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  • Opening the Door of Your Heart

  • And Other Buddhist Tales of Happiness
  • By: Ajahn Brahm
  • Narrated by: Francis Greenslade
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417

During his wanderings and work over the last 30 years as a Buddhist monk, Ajahn Brahm has gathered many poignant, funny and profound stories. While traditional Buddhist philosophy is at the heart of this collection, these thoughtful stories are written like playful parables, which are used to launch into a deeper exploration of subjects such as mindfulness, suffering, forgiveness, hope, wisdom, and unconditional love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen and change your perspective

  • By Jo on 08-07-12

Putting The Dharma Into Practice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This audiobook provides stories, examples of how one can use the Dharma to meet and overcome inevitable difficulties, problems, and failures in life and at death. Mindfulness, metta, compassion, forgiveness, patience, appreciative joy, contentment, equanimity, and other wholesome states are used to this end. The stories are taken from the Jataka, Dharma talks, and Ajahn Brahm's personal experiences. They'll make you laugh and best of all, reflect. Please do enjoy the listen; I did.

  • The Art of Living

  • Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
  • By: William Hart
  • Narrated by: William Hart
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

This is the classic introduction to Vipassana meditation: a full-length study of the teaching of S. N. Goenka, prepared under his guidance and with his approval. Useful for meditators and non-meditators alike. This was the first book to appear in English that accurately describes the practice of Vipassana at length for the general reader. It includes stories by Goenkaji as well as answers to students’ questions that convey a vivid sense of his teaching.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Changing

  • By S. Wells on 03-24-13

The Practice Is Thoroughly Explained

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-18

The main components that comprise Vipassana Meditation and Buddhism are presented and explained excellently. The Four Noble Truths, The Twelve Links of Dependent Origination, The Three Characteristics of Existence and more are discussed and integrated in a clearly understandable manner. How craving and aversion arise as well as the ignorance that allows them to continue are brought to light. One also is shown how to eliminate them with mindfulness, concentration, and equanimity. The strokes are broad and the finer points are easily uncovered. If you're already practicing this audiobook will reinforce the Buddha's teaching. It explicitly shows that the path to Nibbana is within one's reach. If you're new to the practice this audiobook will encourage you to practice diligently, wholeheartedly. Nibbana can be realized here and now. Practice to achieve it. It'll be more than worth it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lovingkindness Meditation

  • Learning to Love Through Insight Meditation
  • By: Sharon Salzberg
  • Narrated by: Sharon Salzberg
  • Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

Within your own heart is a limitless source of supreme energy, the energy of love. No other force in the universe compares to it. The world's great spiritual traditions, both past and present, agree on this simple principle. Can love be harnessed and applied to others, used as a "tool" for changing lives? Lovingkindness Meditation teaches a traditional practice for cultivating love, and applying it as a life-changing force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I was looking for:)

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-09-10

Metta, One of The Four Brahma Viharas

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4 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 08-09-18

Cultivate the Four Brahma viharas: loving kindness, compassion, sympathetic joy, and equanimity. Use them to walk amongst and through the eight worldly dharmas. Create merit, a moral force, and distribute it to all beings. Due to it they may find peace and happiness. Ms. Salzberg provides this and metta, merit, and walking meditation phrases. Realize your interconnectedness with everything. This is a short and concise book about Metta Meditation. Yes, good things do come in short small concise packages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wherever You Go There You Are

  • By: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

Warmth, humor, anecdotes, and poems make up this inspirational guide to a revolutionary new way of being, seeing, and living. Dr. Kabat Zinn has taught this two thousand year old Buddhist method of relaxation to thousands. Let this be your guide to mindfulness meditation in everyday life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book BUT......

  • By Ann on 04-06-12

You Are Always With Yourself; Yourself Isn't Lost

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Meditation leads to a space and place of deep quiet stillness and silence where one finds that "it's the inner experience which counts. And you have to be there for it. All else is mere thinking." This book captures the essence of Buddhist meditation nicely. It's more than worth the time spent listening to it. Take a seat.

  • Mindfulness in Plain English

  • By: Bhante Henepola Gunaratana
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 955

With over a quarter of a million copies sold, Mindfulness in Plain English is one of the most influential books in the burgeoning field of mindfulness and a timeless classic introduction to meditation. This is a book that people listen to, love, and share - a book that people talk about, write about, reflect on, and return to over and over again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Direct, as the title suggests

  • By Chayce Knaub on 06-03-16

Samatha and Sati lead to Panna

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-09-18

In my opinion everyone should have at least two great Vipassana books in their library. Make sure this is one of them. Samatha is tranquility/calmness meditation. Vipassana is the combination of samatha and mindfulness (sati) meditation which lead to insight/wisdom. Vipassana also leads to Nirvana. Bhante G is the guide. The path is clear. Enjoy the walk.

  • Being Nobody Going Nowhere

  • Meditations on the Buddhist Path
  • By: Ayya Khema
  • Narrated by: Claire Slemmer, Fajer Al-Kaisi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

In this lucid classic, beloved teacher Ayya Khema introduces the listener to the essence of the Buddhist path. She addresses the how and why of meditation, providing a clear framework for understanding the nature of karma and rebirth and the entirety of the eightfold path. With specific, practical advice, Ayya Khema illuminates the practices of compassion and sympathetic joy, and offers forthright guidance in working with the hindrances that we all encounter in meditation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only book you will ever need.

  • By Andrew on 01-10-17

Ayya Khema Writes A Classic

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Reviewed: 09-08-17

This is a very, very, very, good audiobook. It's a must have for any Buddhist, religious, or philosophical library. She clarifies and elucidates some of the most important Buddhist concepts and truths. She says wrote this: The Buddha said, “Whoever sees me, sees Dhamma. Whoever sees Dhamma, sees me.” At this time in the history of humanity, we have no chance of seeing a live Buddha, but it’s not necessary because “Whoever sees Dhamma, sees me.” If you can see the Dhamma in your own heart, you can see the Buddha. Buddha means nothing but enlightenment. It means the awakened one. Once you see Dhamma in your own heart, that is what you will see and that is what you want, isn’t it? Seeing the live Buddha. He is as near to you as your own heart. He couldn’t be any nearer. You don’t have to go anywhere to find him. You don’t have to do anything special to find it. You just have to be mindful and change the unwholesome to the wholesome. Isn’t that simple? But because it is so simple it doesn’t mean that it is easy. It’s hard work, but it’s the kind of work that brings the greatest profit.
I couldn't agree more. Now, you know what you can be. It's up to you. Be well, happy and peaceful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Unfettered Mind

  • Writings from a Zen Master to a Master Swordsman
  • By: Takuan Soho, William Scott Wilson (translator)
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Written by the 17th-century Zen master Takuan Soho (1573-1645), The Unfettered Mind is a book of advice on swordsmanship and the cultivation of right mind and intention. It was written as a guide for the samurai Yagyu Munenori, who was a great swordsman and rival to the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Unfettered Mind of a Genius

  • By Troy on 04-20-15

Eradicate The Defilements

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Reviewed: 08-04-17

I am the "one who knows" - the pure mind, the luminous mind, the original mind. Do you understand? Smile.

  • Food for the Heart

  • The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah
  • By: Ajahn Chah
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

This collection brings together for the first time Ajahn Chah's most powerful teachings, including those on meditation, liberation from suffering, calming the mind, enlightenment and the "living dhamma". Most of these talks have previously only been available in limited, private editions and the publication of Food for the Heart, therefore, represents a momentous occasion: the hugely increased accessibility of his words and wisdom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Don't Need to be a Buddhist to Understand Him

  • By Mesut on 09-17-16

The Practice Thoroughly Discussed

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

You carry your breath and mind everywhere with you, wherever you go, so you can meditate anywhere. You use your breath to help transform your mind. You transform your mind to attain Nibbana, Absolute Peace. The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eightfold Path lie within you. You are the path, your mind must take you on the journey through it. It's up to you. Ajahn Chah points the way. It's a great compilation. Listen. Enjoy. Smile.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

  • By: Alexander Freed
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045

As the shadows of the Empire loom ever larger across the galaxy, so do deeply troubling rumors. The Rebellion has learned of a sinister Imperial plot to bring entire worlds to their knees. Deep in Empire-dominated space, a machine of unimaginable destructive power is nearing completion. A weapon too terrifying to contemplate...and a threat that may be too great to overcome.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the movie!

  • By Acts238preacher on 12-19-16

Rogue One: An Epic Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-17

It's a story of longing, courage, sacrifice, and redemption. It's read with great aplomb and vigor. What a great listen. :-)

  • Breathing

  • The Master Key to Self Healing
  • By: Andrew Weil MD
  • Narrated by: Andrew Weil MD
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218

The health you enjoy today, and for the rest of your life, begins with your next breath. In fact, breathing is so crucial to your body's ability to heal and sustain itself that Dr. Andrew Weil says: "If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good one!!

  • By Robert on 08-05-08

Breathe

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-16

If you're already practicing Mindfulness (Vipassana) Meditation this book won't really benefit you although it does provide several things. One, begin you breath by breathing out first rather than breathing in. By doing this you'll breathe in more oxygen and can ascertain the place where the air is exiting your nose. Two, you'll learn a body stimulative breathing technique. And, three, you'll learn a body relaxing breathing technique, the 4/7/8 Breath. Happy breathing. :-)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful