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It's Easier than You Think

The Buddhist Way to Happiness
Narrated by: Sylvia Boorstein
Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Using delightful and deceptively powerful stories from everyday experiences, beloved Buddhist teacher Sylvia Boorstein demystifies spirituality, charts the path to happiness through the Buddha's basic teachings, and presents the means to eliminate hindrances and see clearly to develop a realistic course toward wisdom and compassion. A wonderfully engaging guide, full of humor, memorable insights, and love. Boorstein, known by friends and colleagues as a "Jewish grandmother bodhisattva," is highly-skilled in making the universal wisdom of traditional Buddhist teachings available to all.
©2014 Phoenix Books; Copyright ©1995 by Sylvia Boorstein (P)1996 Audio Literature

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"Sylvia Boorstein's teachings will be helpful to anyone interested in cultivating wisdom, compassion, and self-awareness." (Frances Vaughan, author of The Inward Arc)

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  • Barbara
  • Pullman, WA, United States
  • 01-11-03

Simple and elegant

Sylvia Boorstein wrote (and delivered) one of the most simple, elegant books on living zen. In a concise but interesting way she tells you how to follow Buddha's teachings and why following them makes your life work.

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 07-28-09

good content; poor audio quality

I mistook this for Boorstein's later Audible release, Happiness is an Inside Job. While this older audiobook is an engaging, accessible introduction to Buddhism, the older download format (2)(at least my download) made Boorstein sound as if she narrated while undergoing dental work.

Audible, can't you convert this older format? The book is still a worthy a listen.

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Great beginner's book on Buddhism

What made the experience of listening to It's Easier than You Think the most enjoyable?

It's easy to understand, clearly laid out with lots of examples to clarify the principals. The author does a very nice job reading her book. Her style is warm and conversational with gentle humor. I enjoyed every word, and I was able to apply some of the practices right away. I would like to read it again to help me to remember the teachings and to help me put them into practice.

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The writing was wonderful and the performance was great. My only issue was with the recording quality. The sound was quite muffled. This forced me to have to pay close attention to be able to understand what was being said. I find it humorous and ironic that I am writing that, because the whole point of the book is that we would suffer less if we could learn to pay attention and really work to understand what is being said. So I am not complaining about that, but I think it will be helpful to other listeners if they know this is the case.

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  • Patty
  • Port St. Lucie, FL, United States
  • 08-21-19

Great lessons!

Ms. Boorstein has a quiet, soothing voice that would make any book easy to listen to.

The lessons of Buddha that she teaches are ones that we can use every day to make our lives better no matter who we are, no matter where we live, and no matter what our history and past are.

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Pain without suffering? It's easier than you think! Stop in for a delicious, tender message and reading.

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Her manner of speaking is such an easy way to listen.....I never wavy it to end