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  • How to Practice Dharma

  • Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas
  • By: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Gordon McDougall (editor)
  • Narrated by: Subhash Mandal
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
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    4 out of 5 stars 37
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Buddhism is a house full of treasures – practices for gaining the happiness of future lives, the bliss of liberation and the supreme happiness of enlightenment – but knowing the difference between Dharma and non-Dharma practices is the key that opens the door to all those treasures. No matter how much we know about emptiness, the chakras or controlling our vital energy through kundalini yoga, it's all pointless without this crucial understanding of how to practice Dharma, how to correct our actions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A total game-changer -in enabling tru renunciation

  • By Brian on 10-27-15

Many good important points but, repetitive

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Reviewed: 07-29-18

Many good important points but, very repetitive Probably could have been done in five or six chapters

  • I Ching

  • The Book of Change
  • By: David Hinton
  • Narrated by: Tom Zingarelli
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
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    4 out of 5 stars 28

In a radically new translation and interpretation of the I Ching, David Hinton strips this ancient Chinese masterwork of the usual apparatus and discovers a deeply poetic and philosophical text. Teasing out an elegant vision of the cosmos as ever-changing yet harmonious, Hinton reveals the seed from which Chinese philosophy, poetry, and painting grew. Although it was and is widely used for divination, the I Ching is also a book of poetic philosophy, deeply valued by artists and intellectuals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The introduction is the best part...

  • By Acarya on 06-17-18

The introduction is the best part...

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Reviewed: 06-17-18

But the body of the work is much too repetitive.
It seems like a lot of filler.
Though the language is patriarchal and a bit dated the Richard Wilhelm I Ching is still - when it comes to depth of insight - head and shoulders above any other version.

  • The Essential Dogen

  • Writings of the Great Zen Master
  • By: Peter Levitt (editor), Kazuaki Tanahashi (editor)
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 342

This is the first book to offer the great master's incisive wisdom in short selections taken from the whole range of his voluminous works. The pithy and powerful readings, arranged according to theme, provide a perfect introduction to Dogen - and inspire spiritual practice in people of all traditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect for blind donkeys

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-30-17

Body and mind will drop away...!!!

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Reviewed: 03-28-18

Then, what do you do? After body and mind drop away? It's a really tough question. Excellent. :)

  • The One-Straw Revolution

  • An Introduction to Natural Farming
  • By: Masanobu Fukuoka, Larry Korn
  • Narrated by: David Shih
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Call it "Zen and the Art of Farming" or a "Little Green Book", Masanobu Fukuoka's manifesto about farming, eating, and the limits of human knowledge presents a radical challenge to the global systems we rely on for our food. At the same time, it is a spiritual memoir of a man whose innovative system of cultivating the earth reflects a deep faith in the wholeness and balance of the natural world. As Wendell Berry writes in his preface, the book "is valuable to us because it is at once practical and philosophical."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fukuoka Hits a Home-Run.

  • By philip d henderson on 06-23-18

Life saving wisdom.

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Reviewed: 03-04-18

Everyone should listen to and or read this book.
Even if one disagrees with some of the basic premises (I do not) many of Sensei Fukuoka San's teachings will still be beneficial to most thoughtful listeners and readers...

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Untethered Soul

  • The Journey Beyond Yourself
  • By: Michael A. Singer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,347
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,281

Spiritual teacher Michael A. Singer explores the question of human identity and shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and achieve happiness and self-realization.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous!

  • By Lea Zimmerman on 12-16-11

Helpful. Some good observations.

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Reviewed: 01-30-18

But, somewhat redundant.
Overall, worth your time just for a few good reminders and helpful metaphors.
Reader is occasionally condescending and overly emphatic.
In sum, worth reading. If the core observations are applied, you'll get some good from it.

  • The Book of Job

  • By: Stephen Mitchell (Translated by)
  • Narrated by: Peter Coyote
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

Perhaps no other Biblical tale penetrates so deeply into the everyday travails of the common person as The Book of Job. It tells the story of a righteous man beset by torment and misfortune through no fault of his own. This parable of bad things happening to a good person addresses the eternal question of why we are here, and why we suffer. This translation is by Stephen Mitchell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenominal !!!

  • By Kirill on 08-10-04

Worth studying over and over and over...

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Reviewed: 09-15-17

An instructive story of the play of the human psyche and emotions against the backdrop of life and the universe in which we live. In this case, a universe created by a Creator God with all the perceived justices and injustices etc. Whether you believe in that paradigm or not the lessons are important.

  • The Invention of Nature

  • Alexander von Humboldt's New World
  • By: Andrea Wulf
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,393
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259

Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859) was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age. His restless life was packed with adventure and discovery, whether climbing the highest volcanoes in the world or racing through anthrax-infested Siberia. He came up with a radical vision of nature, that it was a complex and interconnected global force and did not exist for man's use alone. Ironically, his ideas have become so accepted and widespread that he has been nearly forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Poignant origin story

  • By Jeremy Fairbanks on 03-03-16

In a word, fantastic!

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Reviewed: 09-02-17

In a word, fantastic! A great adventure of intellect and imagination. Please don't miss it.

  • Why Buddhism Is True

  • The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment
  • By: Robert Wright
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,175
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,835
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,802

From one of America's greatest minds, a journey through psychology, philosophy, and lots of meditation to show how Buddhism holds the key to moral clarity and enduring happiness. In Why Buddhism Is True, Wright leads listeners on a journey through psychology, philosophy, and a great many silent retreats to show how and why meditation can serve as the foundation for a spiritual life in a secular age.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than a beginner's guide...

  • By Rugger Burke on 09-12-17

Worth some of your time...

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Reviewed: 08-19-17

Worth some of your time...
The author makes a number of important observations. However, there is also quite a bit of filler to work through.
For example, there are numerous personal anecdotes many of which are rather banal.
So, I think your time would be better spent with essential Buddhist texts. Plus, it seems to me that the more analytical parts of the book are at least partly based on speculation; precisely what the Buddha advised us not to spend time on.
As you can see, the author's argument and presentation left me with mixed feelings.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Kant: A Very Short Introduction

  • By: Roger Scruton
  • Narrated by: Kyle Munley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
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    4 out of 5 stars 79
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    4 out of 5 stars 77

Kant is arguably the most influential modern philosopher, but also one of the most difficult. Roger Scruton tackles his exceptionally complex subject with a strong hand, exploring the background to Kant's work and showing why the Critique of Pure Reason has proved so enduring.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book... totally ruined

  • By Mr Timothy Webber on 08-16-16

This is an excellent overview...

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Reviewed: 08-26-16

I liked almost everything about it including the quality of the narration except that the narrator made a number of mistakes in pronunciation. Unfortunately this is not unusual for Audible especially in the case of works which are intellectually and/or linguistically more advanced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jewish Wisdom for Business Success

  • By: Rabbi Levi Brackman, Sam Jaffe
  • Narrated by: Rabbi Levi Brackman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 79

Sacred Jewish texts such as the Torah and the Kabbalah have long been considered repositories of some of the greatest wisdom ever assembled. Yet only the smartest and most successful business professionals take advantage of these powerful collections of advice. Using real-world business situations as illustrative examples, this book reveals a 4,000-year-old blueprint for success.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a must!!!

  • By Sharon on 02-15-10

Torah Strategies and Tactics !

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Reviewed: 06-21-16

Some very helpful business and life guidance from the Torah. Well read by the Rabbi.
Yasher Koach !!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful