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Publisher's Summary

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness caught on in the west when we began to understand the everyday, personal benefits it brought us. Now, in this extraordinary audiobook, the highly acclaimed thought leader and longtime English translator of His Holiness the Dalai Lama shows us that compassion can bring us even more.

Based on the landmark course in compassion training Jinpa helped create at Stanford Medical School, A Fearless Heart shows us that we actually fear compassion. We worry that if we are too compassionate with others we will be taken advantage of, and if we are too compassionate with ourselves we will turn into slackers. Using science, insights from both classical Buddhist and western psychology, and stories both from others and from his own extraordinary life, Jinpa shows us how to train our compassion muscle to relieve stress, fight depression, improve our health, achieve our goals, and change our world.

Practical, spiritual, and immediately relevant, A Fearless Heart will speak to listeners of The Art of Happiness and Wherever You Go, There You Are.

©2015 Thupten Jinpa Langri (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Hudson Street Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.

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Better to read ... unfortunate grating narration

What disappointed you about A Fearless Heart?

The narration was so off-putting and seemingly disconnected from the content and sort of gimmicky - I just had to stop listening - And chose to read insteadThis is such a worthy book, audible should really consider a 're-narration' - perhaps by the author who has a lovely gentle natural but engaging voice

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Grating pitch, gimmickly cadence as if not connecting with the book contentthe narration diminished the quality of the content for me - i tried to persevere but had to abandon the recording and go to reading

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

frustrated - the content of the book is rich, but the narration is off-putting and difficult to be receptive to

Any additional comments?

Try to get a re-narration of the book by the author or another

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Great Ideas Hindered by Forgivable Arrogance

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it is definite a breakthrough book that presents mindfulness and compassion not just as a therapeutic intervention but as a key daily practice that can be connected with a greater spiritual meaning. I think it may be the missing piece for those who have found themselves resistant to generic mindfulness practice.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sanjiv Jhaveri?

No, this narrator unfortunately uses an adolescent voice that is hard to get around and makes the overall presentation seem on the edge of insolence. I would rather read this book in print. As the book is challenging us with great wisdom and lots of gratuitous advice, it would be more natural to hear a voice that sounds like an older, more seasoned individual, a Yoda rather than a Luke Sykwalker.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was hard to take all at once but worth consuming in smaller portions.

Any additional comments?

The story expressed by Mr. Jinpa relating to being a self-made man is quite interesting but at times it is quite difficult to relate to the level of pride and egotism that is expressed. It doesn't quite fit with my concept of a monastic approach, and it is tempted me to compare myself with this very successful man. That is unfortunate as for me I came up short comparing myself to Mr. Jinpa. I think it would have been easier to swallow if he had made an attempt to approach the reader with compassion and equality, by focusing more on personal struggles and less on exploring the worldly status and material advancement he has achieved. Specifically, he could do a better job of explaining why he turned away from the monastic life. Combined with the boasting, boyish sounding narrator I think the book is unnecessarily burdened by a tinge of arrogance.

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Companion to Kara Compassion class

This was a nice companion to the class on Compassion. Good information for those wanting to add compassion meditation to their practice or to help understand how it can be helpful.

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Life Affirming

I definitely recommend this book to anyone wishing to realate to others, community, society and the world in a more positive way. Dr. Jinpa has so much life experience, not to mention formal and professional training, to give authority to his bold claims, and backs up his words with other expert opinions and studies. Give it a try; it's a short read with tremendous impact.

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The seed for transformation

This book teaches the way to change the world by changing yourself. It carries wisdom that has been tested for centuries and can be applied by you, here, now. It is a classic the way Shakespeare’s plays are classics: it carries insight into the human condition that transcends culture and time. By contrast, there is a huge self-help industry out there today—run by celebrities, yogis, televangelists and new-age gurus, all glad to make a buck off your personal distress—selling you some revolutionary new approach that nobody will be talking about ten years from now. And ten years from now you’ll be suffering just the same with the help of such advice; please pardon my skepticism, it is born of hard-earned experience. Try compassion instead. This book is based on ancient wisdom and is backed by modern science. That’s what makes it special, like it’s author—a monk who left his Tibetan home land and earned a PhD from Cambridge, one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the West. And he’s founded a center at Stanford, another prestigious Western academic institution, teaching this same wisdom. This writer, a doctor with two Ivy-League degrees, has signed up there to learn more and help spread the word.

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Unexpectedly good

I have been listening to many books on this topic and they are starting to feel repetitive. That's a good thing I suppose. However, though this book has the same basic ideas as many others, there are very thoughtful steps and methods in this book that helped me. It's worth a listen for sure.

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Especially insightful for CCT students

This is pivotal look at how to integrate Compassion into our daily lives. It gives an unvarnished look into Jinpa's experience, both as a Buddhist monk, and later as a father. He shares that he too has to consciously choose Compassion, and continually cultivate it, when faced with the very same struggles and emotions most people feel in their day-to-day life, particularly as parents. It's an excellent resource to a new or seasoned meditator, and student of Compassion cultivation.

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Life changing

Excellent book. Clear explanation of why and what to do to transform your life thru the power of compassion. Compassion for self and others. Taking it out of the realm of words and into practice. Inspiring stories and examples included.

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A must read for every single humanbeing

A simple and thoroughly enjoyable listen on a topic which is universally important. Definitely not only for spiritual people. This is not a self-help book but a must read for everyone.

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Inspiring with specific techniques

What a joy and pleasure to listen to the scientific benefits of the mind of compassion. The specific techniques offered and the discussion of training the mind so that it can habitually respond with compassion were inspiring.