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  • 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 190
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

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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4 out of 5 stars

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.

  • 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 1,173
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

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

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 1,039
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877

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

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 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

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 499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

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 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

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
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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.

3 of 3 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 3,241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,994

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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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 410
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

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

  • The Tao of Happiness

  • Stories from Chuang Tzu for Your Spiritual Journey
  • By: Derek Lin
  • Narrated by: Sean Pratt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

If you have not encountered Chuang Tzu before, prepare yourself for a treat. He was the sage who stood apart from all others in Chinese history. He was a unique presence, a great mind like no one before or since. Chuang Tzu quickly distinguished himself and became well known for his deep understanding and sense of humor. His mastery was such that he could explain the Tao with simple stories, and his humor was such that he could see the joy in ordinary things.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant!

  • By Brian on 10-18-18

Chuang Tzu's Stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Chuang Tzu's stories are cryptic messages, metaphors about material and spiiritual encounters, and how we should deal with them appropriately. These lessons when refined, in my opinion, with Buddhism will bring immediate elevation on the material and spiritual planes. Do yourself a favor and listen deeply.

  • Silence

  • The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise
  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Dan Woren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141

The Zen master and one of the world's most beloved teachers returns with a concise, practical guide to understanding and developing our most powerful inner resource - silence - to help us find happiness, purpose, and peace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • better than good

  • By Eric Love on 02-07-16

I Sit

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Reviewed: 11-04-16

Sit and hopefully you'll find the space of deep quiet stillness and silence. In thus space you'll find your true teacher, your essence, your true self. TNH shows you the way. Smile.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful