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  • 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 1,114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

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 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 792
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772

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 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

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

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.

3 of 4 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 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

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

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 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

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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5 out of 5 stars
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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.

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 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940

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
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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 M.D.
  • Narrated by: Andrew Weil M.D.
  • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

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
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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 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

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
  • Recommendation

  • By Dan R. on 11-17-17

Chuang Tzu's Stories

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 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 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

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
  • Excellent book

  • By Eileen So on 03-20-15

I Sit

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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: 11-04-16

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

  • The Art of Power

  • By: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Narrated by: Lloyd James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200

Power is one of the central issues in our lives. From work to personal relationships, the struggle for power plays a pivotal role and, more often than not, prevents us from attaining freedom and happiness. The bottom-line mentality in our culture seeps unnoticed into every other part of our lives. Thich Nhat Hanh illustrates how our current understanding of power leads us on a never-ending search for external markers like job title or salary.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It seems simple but this is real power

  • By Mark on 08-29-15

It's on My Top 3 List

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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: 10-19-16

Excellent book. It was so good I listened to it twice, back to back. Thich captures the true essence of Buddhism and synthesizes it for you. He makes difficult concepts easy to understand and you can easily internalize them, make them your own. It's a must read or audio book to listen to.