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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.
Groovy gadfly, gourmet & gourmand, gleefully glib & gaily glum.
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.
This really struck home for me on so many levels....
Jack Kornfield is so knowledgeable, his speaking voice is calming and appropriate.
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.
I didn't find his voice to be "breathy" as others have commented. I did notice I could tell when he was thirsty.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love reading about self-help, spiritual & mysteries...also love a good bio!!!!
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!!!
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!!!!
His CALMING voice...don't worry...he won't put you to sleep...unless you want him to!!!
How to be MINDFUL of my thoughts and how to recognize them, and how to process them SANELY!!!
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.
The book is most powerful in using every day examples of the practice and integration of buddhism into modern life.
he brings a whispey spaceyness that may not come across in the written book.
I am inspired to research buddhism further and try to really grasp some of these concepts.
we are all beginners, so this lecture is really for everyone.
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