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You have within you an unlimited capacity for extraordinary love, for joy, for communion with life, and for unshakable freedom - and here is how to awaken it. In The Wise Heart, celebrated author and psychologist Jack Kornfield offers an accessible, comprehensive, and illuminating guide to the universal teachings of Buddhist psychology. He shows you how to use powerful Buddhist insights and practices to go beyond the trap of self-improvement - and find in your own life the path to unconditional fulfillment and happiness discovered by the Buddha.

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Awesome!

I discovered Jack Kornfield while listening to the Duncan Trussell podcast, and after listening to the same podcast over 5 times, I realized I should give one of Jacks books a try. He is an excellent writer on Buddhist teachings, and I'm very thankful for the things he has opened my eyes, and mind to. The Wise Heart is a fairly long book with many things to offer. I just finished my first listen, and I can promise you it won't be my last!

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Can be life changing

Jack's voice is an easy one to listen to. The ideas in the book had a profound effect on me. I had listened to Jack's audio presentation at Spirit Rock, Buddhism for Beginners, years ago and fell in love with the concept. If you really listen to the ideas I think they can help give a lot of deep understanding of the world. I loved it. Thank you Jack for your beautiful words.

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Great Teachings

The teachings are fantastic, but the presentation leaves a lot to be desired. If I can keep myself listening, I learn a lot. But the monotone reading makes me zone out an awful lot. Maybe this one is best read in paperback.

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Good audio book

really enjoyed the audio book a little monotone but all in all very good thoughts and teachings

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Content was great.

I found it difficult to fully take in the message due to the monotone nature that it was delivered in. Perhaps you could argue my mind was not clear enough to take in what the reader was providing. However the flat delivery did not keep my attention.

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Jack and I

read it repeatedly for endless guidance. looking forward to continuing my journey through life with Jack Kornfield and his books.

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Outstanding Introduction to Buddhist Psychology

If you could sum up The Wise Heart in three words, what would they be?

Great book to get you started in understanding Buddhist Psychology and the principles of meditation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

No character but Jack is a fabulous author and reader.

What about Jack Kornfield’s performance did you like?

His calm, peaceful and deliberate style of reading made this a easy to listen to book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

What you should know about meditation before you get started.

Any additional comments?

A top book for all who are new to Buddhism.

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Great intro for beginners, monotone narrator

This was a great introduction for Westerners to begin thinking about how/where Buddhism and psychology meet. My only complaint is the narration is monotone and put me to sleep a couple of times.

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On Repeat

This is one of those books I will always listen to. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you are new to Buddhism this is a great book.

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Jack doesn't disappoint

this was a great expansion of budist philophsy that everyone can understand. I highly recommend this book