your life"

    It was this recording that really touched me. Jack Kornfield has the right style to talk to the west. A really beautiful way of presenting the Buddhas teachings in a way that really means something in everyday life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sean Addison, TX, United States 11-08-10
    Sean Addison, TX, United States 11-08-10
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    "excellent"

    a most excellent book. i will admit that he kinda sounds like a subdued Mr. Rogers at naptime. the speaking voice kinda turned me off at first but i hung with it because of the content. he has a good cadence and clarity of speech so it's easy to get past the tone.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick United States 07-28-11
    Patrick United States 07-28-11
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    "Outstanding !"

    I'm enjoying this talk immensely. Jack Kornfield is a master speaker, and has an excellent speaking voice. He clearly speaks from his heart. The talk is full of great quotes from great people, and Kornfield knows exactly where to use them to make his point. He mixes humor, quotes, wisdom and compassion to make for a great and compelling introduction to Buddhism. This is one of the best Audible books I can remember listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Honey New Port Richey, FL, United States 04-10-10
    Honey New Port Richey, FL, United States 04-10-10
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    "MUST HAVE FOR FIRST TIMERS"

    I love this audible! This is a must have for anyone who is unfamiliar with Buddhism or is interested in learning what it is and how to apply it to your everyday life. I listen to this book at least twice a week and parts of it daily! He makes it easy to understand and how to apply it to every day living. It is in layman terms, humorous, insightful. You walk away with a very in-depth understanding of what Buddhism is and how it can benefit your life! I just purchased another book by this author! Must have.... Money well spent! I recommend this one before purchasing his other book, Roots of BuddhismPhychology, which is my other favorite of his. I like the way he uses humor to which I can relate to and the different story his refers to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Edward
    Shepton Mallet, Somerset, United Kingdom
    11/2/09
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    "The best audiobook I have bought so far"

    I love audiobooks, but lets be frank, they can be pretty variable!

    This one takes the format of teachings recorded live in front of an audience. Jack Kornfield delivers these lectures in an accessible manner, with appropriate humor that never detracts from the content and indeed assists in delivering the messages. I sometimes find it hard to listen to audiobooks in American or other accents (I am dyslexic and have APD) but his voice is calming, never patronizing and as a result I have listened to this many times over.

    My usual audiobook 'fodder' is comedy, dramatized stories or perhaps some general classics to pass long journeys. However, I bought this as an agnostic who has been exploring theology and belief systems, and remarkably this has already helped me through some difficult times. As a newcomer to Buddhism, this did not put me off by sounding elitist or too 'new world-y' (I tend to recoil when I feel I am being fed hippy nonsense). Instead, this has been genuinely enlightening and helpful and gets my highest recommendation.

    I shall now continue to explore Buddhism and will certainly favor Kornfields work. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank him for making this and for the impact that it has already had upon me.

    Instead, I am buying a further audiobook outside of my monthly plan

    32 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    TADLEY, United Kingdom
    3/31/11
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    "A gentle introduction:"

    At first I found the lecture format a bit off-putting but as the author continued I found it increasingly pleasant and relaxing.

    I would recommend this as a good, gentle introduction into buddhism and would certainly consider purchasing any further contributions by Jack Kornfield in this area.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Deirdre
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    1/20/12
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    "buddhism for beginners"

    this book was excellent and i really enjoyed listening to it and learned a lot about the buddhist way of life from it. i enjoyed the narrator also found his voice calming and gentle, think this book would be excellent for anyone interested in buddhism or even just to listen to to destress and see the reality of life and whats important its a real eyeopener and life changer cant wait to listen to more from jack

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    OMAGH, United Kingdom
    11/24/12
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    "Funny, insightful and inspiring - non buddhist"

    I picked this up looking for some inspiration to get through a period of illness that was stretching my sanity.



    The author is very funny and engaging and I learned more than a trick or two from it. I keep going back to it when I am looking for energy and ideas to help get me through difficult times. I have found it especially useful in dealing with chronic physical pain, even though it's not a meditation book.



    I have always had an enquiring mind and much of this book rings true for me, even though I am not a religious person.



    A really good listen that I think will help enrich your quality of life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "peaceful"

    Almost meditative, this audiobook is a great bedtime listen and feels almost therapeutic as well as informative. I learnt all the basic facets of Buddhism without feeling preached at or presdutusrd. You can take what you want from the content, and the delivery is calm and almost hypnotic as his voice kills you to sleep. Only problem wad I had to keep rewinding when I missed bits due to snoozing! A good intro.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "great"

    I wanted to start listening to books since this gives me the freedom of doing activities like sewing or pottering around the house while listening to something interesting.

    I bought it based on the reviews and I wasnt disapointed.This is a great book if you dont know anything at all about buddhism and want to start at some point.It doesnt matter if you know much religion all together.This is simple and adapted to our world and the times we live in.

    The book is very entertaining and is read in front of a live audience.the best part is that the author takes a subject like religion which is often seem as too seroius or ceremonial but is not afraid of making inncoent jokes and bringing examples that put a smile on you.I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Downes
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "Very calming"

    I have read books on Buddhism in the past but found this to be the most accessible. It is read in a very light and calming way. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Buddhism/mindfulness or spiritual development in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dee S
    Bath, Somerset
    11/8/12
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    "Buddism for Beginers"

    Not to bad but I will listen to it again as i never heard the end of the chapters because i would be a sleep before the end. I listen to audio books when i am going to bed or having a nap as it helps me relax.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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