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On the Path to Enlightenment

By: Matthieu Ricard,Charles Hastings - translator
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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Publisher's summary

Khyentse Rinpoche inspired Matthieu Ricard to create this anthology by telling him that "when we come to appreciate the depth of the view of the eight great traditions [of Tibetan Buddhism] and also see that they all lead to the same goal without contradicting each other, we think, ‘Only ignorance can lead us to adopt a sectarian view.'" Ricard has selected and translated some of the most profound and inspiring teachings from across these traditions. The selected teachings are taken from the sources of the traditions, including the Buddha himself, Nagarjuna, Guru Rinpoche, Atisha, Shantideva, and Asanga; from great masters of the past, including Thogme Zangpo, the Fifth Dalai Lama, Milarepa, Longchenpa, and Sakya Pandita; and from contemporary masters, including the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. They address such topics as the nature of the mind; the foundations of taking refuge, generating altruistic compassion, acquiring merit, and following a teacher; view, meditation, and action; and how to remove obstacles and make progress on the path.

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Left me feeling confused

I am not an avid Buddhist practitioner but I listen to and read a lot of Buddhist material. This book seemed to get really negative at the end which left me feeling confused. First off it seems as if they expect you to find a guru and worship them. In the west, finding a guru can be very difficult, especially one who is truly on the path to dharma. Second it seems innately wrong to ever worship one person, it just seems counterintuitive to other Buddhist teachings. Lastly towards the end of the book it seemed to set forth a lot of rules. Almost as if saying "if you don't do it this way, don't bother." The beginning of the book was good, lots of good stories but the ending was pretty depressing.

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Excellent

A great condensation of instructions from all the masters. MR always presents in a fresh way. This collection will rekindle your dharmic fire and keep it burning brightly

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Simply outstanding

I greatly enjoyed this audio book. Superb content and heartfelt narration. Highly recommended for beginners and experienced practitioners of Buddhism alike.

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indeed this is a great book.

I have listened three times I have l found this book enlightening and calming. my complements to the author and the narrator.

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Great story and performance.

love it! It really is such an enjoyable read and provides such great examples about better ways to live your life, if you're inclined to practice a spiritual life.

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Esoteric

Some good advice here but not really meant for the householder. I would recommend if your life is devoted to Dharma practice but not if you are a mother raising three small children.

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Perhaps not the best book for an audio format

I quite enjoyed some of these short saying and stories. However, I feel that an audiobook may not have been the best format to experience this text. Because many of the stories and pieces are very short, there is little time to absorb them before the narrator moves on to the next one. Probably a book that, if read, would give you more time to savor each piece.

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good material but annoying reader

I can't abide this narrator's affected voice. I wonder if it's his Buddha impression all breathy and spiritual sounding.

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Thank you so much.

Matteiu Riccard and all of the profound teachers of the past and present who's words make up this book.
I am indebted to all of you. May I prove equal to the lessons here in this life.

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Excellent Read

The text permitted me to fully explore
and engage with them the material. It was an easier progression of knowledge to acquire.

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