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  • The Vow and Aspiration of Mahamudra

  • Including the Pith Instructions of Mahamudra by Tilopa
  • By: Garmapa Rijnen Droje, Marilynn Hughes
  • Narrated by: Josiah John Bildner
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

The Vow and Aspiration of Mahamudra including the Pith instructions of Mahamudra by Tilopa.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The person reading this is horrible.

  • By Giovanni D. on 06-16-18

Pronunciation

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

If you're going to read words of another language, in this case Sanskrit, you should learn to pronounce things proper. The narrator pronounces "Samsara" as Sam-sarah instead of SAHm - SAHra, "dharmakaya" is dharma-KAY-uh when it should be dharma-k-EYE-AH, and so on. It may seem trivial but it reveals to the audience that the narrator hasn't done his home work, thus making it less appealing. Josiah, do your home work as a narrator.

  • Modern Thought in Buddhism

  • By: Robert Thurman
  • Narrated by: Robert Thurman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

This classic course was recorded in the mid 1980's as we neared the end of the second Christian Millennium; many prophetic voices were being raised to speak of revelation and other apocalyptic visions. Some western mystics even mentioned the future Buddha, Maitreya, in connection with a returning Christ or Christ impulse. What do the Buddhists, themselves, say about the end of the world as we know it? What is Buddhist apocalyptic? This workshop examines these questions with full rigor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • who ever edit the audio ruined the ending

  • By erik on 10-08-17

who ever edit the audio ruined the ending

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-17

at the end they cut off R. Thurman in the middle of him telling the story of Asanga, making it seem as if Asanga never achieves the vision of Maitreya, a huge mistake! please include the ending audio because to a new comer this ending is utterly misleading.

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  • The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World

  • By: Robert Garland, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Robert Garland
  • Length: 24 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,551

Look beyond the abstract dates and figures, kings and queens, and battles and wars that make up so many historical accounts. Over the course of 48 richly detailed lectures, Professor Garland covers the breadth and depth of human history from the perspective of the so-called ordinary people, from its earliest beginnings through the Middle Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tantalizing time trip

  • By Mark on 08-21-13

History brought to life!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-20-16

What made the experience of listening to The Other Side of History: Daily Life in the Ancient World the most enjoyable?

The closest we can get to walking a mile in their shoes. Presenting the various classes of people in the ancient world, Professor Robert Garland's expertise and lecturing style brings a far removed and unknown reality to life.

  • The Bliss of Inner Fire

  • Heart Practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa
  • By: Lama Thubten Yeshe
  • Narrated by: Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

In the classic best seller, Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe offered a profound and wonderfully clear glimpse into the sophisticated practices of Tibetan Buddhist tantra. This present book, the last major teachings of this great lama, opens up the world of advanced practices for Highest Yoga Tantra initiates in much the same way his earlier work opened up the world of tantra in general. Lama's own realization of the transformative power of these practices comes through, inspiring his students to discover for themselves their own capacity for inexhaustible bliss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a starting point

  • By Sasaoakea on 02-19-17

Reader's pronunciations are the only issue

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-16

Any additional comments?

The reader, Fajer Al-Kaisi, is wonderful. Only slight issue with a few words off the top of my head: bodhichitta should be pronounced: Bo - de - CHI - tah and rinpoche should be: rin - poe - SHAY. Little nit picky but crucial for pronunciation.

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  • Lord Ganesha's Feast of Laughter

  • By: Meera Uberoi
  • Narrated by: Anupama Hira Prasad
  • Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Ganesha has an elephant’s head, a pot belly and a rollicking sense of fun. Full of mischief, he fools around with gods and humans alike. He is also wise and shrewd, gentle and compassionate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely collection of Lord Ganesha tales!

  • By Jade Dragon on 08-28-16

Enchanting

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-23-15

Any additional comments?

This book is full of enchanting stories of Lord Ganesha and a supporting cast of other Hindu deities. These children friendly (PG) stories are full of colorful scenarios with moral lessons and memorable characters. The narration is very well done; the only thing that could be better is if there was more to listen to.

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  • Living Without Stress or Fear

  • Essential Teachings on the True Source of Happiness
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

A life without stress or fear may seem like an impossible dream-yet Thich Nhat Hanh has spent a lifetime proving not only is it possible, but it is also within our grasp. On Living Without Stress or Fear, this treasured Zen master shares a message of hope: that we can, through the practice of mindfulness, find freedom from the grip of emotions like anxiety, anger and despair "Suffering persists because we nourish the feelings that cause it," reveals Thich Nhat Hanh.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Listen

  • By S. Davis on 07-08-10

Buddha Dharma

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-15

Any additional comments?

Thay has a wonderful teaching style,engaging and personal, getting to the root of the dharma in his own special way, presenting practice methods, sharing stories, and watering the seeds of well being that are in each of us.

  • The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 1 min
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079

Everything we now know about the universe - from the behavior of quarks to the birth of galaxies - has come from people who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable. And with the advent of modern science, great minds have turned to testing and experimentation rather than mere thought as a way of grappling with some of the universe's most vexing dilemmas. So what is our latest picture of some of the most inexplicable features of the universe? What still remains to be uncovered and explored by today's scientists?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "The Universe is in us!"

  • By Kristi R. on 01-05-15

Thought provoking fun

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-15

If you could sum up The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries in three words, what would they be?

Thought provoking fun

Any additional comments?

The topics covered are highly fascinating points of science we still don't fully understand, Tyson, in his usual witty style, takes us through brief history lessons as well to fully understand the modern concepts. Well done.

  • The Kybalion

  • A Study of Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece
  • By: The Three Intiates
  • Narrated by: Mitch Horowitz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,060

He was the father of the occult, the founder of astrology, the discoverer of alchemy. He was Hermes Trismegistus, and as the scribe of the gods of ancient Egypt, he possessed all divine knowledge... which he passed on to humanity, though only those who have been tutored in its wonders can fully understand it.In this extraordinary 1912 book, three secret initiates to his teachings - who remain anonymous to this day - share their insight with all who seek to understand the mysterious underpinnings of the universe and our relationship with it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Big bites of ancient (now age?) wisdom to chew on

  • By Diana on 07-24-14

Useful but a bit misleading to neophytes

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-14

Any additional comments?

This echoes the ancient realizations of the sages from around the globe. To me it feels like a blend of Taoism and Buddhism and I often found myself thinking that one would be better to take up the Buddhist practice instead because it's a much more fleshed out system but I must admit to being partial on this matter. This could serve as a good nudge in a right direction as far as awareness of what the mind is and how it functions and how it is malleable. However, as in much of spirituality, there runs the risk of the new comer being confused and stuck in "seeking" mode, and some naive ones may very well misinterpret what is meant by "all is mind", I assure you, you won't be levitating or bending spoons but you might stumble onto a new perspective which opens the gate that leads to a gateless gate.

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  • The Teachings of Zen Master Dogen

  • By: Dogen
  • Narrated by: Gary Snyder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uneven but rewarding

  • By Jason Comely on 01-15-13

For the time-being

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-14

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.

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  • Natural Perfection

  • Teachings, Meditations, and Chants in the Dzogchen Tradition of Tibet
  • By: Lama Surya Das
  • Narrated by: Lama Surya Das
  • Length: 4 hrs and 58 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

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."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic

  • By Ulrich on 01-10-05

NO CHANT LEARNING

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-22-14

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful