101 Zen Stories

By: Paul Beck
Narrated by: Freda Cooper
Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
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Written in the 13th century by Japanese Zen master Muju. Well-known koans in the collection include "A Cup of Tea", "The Sound of One Hand", "No Water", "No Moon", and "Everything Is Best". Includes the soundtrack The Mysterious Sound of Wind in the Bamboo - a 43 minute collection of Zen-inspired Japanese music by The Matsu Take Ensemble.

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Lovely Tales

Lovely Zen tales read with a lovely voice. The music, though, is even more lovely than the tales! It is played with each story, then there is a long segment of uninterrupted music at the end of the 101 tales. What a beautiful ending it was! I plan to use this uninterrupted music for meditation...or whenever I need to soothe my soul...

Namaste... Jade Dragon

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Well worth the price

This audio is filled with great Zen stories some old and some new. It is accompanied throughout with oriental music in each chapter. The last 11 chapters are just pure soothing Asian music. A good bargain for the price and well worth a listen. Freda Cooper does an excellent performance with her narration of these classical Zen Stories. I enjoyed it very much.

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very interesting!

love it. helps to put life in a more productive perspective. would suggest to anyone needing an emotional and spiritual boost

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Pleasantly Surprised

I didn't expect much since this was so inexpensive, but I really enjoyed the compilation and the music complements this very well.

After listening once, I now use it to fall asleep to. I've played this book countless times now. A forever favorite for me.

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Loud Music!

The stories are beautiful and the narration is perfect but the stories are separated by very LOUD music. I found it very stressful to listen to. Also the music is not melodic and is very intense. This would have been so lovely without the music!

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A great meditative experience listening to this!

But only if you absorb it in a state of meditation or self realization instead of trying to comprehend it's meaning. It is inner knowing of the spirit!

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Stories not Useful Without Good Narration

As an editor for Zen stories myself, I understand how it is not an easy job to convey simplicity. The narrator does her job as a technical reader, but it lacks substance in conveying Zen. The recording also seems to lack warmth for her voice which adds a little to how disconnected it sounds from the content. So, combined with the narrators possible unfamiliarity with the simplicity and warm tone of Zen and the very empirical language that is employed by the book itself, I would not recommend this book very highly.

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way too much music

Some of the stories are good Zen stories. Many of them are not good stories and nearly pointless to have included. The music is far too frequently used; before and after every single story which makes listening tedious as the stories are sometimes 30 seconds in length.

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unique. shimmers

quirky, refreshing, fresh. Loved it. listened multiple times. Highly recommended. what more to say. 15 words were demanded. silly

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100 rage-inducing musical bumpers

Like 1/3 of the title is just musical bumpers at 10x the volume of the stories. Kill your treble and keep that volume control handy. If you survive, you will have become a zen master.

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  • 04-14-20

Interesting book

Interesting book and very cheap, but about 50 minutes of it is just flute playing.

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  • SJRod
  • 10-20-17

Brillante. Loved it

Great stories and the last 7 or so chapters with around 30 minutes of music for meditation. Really enjoyed and will listen to often.

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  • Mads
  • 03-05-17

101 well known Zen stories

Two thirds of this Audible 'book' is Japanese flute music, most of the stories are found in Ram Dass's work and the narration is amateur. Very disappointing.

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  • vincenzo cupello
  • 01-06-17

Gems of inner peace

A great collection of stories. A great way to meditate, find inner strenght and practice inner dialogue. Very soothing and readsuring. Well read and easy to follow. It would be great if it came with an analysis as well.

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  • Stuart
  • 11-04-16

Classic Koans

A nice collection of Koans, each spaced out with a little music; so you have time to reflect.

A few of the Koans are obscure, but on the whole an enlightening listen!

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  • Christopher
  • 09-27-16

does exactly what it says on the tin

If you could sum up 101 Zen Stories in three words, what would they be?

BE WARNED, this book is not 3:45 minutes of zen tales, its 2:45 minutes of zen tales and 45 minutes of (not very good) music.

not sure why?