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It might happen suddenly, like a flash of lightning. Or gradually, like raindrops filling a jar. Our universal and awakened nature, the Buddha taught, can emerge in calm or in crisis. And then, as our path deepens, we must learn to embody our vision as we navigate the unexpected turns of the mystery.

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Another Beauty From Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield has the most calming, even and balanced speaking voice and manner that just listening to him is centering all on its own. But, be aware--his message trumps his fantastic presentation style--which is really saying something. Positive and uplifting. Highly recommended as a wonderful listening experience.

41 of 42 people found this review helpful

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An inspiration

If you could sum up Awakening Is Real in three words, what would they be?

Inspiring, peace-promoting, wise

What other book might you compare Awakening Is Real to and why?

Kornfield's other works, perhaps especially "Wise Heart." Would certainly include other wise people who are offering Buddhist wisdom to westerners such as (but not limited to) Thich Naht Hanh, Pema Chodren, Tara Brach, Phillip Moffitt, Ezra Bayda.

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Kornfield is a former Buddhist monk who is able to offer understandable explanations of a complex system of thought, little available to westerners until recently. I have been reading and listening to his works for several years. I read and re-read and/or listen to them. His unfolding of Buddhist thought for people perhaps little familiar with it has been part of a larger movement in this society finding a lot of enthusiasm with people hungry for the eastern insights as a balance to western lifestyle.

The contrast of thinking that is about loving-kindness, personal responsibility, seeking wisdom through patience, compassion and self regulation with so much western emphasis on competition, aquisition, winning, war and destruction of the earth and its resources is more than refreshing.

It is a relief to have found an entire ( and long-practiced) tradition of thought that embraces peace and a well balanced life. His introduction to meditation, illustrations drawing on many sources (including other than Buddhist thought) always leaves me feeling in touch with parts of life that can easily get lost in our busy daily shuffle.

I love listening to him, his voice is so calming. This is a particularly good recording.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Awakening is real

This audiobook met my expectations and more. Kornfield is a heartfelt narrator. Felt as if I was present with the group at the retreat.

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Don't miss this one!

Jack Kornfield is a top notch storyteller and brings to light the basic teachings of mindfulness in a light hearted and interesting way. I gained so many insights listening to his lecture and he's built in humor too! As an experienced meditator I really enjoyed recieving a deeper understanding of Eastern teachings.

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Unreal!

I really enjoyed this book and listening to Jack is always an awesome and mindful experience. His voice is like buttah!

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Very nice...

I have not listened to Jack before and was pleasantly surprised. The lectures seem to be live and the production is very nice. The humor in his talks leads me to a relaxed and open state. Jack is most excellent communicator, knows his stuff and has a talent for bringing it to life. These talks will always be something I refer to when needing a grounding. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Get them for your library! They are The Best!

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Totally Good...

I throughly appreciated all the messages in this audio book. My first introduction to Jack Kornfield. Very easy to listen to...very calming.

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  • Jodie
  • Middletown, NY, United States
  • 05-03-13

Great listen!

This is not a book - it is a series of lectures. Jack Kornfield is funny and inspirational. I enjoyed his stories very much. It is a nice introduction to how people awaken.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Carol
  • Highlands, NJ, United States
  • 09-26-12

Jack Kornfield is amazing

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

I already did. This information is made to be shared.

What did you like best about this story?

Jack Kornfield does not take himself too seriously. I love his sense of humor.

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

No, I wanted to take my time with it. It's something you need to process before you move on.

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Jack does it again!

Jack Kornfield is always best before an audience as he is in this lecture series. This guy is my very favorite teacher of Buddhism in audiobooks. His humility and warmth come through in his very normal voice. I don't mind at all that he repeats his stories between his various audiobooks. They are like family stories to me now and like my mom, he remembers them differently sometimes, like her sometimes they are impossibly different but that's okay with me. Their function is to illustrate a point and that those stories do very well. I don't see the world just like Jack but I have learned a tremendous amount from him and even better by applying the teachings and principles, I have learned from myself and the experiences and every person who comes my way.

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