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  • Meditation Now or Never

  • By: Steve Hagen
  • Narrated by: William Hope
  • Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

In Meditation Now or Never, Steve Hagen, a Zen priest and best-selling author of Buddhism Plain and Simple, provides an accessible and thorough manual on meditation for both newcomers and experienced practitioners. In the modern world, our lives are more frenetic than ever. We live with a burning sense that we have to get something done. But what do we really achieve? And why are we never satisfied? This book is an invitation to switch off and to enjoy stillness - right now.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Outdated?

  • By Bent Krister Larsen Osbakk on 07-23-17

Outdated?

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

Some parts are outdated and out of sync with "modern" techniques and views on meditation. Ref: "Get some headspace" by Andy Puddicombe.

As e beginner (8 months of daily meditation) this book complicates meditation for a beginner.

I did not find i useful compared to other "teachers".

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  • There Is No God and He Is Always with You

  • A Search for God in Odd Places
  • By: Brad Warner
  • Narrated by: Brad Warner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Brad Warner was initially interested in Buddhism because he wanted to find God, but Buddhism is usually thought of as godless. In the three decades since Warner began studying Zen, he has grappled with paradoxical questions about God and managed to come up with some answers. In this fascinating search for a way beyond the usual arguments between fundamentalists and skeptics, Warner offers a profoundly engaging and idiosyncratic take on the ineffable power of the "ground of all being."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Uncontroversially Thorough

  • By Zach Wilson on 04-17-17

The jury is kinda out on this one....

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I have to think about this one. A good read, possibly very good (when it sinks in). Brad Warner is a likable guy with a refreshing view on Buddhism vs god.

3,5 stars for content + 0,5 for author coolness when "speaking up".

I recomend this one. Alongside the likes of Timber Hawkeye, Brad Warner represent an important new breed of authors putting buddhism into a down to earth context. (from e western perspective). They make buddhism graspable (if that makes ant sense?)