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Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield] Speech

Buddhism for Beginners [Jack Kornfield]

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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    Jeff T. Munn Van Nuys, CA 01-25-15
    Jeff T. Munn Van Nuys, CA 01-25-15 Listener Since 2005
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    "Love Kornfield"

    He can get a little too flowery with his language, but this is a great intro to Buddhism, and Jack is awesome to listen to. So soothing.

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    Buddha-Buoy Washington, DC 07-22-14
    Buddha-Buoy Washington, DC 07-22-14 Member Since 2014

    Groovy gadfly, gourmet & gourmand, gleefully glib & gaily glum.

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    "Give It Time (Isn't Part of Buddhism Patience?)"
    Any additional comments?

    Jack Kornfield has a very dry wit, and it's the occasional sly interjection of a funny anecdote that makes listening to his lectures immensely more enjoyable. Kornfield interlaces beautiful and apt quotations from all across literature and history and other religions to emphasis his points. He's incredibly intelligent, and not at all "pop"-y. One can tell he's a true scholar and follower of Buddhism, and, more than that, he's a modern practitioner and accessible teacher.

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    annmarie naccarato 05-16-14
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    "This was a great listen.."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Beginners?

    This really struck home for me on so many levels....


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

    Jack Kornfield is so knowledgeable, his speaking voice is calming and appropriate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This was my first audiobook on Buddhism and I feel that it was the best one I could've chosen for all of the topics covered, the range of humor to serious discussion...just perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't find his voice to be "breathy" as others have commented. I did notice I could tell when he was thirsty.

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    Richard DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 03-28-14
    Richard DALLAS, TEXAS, United States 03-28-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Honestly, couldn't get past the delivery."
    What disappointed you about Buddhism for Beginners?

    I just could not get past the delivery by the speaker. His cadence, tone, everything was unpleasant to listen to, as many other readers have said.


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    Carol 03-27-14
    Carol 03-27-14
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    "Beautiful"

    Poignantly done. Jack Kornfield is humorous, humble, natural, dignified and clear. Buddha would be proud of this piece. His words are meaningful and his voice is deliberate. I admire the way he can slow down and not be in a rush when speaking. It's not pretentious, it's thoughtful. This is a man who has meditated countless hours as a monk and you can feel the difference it's made in his life. I cherish his words of wisdom and this heart-felt gift is invaluable.

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    Shopping Addiction Cottage Grove, MN United States 01-16-14
    Shopping Addiction Cottage Grove, MN United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Love! Very peaceful and calming."
    Where does Buddhism for Beginners rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listened to this audio while working. It was very lighthearted and brightened my day. This is not a true audio book, it is more of a presentation. The "reader" is presenting the information to an audience. You can hear their reactions to the information being provided.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The presenter was very peaceful to listen to. However, I do have a compliant about his performance. Throughout the recording, there is a lot of noise of him swallowing and he appears to have a dry mouth. It is distracting and at points detracts from the material.


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    SHELDON 06-20-13
    SHELDON 06-20-13
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    "Great Introduction to Buddhism"

    I really enjoy Jack Kornfield. This book provides a good overview of the Buddhist philosphy without getting lost in the weeds. His quiet, humorous delivery is very pleasant to listen to. I really learned a great deal without having to focus deeply - I mostly listened to this in transit.

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    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 03-25-13
    Bailey EL LAGO, TX, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    bhankiii

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    "a sage for our time"

    Jack Kornfield is a blessing. I found him after listening to quite a bit of Alan Watts. I was immediately put off by his voice - rather like Mr. Rogers - but very quickly I came to love his quiet and gentle approach. This is the only book that I've ever started over as soon as I completed it. I imagine I'll listen to it a third time as well.

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    debby SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-10-13
    debby SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2016

    I love reading about self-help, spiritual & mysteries...also love a good bio!!!!

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    What made the experience of listening to Buddhism for Beginners the most enjoyable?

    I loved the narrators calming voice...I am able to listen to Audible while I am at work, and this was soo relaxing..but entertaining...thought he might put me to sleep with his cadence, but the info is soo awesome! This is a book you can keep listening to over & over again from any starting point! Not interested in becoming a Buddhist, but love the message and how to be a better, more compassionate person...a must listen to book for any religious persuasion!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Buddhism for Beginners?

    it taught me to be MINDFUL of when I'm being DEFENSIVE!!! I'm trying to work on this...big wake-up call...good learning tools!!!!


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

    His CALMING voice...don't worry...he won't put you to sleep...unless you want him to!!!


    What did you learn from Buddhism for Beginners that you would use in your daily life?

    How to be MINDFUL of my thoughts and how to recognize them, and how to process them SANELY!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Nameste.....

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    jesse 06-14-12
    jesse 06-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "a little spacey but inspirational"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Buddhism for Beginners to be better than the print version?

    yes, the audio version is better because this is a lecture and not a book. the audio version also works better with the speaker's meandering thought process.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The book is most powerful in using every day examples of the practice and integration of buddhism into modern life.


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

    he brings a whispey spaceyness that may not come across in the written book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Buddhism for Beginners?

    I am inspired to research buddhism further and try to really grasp some of these concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    we are all beginners, so this lecture is really for everyone.

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